20 June 2019

In June we are in the depths of winter.  It is so cold that enemies snuggle up.

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As the coconut oil freezes, Betty suspends her hatred of Daisy and settles down for a nap beside a warm body.

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Faith went to work on a moca (MO-tha) patch.  Moca is my favorite local veggie – a wild amaranth whose greens taste a lot like fresh spinach.   It grows as a wild weed – but I didn’t know we had a patch.  Actually, we didn’t.  We had some wild moca growing, and Faith’s plan was to cut down the old stuff and the new growth would be good eating.  She invited me along.

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You can’t see from the photo – but this is our campfire spot!   (Been awhile since the last campfire – obviously)

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Yep – that is obviously moca – if only I had paid attention.

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Then there was the day that the lights went off (pretty normal) and stayed off past lunch (not so normal).  Why?  What’s wrong with the power company now ???

“Kim, check the box!”

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Oops.

That row of zeroes means we are out of money.  Which I can very easily top up from my phone credit.    Bingo!   Lights and internet are back up.

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Austin met with Fisheries for some reason.  He must have told them about the seaweed pie and gel.  Guess what – they had some of that good seaweed growing in Fiji – in a place about an hour east of Suva !

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Guess what – they gave Austin a big tub of it to go plant in the Mamanucas (islands to the west where Plantation Resort is).

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More on Austin  (no, I did not just say Moron Austin – ha ha)

He had a ZOOM meeting with our friend’s Rotary chapter a few days ago.  It had been in the planning for months.   Beats me why they wanted to meet him so much, but anyhow.   The day before it was supposed to happen, our internet got really unreliable and was still bad on the day.  So Austin got the bright idea to Go High

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This is him in the pavilion with modem and laptop, sitting on a yoga mat, having his Zoom meeting.   He told me the internet did crash on him a few times, but they had some of his old videos to watch until the signal connected again.    (We actually think the problem may be ants in the modem – the fun of the tropics.)

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Faith left.  Has gone back to Oz for a month.  The girls (Nicole and Ashmita) wanted to do the island thing of going to the airport to say goodbye … and they invited me along!

And then Faith insisted on taking us to lunch and having us order whatever we wanted from the menu!   Shocker!  I have never had a $15 drink in my life!  (or a $7.50 one, which is the US amount – still waaaaaaay out of my experience)

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Here ’tis.  Wow.   Beet, carrot, ginger and watermelon   It was yummmmy.  Thanks again, Faith!

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FIJIAN WORD of the WEEK

Damudamu (nDA-moon-DA-moo) – is “red”

Viqi (VEENG-ghee) – is “pink”

E damudamu na jusi.   (It is red the juice.)

Sega!  E viqi na jusi!  (No!  It is pink the juice!)

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Happy week, everybody.

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