Thursday, November 23, 2006

I Was sent to get more lemons for lemonade
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When I noticed the evil goat had escaped. So we grabbed it by the horns and threw it back over the fence, problem solved.
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Back at the house...
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Kristin and Pop, made cheese cake, mmmmm...
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we got a little bigger
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Saar thought it was funny.
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Thanksgiving Prep

In the morning we went to farming class...
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we learned about legumes, the winged bean actually. Among others.
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I got tired and went out for some warm air.
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This is a view from the mountain (I will explain more later about the "mountain")
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After the seminar, we started to cook for thanksgiving.
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I apologize for not getting pictures of the bunny/turkey/chicken slaughter. But I did get a few snapshots of the squash slaughter.

we had to make sure we had plenty of room for thanksgiving, so we regulated our weight for the past week. I sure lost a lot of weight.
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Imagine my surprise when I saw all the great organic, home grown food, to give you a little hint of the grandeur before my eyes...
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we all looked like this afterwards.
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Better Nate than Lever!

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I have eaten more starfruit in 2 days to feed the Russian army.

But we are far from Russia!
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This is Kate's experiment, Semi-arid climates.
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This is her garden
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This is a weird fruit I found. Peanut Butter Fruit. Bunchosia Argentea Malpighiaceae.
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Wednesday, November 22, 2006

DANGER!

Upon arriving in Florida, one of the first things I noticed was this.
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Panthers! self explainatory

This seemingly innocent looking tree is actually a cross between a venus-fly trap and a banana tree! Just like in the Rocky Horror Picture Show. Watchout, she could take off your head and eat it for lunch.
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And the most feared of all...
Goats! With there sharp demonic horns and hooves, and sinister gotee. These hells-angels are not worth trifling with [Im sorry, 'with' is a preposition]. Also, according to Kate, there aim is almost professional, walk within 5 feet of one of those goats, and they will surely wet your ankles.

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Not to mention Herm eating tomatoes with experimental pesticides on them.

Interesting Plants

Welcome to ECHO
http://www.echonet.org/ (for more info)
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I was surprised at the abundance of different species. I gave up my mission of taking pictures of and catogorizing every single one. It would take me all year. these are just a few that I managed learn their Genus and species.

Red Lady Papaya
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Pummelo
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Edward Mango
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Okron Mango
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Geffner Atemoya
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Sapodilla
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Star Fruit
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The Star Fruit, afor thought only to be found in Supermario Brothers land, is my favorite fruit. The yellower the better.

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Ragga King Returns (and he is cold again)

Here we go again, the Barlows try it again. This time, destination: ECHO, Ft. Meyers FL, USA. Indoor plumbing this time.

Day 1: Cold...
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Well, at least we have jackets this time.
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and Cookies!
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And come on, we can't complain, its not even raining!
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and there is plenty of food...
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But this is the reason we are in Fort Meyers...
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Friday, March 18, 2005

The Epilogue

I learned something I could not have learned anywhere else ( well actually, I think that i could have learned this in any sub/tropical clime): That it is one thing to want to live in a tropical paradise, but it is another once you actually get/live there. Though I barely spent a week, i can't imagine living in a place without great maples, rolling fields and nice old victorian houses.
Destination the next...The City...maybe i will like it there. Tree's and buildings are pretty much the same. They pretty much have the same function. the produce many wonderful things, like shade. Well here are 8 reasons I returned to northeastern Connecticut.

The lovely lakes.
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I repeat, the lovely lakes, or ponds rather.
Actually they are partly man made but i don't want to ruin the moment.

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my house .
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counts for 2 reasons
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the well paved roads
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ponds where the niced frogs you ever seen live
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the not so paved roads, but stil nice in its own sense
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and lastly, one of the nicest looking flags in the world. (honestly some other countries flags are pretty boring like poland... and japan, com'n a red dot?. Some are really tacky, have you ever seen the flag of Grenada?
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I am just kidding about that. I actually like the Japanese flag, it's simplistic, very much a buddhist attribute, not that i am endorsing Zen, but i do admire it for aescetic reasons.

"this concludes my presentation"
Nathan {Ed} Barlow, signing out with a word from kurt vonnegut:
"To be or not to be" (you known who)
"To be is to do" Socrates
"To do is to be" Jean-Paul Sarte
"do be do be do" Frank Sinatra