24 October 2013

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The bougainvillea in front of the new house is resplendent.  We’ve been building the house for over a year now, and maybe we will move in before another year has passed….. Fiji time.
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Sometimes I get pretty tired of being on the farm (I am a nomad at heart) but the sight of the bulbul in the coconut sapling, the bee in the whatsit flower, and especially the gaze of a warm puppy eye – they make me feel ok with my moment.  Here are some of the puppies getting into a bucket of commercial chicken feed.
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The pups are the age to give away.  The age that if they aren’t gone soon, they are going to end up under the car tires entirely by accident.  We’ve had sad experience with this, both in Guam and in Suva.   New Owners – come get your puppies!
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Months ago Austin planted a big circle, 20 meters (66ft) diameter, of pineapples on a newly flattened hill.  He also put big stones for the rising and setting points of the sun on the March equinox and also for the moon.  “Pinapple-henge”   Anyway, the pineapples are growing and the plants are so red! …. and could use a bit of weeding, I notice.
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You probably already know this, but pineapples grow nestled in the leaves, and they also grow a Hat that is the next pineapple plant.   When it is ripe, you eat the body – yum, yum – and plant the hat.
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You might think this is an unremarkable looking bug.  Akka says it is a Click Beetle.  He took this photo.   See the bright yellow spots on each side of the head part.  Those are not reflections of the flash.
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They are this click beetle’s little green lights.  It’s kind of a lightning bug but less bright and less twinkling.   Still, it is a bug light and we like it.   That IS the green light – but should be two spots.  There are trailers because the beetle moved.
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We’ve got zucchini!  Hooray – I really love zucchini.  Junia took me to the field to show me the plants.   The zucchini in the close up still has the flower on its head – see?  (I didn’t see until Junia pointed it out)
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Sister-in-law from Texas pointed out teeny flying insects on one particular section of a wind chime about 3 months ago.  We’ve been trying ever since to get a close up.
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Definitely flies – but sooooooo tiny!  What do they live on?  What are they doing here?  Why do they always hang out on that one small section of fishing line?
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KITTY UPDATE –  They both died!    Rest in Peace, nameless kitties.  Better luck next time, Betty.
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MUTATION OF THE WEEK     …is so icky I’m not even taking a photo – a chick embryo without the upper half of its head.   A little bit of chicken brain, the bottom half of a beak on top of a regular chick embryo body.  EEWWW.   Something for Halloween.
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READER FEEDBACK –  “You are the only person or family I have ever known who has kept a bat as a pet, but I like the big, furry so called fruit bats of Fiji. Besides they don’t carry rabies like the bats of NC.”     EW!  I forgot about rabies!    Luckily we don’t have rabies in Fiji –  but I just googled, and there IS rabies in Puerto Rico, where we raised Radar.  Dang!
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SOMETHING HAPPY TO END WITH
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My younger son and his beautiful wife planted this red-striped lily while they were living here, and now it is blooming.   Aww….    And for those of you who prefer Fauna with your Flora, here is a shot of the lily with Inu (ee-noo), our dog with the name that means “dog” in Japanese.
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