17 May, 2008

Stinky Toe

This pod falls from a tree. I am not sure of its “official” name, but it is called Stinky Toe here. The goopy black stuff surrounding the seeds is edible. You pull out the brown seeds and the black comes out with it and you suck it off the seeds. Personally I think it is super gross plus it wasn’t given it’s nick name because it smells like roses. Maybe it wouldn’t be as bad if it indeed smelled better, but once you break open the pod, a horrible stench makes its way to your nose. The first time I decided to try it was when the girls brought a couple to school for snack. The way they were devouring it, I figured that I would give it a whirl..it was okay tasting, but since I am not starving and possess free will, I have never had the desire to eat it again.

Unfortunately, Brad found a way to utilize the Stinky Toe in a different way. One evening he was bored and since I was just on my porch laying in my hammock making a basket, he decided to make the TV (me) he was watching, interactive. He began by tossing little pieces at me. I ignored it for a bit, but then decided upon a counter-attack. I quietly gathered the pieces he threw and then bombarded him with my stash. I had to be careful not to hit Amy who was innocently working on her computer. The pieces started getting bigger until he threw a huge chunk which exploded upon contact with my wooden porch. I surrendered and threw the pieces I could find, far off my porch and commenced to my basket making. It wasn’t long before I kept smelling the stench! I realized that there was a big piece under my hammock and an even bigger one that had landed under the porch. I started making gagging noises while waiting for the smell to finally disperse while trying to ignore the snickering from my neighbors.
Life would just not be the same without my neighbors"...


14 May, 2008


Cacao pods,
Breadnut fruit,
and Coconut!

13 May, 2008

ichy ichy ichy

I got some crazy rash all over my left arm which then spread to my stomach and then to my back. I was told by many local people that there isn't any plant here that causes an allergic reaction so I was confused and a little worried. I mean, if there wasn't anything I could be allergic to then just what the hell is spreading all over my body!

After a little research and inquiring in the town (PG), Dawn found out that prickly heat is very common during this time of year and it is common for the heat rash to start out on an arm. It was suggested that I put prickly pear cactus with a little water in the blender to make a paste and apply liberally to help with the itch. I did just that andput it all over the itchy parts. Amy and Brad came back from the field and there I was stretched out on my porch with my Ipod blaring; trying to relax. After a quick photo session complete with Doctor Amy "helping" to re-apply the slime I was ready to wash it off! but I held off for another hour just for good measure.

After a couple of days of applying the bright green slime as well as soaking in the river for a couple hours a day, it is now gone...for the time being.

10 May, 2008

A toad, 2 headed cat and a dead cow.

E holding a huge Belizean toad.

This is a photo of Cuddles and Cockaoodles (mother and daughter). They usually sit in the kitchen all day long hoping to snatch a fallen piece of food before the dogs can get it. It’s quite funny to watch one of the small cats holding off 4 dogs (one of which is the size of a small horse).

While walking back to the farm from Dump (not “the” dump, but Dump, a town between Columbia and PG) we came upon this poor creature. Who knows how he died, but was kind of interesting the way the animal’s form is still evident although it’s insides are all eaten out.