Thanks to Monica – I’ve got photos this week.
Before I left, Akka got folks making chocolate again.
Here is Ray from Vanuatu – roasting beans. Anticipation! Chocolate will happen.
Here are the roasting beans. Wasn’t chocolate yet. I was busy packing and all – but I do remember the sound of the dry mill milling. Oh, and I remember somebody giving me a taste. Chocolate did happen, but photo-evidence did not.
And then I was gone, and nothing happened at all. … or did it???
MONICA GOES FISHING FOR RIVER MUSSELS
The fishing ladies (at least 2 of them): Monica and Lutu. The feedbags beside Lutu are full of river mussels (kai).
Monica wrote, “Went with Lutu and the Waicoba ladies yesterday to get fresh water mussels (kai) from Nacocolevu and Rupeni (Lutu’s husband) roasted some right there…”
Do you see how they are cooking in the grill from the front of an electric fan? Ha ha.
Monica continues, “He put in lemon salt and chillies water called the waitomu….
…So good. Especially when I was dipping in the river digging for about 2 hours.
With kumala and cassava.” (sweet potatoes and cassava – carried from home)
That’s the way to have a productive picnic!
These are the kai that came home
WOVEN FISH ART
More from Monica, “Dad brought some baby coconut leaves so Kiki and I did some art n craft.”
Now the fish in the fish tank have something interesting to look at.
New School Year in Fiji
Happy that Kiki is going to school in our neighborhood again.
In uniform, and approved by Winky.
Happy week, everybody. For the next few months all the news in this blog is going to be sent to me from folks at home. I’ll probably be more surprised than anyone at what shows up (I need to go kai fishing some time, when I get back.)