Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Market Day - At the Shijang with Judy

It was market day in Yongin - all the adjummas come in with their fresh goods. A bundle of spring onions here, a bowl of harvested barley,there, a gaggle of caged ducklings, bound plants, new vegetables, twisted grass ropes, farm tools, puppies, cut flowers, foot socks, notebooks, bamboo matting...

Above left you see a typical alleyway in the market, where the adjummas have laid out their bits of cardboard or plastic to sit on and spread their wares around them. Above right is a popular snack - boiled bondeggi, or silkworm larvae. They smell like ancient socks, in case you were wondering - musty, cheesy, and crunchy all at the same time.

Left: A traditional hand grindstone. The barley (in this case) is dropped handful by handful into the hole at the top and the wheel rotated by means of the wooden handle jutting up. The ground meal sifts slowly from the sides into the large bowl where the mill is sitting.

Above right: fresh vegetables, or 'namul'. They can be bought in bulk for very good prices here!
Left: a typical kimchi stall, with about thirty or so types of pickled spicy material. I say 'material' because it's just as likely to be pickled crabs or miniature anchovies as it is any sort of vegetable, leaf or root.

Below right: The fishmonger's. Lots to choose from, and all nice and fresh. In some cases, still squirming or flapping in its buckets!

To the left: Obligatory picture of Katherine. I call it "Katherella" (as she's holding a traditional Korean broom and staring wistfully out over the edge of the rocks....)

Enjoy your 'walk' through Yongin's market!


Anonymous audrey said...

Great pictures, Judy! The ones of the market brought back vivid memories of visiting you in Korea years ago.
Have you or Bryan ever tried the bondeggi? If not, I dare you Bryan! (I know you've eaten bugs before...)

Last Wednesday our school had a book fair and I helped out for the day. I bought Victoria 2 books she asked for - fairly thick novels, and the 2nd was a sequel to the 1st. She polished off both books in 3 days!

Well, no time for more now.
Audrey & family

April 10, 2007 at 8:43 a.m.  
Blogger Mike said...

Hey, guys!

Been busy with Easter break, visiting family and having all my kids home, plus a couple of sick days--what with all this, I haven't been on to visit for a while.

How was your Easter week-end? Do you get a holiday there? The kids get Friday and Monday off from school, we get the Friday, of course, and Mike took the Monday, so we had a nice long week-end, hosting one family get-together here and attending another in Chathem.

Little Nicholas will be one year old this month! (April 23rd) He's just started walking freely this week-end and totters about happily getting into all the things he couldn't reach before. We chase him about, baby-proofing frantically, and trying to teach him "don't touch". I can confidently assert that he has inherited more than his due of stubbornness. (I wonder who that would come from, now? ;-) )

Well, it's past time for lunch. Love you guys! The pictures are great. Is there any I can attach pictures to my posts, or should I just send them via e-mail?


Liese and Co.

April 12, 2007 at 10:11 a.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello from Bill Fledderus. I'm just catching up tonight on quite a few entries. It's been a busy few weeks here, but all is well. I'll write an email soon. BF

April 12, 2007 at 6:06 p.m.  
Anonymous mom a said...

Hi Judy & Bryan: I hope Bryan will get the urge to write some of his thoughts and comments in here.
We'd love to hear from you, Bryan. The pictures are great, Judy. So are your stories about such simple things as everyday living.

Love from Dad and Mom A.

April 13, 2007 at 8:35 p.m.  
Blogger Ken DV said...

Hello strangers. Nice of you to keep in contact.
You would have been invited to my 40th birthday party sometime this weekend, but since you are not around...
I'll tell you more if you write me.


April 14, 2007 at 8:47 a.m.  

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