Look at all the produce Monica bought from a neighbor for only $20 (that is about 12 dollars US)! Take THAT, middlemen!
A STAR IS BORN!
We got so excited yesterday when Junia called up to Austin that some goslings were hatching! Goose fertility is a big big challenge here. Geese sell for $400 for a pair, and then the pair are not even fertile. I have mentioned in previous posts about how Austin got some owners to agree to let Austin babysit their geese here, in the hopes of producing some offspring. As we ran down to the pond, I was planning to name the firstborn “Ryan”
Here is one of the newborn goslings beside a newborn chick. Impressive, no? But sad for me, both of the newborn geese are females, according to Austin. (“How can you tell?” I ask. “By the color,” he replied, “males are solid yellow.” )
WHAT AUSTIN FINDS INTERESTING
Snails on the underside of a piece of wood.
Freaky big waves at low tide on a reef flat. (normally they would have been just little laplets, if that much.)
WHAT I FIND INTERESTING
Beautification project in Suva! Lots of planters with blooming flowers around the town now.
They’re kind of rain battered but still pretty and they smell heavenly. I didn’t know the name of this flower and was shocked when I found out. Petunias! What a great flower that has been so insulted by association – Porky Pig’s girlfriend, Harry Potter’s mean aunt. Sheesh! I’m for giving it a new name..
WHAT A MASOCHISTIC HYPOCHONDRIAC WOULD FIND INTERESTING
Kura fruit, Also known as noni. Growing right beside my house. Junia’s mother used it as one of her standard cure-alls. I always got better the second she approached me with it just so I wouldn’t have to take it.
AS REQUESTED: AKKA’s GINGER ALE
Some folks requested Akka’s ginger ale recipe, so I tried to catch him when he did it again.
Here are the washed up roots, the juicer machine, some juice and juiced pulp. Akka had run some water through the juicer – ginger roots don’t have that much liquid. He also put water into the pulp and squeezed it again like coconut.
He added sugar to the juice and boiled it to make a syrup. It forms a skin like boiled milk does, which gets discarded. Ginger juice has a starch in it that settles down. Akka boiled all of it but is regretting that because the starch has jellied up some. Oh well.
After cooling, the next step is adding the “bug” – that’s what’s in this cloth covered mayo jar. It is pulverized ginger, sugar and a few raisins. It supposedly ferments into a starter that will carbonate the juice. Last time Akka used a pinch of yeast (as for island moonshine), which worked well. After adding the bug or the yeast, the juice goes into an airtight bottle for a few hours to bubble up. Then into the refrigerator because we are not interested in hard ginger ale. Not a risk this time since the bug was a DUD.
Last step, add some lemon or lime. Yummy refreshing!
IT SEEMS FITTING
Akka found this magnificent fuzzy caterpillar in the orchid house a few days ago. He reminds me a little of a kind-hearted and brilliant comic we lost this week. Maybe if we can see some of the humor through his memory, maybe we didn’t lose him.
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