10 October 2019


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And here is our adorable Ashmita – at work today – wearing her “My Fiji My Pride” top and Fiji flag inspired sulu.   Fiji became independent from Great Britain on 10 October 1970.  You know what that means for Next Year!!!

Ashmita is at work because we still have the workshop going.

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The whole gang went down to the field to collect corn and papayas, and Junia forgot the feed bag he was going to bring.   No problem!   The Samoans grabbed a few coconut leaves.

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And made big carrying baskets.   They are made in Fiji, too – but not all Fijians make them.  It looks like all Samoans still use them a lot.   (The coconut frond basket also features in the darling Samoan movie “Three Wise Cousins”)

And then the Samoans had to leave –

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It was hard for us to say good-bye.

Happily our five guests from Papua New Guinea are still here.  One of them was in the market and a local asked her where she’s from.  She said “Papua New Guinea” and the local asked “Africa?”  She repeated and he repeated.  Several times.  We laughed when she told us.  No one knows “Papua New Guinea” here – they only know “PNG.”   Everybody knows PNG is part of the Pacific.

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Here are some of the PNG group with Teitei guests  looking at edible wild plants from around the farm.   We ate well that night!

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Austin’s latest “discovery” – oja santa leaves are very soft and very strong.  He is sure they will make excellent …. Toilet Paper.   HA HA HA HA HA HA HA

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FIJIAN WORD of the Week

Drekedreke (ndre-KEHN-dre-keh) – is a woven coconut basket.

This is to prove that Fijians do know how to make the Samoan basket.  ha ha.

Draunikau (ndrow – nee – cow) is leaf.

So dranikau ni vale lailai   is “bathroom leaf”?   Honorable Barefoot Profesa tells me there is a REAL word for it.  So let’s learn this together:  nai taqari   (nigh- tang-gahr-ee)

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Happy week, everybody.

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