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April, 2004 - Issue #35

 

BOB AND CAMILLE AT HOME ON MAUI

 

MISS AMERICAN BEAUTY

 

This pretty rose, appropriately named, was a gift from John on April 3 to show his appreciation for the work we have done with the lawn.

 

SWEET SIXTEEN

 

What a lovely picture Emily makes in her gorgeous prom dress with her date, Ted and her sisters, Molly and Amy.

 

IS THIS BUILDING ON FIRE?

No, it's only the smoke from a sugar cane fire behind it.

 

IS THIS A CLOUD?

 

No, it is smoke from the same cane fire.

 

EASTER BUNNY

On Easter Sunday morning Camille went outside to see if the Easter Bunny had come and there he was right outside the front door!  

He sure is a happy little fellow with his sack of treats.

 

HAZARDOUS DUTY 

It takes a strong and brave man to mow out front.  The traffic moves fast and the slope is very steep.

 

THE PAY OFF

After a few days in the sun, Bob rakes up the clippings for use in our compost pile.

 

MEANWHILE

Camille prepares to mow the safer part of the yard.  The before photo is above and the after photo is below.

Ahhh!  This is the best part of working outside - walking around afterwards admiring everything we have done.

 

CELEBRATE EARTH DAY

Bob explains Biodiesel as a volunteer at one of this year's Earth day events.   For more photos, click on Earth Day.

 

ANOTHER EARLY BIRTHDAY PRESENT

 

Camille is quite excited about receiving these loppers for her birthday in June.  She couldn't wait to get outside and trim up the hibiscus.

 

STEWARDSHIP

The real work of Earth Day happens every day.  When ever he has a few moments, Bob heads for the garden.  On this day he was planting onions and pulling weeds.

 

THE OH-SO-INTERESTING LANDSCAPE

 

On the left are taro and sweet potatoes.  On the right is the spring seed pod of the Mother-in-law's tongue.  The leaf behind the pod belongs to a prayer plant.  A stalk of the Mother-in-law's tongue is to the left.

 

FIRE WEED

The scourge of upcountry Maui, this dainty plant is toxic to livestock and is rapidly spreading across many of Maui's pastures.  We spotted this lone plant in our gutter.  Fire Weed seeds arrived on Maui in 1997, mixed in with the grass seed used to landscape along a new stretch of Upcountry highway.  Originally from Africa, Fire Weed has become a huge problem in Australia and on Hawaii's Big Island, where it arrived in 1980.

 

LIBERATION

This poor Ti plant is nearly lost in the weeds out front.

Here is how she looked after we gave her a little bit of aloha.

 

KALAMITY HILL

The day we moved to Kalama Hill on Makawao Avenue last May, our arrival was heralded by a terrible traffic accident.  We immediately began referring to our location as Kalamity Hill.  With every screech of tires, we expected to hear the thud of impact like on that first day.  On April 25, we heard both the screech and the thud and ran outside to see a huge geyser of water.  This picture found its way into the next edition of The Maui News.

The driver had crossed the center line and hit a fire hydrant on the other side of the street.  The car was traveling backwards by the time it hit the hydrant.  The impact caused the car to flip and amazingly, landed on it's wheels, facing the opposite direction in the opposite lane of traffic.  Here the paramedics and firemen load the woman into an ambulance.

 

TROPICAL BIRD

This escaped cockatoo often frequents our neighborhood.  We run outside to see it when we hear its distinct call.  It generally perches in this tree across the street.  Look closely in the middle of the photo to see the white bird.

 

OOPSY!

When Bob got into the car on April 28 to drive over to Aloha Recycling and pick me up, it wouldn't start.  Here he is repairing the fuel pump.  The next door neighbor at Aloha gave me a ride to the Pacific Biodiesel parking lot and I snapped this picture of Bob playing Diesel Mechanic.

 

BIODIESEL BOB 

 

Pacific Biodiesel is updating their Website and one of the new features will be photos of their employees with their diesel vehicles. 

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QUOTES:

"If you have integrity, nothing else matters.  If you don't have integrity, nothing else matters."  - Alan Simpson

"Today I bent the truth to be kind, and I have no regret, for I am far surer of what is kind than I am of what is true."  - Robert Brault

"The job of the newspaper is to comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable." - Finley Peter Dunne

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