15 May 2014

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Ok – here is the Suva house now.
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Compared to Suva house 8 and half years ago.   Sorry I could not get it from exactly the same angle:  there is too much foliage in my neighbor’s yard now for a clear shot.    Nobody else is impressed with the breakneck  growth here?  ….   And along the same lines – you remember the swayback horse helping water baby cabbages (24 April) – 3 weeks ago?  This afternoon all the mature cabbages from that same field were bundled for market..
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ODD MINI-CLIMATE FACT

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I was always confused about the weather when we first moved to Sigatoka Valley.  If it was a clear morning, we would have rainy weather.  If it was really socked in with fog, that was the sign that the day would be sunny and clear through sunset.  It didn’t make any sense to me, but I have learned to accept it.   The above photo was about 8 am.
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This was about 10 a.m.
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This was about 2 p,m.
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And this was about 5 p.m.   If some climatologist wants to explain the connection between dry forecast and morning fog – I’d be happy to hear it.  Fog here never shows up for rainy days.
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CREATURES CORNER
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Austin caught another mongoose.  This was number 29.  Number 28 – last week – was even bigger, but I didn’t get photos.
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I told them I’d done mongooses in the blog already.   (This is Akka showing the dead critter off.)
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But they said it’s not boring, it’s fun.    For me, not so.
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I do have a mongoose follow up story, though.   I told you before that they must be pretty bad eating if a dog won’t eat them (22 August 2013).   Well, this particular mongoose got itself skinned and barbecued when I wasn’t looking ….. and the puppies were all at it, chowing down as if they were nursing on their mother.   That was an odd sight, too nauseating for me to photograph, but something else just felt ODD about it.
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Tarsi was looking on at them eating it.   Tarsi was not in there herself, chowing down and growling the young ‘uns away.   Akka said he cut a hunk of cooked mongoose meat off the leg and threw it to Tarsi earlier.   She chewed a second and spit it out.
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Here are the little darlings now – several days later and none the worse for eating that stinky mongoose. Three of them will be going to their new homes soon.
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This is the one who is staying.
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SIGATOKA HOSPITAL
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I visited a friend at the hospital this week, and was surprised to see mosquito nets hung.   The patient wards are fully screened.   I found out that the administration had ordered the nets because of the dengue outbreaks.  No problem on that count up our way for awhile now.
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And I found the family at the neighboring bed endearing.  They have set up a little home base on the floor beside the patient bed: mat, pillows, electric kettle!    This was not allowed on the big wards at the hospital in Pohnpei, and is not necessary in the private rooms with visitor recliners in the States.  If there is such a thing as “Second World” I think that’s where Fiji is.
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The boys (Akka and Junia) thought this painted tree was neat.   Who painted it green like this?
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God did.
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