Thursday, November 18, 2010

The Farmers' Shacks

Farmer's houses hold very few comforts. Apart from the animal shelter, the living space may be only one white washed room with a floor of packed earth. The family does everything here. Even on the cold winter nights they spread out their rush mats on the floor to sleep. Be thankful for your warm bed! There are few household objects. You will find water vases, saucepans, bowls, spoons, and perhaps one or two wicker baskets. On the threshing floor is grindstone and an oven. The roof is flat and protected by a low railing and cane trellis. On the floor are more mats to eat on, or even sleep during the hot season. The toilet facilities give you something to hope for. In the countryside as in the city, garbage and everything else ends up in the canals that flow to the Nile.

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