This blog story is a hodge podge of minor items (for anyone who doesn't recognize the title above, it comes from the quiz show Jeopardy, which sometimes threw a variety of questions under a category named "Hodge Podge"). I hope you enjoy it!
I took some pictures recently of pelicans diving for fish just off our beach. I find it fascinating to watch their methods, as they glide around searching for their target, then dive bomb down beak first to catch their fish. Here is one as it sailed over my head.
I've attended several rounders games on Sunday afternoon. Rounders is a bit like baseball, but is played by women using something similar to a tennis ball. Instead of a bat, they used a solid wooden racquet about the size of a tennis racquet.
“L'islet” peninsula that separates our two beaches. In the picture below, taken from the opposite side of the field, you can see part of our village in the background. Note that the bases in this game are really bamboo poles set inside five gallon buckets. Base runners must touch or grab the poles. Batting takes place in a spot about mid-way and behind what would normally be the baseline between home plate and first base. If you get a hit, you run to touch the poles, and if you make it all the way around, you score a run.
my story about “Mr. Whippy,” the ice cream truck. Well, he got a fancy new truck, complete with big plastic ice cream cones on the top front corners.
my report about the Carnival Parade. Shown below is a picture of a fancy gas tanker truck that wasn't included in the Carnival Parade story.
Speaking of cinnamon, it is a major spice that is included in something called cocoa tea. There are plenty of cocoa trees here, but processing them into what Americans think is chocolate is difficult. Locals prefer to mix their cocoa with a variety of spices and roll them into sticks, which can be grated into hot water to create cocoa tea. I found a good article that explains it better than I can—check it out at http://www.foodrepublic.com/2014/08/18/cocoa-tea-the-best-hot-beverage-youre-not-drinking-but-should-be/.
Finally, I thought I'd include some pictures of flowers I saw during my walk to school this morning (I took a different route to work by cutting down by the church, crossing the creek, and passing by the Health Center). I can't tell you much about them, but I know my mother loves flowers, so I'm including these for her.