Austin got back this week, but before he did I had to sell last week’s hatch or try to. There were about 2 dozen special chicks not for sale (don’t know why but Austin had put an X or a P on some shells and those were the not-for-sale ones), and there were TEN DOZEN to sell.
Akka helped me pack them two dozen to a box.
When we got to the market, this was the view from the table where I parked the boxes. An hour and a half later I had given away one dozen to an 8-year-old boy who kept coming to look at them because he loved them so much and sold three dozen at last year’s price to one fellow who was willing to buy three dozen but wanted a “deal.” Enough of this! We went to the beach.
Do you remember this picture from last July?
Well, here is the same tree now. I was WRONG AGAIN last July. It must not have been set-upright driftwood – it must have been the result of severe erosion just as Austin had thought, because the tree is full of foliage now. But I swear I do not remember a tree in that location before July. We’ve gone to that spot of that beach a LOT.
Here is a cuter picture of a tree at the beach. This little friend has gone to check if there are any eggs in the nest (sadly you can’t see the nest well behind the leaves …. I need a better camera [ha ha]) The report came down: nest empty.
Ok – here is the beach itself – this photo taken because of the smoke. There was a grass fire a bit down the road as we came in. By this point that grass fire was working its way over to where Akka had parked the truck – in tall grass. This led to an urgent sprint down 300 meters of beach to move the truck and its vulnerable tyres.
Plenty of fires going on – have I mentioned how dry it is?
These are fires in the cane fields that were in progress…
…as Austin and I were driving home from the airport.
Taking advantage of the drought, we are finally painting the pool. Can you imagine the fumes in that bowl?
Can you imagine the heat? (Ah, but the bougainvillea is so pretty!)
And I close this week with a final shot of our trusty “sasa” – coconut rib broom.
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I forgot to mention THIS fellow! Geez Lousie – it sounded like a helicopter was trying to land on me and it was this beetle. He’s huge. Huge and did not hurt me – just made his way out the window after I got him his publicity shot. I hope any troubles affect all of you the same way – briefly scary perhaps, but ultimately harmless.
Lots of love to you all.
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