8 September 2016


Let’s begin with some CUTENESS……  here are three goslings, all females, that hatched under their mother three days earlier.   How do we know they are females?   By their bills.   In pilgrim geese the females always have some darkness to their bills, while the males’ bills are all pink.

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I took a walk and noticed my neighbor’s tree is full of tamarinds.   There was also a goat, that with the sunshine and shadow looked like he had been drawn onto the landscape.


There was a beautiful red flower that was just a weed by the roadside.

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Austin nagged me to get this photo …  not much to look at, but it is an avocado flower.  Regular readers might remember that last December we actually had an avocado fruit growing (same tree) – what I didn’t tell you was that the avocado was lost in a storm the next week.  These are the first flowers since then.

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Austin has been taking our guests to the coast to do coral restoration work.  Joe has a camera full of pictures now, and I invited him to be my guest blogger, but he says he doesn’t know what anything is.   For example, he brought home this beautiful shell – and is going to make it into jewelry for his niece, but neither of us know the name of the bivalve it belonged to.

Duty called, and I walked down to the field to see what was going on with all the plowed land.

TA DA.   This is what 2000+ cassava plantings look like.   The cassava is just those sticks sticking up.   Each row is about 200 metres, i.e. the length of two football fields.   Sheesh!   And there is still a third of the plowed area yet to plant: we will have almost 4000 cassava plants by the time we’re done.   As soon as it rains, Austin intends to plant corn  between the cassava cuttings as well.   Woot woot – lots of food!


While down there, I went ahead and took a photo of another flower that is everywhere right now.  An old favorite with a cheeky Spanish name culo de poeta.


And then – HORRORS – a flower I really did not want to see on our property: Spathodia, the most hated plant in my universe.    (If you want, you can read my rant about it from the earliest days of my blog  HERE  )

There is only One Good Thing about spathodia that I just learned …. it can be killed by glyphosate, i.e. Round Up.   And that is about the only One Good Thing about glyphosate as well.   They deserve each other.

That ends my survey for the week.  Let us now close with another spot of endearment:

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Happy week, everybody.

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6 thoughts on “8 September 2016

    • Hi Simone – nearly everything will grow that is stuck in the ground here. It’s the reason that if a kid wants to get buried in sand at the beach, you never let them stay there for more than half an hour 🙂

  1. The little goslings were pretty cute. The older ones have kept their fuzz and will soon begin to get their adult feathers. Pretty fun to see the progression they go thru. The goat on the hill reminded me of Norway. We have goats, but there are no hills to climb on in this area. You found an unusual shell, along with some great flowers, as well as the Avocado plant. I wonder if they would grow here. Probably too cold in the winter. It would be interesting to see what they are going to plant where they have done all the plowing. Maybe you can give us an update in later editions. LG

    • Glad you like my goslings and the neighbor’s goat. I’ve got news on “what they are going to plant” – the picture was of something already planted. Look closely and you will see little sticks sticking up – those are pieces of cassava (a.k.a. tapioca, manioc, yucca). It is Fiji’s major root crop, and it can grow from cuttings. I will try to remember to do some before and after photos on this field.

      • Thanks Kim, that was a good follow up. I knew that tapioca was a product from a root, but I had no idea where it was grown. It is one of my favorites.

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