On a hot and humid Sunday Teacher Amara came to our house to take me to the bush where he had been given land to make a farm. A primary school teacher, Teacher Amara's salary was limited and when this plot came up he jumped at the opportunity to plant rice. Rice farming on the upland is hard and here he is shown brushing the bush to get it ready to burn as the first step in getting his farm ready for planting. Teacher Amara was personable. I offerred my help which although genuine on my part was a personal mistake. My hands were not used to the hard work - they were not tough enough. I did own a machete that I had made in nearby Tokpombu. However the blisters that I soon developed made the work close to impossible and after about a half hour of my brushing I was forced to give up as my hand was turning to raw meat. Oh well - Teahcer Amara appreciated my attempt although I must admit that my hand remained sore and raw for a few weeks.