Misc Photos

Before I leave, I’m just posting all the other photos i couldn’t really categorize. Leave us a message and I promise to reply next time (in a few weeks).

My little man picking mushrooms with us.

Home sweet home

Beer comes in 1L bottles only. It is 6.9%.  It costs 55p ($1.15 AUD)

I love my camera.

This is me in my farmer outfit. I need a flannel shirt maybe.  And a piece of grass hanging out of my lip.

The egg in the bottom left corner was laid as I was waiting in line to pay. Pretty fresh produce!


Our foraging adventures

We are living on around 3 or 4 bucks a week when we’re out in the bush. All of the veges grow themselves.  You don’t have to walk far either. This is the best of the local fare:

This is a bale of chaff from the rice harvest less than 5m from our kitchen

Peel back a layer of straw and gather some mushrooms
Get somebody to sort the chaff from the good stuff
Voila! They taste very similar (if not better) to the ones from the farmers markets in Brisbane
The darker ones on the right have a meatier texture. They  come from rotting vegetation in the bukit (rain forest).
Freshwater clams from our pond. Limitless supply. They marinate beautifully.

Our neighbour, Mackie, is preparing some gabi. Gabi is a super food. All of  the plant is eaten! The root tuber is like potato, great in curries. The stem has a similar texture to pak choy stem, but a much more neutral flavour. The leaves are my favourite, they taste like spinach and make a real mean ginger curry with coconut milk (coconut milk pretty much falls                      out of the sky here!).

This is called pako. It is the baby shoots from  a species of fishbone fern  that grows like a weed here. They are awesome in stir frys and coconut milk dishes. Crunchy and fresh!

We’re back!

The morning view

Walking down the rice dykes

Hi everybody!
Sorry for being away for so long! It was just so much fun we didn’t want to come back to the city. Our farm is 3 hours off road from civilization, so we try to limit our trips (they are long and bumpy!) I’m going to let the photos do the talking:

A nice view from where I pump water each day.  The peak is 2500m. I plan to climb it next year, any takers?

This is the river that separates us from the road to civilisation. There had not been much rain for a few weeks when we first arrived. If you look closely you can see the rock throwing critter. It is not a native species to this region, but it appears to be thriving well.
But when it rains, it pours!
Our rainforest is on the left in this shot. Some scallywags had taken to slashing  and burning it  to make room  for  a  maize patch.
A dreadful misunderstanding lead to a ferngully incident. Our contractor for our house proceeded to clear the biggest and best trees to make our house. This was the most beautiful tree that was on the land.

Sunshine… on my window.. makes me happy…

Sir David would be proud!

In the middle of sterile, bug sprayed singapore, we found an genuine marvel of the microcosmos!
We had interupted the construction of a mud cocoon. Carefully breaking it open, we found green caterpillars in various degrees of well being. There was also a larvae of another insect, a wasp. Apparently, the wasp lays each egg in a chamber along with a few captive caterpillars for food when it hatches. Photos to follow!

This is what got our attention, a mud chamber with a paralysed caterpillar inside.  We carefully broke it open to reveal….

Some rather unfortunate caterpillars who will be the first meal for the wasp contained in the egg (looks like a yellowish rice grain).
The fat larvae on the right has finished all his food, the one on the left has 1.5 caterpillars left.  Its all a bit morbid, but Myles was fascinated of course!