Dinners cooked over good firewood taste better.
My mother and grandmother would know what firewood to use. Good drift wood collected from the river would burn well and provide a roaring fire for both the stove and the rubber smoke house. In those days we could also pick up spare Ramin wood from Lee Hua Sawmill nearby. These scraps and unuseable planks (some with barks still on) would burn very well indeed. Furthermore they were easier to saw and chop into smaller pieces as firewood for the Foochow stove. But those doing the sawing and chopping would get itchy all all over. And we would scratch to our heart's content!!
While in Mengzi(Yunnan) my friend and I came across a scene which brought all the above memories back to me. We were walking through an older part of the city where old people were still tilling small open spaces and old folks could still be seen living in the older homes. It was part of a smaller river side village which remained undeveloped so far. But the urban jungle is creeping in fast!!
|In one of our evening walks we came by this housing area. We met an old lady who was going to cook her dinner.|
|One of the family members probably owns this little business - a trolley and glass box displaying lots of Honghe area's cigarettes and other daily items.|
|The old lady and her basket of good fire wood. This old lady reminded me so much of my own maternal grandmother!!|