Puppy invasion! They are getting so big now. And what complications! Winky, their mom, started attacking two of the fellows doing yard work, so Austin put them in the pool area. That was ok by day (the night we left them in there, they whined all night).
And now they are starting to leave for their furever homes. This is John, the “Lamb Man.” He is the man who traded Austin the three sheep for some geese. Now he needs one of our males because his breeding ram got stolen. He will take Curly, and will give us a nursing ewe with a baby female in exchange. Oh hooray! We will not need to trade away Lambchop!
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You remember the beautiful new tea area? It is in the former location for cane knives and other junk …. so Austin said he’d build a new tool shed out by the pizza oven.
Looky! That is some “tool shed” – looks like a cantina. All we need is colored lights and a bartender!
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More is going on behind this wall, too. My son Guy cannot just visit and hang around. This year’s project: a rocket stove!
Junia stomps the clay.
Guy has packed the clay and sand around pipes and stuff to shape the stove.
It is dry, and the forms were successfully removed.
Now it needs to finish drying (cure) for two weeks and we can try it out. I think we make the fire in the short bowl and we can cook on both holes. Stay tuned.
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Daughter-in-law Mami also got creative.
She bought this huge and pretty jar and has tried making syrup out of the wi fruit. Guy very clerverly put a few drops of apple cider vinegar into it so we wouldn’t end up with wi wine – ha ha.
We also knew the wi fruit in Micronesia as “Deutch mango” – but it is not called that anywhere else. The scientific name is Spondias dulcis parkinson – which I was able to find in Suliana Siwatibau’s book about medicinal plants of Fiji.
I’m having a glass of the wi cordial right now, and it is pretty good!
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Last weekend had the annual Firewalking at the temple down the road. A group of South Indians comes here every winter to carry out the ceremony. The devotees stay at the temple for a week in prayer and fasting. On Saturday night the hosts put on religious plays all night long – this becomes a community party with many families settling in at the temple for the whole night to enjoy the entertainment. Humongous logs are being burned. At 4:00 A.M the devotees go to the river to bathe, then dress in yellow robes and come back to the temple for the grand event.
Kiki was here for the weekend, and we went to the temple at dawn for the firewalking.
First the devotees circumambulate the temple.
The leaders are first over the coals.
Then the others each take their turn on coals.
Some aspects of the event appeal to me, and I’m always really proud of the children I know who successfully take part in this test of faith.
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FIJIAN WORD of the WEEK
“Butterfly” or “moth” is bebe (mBAYm-bay).
Here is Austin with a cloud of bebe that showed up one morning.
Another word is “mouth” – gusu (ngOO-soo). What do they have to do with each other?
Because “LIPS” are bebe ni gusu – “butterflies of the mouth.”
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Happy week, everybody.
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