Monica brought these in – new fruits on the farm – mangosteens, she thought. I was SO EXCITED! Mangosteens are delicious. I knew Austin had planted some mangosteen trees a few years back, but they are supposed to take twenty years before bearing fruit. Wow! Ours were so early!
We cut one.
Well, the skin was not hard like a mangosteen. And the flesh was not pearly over the seeds like a mangosteen – but what the heck: this was 14 years premature! (I still hadn’t clued in.) I ran down to the pond with Monica to show off our mangosteens to Austin. He broke the news to me – they aren’t child-prodigy mangosteens after all – they are some kind of plummy thing. Even Austin doesn’t know what they are, even though he planted the tree. They are growing on our land and they taste pretty good. Anyway, it is something new.
REMEMBER THE HORN WORMS? (31 July)
Austin was going to put them in a jar so he could see the moths emerge. Well here is a chrysalis from one.
And here is the dalo sphinx moth that emerged. It had been in the jars several days before I got around to taking its photo, and it was flapping its wings, trying to figure out how they work. The poor thing finally did manage to take off.
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Austin: You don’t know what you’re talking about.
Me: What do you mean?
Austin: You said none of the ducks ever recovered [last week’s blog]
Me: I thought they didn’t
Austin: No, some of them did.
The Upshot – the blue egret from last week is doing well, as did SOME of the ducks that got sick before.
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Me: Where’s Billy? [the goat from 24 July]
Austin: Oh he got well and went home.
Me: (surprised) Ha.
NO MUSS, NO FUSS
It’s the end of the tomato season and we bought a crate of tomatoes. I refused to blanch them for freezing (photos from that in my blog almost exactly one year ago!) – huge bother! So Akka, God bless him, decided to try sun-drying them. This was yesterday morning. They’re on a screen, see their cute shadows!
This was yesterday afternoon. Lovely. We’ll pop them out for a few more hours of sun today and then they can be stored in much, much, much less space.
I took shots of the grasslands being burned this week, only to find out that exactly a year ago (29 August 2013) I covered the burning grasslands as well. This seems to be scheduled like clockwork!
THE FARM THROUGH THE EYES OF A GUEST
Ju-lin, a recent guest, shared her 233 photos from here with me, and agreed that I could post them in my blog. I chose a handful of my favorites and will share them briefly. The one above is “dawn at pineapple circle.”
Another shot of dawn (I don’t know where exactly)
Dewy spider web.
Goose on a nest. (Austin tells me that this is the goose who is determined to sit. LONG story. Maybe next week.)
Austin at the incubator, with eggs hatching in the bottom tray.
Flower in a tree (I have no idea what it is – very pretty! I must try to find it!)
Weird fruit (I have no idea about this one either).
Monica digging ginger – the observer is Austin’s namesake who was here visiting.
The youngest member of our household helping the oldest one to walk around.
An impressive beetle.
An impressive dinner, starring fish from our pond.
The porch of the cottage at night.
The stars of the porch stage show.
Thank you, Ju-lin. It was fun to see our place as you saw it.