Terry and Janet

Terry and Janet

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Who Will Buy This Wonderful Morning?

Every morning around 7:00 am
We can hear the sound of a quacking horn...
The kind of horn you squeeze with your hand
and it makes that honking sound like a duck.
This is the sound of the man selling bread.

Here he is ... He is fast and hard to get a picture of.
He opens that white box and inside are bins
with all different kinds of bread.

The fruit man has a microphone and he calls out the names 
of the fruit he is selling for the day.

It is very loud and has become one of the main 
background sounds for me here in Peru.
It reminds me of when I lived is Jerusalem
and they would call the muslims to prayer
three to five times a day on the loud speaker.

President Turk can do this call very well.
In fact he starts singing the fruit names
Mangos, Platanos, Papayas, Uvas, Mandarinas
and his grandsons love it.

The ice cream man has a funny high pitched whistle.
Lucy, our cook can imitate it very well.


And below is the egg man.
They have these small carts on many of the corners
and they sell tiny hard boiled eggs.
They are spotted eggs...
Just big enough to peel and pop in your mouth.
Look,  the ice cream man and the egg man are probably
exchanging products to eat.

and hold on a minute...
Here comes the fruit man.
All the carts are coming together and I feel a song coming on...

Such a sky you ever did see
Who will tie it up with a ribbon 
and put it in a box for me...

This is a song from the movie "Oliver"
when he opens his window and sees all
the vendors selling their goods on the streets of London.

Well, this is the Peruvian Oliver.

There is always a cart in the neighborhood.

They are coming and going from a long day of work.
This is the bread man and the knife sharpener.
Knife sharpener has another original sounding whistle.

This is not a good photo but below is a picture of the milk lady.
President Turk is taking these photos on his phone 
when we are out walking.  
He does not take time to focus does he?

When I was little we use to have a milk man deliver our milk.  
I think it was 8 to 10 gallons at a time.
When you have a dozen children that's a lot of milk.
It would sure save my mom from hauling it in 
from the grocery store.
They don't know what a gallon is here.
Everything is sold in small containers.
Not so great when you are feeding a 
thousand missionaries at a time.
We could really use a Costco.
But we do have Wong, Tottus and Vea...
All great and beautiful grocery stores.