12 December 2013

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Going to the airport yesterday evening, a friend and I had our eyes peeled for pretty trees. He had spotted what he thought was a jacaranda tree in bloom on Valley Road and I didn’t get a photo.   What I did stop for was my favorite flame tree in bloom by a village school on Valley Road.  Austin and I both love the tabletop shape of it .

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Here is a close up.
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And we saw scads of this pink flowering bush.
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GONE TO TOWN – AGAIN
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I took the camera with me and got that jacaranda tree this morning.
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… but Dr. Smarty Pants says it is “Queen of Flowers” (related to crepe myrtle) – not jacaranda at all.
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Still – I had my camera in hand in town for a change and I got a few photos.
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Here is a little strip of the local market – actually the sidewalk outside.  There is always an abundance of fresh produce for sale in piles and bundles.  I forget that people might consider it unusual or exotic.   I came home with bags of okra, long bean, eggplant, cucumbers, cabbage and “spinach.”
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This sign caught my eye.  The other end of this bridge got washed out by a major storm about 4 years ago.   After that, people used to be able to walk out on the half of a bridge.
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Here is a keyhole shot from the new bridge (Melrose Bridge, in honour of the Melrose Cup – a big rugby prize)  – showing a brighter though less shapely flame tree, and a corner of the huge Hindu temple.
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BACK  HOME
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Two more swarms of bees were caught today and 2 of Junia’s visiting nephews got stung.  Luckily our daughter in Canada taught is a GREAT home remedy for bee stings – juice from a fresh cut onion.  It helps.
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The big deal of the week was getting the two 1000 egg incubators from China that Austin ordered months ago.   Both of them got so banged up in transit !   We hope they work…..
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God willing, they will work (or be repairable) – AND – Austin will be able to do the chicken breeding he wants to do – AND – he will be able to get good birds into the hands of multitudes of local farmers.
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To end on a note of current pleasure, not just future hopes – here is Tarsi – the mother of all our beautiful dogs.
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