It’s been an eventful few weeks on our Island. Since I have readers from all over the world, and have been asked by some about where I live, to confirm, I do live on the Island with the active volcano, Hawai’i Island. That being said, I live in area of the island that is not directly affected by the lava flows. We live about 60 miles north of the volcano on the northeast east side of the island. While we have felt some earthquakes here, they have caused no damage, and we do not feel them in the frequency as those who live near the volcano do. We also do not have as much vog (volcanic smog) as the Kona and Southern sides of the island do; it’s pretty bad.
Here’s a shot from the upper road heading to Waimea. Normally from here you can clearly see the ocean.
This is a shot of Mauna Kea near the town of Kamuela. It looks like rain clouds, but it’s not, it’s all vog. Normally I could see the whole mountain from here.
We are very fortunate. I do know people who are affected and have had to evacuate and leave their homes. One woman told she me just feels numb, as she waits it out every day wondering if today will be the day her home is lost. I can’t even imagine the anxiety and stress the people of Leilani Estates and neighboring subdivisions are going through. One thing about Hawaii is that people come together and help each other out, whether it’s housing people in their homes, to taking in pets, or giving food and supplies to those who need it, the community comes together to help where they can. If history repeats itself, it’s likely this event will last months.
As far as farm happenings, it’s been a busy week as well. My husband finished setting up a new fence in our pasture, and the sheep and donkeys we had moved into a neighbors pasture are now back in ours. We had 3 baby ducks hatch in the last day, and should have about 5 or 6 more in the next few days. The 3 that just hatched were incubator eggs. They’re reacting my voice already, they’re so cute I can hardly stand it.
The duck on the left is tufted – you can see a little patch of fur on the top of its head that sticks out. This will stay like that as it gets older. It’s not the best picture because we’re protecting them in a little house, so I couldn’t get too close.
My herbs for the medicinal garden are growing well, and we’re getting ready to build some planter boxes in the garden to transplant them in. I’ve been doing more research about different herbs, especially local ones, and am discovering that many of the plants we have in the garden have medicinal uses although that is not why we initially started growing them. For example, the leaves of the soursop can be used to make tea that is supposed to address gastrointestinal issues; some even claim it helps with stomach cancer. My latest subscription of Mother Earth Living has an article about passionfruit tea.
The tea is made from dried leaves, vines, and flowers from the passion fruit plant or lilikoi as we call it here. Who knew?? I clipped a bunch of vines recently and have been drying them in our dry house. The tea has a sedative effect and has been used to help with anxiety, insomnia, and ADHD.
I just went in the dry house this morning, but the vines aren’t quite dry enough. If it suns up today, they may be ready by tomorrow.
Ever since I returned from Ireland, I can’t stop thinking about their soda bread. It was soooo good. This morning, I finally made my own. It’s actually really easy, you just need to make sure you have all the ingredients. It came out pretty well, not as wonderful as the ones I had in Ireland, but hey it’s my first loaf. My husband liked it a lot, and that’s all that really matters!
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