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17 October 2011 / leggypeggy

Tadpoles—for hours of entertainment

Water, tadpoles and curious boys—an unbeatable combination.

Hold still!

Catching a glimpse of every day life is one of the things I enjoy most about travelling. Kids, animals, markets, households, construction sites—they all draw my attention.

We stopped in a small town in eastern Kyrgyzstan and this group of young boys caught my eye.

It was the first day of school and they weren’t suited up for the event, so they were either too young to be enrolled or came from families who couldn’t support their education. I’d like to think they were still too young.

These boys were completely mesmerised by tadpoles in a small creek that ran alongside the main road in the village. They were so engrossed they didn’t even notice me or my camera. I was so mesmerised, I took way too many photos of them.

One of them finally mustered the courage to try to catch some of the wrigglers. We had to move on before he had any success, but the whole scene was enchanting.

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  1. Louise M Oliver / Oct 17 2011 7:42 am

    Hi Peggy,
    Thank you for this and for the enchanting photos. It’s always lovely to see kids at play particularly when they don’t realise they’re being observed. I especially like the one of the little boy trying to catch one! And I’m with you: although they look a bit tall to be too young for school I very much hope that’s the reason they’re not there rather than their parents’ inability, for whatever reason, to have them there.

    And, if you see this, there’s much excitement on my part and much angst on the cats’ part here this week. After almost 24 years I’m finally having the laundry fixed up. I’m getting a tiled floor, paint, a new cupboard and a new tub. I used to jokingly tell people that I didn’t want to go ahead until I was sure I was going to stay here. But, as you can probably guess, it was really due to a lack of funds. It’s going to be a little more expensive than I planned for but what the heck! I’m over polished cement.

    Take care and be good.
    Love
    Louise

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  2. Derrick / Oct 30 2011 11:46 pm

    Hah, I used to catch tadpoles and newts when I was a kid (and supposed to be at school) There was a pond over the back where I lived, lots of trees, climbed most of them, fell out of a few, ot there now though, its a housing estate, kids now dont know what they missed

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