PEACE & TRANQUILITY ON THE BACKWATERS
Trip Start Sep 02, 2012
42Trip End Oct 10, 2012
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The main house on our homestay which belongs to Mr Gopa, is right on the river. Mr Gopa also organises the other houses that are available to take guests. It's a good system and brings a bit of money into the community. On this occassion Fred & I are being billeted in a house just around the corner, whilst Doris and Katie are in another house nearby. Our accommodation is very pleasant, it is detached from the main house and overlooks a pond. The owners of the property are Tomichen & Nimmy and Tom is a farmer, his paddy fields are directly across the road from his home. He says the farmland has been in the family for 1,500 years. During our conversation, Tomichen was very proud to tell us that Saint Thomas had christened his (great great etc.) grand father when he had visited this area preaching the word of God, and that's how he got his name. Tom and his family are practising catholics, and their eldest son is studying to become a priest, which is a great source of pride to Tomichen & Nimmy. We had lunch with our host family then went to the main house to meet up with the others for an orientation walk around the village.
We joined Mr Gopa on a walk thru the lanes at the back of the main house. As we ambled along past farms and houses Mr Gopa introduced us to all manner of bushtucker, first and foremost the humble coconut tree. We were suprised to learn that there is not a single thing that is wasted from the coconut, he even showed us how to twist the fibre to make string
We returned to the main house where Mr Gopa's wife had been busy making dinner for all of us, and very nice it was I might add. Feeling well fed and watered, we said our goodnights and returned to our respective houses. A very pleasant day.