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Re: Summer in the tropical rainforest
« Reply #300 on: December 21, 2017, 05:08:07 AM »
Tomatoes might be a winter crop here soon. Nearly Christmas and still no hard freeze  Just the one evening with the freak snow. I had tomatoes (a few) until November.
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Re: Summer in the tropical rainforest
« Reply #301 on: December 30, 2017, 04:54:16 PM »
The final rainfall total for 2017 was 3,202 mm, which is right on average.  December was the lowest in 20 years at 22 mm, but October-November were well above average.  It has been hot and humid, as usual, with dawn temperatures at 25°C indoors with all the windows open - the tiled floors being lovely and cool as we wait for the wet season to start. Fruit bats high in the tree canopy making a racket last night and keeping the dog on alert.

It must be the silly season because:

Russian bishop Bishop Hilarion, in the middle, during a service in Tatarstan. / Tatar Metropolia
says the US Dollar and crypto-currencies are in a bubble because "they are backed by nothing."

“This innovation is representative of the entire banking system, where real assets are converted into virtual ones. This paves the way for usury, which the church has always spoken out against, but can do nothing about – we all have to keep our money in banks” - unless you give it all away to the poor instead of living with gold-encrusted clothes and wearing a crown.
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Re: Summer in the tropical rainforest
« Reply #302 on: December 30, 2017, 05:47:16 PM »
The final rainfall total for 2017 was 3,202 mm, which is right on average.  December was the lowest in 20 years at 22 mm, but October-November were well above average.  It has been hot and humid, as usual, with dawn temperatures at 25°C indoors with all the windows open - the tiled floors being lovely and cool as we wait for the wet season to start. Fruit bats high in the tree canopy making a racket last night and keeping the dog on alert.

It must be the silly season because:

Russian bishop Bishop Hilarion, in the middle, during a service in Tatarstan. / Tatar Metropolia
says the US Dollar and crypto-currencies are in a bubble because "they are backed by nothing."

“This innovation is representative of the entire banking system, where real assets are converted into virtual ones. This paves the way for usury, which the church has always spoken out against, but can do nothing about – we all have to keep our money in banks” - unless you give it all away to the poor instead of living with gold-encrusted clothes and wearing a crown.

He's talking his book. He's right, of course, but a little background is helpful to understand his POV.

 Tatarstan produces 32 million tonnes of crude oil per year and has estimated oil reserves of more than 1 billion tons.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tatarstan



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Re: Summer in the tropical rainforest
« Reply #303 on: January 01, 2018, 04:01:33 PM »
With the dry weather, I have been doing a lot of watering of stuff in pots, and ran out of rainwater. So I go up to the front entrance and turn on the town water. There is a second stop valve, at the bottom of an access pit, nearby to prevent town water leaking from the damaged pipe. So there I was, removing stray leaves from the pit at arm's length, when suddenly I felt something bite my finger. It was a Giant Forest Skink - this is one the cat caught, over a foot long, but they do come bigger than that:



It just broke the soft skin on the back of my finger, but seems to be OK.
I'll have to eat them when the supermarket shuts.  :-\
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« Reply #304 on: January 01, 2018, 04:10:02 PM »
With the dry weather, I have been doing a lot of watering of stuff in pots, and ran out of rainwater. So I go up to the front entrance and turn on the town water. There is a second stop valve, at the bottom of an access pit, nearby to prevent town water leaking from the damaged pipe. So there I was, removing stray leaves from the pit at arm's length, when suddenly I felt something bite my finger. It was a Giant Forest Skink - this is one the cat caught, over a foot long, but they do come bigger than that:



It just broke the soft skin on the back of my finger, but seems to be OK.
I'll have to eat them when the supermarket shuts.  :-\

Watch out for INFECTION!  Even tiny cuts from the teeth of a lizard can have a lot of nasty bacteria that are happy to have a new source of food.  Wash in scalding hot water and disinfectant soap, load on the Neosporin and bandage well for at least 3 days.  If it's not feeling warm to the touch and no pain, you can take the bandage off.  I used to just wash my hands after getting a small cut, but as I have gotten older and my immune system isn't as perky as it used to be I have got a couple of infections, and had to fight them off for a longer period of time because I didn't hit them hard and early with the antibiotic ointments.  Those things WORK.

