One danger in Zambia is snakes. Snakes usually live in tall grass. And we have a field of tall grass across the road in front of our house. Luckily we don’t have to worry to much about snakes coming into our yard because it would be very unusual for a snake to climb over our 8 foot wall, over glass at the top, and not getting shocked by the electric fence, as Sara was (that’s another blog).
Anyway, one day I was about to go outside for some reason that I forgot (but that’s not important). Well, I looked outside and saw over the wall an orange light and a bunch of smoke. So I called daddy over to see what was burning outside. We knew that we did not have to worry about fire coming over into our yard because it would have to somehow get across the road and over the wall. We have a water tower in our front yard that’s next to the wall. In order to see what was burning, I climbed the water tower, and I was very relived with what I saw. The burning was controlled.
A couple weeks ago we had seen a bunch of people slashing the grass in the field. Here instead of lawnmowers, they have a piece of metal that is about three feet long, attached to another smaller six inch piece of metal that is sharp. Then they swing it back and forth cutting the grass very slowly. After they cut the grass there was a bunch of long pieces of dead grass lying in a pile, which is still a good place for snakes to hide. That’s why we saw a lot of smoke coming up from the field across the street. They burned it all.
By the way, this all happened at like seven pm or something like that. So my picture was taken in the dark.