27 March 2014

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BAHA’I NEW YEAR – 21 March
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Austin, friend Venaisi, her daughter-in-law and I went exploring to a waterfall above Sigatoka town.  Venaisi has lived in Sigatoka for 30 years and didn’t know about it.  A beautiful waterfall.   But the swimming places are at the top.
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Here we are under some rapids.
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Here is the same rapids in a long view, minus people.
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Getting out of the river, I noticed the largest vine I’ve ever seen.
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Then we drove further up into the hills, and had a glorious view of the sand dunes.
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And also of the windmills from the other direction, behind grasses that are taller than I am.
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AT VENAISI’s HOUSE
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We saw she had a weed that we knew from Micronesia – beggar’s tick – growing quite tall by her front door.  We know how to cook the leaves for a vegetable dish.  She uses it for medicine for cough and cold.   The only difference in the beggar’s tick back in Micronesia is that it had a cute daisy-like flower.  The Fiji variety is kind of naked.
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Also at Venaisi’s was a newspaper that caught Austin’s eye.  The burn mark is from a mosquito coil (a kind of incense to repel mosquitos).   Since dengue, a febrile illness, is carried by mosquitoes, here was proof that people maybe believe what they read.
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FARM WORK
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I’d never plucked duck down before.  Words fail me to describe the softness of duck down.  Softer than old cotton.  Softer than a newborn baby’s bottom.

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LIFE GOES ON
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Inu is buried beside a patch of marigolds.  I believe Inu loved flowers, and in her memory, I walked around our house and took a shot of most of the flowers growing at doggy head height.  I post them here in her memory, and finish with the flowers beside the fresh earth of her grave.

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