One of her main duties was polishing boots and this boot looks good. One walk in water and it would gain a red tint that did not clean off easily. Much of the local soil was laterite, a red clay that dried to concrete strength. During the dry season laterite dust filled the open weave part of the boot and clouded the air.
During the wet season the clear sky was packed with stars but during the dry season only a few were visible directly overhead. Laterite dust fouling the air reduced visibility during all 6 months of the dry season.