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

2014-09-25 macadamia sign  R

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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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).

2014-09-27 David Bowie horse with riders  R


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.

2014-09-20 Ken - on horseback2014-09-20 Ken - on horseback 2


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.

2014-09-20 Ken - swing at cottage

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

2014-09-20 Ken - gecko and beetle

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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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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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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