The August Games 2010 start in Aishalton with a traditional show involving local songs and dancers. Backstage preparations combine applying face paint with looking after children.
I was playing with flash, trying to set up a little indoor studio for Amerindian Heritage month in September. Eustace Martin came round to give Sarah a woven basket. Eustace is Aishalton's major competitor in the traditional activities of the August Games. He will be representing Aishalton in activities such are fire starting, Ite Tree Climbing, speed weaving, rope making, and arrow making.
Stuck on the open savannah without a tree in sight to winch off. We passed this truck and stopped to help. After a lot of digging under the wheels of the jacked up Bedford we tied our hi-lux to another hi-lux and connected them to the Bedford winch to try and help it out. The Bedford did a great job of dragging the two jeeps backwards! Next we burried a big log in the sand (they called this 'a dead man', and the hole was a perfect shallow grave!) and winched from the Bedford, but the log dragged out. Finally another grave was dug, the log burried again, rocks put on top of it, planks on top of the log, and then a Hi-Lux was parked on the planks.
After 3 hours of jacking, digging and placing rocks the Bedford finally came out...
I should have called this 'With a little help from my friends'! The cowboy hat was pulled down low, hiding most of the face. I was just framing and wondering whether I'd be able to fill the shadows with flash when suddenly a hand appeared and lifted off the hat! Nice to have a little bit of help sometimes!
Finally I manage to track down an ox cart crossing a creek in good light - with time to fill the shadows with some flash! Deeper water would have been the icing on the cake!
The cassava root vegetable contains cyanide and must be processed before it can be eaten. First it is peeled, then ground or grated. Then the mush is put into a woven 'sock' called a matapi. The matapi is hung up and pressure applied by someone sitting on a branch which passes through the bottom loop of the matepi. This squeezes all the water, and the cyanide, out of the cassava. It can then be shaped and fried in an enormous pan to make cassava bread or farine. Made well it's actually very good!
A background flash of lightning iluminates the gathering clouds below a clear stary night. We had about two weeks of heavy rain, washing away roads, paths and nearly our outside toilet!
Had to grab the camera quick for this one, and didn't have time to get hold of my flash which would have made a massive difference to the lighting on this one. Another missed opportunity!