14 August 2006

Damongo Snaps

A collection of photos from Damongo, to serve as an introduction to the community which has been my home for three months.


The mosque that Al-Haji built. My Neighbour, Al-Haji, spent the majority of the last three months constructing a mosque between our houses. Often, with some free time in the afternoon or a lazy Sunday, I would help weave the palm leaf roof, or set branch trusses. It was an incredible experience to learn local building techniques which have provided shelter for hundreds of years.
Goats love to climb. They love the feeling of being up high. So if there is a pile of rocks, or a misplaced log, or even a fast moving pile of sand, be assured that it will have one or several goats clamouring to be "King of the Mountain." It is assumed that if you bend over to tie your shoes, you will have a goat on your back before you know it. That is why everyone in Ghana wears sandals. True story.
This tree has an interesting story. After falling over almost 20 years ago, the lower branches became sheep fodder while the upper branches slowly turned skyward, and the newly exposed roots slowly turned towards the now-distant ground. The result is a fascinating tree near the cassava centre that provides ample shade and roofing for our group's meetings and training sessions.

3 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

DAMONGO IS MY FAVOURITE OF ALL THE FRUITS, I LOVE THE RUBICON VERSION OF DANECTAR AND I LOVE THE PICKLED VERSION ATOP A FINE CURRY.

15 August, 2006  
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01 June, 2007  
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