we rode in on rickshaws, the photo is a bit blurry as my camera was fogged from going from the air con on the boat to the heat of the outside
silk weaving machines, old ones from the UK, the pattern mats have been moved to the top of the machine so when the floods come, the pattern mats do not get wet.
re threading the bobbin
the pattern mats
part of the main factory, there are 68 machines here, only two were working when we visited and the noise was amazing..no ear plugs being worn here!!
part of the shop filled with beautiful colour and goodies!!
off on the rickshaws to our next place to visit
fruit shop on the way
this lady said I could take a photo and then held out her hand for cash...sadly I didn't have any on me to give her.
mat weaving with reeds
a young lady sewing the binding on.
the track walking back to the boat
our next stop was to an island village, not a conventional landing place!!
river side living
we were invited into the house of an elderly gentleman and were told about his life, these are his beautiful grandchildren. He was one of three brothers, the eldest was killed in the French wars in Vietnam, the middle brother was killed in the Vietnam war, so this man went off and joined the Viet Cong against his parents wishes. He survived and these days has tourists into his home looking for Vietnam vets as he wants to say that all is forgiven and he doesn't want the Vets to think of Vietnam as a bad place, he wants the Vets to come and see the place in peace time and he wants to extend the hands of friendship. He gave off a very strong feeling of peace and calmness.
In the afternoon the chefs gave a cooking demo
we were going to make fresh spring rolls, here are some of the ingredients
and here is my effort, the sauce was a bit spicy for me but otherwise it was yummy!
Ron, expat Kiwi, was the first to get up and make his roll.
Then the chef demonstrated fruit carving
two tomatoes make a rose
and a water melon flower!
Now to get ready for dinner!