Desert People – life in Turkmensahara, Iran
-We moved cattle
to the south garden for the first time after spring has come. It’s troublesome until the cattle remember the way, to move five big cows to the garden distant from the shed. Jalil and one of our nephews came to support this time but we were run off our feet because someone opened the gate when we were not prepared (It was just me who were making noise actually). Before opening the gate, we need to separate the calves which still drink milk. Otherwise when their mothers come out, they’ll drink the milk and while we’re caring that other cows could go wild! It happened exactly so this time and began from a stampede of cattle.
But somehow we managed to move them. It looks a bit silly four people running after five cows with five dogs
We passed a place where someone keeps camels on the way (above).
This camel looks quite aged as she lost her hair partly. But I think camel’s face and their body shape are attractive. If I’m allowed to expect too much, I’d like to have some camels and sheep at home instead of cows. Camel is for chal and sheep is for milk. Cow milk is good but sheep milk, if you boil it for drinking, it has more sweet taste than the cow milk
The supporter was the third son of Tagan, Khalil’s sister. Good-looking man? I think Iranian
men have comparatively massive frame than the Japanese and they’re more expressive in their look so in most cases Iranians look better. We think it’s ideal if many of our nephews come to work with us. We’ll see.
When we arrived at the south garden, Naser was building an enclosure. He was in a hurry to build it because Khalil decided to graze cattle unexpectedly. Jalil also helped and the enclosure was done on a place where there were only poles. They quickly finish their work by using some wood and iron bars which look like a waste to me.
During the grazing
I didn’t see Khalil. He probably was walking at the end of the queue. He looks completely like a big boss. But he was mowing lots of grass at the garden for calves, which were waiting in the shed.
We get on a bike like this. Helmets? Never seen anyone wearing it in Kumishtepe. I’ve seen car accidents many times though.
Romeo succeeded to hunt, probably for the first time. I remember he has already done it at Gurban bayram (sacrifice festival) but that time he could succeed because I supported to shut the door when a small bird came in by accident in a small room. This time, without any support, he has hunt in a garret.
Romeo was playing with an alive animal in a salon when I recognized. I instantly thought it was Khalil’s quail and decided to make away with the proofs and throw it out with Romeo. But when I watched it carefully, it was a bat
. The bat seemed to be dead a while ago but Romeo brought it in again and played with it for a long time. He throws the bat, which is not moving, and get astonished by it as if he’s seen it for the first time. Or move back to try to reach it from a distance. Cats are really an expert in playing.
I thought he would eat it after it but the poor bat was lain down on the floor so I threw it out from the window for dogs. But dogs didn’t even want to eat it.
After a while Romeo caught another bat in the garret. But the bat he had in his mouth flew away once he dropped it on the floor. Romeo panicked and lost the bat which was flying around the salon (Although I could even follow). Then he hurried to climb up the stairs. On the other hand, Chi-chan, which was watching the scene, was following the traces keenly. She’s watching carefully the bat perching on the ceiling, from the shadow of a curtain. Is she going to hunt with pregnant body?
Chi-chan’s status as a hunter is apparently different from Romeo’s. She’s observing and waiting for an opportunity to catch it safely when bat perches or flies. Romeo – every time the bat flies, he must meow and run around for nothing. It’s just so funny. But such a clumsiness is the charm of him anyway.