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Exploring the Farm

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While waiting for all our stuff to arrive we had a few days to explore the farm.  It's 13 acres total, 2000 feet long and 300 feet across.  From the highway, there is a one lane road that winds up the mountain and ends just past our place.  We're at about 2000 feet above sea level which makes it cooler here than down at the coast.  Most of the property is coffee trees.  There's also a macadamia nut orchard and an acre or so for the house.

Pineapple Bananas Hawaii doesn't have very many mammals (the monk seal and the Hawaiian hoary bat are the only mammals native to the islands) but there are plenty of birds.  In addition to all the wild birds there are wild chickens, turkeys, pheasants and peacocks.  Mongooses and wild boar are the two main wild mammals that inhabit the area.  There are also lots of dogs.  Several of the neighbors seem to collect dogs and rusty old cars.  We have an electric fence to keep the pigs out of the macadamia nut orchard.  The fence also does a decent job of keeping the neighbor's dogs off the property.

We're still discovering all the different types of tropical fruit and flowers on the property.  There are several large avocado trees.  We've also found the pineapple and bananas.  We can't wait for them to get ripe.  Hopefully it won't be too long.  We have lots of great lemons.  There's an orange tree but it needs some help.  There are more types of flowers than you can shake a stick at.  In the "backyard" near the house there are two palm trees that are just asking to have a hammock strung between them.  I'll need a big, comfy hammock.  Preferrably one with a holder for an ice cold Corona.


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