17 October 2019

Akka was in the truck with me on the gravel road to our house.  “Look!  Look!  See the wild turmeric flower!’

I didn’t stop.

“It is a really nice deep pink.  I never saw one that pink.”

So I stopped and backed up.

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Akka hopped out and got the photo.

Funny enough, he was the one who pointed out the same flowers to me several years ago on a different road and made me stop for a photo.   They were pretty but paler.

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Bruno is growing.

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Looks like a fine up and coming pup, doesn’t he!

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Out for an evening walk, we saw a pair of yoked bulls just getting ready to go to work.

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“Be sure to get MY picture,” my neighbor joked.  He’s there in the dark blue shirt, if you look closely.

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Best Idea Ever

One of our guests from PNG put a drinking coconut into the freezer.

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Frozen coconut juice.   YUM.

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Heaps of Chicks

We hatch 15-20 dozen baby chicks a week, and they’ve started piling up. Phone orders fell off.  Austin got sick one week and couldn’t go sell them in the market.  Then last Saturday, market day, it was rainy – and this – and that – and Austin didn’t go for the second week in a row.

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So 3 week olds got put out into mobile rearing pens.  I don’t know HOW many dozens are in there.

Bigger ones (that Junia and I had failed to sell while Austin was gone) got better digs.

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They are in Mami and Leo’s vegetable garden, that was revived by Faith and Nicole for veggies, and has now been converted into a step-up juvenile pen – a safe fenced place that is still “happy.”

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There is an open “house” in it – with roosting poles – backed up against the grown-up-chicken villa.

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And a roof of coconut thatch made by the PNG workshop folks and Faith.  (The PNG folks are leaving tomorrow morning, and I’ll tell you more about them when I post the Goodbye Photo next week)

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Not His Fault

Remember I showed the little drone our guest a few weeks ago?  He gave me a file of photos he’d taken before he left.  I forgot about them.  Terrific photos!  So I want to end with my favorite:

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Boerge’s drone photo of the Pavilion, with a tiny shot of Boerge himself in the corner.

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FIJIAN WORD of the WEEK

Wai batabata  (wye  ba-tam-ba-TA) – means “cold water”  – literally “water cold”

Wai cevata  (wye theh-VA-ta) – means “ice”

I think of it because my new  obsession is learning to take cold showers with internet instruction from the Iceman – Wim Hof.    And you can’t get the water “cold” here unless you add some ice.

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Happy week, everybody!

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