Holiday on the Farm


Our friends the weed scientists invited us to see friends on a farm in the countryside during the national festival this week. We were once again humbled by the graciousness and gratitude exemplified by our hostess, a widow in her 70s with her family.

Living in a simple two-room home, an outhouse out back, and a $60/month stipend for retirement, she says, “What more do I need?”

We were privileged to capture an afternoon on this small farm, picking tomatoes and more.

Cabbage drying out in front of the pickling urn. 

Nothing in China is thrown away.

Basket’s getting heavy.

Garlic drying for the winter.

Winter fuel.


2 responses »

    • Yes. I was reminded of how critical I can be in my thoughts about something that someone is perfectly happy with. Miss you mel!

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