Our Road in Tinh Gia - Lê Đình Châu

Our Road looking towards the market end. Looking towards the market end of Lê Đình Châu with its vegetation (bananas on the right)
and sense of domesticity
Tĩnh Gia is the district capital and, in accordance with Vietnamese custom, district and town bear the same names. The district has a population of some 250,000 and the administrative centre, in Tĩnh Gia town, has buildings and meeting halls capable of serving that population. Our road (called Lê Đình Châu) runs between those buildings and the market. This page has pictures taken walking between our house at the administrative end, and the market end which is half a mile (a kilometre) away and where ... ... Ba Hai's emporium, my local bar, forms a suitable destination - more on that establishment in a few weeks. Some of the photos are from when our house was built, 11 years ago, at which time the road was un-surfaced and there were only houses on one side, later photographs include the new housing (- and the upgraded surface). Empty treed road with pile of stones and large advert over house. Half way along the road - looking south School children, motor cyclist and cars on the road at the south end. At the municipal buildings end of the road - looking north Expanse of paddy fields with trees along far side. Ten years ago fields lined one side of the road, with no buildings at all. To the right of the trees, cars at the cafe can be seen Now in this clip of 8 years ago the view from the house includes buildings opposite where there were fields. The end of the clip finishes looking towards the municipal buildings This clip of last year was taken from the new man-made mound which forms the centre piece of the park where rubbish was... Two buffal in fields one in a pool. ...dumped and buffalo grazed - as above in a photo taken 11 years ago of what is now houses and park Rough ground with large ditch and fields beyond. Near the end of the road is this stream, looking harmless in the winter. But in the wet... ...season it becomes a river. Above, the first beam of new bridge, of appropriate size for the rains, is being put in place Large modern oche coloured house. Over the last decade those fields along the side of the road have been built over, mostly with houses like this one, exuding opulence Modern house with ox cart passing. Oxcarts remind residents (of the old side of the road) how things used to be Here a clip to show our house and the new one above in the context of the road - the bridge is at the road end where the clip stops Road near market, woman cyclist with six large sacks. Those new houses are at one end of the road, and do not interrupt the pace of life at the market end Bread oven with breads in heap on floor in front. Woman behind cabinet with breads, piles of bread to one side, oven behind and delivery motorcyclist loading up. Trades are plied along the road. Here two of the bakers and their ovens which produce a baguette style bread (a colonial inheritance) that accompanies the national dish of phở splendidly. Above, bundles of breads for sale and delivery A fish sauce barrel. A barrel with the top open to show... Two people checking a shelf of bread pulled from the large oven. A shelf of bread being checked Forty or so of those barrels standing in a yard. ...the fermenting fish sauce Looking into the top of a barrel of fermenting sauce. The production of fish sauce is vital to the culinary life of Vietnam. The very un-delicate aroma is found everywhere in the country. Two businesses along our road flood the surrounding air with this pungent smell. Fish is a major part for the local economy, the town being just three kilometres from where fish are landed, and so the basic ingredient is easily acquired. Woman sitting at ground level beside piles of sugar cane. And here a sweeter trade. In Vietnam sugar cane is sold as the way to get a sudden rush of energy. The canes are cut into short sections and peeled, and the core chewed -
a commercially minded dentist's delight
Old thatched cafe with trees. Half way along the road, this was our cafe when we first came to Tĩnh Gia from Hà Nội, before we moved along to its present position. The building has since been redeveloped Women with bicycles laden with bundles of trimmed firewood. Many people still cook with open fires or stoves and these are fuelled with wood gathered locally. Women collect the wood, trim it, and then bring it to sell on streets like ours Our road beside the back gate of the market. The part of the road which is just beside the market where hawkers
such as the wood sellers find the best trade
Cage of chicken on the saddle of a motorbike. Another thriving business next to the wood sellers: a lot of chicken is eaten Five large rubbish carts parked along roadside. Keeping the roads clean is a constant battle in tropical Vietnam. These wheeled bins are the responsibility of the women seen below... Four happy looking women sitting at the roadside. These happy looking workers are part of Vietnam's vast army of refuse collectors. Bins from houses are emptied daily and the roads constantly swept. This work being made urgent by the climate and the Vietnamese genetic predisposition to littering. Despite their work this group look so well turned out - carefully sitting on their gloves to keep their trousers clean Trailers... The AH1 as it was 10 yeaers ago (sometimes). The next page of this section moves from this pleasant domesticity to Vietnam's biggest highway - the AH1 - which bisects Tĩnh Gia. Although it was not always busy... Two lambs looking out from behind a tree. The next page of the Mosaic Section is headed 'Nature'.
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Saturday 27th March 2021 Murphy on duty ...guide to this site

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