I went to seen Prashneel’s family this week, and Prashneel was all excited and wanted to show me his chickens. They’ve grown so much in just (two) weeks.
See! (This is a close-up from the 8 January photo.) Maybe it doesn’t show, but the chicks have nearly doubled in size.
Then Prashneel started opening little nuts and giving them to his brother and sister.
“Betel nut?” I asked, hoping very much that the answer would be “No” and that the betel nut habit was not spreading to Fiji.
“Yes!” he replied happily, “Do you want one?”
He held it up. That’s no betel nut. <sigh of relief>
“Sure, I’ll try one,” I said.
He opened it up. There was this miniscule nut meat. He gave it to me. Sweet! Really! So small, so tasty!
Prashneel led me to the tree, just beside his house. He was so proud of all the nuts in this tree. I was happy to learn of yet another wonderful local wild food …. but sad that some insect is turning all the leaves to lace. It’s like the Garden of Eden plus pests.
It’s growing here. I’ve never seen a bluer flower and neither has Austin.
Well, black seed case. Austin stuck some odds and ends in my hands this week. The blue flower was one. This thing was another.
And these were the third……
MALABAR CHESTNUT SPROUTS
From the “money tree” Austin planted in October 2013. We’re gonna be RICH!
MORE FROM THE GARDEN OF EDEN
It doesn’t seem like much, looking down the hill from our dining table….
And it still doesn’t look like much close up – but these are SWEET starfruit! Really really delicious.
Toadstools! It has finally started raining a lot here. We thought the day would never come. The toadstools have arrived to celebrate.
BET YOU CAN’T GUESS THIS ONE
It is directly related to there being more rain, and thus standing water in our “cement pond” ….. it is the shed exoskelton of a dragonfly.
We have hundreds, maybe thousands of dragonflies around now because they have been breeding there. These dragonflies eat their body weight in other bugs – especially mosquitoes – every day, so they are always welcome. (Sorry for this ugly photo of dragonfly and shadow on cement at high noon. )
A CANDLED EGG
Austin’s always “candle-ing” eggs to see if there’s a baby growing. I never knew what he was looking for. Here it is – and not what I’d ever have expected – a large web of blood vessels up near the shell!
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Today would have been my mom’s 101st birthday – so I dedicate today’s blog to her memory. Happy Eternity, Mom!
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