2 October 2014

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The best part of every day for me for the last month has been getting up at dawn and walking out to pineapple circle.

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This may change with the weather, but it has been a great joy.

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MACADAMIA FLOWERS

Our macadamia tree is in flower.   I forgot we even had a macadamia tree until Austin reminded me.

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Even though it has this helpful (though misspelled) sign!   Oh well…..

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Behold a macadamia flower.

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The tree has LOTS of them.

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And even some young macadamia nuts!

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ANOTHER FLOWER

Akka cued me in on this one – it is a mountain apple flower, blooming in the goose pen.  Beautiful, isn’t it!   (I don’t know if I’d see any of the tree flowers if it weren’t for my family).

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CHICKEN CUSTOMERS

These boys came on horseback to buy a dozen chicks from Austin.  Of more interest to me was the horse….

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David Bowie on the hoof!    I’d never seen a horse with blue eyes – or in this case ONE blue eye!    You’ll have to take my word that the other one was brown.  I couldn’t get him from the other side.

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MORE GUEST PHOTOGRAPHS

A couple of weeks ago Ken, another Teitei guest, told me he had some photos I could use.  I didn’t get them before he left, but he actually remembered to put them in dropbox for me!  Yay!    Here we have some of his kids and Kiki on horses with Vina’s son and with Akka – mounting up and on a trail ride.

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Ken got some great photos of Sigatoka’s Sahara – the Sand Dunes.

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Back at the farm – his youngest daughter enjoying the tire swing at the cottage.

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Some creature life other than the scores of chickie photos he took :)

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And What the Heck?!   What was Austin doing up in the tree?

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TWO CHICKEN SURPRISES

Austin found this clutch of eggs in the unfinished ground floor of our house.   Twenty-nine eggs!    Good Lord!

The other surprise was something just learned from a fellow-blogger: hens as exterminators!  Green Lizard  put up this post last week, wherein she displayed some envy-eliciting speckled eggs AND told how chicken ears relate to shell color  http://lizard100blog.wordpress.com/2014/09/28/chicken-shed/    I felt obligated to tell her I already knew how chickens ears are related to eggshell color, and gave her a link to my 8 May 2014 post.  WELL – what a shocker: in our exchange of replies under my post she told me that her hens catch mice. !!   She later said ALL hens catch mice.   That is news to me, and more: it is even news to Dr. Happy Chicken.

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THE PROMISED RAIN HAS COME

Voila!  Our first drops.

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And our first mud.

These photos are from day before yesterday.  The sun is out again already – CHEERS.

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May your October be resplendent!    October in the southern hemisphere is the equivalent of April in the north.   Autumn for most of you, spring for us.    Seems just right.

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20 March 2014

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A WALK TO THE RIVER
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Junia took some guests for a walk from our house to the river – about a 15 minute walk, he said.  I went along, and it was my first time ever.   Truth be told, I really went so I’d have some photos this blog.  It turned out to be really interesting, a big pain in the butt, and a whole lot of fun.    
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We found some untended okra.  I’m ashamed to admit that I had never looked closely at how this very common vegetable, grown by ALL my neighbors, grows.  Here you see an okra flower, and just behind it to the right a full size okra fruit, standing tall.
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This is wild bitter melon that I pointed out to the guests.   This vegetable is cultivated and grows to 4 times the size of this one.  When ripe the fruit is a deep yellow and has bright red seeds.  Bitter melon is harvested green and sold in the market.  Here is a stock photo that is clear.
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 It is VERY bitter, but is delicious when cooked with the right spices – and it is prized because it is very good for diabetes.
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And here is an edible something I didn’t know about at all.   Something like a tomatillo.   You wait until the wrapping is getting yellow…
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 and then the little fruit should be getting yellow too.   Some day we’ll try it.
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But good God almighty!  There was a stretch where we had to walk through mud.  You could kind of tiptoe on the sides straddling it most of the time, but the mud itself was shin deep.  ICKY!   I was a lousy companion for this stretch.  
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On the way back, Junia took us through a newly plowed field – and found a big tire track for us to walk in.  That was much better, but I broke a flipflop anyway.  
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The river itself was terrific.    Huge stand of bamboo guarding it.   We had a big piece of felled bamboo to play with.  Nice currents.     I saw where our creek empties into Sigatoka River – but had to leave my camera on shore.
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LOW  TECH
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A guest wanted to try her hand at grating a coconut the way we did before we bought the electric grater.  We bought this metal scraper in Guam 33 years ago and have carried it everywhere, just nailing it to a new board wherever we are.  It still works as good as new (or as good as the technique of the human using it).
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Our guest got the hang of scraping really fast and was on the second half of the coconut when I snapped this.  The challenge was not the grater, but that Kiki wanted to get into the yummy chewy scrapings.  Also Betty Cat wanted a share.
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BAAAAAAAAD  DOG
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Tarsi got onto our porch and walked through the open door into our sitting room, and ate two little ducklings one morning.  Now I have to keep the door closed unless I am in there.  Dangabbit!!  Of course I did not catch Tarsi in the act.  This is a shot of the poultry newborn nursery in our sitting room, right under the loft where we sleep.   And to think I used to dream of being a farmer’s wife when I grew up…….
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IF YOU PRAY FOR ANIMALS …
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Finally, this is our young dog Inu, who is pregnant for the first time.  Her belly has really “blown up” in the last week!  We’ve never seen such a thing.   This morning I wrote to the only vet I know and have an email address for.   We hope this isn’t uncommon, and that Inu just has a lot of puppies, and that we’ll be able to share good news and darling photos next week.
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Even with a few worries, we have cool breezes, plenty of sunshine and running water.  Life is good.
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HAPPY NAW RUZ !
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