So. Maize is pretty much life here in rural Uganda. Maize and beans. Throw in some cassava, sweet potato, and a bit of matoke (smashed cooked bannana that is not like bannana or plaintain…) and you have the local diet.
The maize is grown twice a year – yup – two growing seasons. I still find this amazing (or amaizing – terrible. sorry). So the current crop is about a foot high and seems to have been doubling in height each week. The last crop has been drying in an old chicken coop, and the kernels are now being taken off the cobs by hand.
Cobs are put in a sack and smashed to bits by someone with a big stick and a lot of energy. The cobs and kernals are then poured out of the sack and the remaining attached kernals are taken from the cobs manually. I now have blisters – soft hands.
New camera: Canon SX 230 – It is good but frustrating. I feel much less like I have a stack of money hanging around my neck – which is good. But slightly blury corners on macro photos, and chromatic aberration (purple fringing) at high zoom are things I will have to learn to deal with. I knew there would be compromises and hopefully they are not so great they jeopardise the project. Time will tell.