The starfruit tree is overproducing again. Even when I take sacks of it to my neighbors, there is still more of it than we can use. One family member sliced a heap to dry on this tray and turn into pickles.
But honestly, I didn’t look much at Flora or Fauna this week because we just had an “older generation” ….
Unlike the one with our kids that we try to do every five years – this was a first one ever! So to commemorate it, I got each visitor to select the plant or animal of choice for the Official Photo.
Eldest brother Richard didn’t want either plant or animal – he chose MOUNTAIN. That’s his prerogative. Solid, stable, enduring.
His grandson Connor chose RYU, our horse. (the name means “dragon” in Japanese) Connor and Ryu went galloping down the driveway. They parted company when Connor thought they’d come back and Ryu didn’t. At high speed. (Ah youth! A long scrape is quickly dismissed as “not as bad as the ones I get long-boarding”)
Older sister Celery bonded with a GOSLING, so there was no question of who she was going to choose. That gosling imprinted on her and loves her dearly.
Little brother Jack really surprised me … he went for some interesting GRASSES. I have never known anyone to be interested in our grass before. It must be the rancher in him.
Baby sister Joyce and her husband Lee. Lee is holding MANDARINS from our tree – he said he’d eated a bushel of them. Joyce is holding the flowers called “YESTERDAY, TODAY AND TOMORROW” They are a winter flower she had not seen on other visits to Fiji – and she loves them.
Their son Lee3, up in a SOURSOP tree. He had soursop on his first day here, declared it his favorite fruit ever.
Our tree was out of fruit by then, so here is a stock photo.
And Lee3’s girfriend Gabi with her favorite: CASSAVA . She is holding a sad example of a cassava root and standing in front of a cassava plant. By the time I got around to photo taking, we had already eaten all the impressive cassava that had been dug up. Cassava (a.k.a. tapioca, manioc, yuca) is our very versatile root crop that appeared at almost every meal. I’m glad Gabi enjoyed it so much.
Here is the whole lot of us, gathered around our beloved matriarch, and admiring my handsome grandson.
But, wait! Someone is missing! Oh yes, our photographer.
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