Adding boiled rice to the pounding stone
Kneading the pounded rice to form cakes
Many, many sticky rice cakes
ShaSha, age 7 -- Grace's little sister
Tian Fang (Grace)
We tried to get her to smile ...
Pounding the boiled rice to break the rice kernels
Getting ready to remove the pounded rice
All done -- for now ...
Kids in an empty field mean ...
Grace and her cousins
Pigs ... it is the country, after all.
The village children took us to a cave.
We decided climbing this rock was not such a good idea.
They wanted to go deeper; we older folks had another idea ... go back!
Coming back out of the cave, Grace points to rock formations that look like faces.
Loading oranges onto a truck.
Grace's dad (middle) playing cards.
L'il sister again
Grace takes a turn at pounding the rice.
Dad and ShaSha.
Grace looking thoughtful, or maybe just tired.
Getting ready to pull the rice free of the stone.
Grace making cakes
The pounded rice goes on an oiled stone, and then it's kneaded by hand.
Then you pull bits off to be shaped into cakes.
And the cakes have to cool and dry before are ready to be stored.
Grace's dad and cousin Jane, a student at Xianxi National Middle School.
Trying to avoid the photographer ...
Grace taking photos of ShaSha, while I take photos of Grace.
Cute as a button!