Friday, September 14, 2012
Thursday, July 19, 2012
Friday, April 27, 2012
Monday, April 23, 2012
Friday, April 20, 2012
Monday, April 16, 2012
Thursday, April 12, 2012
Landry is mapping the roads, sidewalks and little paths on the island. Ran into this 2-meter-long serpent, which our little 5-year-old neighbor very easily identified as a python. I asked her how she knew, and she looked at me like I was dumb. "By its patterns, of course!"
Sunset at the end of a path on the west of the island.
Tuesday, April 03, 2012
Friday, March 23, 2012
A common tailorbird that had flown into the large window at the front of our house, knocked itself out, and then a few minutes later got up and flew off. We hope there are not too many bird accidents. If there are, we may have to rush to finish some curtains to give our flying friends a visual cue of the glass hazard.
During last year's rainy season, we cut a few branches from neighbors' hibiscus plants, clipped off all the leaves, cut each branch to the length from my elbow to wrist, and then poked them into the wet mud to root. Less than a year later, they are leafy, and some have flowered! We hope to have a nice hibiscus hedge on the east side of our house, along the side with the public sidewalk.
The balcony railing by Landry and our friend Paul.
These orange birds of paradise started off as root stumps -- a gift from a neighbor at our old house. We put them in pots for a few years, and then planted them here under our shower, to drink up our soap and shampoo water from bathing. They are now about two meters tall and happy.
The "moke" bushes on the left are slowly adjusting to our clay-consistency earth. A few of the moke are leafy, others are flowering, but none look particularly happy yet. The plants on the right were mysteriously growing in all weird directions, but then we realized with a few of the bunches that really flourished that each sprout forms a fan of leaves around a central flowering stem.
The neighborhood cats are talented climbers. Spot the one way up in the tree?
This plant, "bua bok" (which translates to mean the lily on the shore), began as a little clump that I got from a coffee shop near our old house.
Rose apples on their way. These "chompu mah miaw" begin as fuzzy pink flowers.