The Three Legged Pot. We Call it Bhodho in Shona. What do you call it?
In the middle of the round thatched hut will be the cooking place, a beautiful place defined by a wrought iron fabrication (chitofu) enabling metal and clay pots to be put on top whilst on the fire…
The grinding mill was some miles away, behind the mountain. My mother would prepare for the trip quite well. She would first go into the granary, a thatched hut used for storing grain and take some maize using a battered and wasted 20 litre metal container. Winnowing would come next, where she would use a winnowing basket (rusero) in order to remove the chaff… After all was done, we would then carry the tied sacks of maize on our heads to the grinding mill..
Sometimes, they did not have that special soap for bathing, like Geisha, Jade or Lux. In these instances, they would use chimugondiwa, the green bar, the soap normally used for washing clothes. It also worked well. Who would even know they had used it? No one. Life would go on.