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!