If you live in Egypt, you've seen the donkeys piled high with berseem clover in the winter, a block of beautiful greenness that extends way beyond the donkey's sides and high into the air, often with a young boy perched on top. How do they do that anyway? It's all in the packing. The berseem isn't tied but merely balanced.
I have a friend who photographs competitive bodybuilders all over the world. Ulrich comes to Cairo about once a year to check in on the Egyptians who are competing and to take videos and photos of them. He likes to make the photos interesting with good settings and so on, and I've been helping him with that for several years. So yesterday we were out in the desert watching a bunch of bodybuilders freeze to death in a chilly wind while flexing on camels. Only in Egypt...
You can only eat so much cabbage at a time, but you don't want to miss out on the wheat crop. So what is a farmer to do? In this case he just planted the wheat around the cabbages that were still in the field. Should last him the rest of winter.
I came to Egypt as the wife of an Egyptian/Canadian businessman and the mother of our children in the late 80's. My husband is no longer with us, the children are pursuing careers abroad, but Egypt is still my home, albeit, a rural rather than urban one. You can reach me at msgabbani at gmail.com