papaya sapling Fiji
essay, garden

Life Lessons with: Papaya

I collected and dried out more papaya seeds for our gardener to plant several months ago, and the saplings are coming up. It's a wonder to see: a visual reminder of natural growth. This morning, I noticed one sapling in particular. Our gardener had moved it to a new location on my request. He told… Continue reading Life Lessons with: Papaya

Food, garden

Papaya Harvest

Our gardener planted papaya seeds that have grown into a tall and healthy tree in less than a year. The tree has begun to yield lots of fruit. So much fruit, in fact, that I can practically walk out every day and pick a papaya off the tree to eat. I look out daily for… Continue reading Papaya Harvest

basil parsley Fiji garden
Food, garden

Tropical Garden Starters

We have a lush garden in our yard in Fiji. I can't take credit for it. Our gardener has been working the yard for many years, and previous tenants have installed their own touches. Before we moved to Fiji, we imagined being able to eat from our garden. After we arrived, we started small by… Continue reading Tropical Garden Starters

Adventure, Food, garden

Annual Coconut Harvest

It's that time of year again: Time to harvest the coconuts in our yard. We have five tall coconut trees that require someone to climb them to take the coconuts down. We harvest them once a year for general maintenance. The yield is much more than we can consume before the coconuts go bad since… Continue reading Annual Coconut Harvest

Bird of Paradise Throw Pillow by ATBdesignart
Art, design, garden, Products

From Art to Design: Bird of Paradise

I'd like to give you a peek into the process of how I create art to feature on products for my storefronts at Society6 and RedBubble. In this case, I chose to draw the birds of paradise in my garden in Fiji. They're beautiful, and I had a vision of them hand-drawn on a throw… Continue reading From Art to Design: Bird of Paradise