Have you ever looked at a coconut? It has three “eyes” in it, and the Fijians say that it’s so the coconuts can see people and avoid smacking them on the head. But we weren’t too convinced that they could avoid cars in a similar fashion, and that we would end up with a rash of shattered windscreens and dented bodywork.
So we put out a call to a coconut tree trimmer and a few days later Mr Tower arrived: a cheerful, knotty muscled man of 70 with spiked boots. He clomped his way up the tree with terrifying competence, and breakfast was forgotten as all our guests stood open mouthed watching him. He hacked down 25 coconuts, a great clump of seed pods and the odd branch and they all sailed to earth on the breeze. It was the best morning’s entertainment in a long while!!
Meanwhile back on the ground we’ve put in entirely new wooden decking around the pool and built a new covered area which is proving a real asset. The lounge lizards can continue to bask in the sun and those who want some shade have a comfortable place to sit and read and chat.