Sunday, January 9, 2011

In Which we do Very Little but Enjoy Ourselves Greatly

We had plans today to fit in all the things we hadn’t quite got to yet, like all the great beaches we were going to visit, and the shopping we didn’t quite get to, and the restaurants we had planned to eat at. But somehow, instead, we ended up having a great day doing hardly anything at all.

We did manage to make it to a great market in Lihue this morning. It was an appealing mix of local food producers and we found everything from fruit & vegetables to cupcakes & pies, jam & honey, goat’s cheese, Korean food, gourmet salt, cookies etc etc.

It was an enjoyable way to spend an hour:


That’s a pomelo – a kind of giant grapefruit. Yes, it is bigger than Zoe’s head…



No egg board here, or whatever they are called. You want to sell your eggs you just go ahead.


One lady was selling sweet potato leaves. They were floating in a bowl of water and you just helped yourself.


A surfer dude tried to tell me these were cherries. I tried to tell him they weren’t, but he was insistent. Anyone recognize then? They have a very unique taste: sweetish but with a tartness as well. Not my favourite. By the time I got there he was giving them away. “No one is buying them anyway” he grumbled.

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We left with our bags full even though we had made a pact not to buy anymore food. Oh well too bad.

Back at home, a Royal Palm had just burst into flower. I spotted the flower pod cover (I think it is called a sepal? Where is David Attenborough when you need him) on the ground under the tree and at first I thought it was some kind of giant seed pod. Closer inspection proved me wrong however and we all stared in wonder for a few minutes as clouds of pollen filled the air, and dozens of bees moved in. Very cool.



The rest of the day was spent fishing at a local pond:

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and playing in the pool

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Gonna miss this place…

Last day tomorrow!

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