5 September 2013

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The pond got so low we had no choice but to go and harvest all the fish.  Here is the biggest fish with my grandson and “Uncle Junia”.   That fish (talapia, malea in Fijian) was almost 3 years old.   Here the same fish is pictured with a baby, to show what 3 years can accomplish.
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Below is a photo of our haul – it was about 40 kgs of fish in all.   It would have been much much larger  if we hadn’t had a massive theft a year and a half ago – but that’s why we have the fence and the dog down there now.
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Regarding the recent grass fires, a Facebook friend asked me:  is someone burning the grass intentionally or does it just catch fire because it is dry?   Does that cause a threat to your property?    I  replied:  people intentionally burn the grass each year.  the grass comes back very healthy, and it keeps trees from colonizing the grasslands.

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Since then our resident arsonist decided to make his own little grass fire.  It went downhill (usually that doesn’t happen) and it got a couple of his dad’s lemon trees.  Oops.

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LOOK WHAT THE CAT DRAGGED IN DEPARTMENT – yes, our mutant cat Turtle brought this gecko into the house the other night.   Look normal?    Look again.
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 This gecko has a forked tail – not normal.    Geckos can regenerate a lost tail, and this one must have had a partly severed tail that regenerated on the torn side.   Creepy, isn’t it!    (would have been “mutation of the week” – but I just loved the new category of “look what the cat dragged in’)
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This is a photo of a tamarind tree by the cottage bathroom.  Those plump tan pods hold the tamarind fruit.   It is abundant this year.   Tamarind is the base for many beautiful sauces and chutneys.
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The other trees are less fruitful.  This tree is only about 30 feet away – and this is the only branch that has any tamarind – 2 pods.   Why is one tree so loaded, and the other tree so sparse?    Location, location, location.
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MYSTERY OF THE WEEK – it might not strike you as weird, but I really don’t get it.  Of all the banana leaves there is one that is perforated – has lines of holes on it.   I actually saw it two days earlier, and when I finally got back with the camera, the end of the leaf had torn off along one of the perforated lines.   What is eating a series of holes in several  lines on one leaf?   Why only the one leaf?
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Anyway – that was a nature mystery and I’ll end with a human mystery.  When my Indian neighbors bring us fresh cow’s milk, it always has at least one chilli floating in it.   Yep, they put a fresh hot chilli pepper in it before delivery.   I have never made sense of the story of why, something to do with bad spirits not following them home?   In any event the flavor of the chilli never gets into the milk.
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3 thoughts on “5 September 2013

  1. The holy banana leaf is pretty … and I woner where all those fish were hiding the last time I was there and Richard, Dad, Nigel, and Akka were running the net for hours catching nothing!

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