Monday, September 29, 2014
Photos from the week 9/28/2014
Posted: 28 Sep 2014 03:19 AM PDT
We have been getting ton of rain. In the last week the fish ponds, streams and roads all flooded. The truck even got stuck right on the farm.
I had to give the whole rabbit herd medicine for mites this week. The first step was to find their weights. Surprisingly they all cooperated when they had to be weighed.
I believe this is a mature Goliath ant lion. The larva stage of some ant lions is the thing that makes inverted cones in the ground that trap ants. When they grow up they get wings.
These are variegated plantains. Both the leaves of the plant and the fruit have white stripes in them.
Nonedible Ornamental Banana.
Besides all the rain we have been getting, there are also tons of flowers around.
Roy has planted bunches of Heliconias around. These bright flowers attract a few kinds of shiny sun birds.
These flowers are the first blooms on a bush I planted outside my house. The flowers have a really odd structure compared to other flowers, and have a really nice smell.
Under my outside faucet I planted a bunch of colors of Balsam. They are all in full bloom this week.
These little guys are a native wild Hibiscus. They are really small, and only bloom once a year.
Thursday, September 18, 2014
Photos from the week 9/14/2014
Posted: 15 Sep 2014 08:37 AM PDT
Our multipurpose building is done! We now have morning devotions in it, and have been working on landscaping around it. Here is a beautiful double rainbow behind it.
The Garden of Eden has over three hundred different kinds of trees in it. Some of these trees have never fruited because of climate, age, or both. 16 years after Roy planted this tree, this is the first fruit from a type of Cola.
The Graduation for the Gamboula nursing school was this weekend. 16 nurses graduated from their three year program. After receiving their diplomas all the pastors who had come for the graduation gathered around and prayed for them.
Somongue now has two young Dwarf cows. This small breed only gets to be about waist high, but are resistant to a lot of the problems the bigger cows around here get. The hope is to train them to pull a plow.
Tuesday, September 9, 2014
Photos from the week 9/7/2014
Posted: 08 Sep 2014 07:38 AM PDT
Since we don't have banks, grocery stores, or hardware places, and we were running low in all the things you can find in them, Danforths and I had to go to Yaoundé, Cameroon, for supplies. Among other things, we got a replacement water pump for the one the lightning blew up.
There are two major camps for Central African refugees along the road to Yaoundé. This one stretches two kilometers!
One day while planting trees at the international school in Yaoundé, I found a whip scorpion. Definitely one of the coolest bugs I have seen.
During the week I was gone two swarms of bees moved in to some empty grass hives I had put in some trees. There is a plastic plate with a hole in the center, and the bees use that as the entrance. The rest is grass.
It must be swarm season because this morning I found and captured another swarm. This makes three new hives in the last week!
Tuesday, August 19, 2014
Photos from the week 8/17/2014
Posted: 17 Aug 2014 07:35 AM PDT
Last week was the first time Roy and I have been able to get out and go do a seminar with some of our cooperatives. We went east last and this week we went south. 8 of our cooperatives meet up at a town called Dede for a seminar on fruit trees. Despite getting stuck in the mud, and it raining a bunch during the day, we had a great turn out (about 85) and a fun time.
The truck got stuck in the mud coming off the ferry. After about an hour we were able to free it.
A group shot after the practical part of the seminar where we planted fruit trees.
This week we had lightning strike our generator house at Somongue. Thankfully the generator seems to be ok, so work can continue at the garage. The bad news is that despite grounding rods and breakers, it blew up our electrical and water systems including; large inverter, battery bank, and water pump. Roy and I spent a day rewiring our houses with a whole new 12 volt system that is specific to each house. At this point neither the farm nor our two houses have water. This is the latest in a series of electrical setbacks/frustrations we have had during the last year.
One of the 6 exploded batteries.
The same storm that brought the lighting that hit the farm also brought hail. A rare sight in these parts.
Monday, August 11, 2014
Photos from the week 8/10/2014
Posted: 10 Aug 2014 12:56 AM PDT
One of my does gave birth to 9 babies! Today almost all of them have opened their eyes.
Another army ant nest went up in flames this week. There are still scouting parties that are paying visits to Danforths and me, so there might still be another nest somewhere.
Before the flames discovered a chamber full of gas within the ant nest.
One of the explosions when the fire made it to a chamber.
Monday, August 4, 2014
Photos from the week 8/3/2014
Posted: 02 Aug 2014 12:04 PM PDT
This week Roy and I had our first opportunity to go do a seminar at a village. Three cooperatives came together to learn about fruit trees.
After theory, we went out in the field and planted 19 different kinds of fruit trees in one of the cooperatives fields.
I found the army ant nest that has been sending waves of soldiers to invade Danforths� and my house. Roy and I dug into the nest, poured gasoline into a few of the tunnels and lit them on fire. The gas must have gotten all the way into the main chamber, because there were a few nice explosions. I went back later in the day and dug into the center of their mound, and found a huge hole about a meter deep and wide.
Roy pouring gas down one of the army ant holes.
Four fires going, one at each major entrance. From time to time there would be an explosion and a big puff of fire would fly out of one or more of these holes. I was unable to get a photo of that though.
It looks like it is that time of year again. Mangosteens and Rambutans.
Monday, July 28, 2014
Photos from the week 7/27/2014
Posted: 27 Jul 2014 08:52 AM PDT
Here are three barrels of cow peas that have been harvested from the farm. They will be distributed soon as seed.
A few wind chimes I made of Bamboo
It is the time of year when people are harvesting peanuts! Fresh peanuts boiled are really addicting.
The Driver ants have been invading my house more frequently these nights. Saturday I found their home. Next step try to get rid of it.
I don�t have a camera any more except for the one on my phone. We don�t have cell reception on the farm, so I don�t often carry it with me. The quality of photos is also not great, so photos of the week will probably be a little different now.