20 November 2014

2014-11-20  hidden eggs  R

Behold another hidden clutch of chicken eggs, this one on an undeveloped part of a hill near a set of bee boxes.    Such fertility.

Speaking of fertility…..


Our kids live all around the Pacific rim – last time we all managed to get together was 5 years ago, and there are more of us now.   In celebration of the triumph of family over inertia and other commitments, I give you each family member with the bit of flora or fauna of choice.

2014-11-20 BEAMER and coffee Cr

Doris (“Beamer”), our beloved matriarch,   Crown of thorn flowers in her hair, and more importantly COFFEE in her cup!

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2014-11-12  AKKA and strawberry  Cr

Akka and a big fat strawberry he grew

2014-11-20 MONICA and uci  R

Monica and an uci (OO-thee) plant.  This plant is very important for traditional garlands.  It has a unique “clean” scent.

2014-11-20 KIKI and 4-petal plumeria  Cr

Kiki and a four-petal plumeria.

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2014-11-20 MAKI and jackfruit  Cr

Honorary Uncle Maki – lucky us that he is in Fiji right now – with jackfruit.

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2014-11-20 LUA and Mangoes  Cr

Lua and mangoes – she was asking for mangoes once she arrived and was surprised to hear we have them at the farm.

2014-11-20 MAX and dogs  'Cr

Max and our dogs.

2014-11-20 VICTOR and chickies  Cr

Victor and some chickies.

2014-11-20 ALICE and Teddy  R

Alice and Teddy the cat.

2014-11-20 HAZEL and bougainvillea  Cr

Hazel and bougainvillea.   We picked it out for her thinking it would be easy.  Then she started carrying it with her everywhere.

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2014-11-20 JUNIA and Flora  Cr

Junia and “Flora” margarine spread.  Austin won’t let me buy margarine, but one of the in-laws smuggled some in.

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2014-11-20 CLARA and bananas  Cr

Clara and a stalk of bananas.  She was shooing away fruit flies with her hand.

2014-11-20 NIGEL and crabs  R

Nigel and mangrove crabs.  His brother had caught these crabs (Nigel’s family lives near Nausori on the other side of Suva) and Nigel brought them to the farm for one of our dinners.  YUMMY !!

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2014-11-20 RAKESH and wild fledgling  Cr

Uncle Rakesh, one of my Raksha Bandan brothers, and a wild fledgling.  Herein lies a story.  Clara wanted to be photographed with the nest of baby birds.  Junia warned us not to get too close or the birds would jump out.  We got too close.  The dogs were too interested.  Rakesh rescued the fledgling to return it to the nest.

2014-11-20 VINA and betelnut  Cr

Auntie Vina  (she is Beamer’s personal assistant, Rakesh’s wife, Maki’s “Rakee sister” all at once) and betel nuts growing in front of the house.   Vina just told me betel nut is very important in some of the Hindu prayer ceremonies!

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2014-11-20 GUY and peppers  R

Guy and some of the beautiful bell peppers (capsicums) Austin bought at Taiwan Mission.

2014-11-20 MAMI and duranta   R

Mami with a purple flower we did not know the name of.  Junia tells us it is “duranta” – and they also had it in Haifa.  (Guy, Mami and Junia all served in Haifa together.)

2014-11-20 LEO and hibiscus  Cr

Leo, currently the youngest family member, with hibiscus.

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2014-11-20 GRANDDADDY  R


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18 thoughts on “20 November 2014

  1. Gorgeous photos. Your whole family looks happy- well, maybe Leo doesn’t look so impressed with his hibiscus.
    I haven’t been blogging or commenting this week. That’s because I’m halfway through a wonderful trip to New Zealand.

    • Hey Karolyn – I’m so happy you are in this corner of the planet! Before you leave, try to have a stop in Fiji at the Teitei! If there’s no time this trip, then make sure you plan to next time. I look forward to your NZ post(s)!

      • No time on this trip, but we have fallen in love with New Zealand, so I’m sure there will be another chance to visit Fiji next time around.

  2. Oh Kim and Austin. You are such a blessed family with great happy kids and grandkids. You are the hope of humanity and I am honored to know you and having been part of my life even for a short period. May your blessings be multiplied in your service to God and mankind.

    • Hi, Faika! Austin and I just feel very, very lucky! Thank you so much for the kind wishes – service is truly our highest hope. What is going on with you, Ayla and Genghis? (I wish you had a blog!)

  3. All those children/ so beautiful – Wow (!),
    and look at Grandaddy Austin!
    Eminoni, plse don’t eat that margarine – it’s the very worst thing
    you can eat (just ask Dr. Steph).
    Kim – what strong and lovely women you have there –
    Beamer/ Vina/ Lua/ Clara, and You, Luv.

    (Stellar young men in house, too –
    strong and kind,
    each and every one of them.)

    Bravo Austin and Kim/
    whadda extended family!

  4. And Mami – Joyce and I miss Mami/ have since having to part from her :
    “I miss Mami.”
    -‘Oh, You do? I’m so glad to hear you say that,
    because I DO TOO.’ [ Joyce and jAsa, in conversation. ]

    -It’s that unforgettable quality/
    that ‘certain something’.

      • I totally agree with all your comments, Jace. Wouldn’t it be fun to do a big 3-generation reunion next time round – in five years. (With plenty of cottages for space to get away as needed.)

  5. Kim, Thank you so much for showing pictures of you beautiful family. I love reading your blog and learn so much! Chris Brown is determined to have a Robinson/Beck family reunion some day so we can all see each other. Holiday Blessings to you and your family!!!

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