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Re: Summer in the tropical rainforest
« Reply #305 on: January 01, 2018, 07:14:04 PM »
I always wash my hands after my walk/work in the forest. Then I wait a couple of hours before giving my wounds a close inspection.  Any redness is splatted with generally weak antibiotic cream, before getting stronger stuff at the hospital.



I am now getting round to eliminating the nasty, scratchy and fire-prone Pandanus monticola from my forest. It grows about 3 metres tall, with a heavy head of long waxy leaves at the top with prickly leaf edges, then falls over and starts again. Thus it spreads over the years and takes over whole areas. The trick is to cut the heads off and then the leaves from the head, then keep on top off the re-shoots. After a while it gives up and dies off.  As you go up into the mountains there are areas where it has totally taken over and is impassable. An hour of that per day and you can see the progress after a few weeks.

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Re: Summer in the tropical rainforest
« Reply #306 on: January 19, 2018, 06:41:53 PM »
After a four-day period of gloomy skies and heavy rain, 287 mm, there have been several big dead trees fall.  One was on the neighbouring property's river bank, and it fell across the river, with mostly dead vines surviving on it.



The Zamia Palm in the background has enjoyed the extra sunlight and put out a new set of leaves.

Another fall seemed very close to the house, and I thought was coming down onto it when it went "CRACK ... Craaack", but it was actually more than 50 metres away. The stump was totally rotted out.





The smaller tree with the white leaf undersides was totally squashed in the process, but the regeneration cycle continues at high pace.

While cutting Pandanus the other day with loppers, I suddenly noticed I couldn't grip the handles tightly with my left hand.  On getting home I couldn't find any surface injury, but there was a definite lack of ability to move my thumb and forefinger, rather like after a stroke. Still not fixed after a couple of days. Almost impossible to roll a cigarette. My own regeneration cycle is fucked.
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Re: Summer in the tropical rainforest
« Reply #307 on: January 19, 2018, 06:53:23 PM »
While cutting Pandanus the other day with loppers, I suddenly noticed I couldn't grip the handles tightly with my left hand.  On getting home I couldn't find any surface injury, but there was a definite lack of ability to move my thumb and forefinger, rather like after a stroke. Still not fixed after a couple of days. Almost impossible to roll a cigarette. My own regeneration cycle is fucked.

Adapt, adapt, adapt.

Get a cigarette rolling machine.


You can work a bamboo roller with one hand too.  I rolled many joints with one of these.


You should also work up a blog with these pics.  :icon_sunny:

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Re: Summer in the tropical rainforest
« Reply #308 on: January 23, 2018, 02:55:44 AM »
Today the tech support for my VoIP phone service got back to me and we messed about and finally got it working properly - some coded character string was by default set to something that "often works", but he set it to something else and bingo.

My numb fingers are recovering OK, but they still have a way to go.  Then I noticed I couldn't see the TV monitor properly, and the computer monitor on white screen had dark blue areas off to the side of wherever I looked at it.  Hmm, sounds a bit strokish. So I rang the medical hot-line with my new phone to ask about it.  They said I HAD to go to hospital and have it checked out and they were sending an ambulace. So I waited and waited, then the phone rang again - the ambulance had tried turning round on  the grassy verges of my road and got bogged, so they were sending another. Eventually an ambulanceman walked down the drive and said they couldn't get down my drive because of another fallen tree, so could we drive up to the front gate?

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« Reply #309 on: January 23, 2018, 02:58:33 AM »
Today the tech support for my VoIP phone service got back to me and we messed about and finally got it working properly - some coded character string was by default set to something that "often works", but he set it to something else and bingo.

