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How is your lizard doing?
The monitor lizard seems to be doing ok. It eats bits of raw chicken from time to time. Divides its time between hiding in the “cave” and soaking in the water. The weather is cool this time of year, so it is not very active.

We are looking for a large aquarium so I can move it out of the plastic tub it’s in now.
 

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Bath day today. Yesterday they were so muddy you couldn’t tell them apart. Tomorrow we are hosting some friends with horse crazy little girls. Pony rides are on the schedule.

The horses are basking in the sun now in the horse corral at the top of the world. They can roll in the grass there, instead of the mud.
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There is a lot of unrest currently in the Philippines. Do we need to be concerned for your safety?

Philippines: Congressman, Security Escort Killed at Gift-Giving Program — BenarNews
I wouldn’t say there is a lot of unrest. There always seems to be an uptick in political violence during an election year. Say what you might, the Philippines is still a 3rd world country.

It is dangerous to get involved in politics in the Philippines. It is also illegal for a foreigner to get involved in Filipino politics, so I don’t.

Emotions and egos run hot here. It is illegal to sell alcohol on Election Day. Foreigners are advised to stay home on Election Day. For all of that, the governor of our province is one of the few who travel without a bodyguard and security detail. Many of our neighbors are surrendered and repatriated communist rebels. They work their farms now, same as everyone else. None that I’m aware of have violated the terms of their amnesty. They are better neighbors than the guy who claims to be the government appointed watchdog over them.
 

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We held our Christmas gathering for our workers and their families, as well as some neighbors and friends yesterday, Christmas Eve. There was lots of food, some music and dancing, and everyone received gifts in a raffle/door prize system.

The local priest also came for the pandemic delayed blessing of our newly built house and the rest of the ranch, including the barn and horses. I was happy to see that Pinatubo did not sizzle when she was splashed with holy water.

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Thank you for those lovely pictures. I sit here about 24 hrs later, it's Christmas Eve and enjoying your Christmas Eve pictures.
I'm also glad that Pinatubo did not sizzle maybe this will change her into a reformed and lovely willing horse for you. A Christmas miracle Maybe???
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Lizard update:

I think I’m beginning to see a pattern in the monitor’s eating habits. I’m feeding it bits of raw chicken. It seems to eat every 10 days or so. That may vary with the temperature as time passes.

It is often in the water or on top of its “cave” when I check on it in the mornings.

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Not long ago, the goodewyfe decided our flock of chickens was getting too small. I was instructed to stop gathering eggs from the chicken coop and let the eggs hatch out. Now we have several hens caring for broods ranging from one to thirteen chicks.

This redheaded roan hen has thirteen. Usually, we lose a few chicks from the large broods. But this hen has managed to keep all thirteen of them.

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More poultry stuff. This is Captain Crook. He is the only chicken I have ever named. I started calling him that when he was a young fledgling. His tail is crooked. It cants off to his right side, and the tail feathers are a bit scraggly. Not sure why. He could have been hatched like that, or survived a predator attack. I was a bit surprised that, in spite of the deformity, he became a dominant rooster when he matured.

I’ve seen him fight off challengers larger, and apparently stronger than himself. He sends them running to the other side of the farmyard, then crows his victory. His unlikely rise and scrappiness has caused me to specifically spare him from our periodic rooster culling.

They say don’t name an animal you intend to eat. I suppose that’s true.


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Odd vegetables.

Here’s a couple of vegetables that might be new to North Americans and Europeans.

Gabi. If I’m not mistaken, this is the same as taro in Hawaii. Both the stalks and the roots are edible. This particular plant is blossoming. The goodewyfe says she has never seen that before. It could be that normally, the plants are harvested before the blossoms appear.
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This one is called palling in the local dialect of Ilocano. The English name is winged beans. This grows on a vine, but ours has jumped the trellis and is climbing a tree.
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