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September, 2002 - Issue #16

 

BOB AND CAMILLE AT HOME ON MAUI

 

AT THE END OF THE MONTH

This is all we had to show for the very entertaining month of September - 4 pounds of trash in front and 47 pounds of recycling behind it for a total of 51 pounds.  The compost can and the worms took care of the rest.  We've trimmed 20 pounds out of our glass by brewing beer in re-useable bottles (a 38% reduction in glass) and cut our paper by 14 pounds since last May.  At this rate, we are sending less than three 32-gallon cans of garbage to the landfill a year.  That's less than half a cubic yard.  Our total generated waste, including compost and recycling, fills two 32-gallon cans per month and weighs between 110 and 150 pounds.

 

BOB'S 44TH BIRTHDAY

 

Here are most of Bob's presents and a very special dinner of our favorite Bocca Chicken Patties, mashed potatoes, gravy and peas.  Does this man look excited, or what?  Well, it isn't every day you turn 44.  Bob happens to be wearing a tee shirt he bought in the Caribbean and standing in front of a photo of us playing in a waterfall in Belize just 5 years ago.

 

After dinner (can you say Clean Plate Club?) eaten while watching Stanley Kubrick's "Barry Lyndon" on DVD, we lit the candles and had cake and ice cream.  Life doesn't get any better than this!

A NEW PATH

It looks like Bob has been out with his machete, again!  He spent a couple of hours carving this path from the house to the garden.  It winds around the old outhouse and through the vines and cane grass.

 

TWO CANE FIRES

 

Sugar cane is a big industry on Maui.  When it comes time to harvest, the whole field is set on fire to burn away the unwanted leaves,  The stalks are then collected and processed into sugar.   The photo on the left was taken from our yard on September 23rd and the one on the right was taken from Pukalani two years ago.  The first time we saw a cane fire, we were driving into town for one of Bob's first days of work with the Kaho'olawe Island Reserve Commission.  We thought that a bomb had been exploded on Kahoolawe!  It sure looked like a nuclear blast to us.  A couple of weeks ago, we drove through the smoke from a cane fire and it was frightening to hear the crackle of the flames as we choked on the smoke filled air.  Apparently, residents are not notified when a field is to be burned.  We're thankful we live above the fields.

 

MOON SETTING AT SUNRISE

What a pretty sight to see the moon setting over West Maui first thing in the morning on September 20th.

 

PLANTING A SEED

Bob, busy in the garden on September 15th.

 

UPCOUNTRY WEDDING

 

Volker Weiss wed Julienne Hurst at Silver Cloud Ranch on September 8th.  We met Volker in China.  He was the Food and Beverage Manager for The Hyatt, our home for 6 months.  He provided us with good conversation during those long winter evenings and later shared his friends on Guam with us.

 

Bob and Camille took time before the ceremony to sit and enjoy the view and pet the miniature horses.

 

Volker was a little nervous before the wedding but it looks like it was worth it after all was said and done.

 

Jules decorated the champagne box with shells and other pretty things.

 

NEW ADDITIONS

 

Finally, we get some pets!  These handsome red wigglers, donated by Joy Webster, will dine royally on household paper and kitchen scraps.  We look forward to the rich fertilizer they will produce in return.  Bob poured them into their new bed of shredded paper and fed them their first meal of corn husks on September 4th.

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