My numb fingers are recovering OK, but they still have a way to go.  Then I noticed I couldn't see the TV monitor properly, and the computer monitor on white screen had dark blue areas off to the side of wherever I looked at it.  Hmm, sounds a bit strokish. So I rang the medical hot-line with my new phone to ask about it.  They said I HAD to go to hospital and have it checked out and they were sending an ambulace. So I waited and waited, then the phone rang again - the ambulance had tried turning round on  the grassy verges of my road and got bogged, so they were sending another. Eventually an ambulanceman walked down the drive and said they couldn't get down my drive because of another fallen tree, so could we drive up to the front gate?

Let us know what the "pros"  ::)  have to say about it when you finally get to hospital.

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Re: Summer in the tropical rainforest
« Reply #310 on: January 23, 2018, 03:24:27 AM »
So at the front gate they measured my blood pressure (169/111) and did an ECG which showed some problem. I said I wanted to go to hospital in my car, and they said NO, but one of them drove my car in so I would have some means of getting home. 

The hospital was pretty quiet at 5 pm and I had the most beautiful, tall, slim Scandinavian lady doctor, Ulrike. She said if I didn't take the heart pills regularly I would be dead soon, and she was worried I wasn't eating properly.  The finger problem was probably caused by my neck problem, like the pinched nerve I had a year ago, and the eye problem should be seen by a specialist, which she arranged.  She wanted to book me in to hospital "for a few days", but I said I needed to get back for the animals.  Fortunately she let me go, and I was back before dark.  Lots to do tomorrow though.
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Re: Summer in the tropical rainforest
« Reply #311 on: January 23, 2018, 03:37:46 AM »
So at the front gate they measured my blood pressure (169/111) and did an ECG which showed some problem. I said I wanted to go to hospital in my car, and they said NO, but one of them drove my car in so I would have some means of getting home. 

The hospital was pretty quiet at 5 pm and I had the most beautiful, tall, slim Scandinavian lady doctor, Ulrike. She said if I didn't take the heart pills regularly I would be dead soon, and she was worried I wasn't eating properly.  The finger problem was probably caused by my neck problem, like the pinched nerve I had a year ago, and the eye problem should be seen by a specialist, which she arranged.  She wanted to book me in to hospital "for a few days", but I said I needed to get back for the animals.  Fortunately she let me go, and I was back before dark.  Lots to do tomorrow though.

Is there anyone to ;look in on your animals while you tend to creature needs?
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Re: Summer in the tropical rainforest
« Reply #312 on: January 23, 2018, 03:38:05 AM »
So at the front gate they measured my blood pressure (169/111) and did an ECG which showed some problem. I said I wanted to go to hospital in my car, and they said NO, but one of them drove my car in so I would have some means of getting home. 

The hospital was pretty quiet at 5 pm and I had the most beautiful, tall, slim Scandinavian lady doctor, Ulrike. She said if I didn't take the heart pills regularly I would be dead soon, and she was worried I wasn't eating properly.  The finger problem was probably caused by my neck problem, like the pinched nerve I had a year ago, and the eye problem should be seen by a specialist, which she arranged.  She wanted to book me in to hospital "for a few days", but I said I needed to get back for the animals.  Fortunately she let me go, and I was back before dark.  Lots to do tomorrow though.

Sounds like you are in for a round of Medical Hell.  Good Luck.

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Re: Summer in the tropical rainforest
« Reply #313 on: January 26, 2018, 09:15:22 PM »
After weeks of rain and heavily overcast skies, today started off the same but then went sunny and windy.  Apparently Bromeliads (from South American rainforests) think this is THE TIME to flower.





I had one these in a pot on my desk at work, back in the days when I worked, and it survived not being watered and having a folder resting on it, but it never flowered. Answer: water it heavily for weeks in the summer and suddenly it will explode from nothing into this amazing flower in only 36 hours.  They only flower once and then reproduce by budding new plantlets.
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« Reply #314 on: January 26, 2018, 09:31:32 PM »


Very Beautiful! 🌼

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