Friday, April 9, 2010

Sundaystills: Hands


This pair of hands control the sound systems of Mt Albert Baptist Chruch. The hands belong to Thomas, an incredible young man who I have the privilege of knowing when he volounteers with me in the creche

It was the Thai King's birthday, and devotees and royal subjects pray for his health at Rocket park.

This Thai woman has a long wooden pound and pestle as she hammers away to make papaya salad.

Thai monks at the ceremony of the King's birthday. In Thailand, all boys become monks for a period of time. It is liken to the National Service.

Here's Sam harvesting tomatoes. We grew them too late, and they look like cherry tomatoes.

It is handy to know how to sew. I was making wheat heat bags. They are great as winter looms.

Occasionally, I make foods from other places. Here I am wrapping Vietnamese Rice paper roll. You need a delicate hand, and I try my best, as my tendency to be quick and rush through with my work.
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You see the coiled up snake at the corner in my nephew's house in Brisbane, Australia. You need brave hands to solve this problem.

The brave lady from SPCA came and caught the snake. My brave nephew is trying to be Xena's sidekick Gabrielle, is giving her a hand.

The Australian Xena is catching the snake. There are lots of snakes in Australia. I am glad there is no snakes in New Zealand.

Some brave hand took this photo. The poor animal was a rather big possum. Some people in Australia are funny, they let possums live in their attic. No wonder snakes come to the house. I don't mean my nephew, in his case, his house bordered to the bush.

Sam is like a monkey and a spider man. His hands appear to have suctions.

My grand nephew enjoying himself.

Many years ago, a group of kind children, they rescue some puppies. These are their caring hands.

Fancy meeting you here, an Kiwi Artist Wilson in the Mulu resort commissioned to paint Sarawak landscape.

A punan/penan nomadic woman holds her flute while she plays it with her nose in Mulu highlands.

Hands that is cooled down by an ice cold sprit. The comfort the hands have given the head after a loooong hike in a tropical jungle can be seen on his face.
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It's amazing what our pair of hands can do. In some countries like Thailand and India, children are kidnapped and have their hands maimed and then made to beg for this cruel syndicate. My late maternal grand mother who was a devote Buddhist taught us not to emulate this evil people. They will be reborn with a worst fate that they become not only armless but legless as well.

My photos are chosen as they show some of the thing our hands do. The list is not exhaustive, I could go on, but this is a representative.

30 comments:

moresecretwhispers said...

very nice, varying selections for this weeks challenge

Reader Wil said...

Hi Ann! I thought there were no snakes in New Zealand! What kind of snake was it? Thanks for showing the great variety of photos! Is King Bhumipol still the king of Thailand?
Thanks for your visit!
You asked how long it takes to go from my country to Mousehole. First I have to take a plane to London or Bristol. Then a train to Penzance , Mousehole is not far from there. You can go by bus. So all in all it will take me one day.

maiaT said...

This is a very diverse selection of beautiful photos, all lovely subjects.
Though the one with the snake I'll pass, it scares me to death.

dibear said...

WOW! so many lovely shots. Didn't care much for the snake pictures, but I loved the artist. :)

Sarawakiana@2 said...

Lovely write up....creepy crawlies still traumatise me....yaks.

Admire the hands which catch them though...

Ed said...

WOW What a great post and story to go along with them. What kind of snake was that?

Sherri said...

I read recently that Australia has some of the most deadly creatures in the world in its environment. Is New Zealand the same? Really interesting approach to this week's challenge.

Tammie said...

hands are a grand gift indeed.
feet too
every part of us and ability
such a gift is living
it was fun looking at each and every photo and feeling the preciousness of the gift of our hands.

Shirley said...

I wondered who would do praying hands. Interesting post, Ann, although I was sad to read the last bit about maiming the hands of children. Barbarians!

colleen said...

A nice variety of hands. I have to ask though what the heck that snake had hold of...scary.

Beth said...

I love all the different uses for the word hand that you used! Not only are the pictures really good examples, but I learned some new things too!

Manang Kim said...

