27 December 2018

2018-12-24 Christmas eve crowd in town Cr

Maybe this doesn’t look that crowded, but  Christmas Eve was crazy busy.  There have been years I could not even walk – it wasn’t quite that tight this time, but close.  Akka and I went down to get Kiki back from his mom, and Akka waited at the Post Office … no way was he going to find any parking closer to town.

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2018-12-23 jackfruit anticipation R

Akka and a guest waiting in anticipation.  What for?

2018-12-23 jackfruit havest by 70 year old kid Cr

Jackfruit.

Guess what!  The man with the knife, our “old” friend, is SEVENTY years young.

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2018-12-22 wasp on kamaimai Cr

Wasp on kamaimai bottle.

Kamaimai (ka-MY-MY) is Tuvaluan syrup made from tapping the coconut flower – island version of maple syrup.   Austin brought some home from his trip to Tuvalu.  Now that Akka and Kiki are here, it is disappearing at an alarming speed.

Junia tells me this is a paper wasp.  He tells me THIS it the insect that nearly killed one of our guests!  https://ffwrfromfiji.wordpress.com/2016/03/16/17-march-2016/   These guys aren’t a problem unless they are disturbed – then they become very aggressive, and – unlike bees that can sting only once – these guys have machine gun stingers.  Ju says he had a paper wasp nest above his computer in his bachelor pad, and they were no problem at all because he never disturbed them.

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2018-12-25 lambs trying to get into pavilion Cr

Larry, Larry, Larry  – why do you and your friends keep trying to get into the pavilion?   Will these benches not dissuade you?

(Three guesses as to why we knew the lambs were hanging out there, and why we don’t want them there.)

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This year I know how to say Happy New Year without asking Junia

VAKANUINUI  VINAKA  NA  YABAKI  VOU

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