26 September 2013

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That’s not water – it is a dried green-black algae or something.  We have had three good rains, and this is what the pond still looks like.  You may wonder  why am I still writing about the pond since we harvested all the fish. Why does it matter?   I’ll tell you why: the level of the pond is indicative of the water table that affects the finicky bore hole that supplies water to us and to six other families. Three years ago the pond went dry and a few weeks later we had no running water in our house for 3 months.

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Sadly, our bore hole is at the bottom of a north facing slope.   Because of the sun angles, the north-facing slopes hold less moisture than the south-facing ones.    The good news for the area is that all of our neighbors have bore holes in better locations – so if ours dries out it is only a 7- household inconvenience, not a regional disaster.

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Austin is taking advantage of the dry weather to hire a digger do some work.   Here he was digging in the dry creek – making a better channel for rainy season.  A curious cow came to watch.
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And then her baby came to see the action, too.
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Nearby I noticed that the papaya trees are full of fruit again.   We love our pawpaws.  We went through a real papaya glut about a year ago, and then a papaya drought.  And now we have papayas again.   Yay.   Most Americans just eat them ripe as fruit, but Indians use green ones and still firm orange ones in curries.  I LOVE Vina’s papaya curry!
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Junia called me out to get a photo of this pigeon.  It is a native pigeon – distinctive because of its long neck.   Maybe an ornithologist will have some information to add.
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9-25-13 STOCK PHOTO flower visitors
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A concerned reader asked regarding the hospital stay,  “Nobody sent you flora?”   NOPE (maybe that’s why flowers around the hospital are both extra nice to see and are not stolen 🙂
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In Fiji flowers are taken to funerals, but not for “get well soon.”  For “get well soon,” the ONLY thing that counts is a personal visit.  Three beautiful human flowers did make a get well call to the patient who told them “I’m so glad you came.”  .
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Another concerned reader asked, “What in the world are you going to do with all of those puppies?”   Are you kidding?   It is so easy to find homes for our big, healthy, gorgeous puppies – even the females.  Somebody has already given Austin the feeding money for this handsome little fellow.   Of course it will be about 5 more weeks before he goes to his new home
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Getting rid of KITTENS is an entirely different matter.
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