August 27, 2010

The Farm Girl At Heart Meets A Real Farm Girl

Just few weeks ago, I was blessed to accompany a friend visiting her family farm in Chantaburi. There, I met my friend's sister who is a real farm girl. This is her house.

I wanted her to remain anonymous to respect her privacy, thus, you cannot see her face in any photos. She's a beautiful lady in her late 50's, very creative and hardworking. Here, she is carrying a durian seedling that is ready to be transplanted on the ground.

She showed me around her fruit farm. Although it was no longer fruit season but there were still some fruits we gleaned from her trees.

This fruit is locally called langsat or longkong (lanzones). The meat is divided into 5 or 6 sections, translucent and juicy. When I was a little girl, I used to climb on this kind of tree in my grandparents' backyard. I would stay up on the tree, enjoying the fruit as much as I could.

I watched her from below and was wondering what else can she do!

She's got rubber trees, too. (Click on here to see how to harvest rubber sap.)

These are processed rubber sheets that are ready to be sold.

This is her little cottage, a little place to entertain her guests in hot summer. I loved her garden and I so enjoyed taking photos of butterflies and birds visiting her flowers.

While I was around her garden taking pictures, my kind host took young coconuts from this tree.

With her knife, she made a hole on the coconut, then grabbed a straw from her pocket...

and offered me this most refreshing drink!

God bless her for her hospitality. She's a real farm girl and I'm a farm girl at heart.

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Illinois Lori said...

Thank you so much for joining us this week! I really enjoyed reading this! I enjoyed coconut water after a long, hot day in Mexico back in is the most refreshing!


Mrs. Santos said...

Hi Ruth! The kids and I want to know what a rubber tree looks like. :) I had coconut water served to me JUST like that while I was in El Salvador...

From one farm girl to another...loves

Anonymous said...


Your friend looks like she lives in a very pleasant environment. I wish I could see her farm-life in person.

Anyway, thank you for sharing these brillant photos with us. :)

-Lady Rose

Vernz said...

that green little house is very lovely Ruth ... me ganito palang meme...

Shirley... said...

What a beautiful farm she has! I loved all of your pictures.

Mrs. Santos said...

Thanks for the Rubber Tree update Ruth...we LOVED it. God is so good and amazing to give us so much. We are going to do more Rubber studies because of this post.

Poetic Shutterbug said...

What a lovely post. I really like that charming cottage and have always wanted to experience life of a farm. It seems so peaceful and satisfying. Thanks for sharing these photos and story with us.

Katia said...

Dear Ruth,
Your post made me home sick for my sister's house in the country, for my jungle;) I have observed how many similarities there are in all tropical regions of our globe.
I had a lot of coconut water this last time I was there. Your farming friend's garden looks so similar to that of my sister. Not exactly the same flowers but the overall look of it. O boy I am really home sick! Some days when I am homesick, I just sit and watch all of my photos from back home.
I am so glad you got to go visit your dear friend. She looks like a dear soul.Beautiful pictures!

Barbara said...

Oh my Ruth what a wonderful post, and really shwoing us the Proverbs 31 woman, she sure takes her job as wife and mother serious, what a wonderful testimony for her, thank you for sharing with us, I truly enjoyed this.