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May, 2003 - Issue #24
BOB AND CAMILLE AT HOME ON MAUI
On May 3rd, we received notice to vacate the cottage at 1530 Pi'iholo Road. Bob found us a new home on Makawao Avenue the next day. To see photos of what happened next, click on The Big Move.
AND THE GARDEN...?
To see what happened to our vegetable garden, click on The Modular Garden.
THINGS WE WON'T MISS
Put cold mornings and mosquitoes on the list of things we won't miss. Even in May, Camille often types emails wearing knit gloves, fleece sweats and slippers.
PULLING OUT THE TUBERS
Bob pulled up purple potatoes and sweet onions as part of the evacuation effort and Camille turned it into a indescribably delicious soup on May 13th. We ate it with baked acorn squash and freshly baked bread. The acorn squash was a volunteer that Bob spotted in our compost pile and moved to the garden. The purple potatoes were sweet and gave the soup a creamy texture which proved to be the perfect compliment to the firm and starchy squash.
WRANGLER HALL OF FAME
Camille and Muffin stand atop the Pi'iholo on May 15th. At 2,260 feet in elevation, this landmark towers above the rest of the ranch. In the far left part of the photo, just off Camille's right elbow are 180 cows with their spring calves. Above Muffin's head is the road that leads to the corral and the corral itself lies between Muffin's mane and the left side of the road. Haleakala spreads out in the background beneath a mantle of clouds.
Cynthia readies Regalito for the picnic ride and Tamalyn teaches Black Jack to play "Kiss Me" with carrot treats.
Lisa from San Francisco sure seems to be enjoying her ride on Pukea in this shot from atop the Pi'iholo. In the background is West Maui and Maui's north shore .
Surrounded by the fruits of his labors, Bob is clearly anxious to get a move on.
And then there's the stuff in the shed...
TIME FOR A LOOK-SEE - May 16
Bob's intention was to leave this compost pile behind, but after taking a look at the dark, rich center we decided to bring it along.
Bob clowns with some extra special red and white beets before we turned them into soup.
END OF THE DAY
At the end of the day we know we are finished when the clean bowls are stacked in the drainer like this. This was a meal of Angel Hair pasta (big pot, sauce ladle and black bowls) Salad (large white bowl on the end) Bread (plate) and ice cream (blue bowels.) It's not over 'til it's over.
We spent our first night in the new place Sunday May 18th. This is the view from the front of the house of Makawao Avenue with the pastures of the Maui Horse Center across the street. Haleakala is shrouded in clouds. We like to watch the bulls in a pasture a little further up the hill through our binoculars.
THE NEW GARDEN
John offered us this corner of his back yard next door to use as a vegetable garden provided we share the yield. We were happy to accept this arrangement. The fluffy stuff in the corner is asparagus.
We began clearing out the weeds on May 25th and found that the soil underneath was very rich from gardens past. By the end of the month, we had plugged in leeks and chard and Bob has begun the expansion into a second plot. The nice thing about this spot is that it is very dry, therefore if we only water the vegetables, the weeds will have a very difficult time making a comeback.
THE NEW BACK YARD
Camille stands proudly in our new back yard. Within a few months we will be able to bring back the lawn and eradicate the weeds. Bob holds some potted ginger (the eating kind) that he sprouted in front of its cousins.
This morning's cane fire is brought to you by HC&S (Hawaii Commercial & Sugar Company.) Moving 1600 feet down the volcano has brought us a little closer to the cane fires. This photo of a fire on the morning of May 31st was taken from the back yard and is framed by a macadamia nut tree (on the left) from next door and the banana plants behind our yard. Camille revels in the healing vapors of this extraordinary bloom from one of John's Fragrant Cloud rose bushes. John nurtures 3 or 4 dozen of the finest roses and generously shares his bounty with us.
John's dog, Koa is a mere slip of a thing with a soft coat and sweet disposition. He has tiny feet and silken ears. Bob has dubbed him the "Meer Dog" because he resembles a meerkat.
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