Bula vinaka, hope this letter finds you well!
Bula vinaka, hope this letter finds you well!
(I have to say, getting Monica to send photos and news from home is one of the BEST ideas I’ve ever had! I am enjoying getting the news each week so much – it’s a first, after many extended trips away from the farm. Huzzah!)
More news from home … man, this is the sweet and easy to write my blog!
First off, Akka felt like I needed some flowers – so he found this pretty bush with pink blooms for me.
Then Monica sent LOTS of news, along with photos.
Dear Mom,Today was our first Ladies get together without you. We had an opening [Baha’i] prayer from Dad, a Hindu prayer, a Christian prayer and a closing prayer from Lani. During our around the circle talk with the ladies your name was mentioned a lot because we all missed you!
Kiki caught a cough and his now telling everyone he has “Corona Virus”.Grandaddy and Kiki have been visiting Beamer’s grave frequently also because of the mulberry tree beside her. The birds kept beating them to it so Grandaddy had the perfect Idea of putting a net around the Mulberry bush, and to Kiki’s surprise there was a container full of the black juicy ones.So he decided to make Mulberry milkshake fused with pineapples,the colour was bright and beautiful although Akka will tell you the taste
Dad suggested the Orchids be fertilized because they’re beginning to make funny blooms if the sprays are not very close they’re too far apart. One is even just making a flower right off the plant instead of growing out.
Akka’s made yummy candies made of his very own chocolate with butter lollies.They were dellllicooous.
I wish you blessed days ahead and I’m keeping you, Lua n Family always in my prayers.Love you,Monica
P.S. Yadra Mom this morning Dad and Kiki went to pick the mulberries and they made Jam. Very impressive.
This week is all news from home – in words and pictures from my dear daughter-in-law.
Bula Vinaka Mom,
News from Home (thank you, Monica)
Bees are at work in the starfruit flowers
More busy bees have been cleaning up the pool compound, inside and out.
And one of them was giving toads “flying lessons”
(Does anyone beside me detect the influence of a new Commander at the farm?)
Still on the “work is worship” theme – somebody noticed the guavas were ripe and it is jam time.
Thank you, Harvesters and Pot-Stirrers.
And, finally, Monica sent me some photos of Dad’s “coffee” – which isn’t coffee, but is his special tea (turmeric, ginger, and assorted extra spices) that got overboiled.
I’m happy to see that all is going so well.
Meanwhile in Canada ….
The lake was still liquid and it was windy. The temperature dropped to minus 17 C (minus 24 at night) . In a few days it froze – the WAVES froze. I was walking without my camera, but planned to take a picture. Then it SNOWED – Blast! I ran out with only a jacket and boots to get the photo of the frozen waves – much less pronounced with snow on top of them … but anyhow, here’s what I got. First is the shot I got from the road – a long snow bank – it is lake where the dock is. The second is the close up of the frozen waves, beside the dock.
Since then we got a tropical heat wave, with the temps going all the way back up to Plus 4 Celsius. The lake surface is largely liquid again.
Happy week, everyone. 🙂
Thanks to Monica – I’ve got photos this week.
Before I left, Akka got folks making chocolate again.
Here is Ray from Vanuatu – roasting beans. Anticipation! Chocolate will happen.
Here are the roasting beans. Wasn’t chocolate yet. I was busy packing and all – but I do remember the sound of the dry mill milling. Oh, and I remember somebody giving me a taste. Chocolate did happen, but photo-evidence did not.
And then I was gone, and nothing happened at all. … or did it???
MONICA GOES FISHING FOR RIVER MUSSELS
The fishing ladies (at least 2 of them): Monica and Lutu. The feedbags beside Lutu are full of river mussels (kai).
Monica wrote, “Went with Lutu and the Waicoba ladies yesterday to get fresh water mussels (kai) from Nacocolevu and Rupeni (Lutu’s husband) roasted some right there…”
Do you see how they are cooking in the grill from the front of an electric fan? Ha ha.
Monica continues, “He put in lemon salt and chillies water called the waitomu….
…So good. Especially when I was dipping in the river digging for about 2 hours.
With kumala and cassava.” (sweet potatoes and cassava – carried from home)
That’s the way to have a productive picnic!
These are the kai that came home
WOVEN FISH ART
More from Monica, “Dad brought some baby coconut leaves so Kiki and I did some art n craft.”
Now the fish in the fish tank have something interesting to look at.
New School Year in Fiji
Happy that Kiki is going to school in our neighborhood again.
In uniform, and approved by Winky.
Happy week, everybody. For the next few months all the news in this blog is going to be sent to me from folks at home. I’ll probably be more surprised than anyone at what shows up (I need to go kai fishing some time, when I get back.)
This is the “What the Flip” week.
On the gate at the bottom of our driveway
An egg. Certainly a hen did not lay it there.
The bizarre thing is that the egg sat there for 3 days. Nobody closed the gate!
In my bathroom – some weird object on the ceiling. (But the picture hanging there is pretty.)
Up close –
It’s a SLUG? On the CEILING??
Farm crazy busy. Trainees from Solomons and Vanuatu getting a crash course in virgin coconut oil/vegan cheese, cocoa making, soap-making – and that’s just the kitchen stuff. I didn’t get photos. I’ve been a madwoman getting ready to leave for four months (this afternoon) because “my kids need me.” Luckily, other kids are covering my responsibilities here … and I expect photos from home so you all and I myself can know what is going on.
Rest in peace, dear Torsett.
Here is a photo from when he was a young guard dog.
In the last months he was old and sick, and even Winky snarled at him when he showed interest when she was in heat. There was nothing left to live for. Isa, isa.
But Torsett is at peace now – and I hope chasing mongooses in Doggy Heaven.
May everyone have a blessed week.