Greetings from the U.S.! We're back after a four-year stint in Fiji. I was compelled to draw the basil sitting on my kitchen counter today. I'd already removed the big leaves for recent dinners, and just a few buds are left. I wanted to capture the plant in this moment, as it pushes new shoots… Continue reading Drawing: Basil
https://videopress.com/v/4ZC6WQc9?preloadContent=metadata It rains a lot in Suva. When it rains, sometimes I like to sit on our patio and watch and listen to the raindrops as they fall on the garden. It's a relaxing moment of zen.
We had been largely spared from the coronavirus pandemic when it first began to spread around the world last year. A few cases were found in Fiji in March 2020, and the government acted quickly to quarantine them and conduct contact tracing. There was a lockdown to try to prevent or slow viral spread, and… Continue reading The Pandemic Arrives (for Real) in Fiji
I'm happy to report that our cherry tomatoes are ripening nicely on the vine. Tomatoes, it turns out, are perennials that are typically treated as annuals because it's easier to replace plants that have already borne fruit than try to get recurring yield from them. Our current batch of tomato plants bear slightly smaller fruit… Continue reading Growing Cherry Tomatoes
We ordered five coffee bushes and five vanilla plants from a nursery based in Colo-i-Suva, and they arrived this week. Our gardener planted them yesterday, and we're looking forward to watching them grow. I'm not sure how they'll fare in the soil in our yard, but it's certainly worth a try. This will be a… Continue reading Planting Coffee and Vanilla