Very nice photos. The snake makes me cringe, Ms Xena is brave enough to get that snake ^_^ I like cherry tomatoes they are sweet! Happy Sunday Ann!

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Far Side of Fifty said...

Wow what a selection of hands..I don't like sssnakes either. I was curious what wheat bags were..are they like our rice or corn bags that we heat in the microwave to keep us warm or to put on aching joints? :)

Ann said...

Thanks Reader Wil, I had computer trouble and couldn't reply you last night.

You are absolutely right, there are no snakes in NEw Zealand. There are no snakes in Ireland too. So if you like the great ourdoors, and go tramping, you can sleep in peace at night.

I forgot to mention my nephew lives in Brisbane Australia. Over there, there are lots of snakes. It is our family joke that the SPCA woman will release the snake in a bush nearby and it will come again.

Traditionally, (I don't any more) my family eat snakes. It would have been better if my nephew got someone in the family to catch it for the pot. That would be the end of his snake troubles.

Oh Yes, the snake is a python, and it is edible. Snake meat is white and to the unknown and unsuspecting eye and palate, the taste like chicken.

The poor animal was a rather big possum. Some people in Australia are funny, they let possums live in their attic. No wonder snakes come to the house.

Yes, King Bhumipol is still the King of Thailand, and a well loved one.

Jama said...

I love eating Vietnamese Spring Roll, so refreshing.

You can find snakes here in urban Singapore too, especially in the parks. Only if it's the big snakes which will harm the human, will the police come and take them away. Otherwise they are being left alone. I recently saw some small garden snakes in the nearest park, I think the snake was more surprise to see me than the other way around!

Ebie said...

Great variations of the "hands" challenge.

P.S. RTE 66 is the old road that was used to travel from the east to the west before the freeway system was created.

Ruth said...

I will take the cold in Canada rather than living where there are large snakes like that!

Brenda said...

I love spring rolls! Lots of great photos.

Far Side of Fifty said...

Hi Ann, here is a link about Corn bags http://www.diamondthreadworks.com/microwave_heating_bags.htm

They say that rice does not last as long as corn..I have had my corn one for years..with the bigger kernels it holds the heat a long time. You use whole Field corn for those.
No I have not heard of the Buckwheat ones..I had not heard of wheat before I saw it on your blog .. :)

Reader Wil said...

Thanks Ann for your answers on my blog! My daughter had a python in her bedroom. These snakes are awfully long!!

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

Hello Ann. What a lovely selection of pictures you have on your blog. That snake is huge!! My goodness, I am pleased it was not in my house. :)

Ann said...

Hi Far Side of Fifty

Now, you got me I am all interested in the heat bags. Thanks.

Corn: is cheaper than wheat, and kernels are bigger, and there fore hold the heat more.

Some one says the feed corn has weevil,

Wheat, smaller grains, so you don't feel the knobs and moulds to your neck or knee better.

I use good organic wheat which makes it more expensive but the seller says, the organic wheat doesn't have fumes released when mircowaving.

For 5 kilos, I made 2 snake like bags or known as a neck roll, and 2 little rectangular shaped bags. one kilo cost me NZ$2.

When your corn bag "expires" you may like to try a wheat bag.

Dave said...

Wow! Snakes! Not for me neither. An interesting blog Ann, thanks. - Dave

CTG Ponies said...

I love your series of photos! And that's one big snake!!

photographerpainterprintmaker said...

What a wonderful job you did on your photo's Anne.

I'm sure glad that snake was not poisonous! We have possums here as well. I hate them, they look like HUGE rats. Yick!

It is horrible how men can be so cruel. The flames of hell are not hot enough for people such as they.

I hope that King Bhumipol had a wonderful birthday. Thank you for telling us of your culture.

Cheryl said...

I really enjoyed this post.

SJB said...

I love all your pictures "Except" the snake pictures. Eeee sorry don't like snake.

Pete said...

Cute! The small kid with the puppies....look a bit like my youngest son! LOL!

tinasphotoblog said...

Great photos with variety! Was it a pyton, or? :)

LadyFi said...

What a lovely and loving variety of hands!