This was the real beauty from this week – a gorgeous metallic looking insect. I think this bug is even on one of the Fiji postage stamps.
AN OLD FRIEND
I saw Billy the goat and his sister foraging in the drain beside the road, thought “how sweet” and stopped to take a photo.
Billy recognized me and came up to say Hi! I was so happy and surprised. Billy’s owner told me that it’s good he stayed with us for a month, because he is not afraid of dogs any more. If a dog comes near, Billy turns around and shows them his horns 🙂
The proper way to drink yaqona (kava) the local mild intoxicant, is to pound the root, add water and squeeze. The lazy way is to use powdered kava. Anyway, the dried roots are organized into a bundle called a waka. I asked this man if I could take his picture because it is one of the biggest waka I ever saw. Almost for sure he bought this to take to some ceremony (wedding, funeral, petition to a chief).
And THIS is an example of kanikani, the “lizard skin” condition that happens to people who drink too much kava. It results from Vitamin A depletion. This is my friend’s foot.
IT’S A MIRACLE
That long drought had one surprising side effect: MANGOES !
The tree is loaded. We are shocked.
Two ganders that always hang out in our yard have taken to chilling in the driveway. I know they are ganders because they are pure white. The female pilgrim geese have some gray on them.
My dear friend planted the tree in memory of her grandpa (see 21 August ) …. and then I forgot about the tree! We had that awful drought, and the tree on the top of the hill …. well, I was afraid it was dead. Austin said it might survive and that I should just watch it.
Finally! It is putting out new leaves. Isn’t this a delightful fleur-de-lis configuration!
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This is a flower I love that we have in Suva, a kind of ‘bleeding-heart.’
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