Afternoon storms continue to cool our weather and add moisture to the air making it feel a bit like fall.
I've returned to my lightweight hoodie in the mornings while the other's remain fine.
Sonlight's 'We love to learn' motto remains very evident in our house with everyone learning something these days.
- Vermaires work daily on their Creole vocabulary and practice hearing the words though interacting with folks on campus or those they meet on their walks in our neighborhood.
- Yesterday they also learned a bit about tropical fruit trees when they accompanied Cory as he pollinated a peach palm.
- Cory's Creole continues to improve as well as he works on the agricultural book.
- Eli's focusing on calculus, advanced physics and English literature.
- Anna's working through the American Revolution, algebra and marine biology.
- I learn through helping the above folks and continuing to read books, especially those concerning adoption, medicine, relationships and Christian disciplines.
Cory made guava jam last night with ginger and cinnamon.
Cory daily checks the peach palms as two of them bloomed this past weekend, and two more trees are budding.
He both pollinates and collects additional pollen for the next blooms.
Most of the trees have 2-3 flower buds when they bloom.
Cory continues with researching and experimenting with pollination and the pollen collection since there aren't any other peach palms around yet old enough to provide pollination.
Putting the flower stalks in a bit of water causes them to open faster but Cory's not sure if the increased length of drying time is worth speeding up the flower's opening.
You may be able to see from the picture why he's glad these trees are spineless peach palms. Not all varieties are spineless. He is standing on a step ladder. It was only 5 years ago that Cory ordered the seeds that grew into these tall palms.
Sad to report that our dragon fruit flower did not set fruit...still waiting.