Beets

I love growing rainbow beets, as there will be a variety of different beets showing up in the garden.

The first harvest this year are red beets and candy striped beets.

The red beets especially are sweet and juicy without the earthy soil taste. Crunchy when eaten raw and yet still retain the crunch when cooked.

Tomato planting journal

I collected the seeds of many heirloom tomatoes from the US. The trouble with these seeds is that they are not yet acclimatised to the terroir here. These are already two weeks and only half have sprouted, and they are growing very slowly.

The same thing happened last year, even worse actually. Out of four varietals, only one type, green zebra, managed to grow, rather poorly, and bore only one tomato. Just one tomato.

Roof top living

Good architecture allows new narrative to emerge for the people inhabiting the space. Our roof is an underutilise area due to the scorching sun all day long. But it is perfect for a spot of sun salute yoga or sunrise meditation.

It is also great for sundowner, gazing into the far horizon where Green Island is still basking in the last ray of daylight.

Why is it so under-utilised? The empty deck offers a hint of what the place can offer, with a few pieces wisely chosen furniture, a hint turns into an inviting suggestion. It was a bit of an effort to transport the deck chairs up the spiral staircase and the effort is definitely worth it. We now go up there every night. The air is cool, the sky is dark, Milky Way spans across the entire sky, have your wish ready so you can wish upon a shooting star.

Sundowner ritual

As we are close to the mountain, we loose the sun earlier, around 4.30pm in the summer. It’s the best time to go up to the roof, with a G&T in hand, look out to the Pacific Ocean, with Green Island on the horizon, still bright and shiny from the last day of sun.

Taipei to Taitung morning ritual

Leave home at 6.10am to Songshan Airport to catch Mandarin Airline AE391 departingat 7.10am.

Today the flight takes a huge detour eastward above Green Island before approaching Taitung Airport from the south.

Normally we would grab a quick breakfast at our favourite place before picking up food for the entire stay at the wet market. Today we skipped this and try a new place along the coastline, to enjoy the view and a nice cuppa tea.

Next stop, paying our farmer friend a visit. He grows custard apple, mangoes and coconut. His hobby is catching wasps (farmers hate them because their sting can kill) to infuse medicinal tonic.

Pick up some fresh coconut juice and we are finally on the way home.

Arrived at Naked House at last. Time for a nap.

There are two levels of pools. These are on the high level. It’s just a shame that the basket provided is in this ghastly pink colour.

The temperature of the hot spring is hot enough to boil eggs.

Green Island

Naked House faces the Pacific Ocean and Green Island is on the horizon, shaped like a crocodile from our vantage point. We have lived here ten years and this is the first time I stepped foot on the island.

凱旋一號 The ferry ride is only 50 minutes from Fugang Harbour. I was told the ride would be really rough but it was smooth sailing all the way. Lucky me.
Arriving at Green Island harbour, a dive boat packed with tourists cruised passed our ferry.
We can see the beam of this lighthouse from Naked House. In 1937, American liner President Hoover hit a reef and was grounded at Green Island(Lyudao). The locals made their best effort to rescue liner passengers day and night. In order to show the gratitude, the US donated a lighthouse in the following year.
The lighthouse on the northern tip of the airport runway. It’s possible to fly here on this 19 seater plane, takes only 15 mins from Taitung airport.

Green slug 背刺蛾幼蟲

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Is this

Chalcocelis albiguttatus 

http://lepidoptera.butterflyhouse.com.au/lima/albiguttatus.html

Or

Eloasa symphonistis

http://lepidoptera.butterflyhouse.com.au/lima/symphonistis.html

Or

Limacodid green Slug Caterpillar (Belippa horrida walker)?

今天發現了一種神奇的生物,第一眼注意到時,還以為是外星生物的蛋。這看起來像是QQ軟糖的東西到底是什麼呢?

牠很慢速度的移動。好奇心的驅使下,把牠翻過來,應該一種毛毛蟲。費盡力氣上網搜查。先用形容詞如「毛蟲 」「圓形」「蛹」等字眼,找到 Green Slug Caterpillar。從這裡進而查到 Limacodid 刺蛾科。以照片的相似度,找到三種學名,所以還無法確定到底是哪一種。

可能是 Belippa horrida Walker 背刺蛾,真難想像牠長大後是一隻蛾,這麼醜的蛾。

台東的朋友周文一(天牛博士)證實是背刺蛾幼蟲。不會危害農作物,只吃血桐的葉子,也不會大量發生。

http://gaga.biodiv.tw/9708bx/400.htm

http://www.creek.idv.tw/Limacodidae_025.htm

http://dearlep.tw/species.html?namecode=345633

Savor your water. Savor your day

Ping and I set up the Ripplemaker Foundation to make a difference through entrepreneurship, community regeneration and circular economy innovation. This is our first experiment, putting the bottles of our beloved Antipodes water, which is already certified as carbon neutral, into the glass circular economy. Thanks to the help of Ting-An Wu of Spring Pool Glass, we turn these beautiful bottles into tumblers which can also be used as storage jars for seeds and spices.  

 

Enjoy this amazing mineral water from 327m beneath the earth’s surface with the handpicked roselle grown organically in our Nonzero Farm by the Pacific Ocean on the foothills of Dulan Mountain.

 

Since coming to Taiwan, a society with very high green-consciousness, I begin to notice how much waste we create, especially in the gifting rituals. The gifts must be beautifully boxed and wrapped with multiple layers of protection inside. This became a design challenge for us.

1. The beautiful white box carries a very subtle “savor your water savor your day” message, that’s it. No logos, no other visual branding wordings on it. The box is meant to be re-use, a place to store the postcards and thank-you notes.

2. The roselle from our Nonzero farm was handpicked by the farmer, choosing the most beautiful blooms and dried in an upright position to maintain its shape. We purposely not wrapped the roselle in individual wrapper, to minimise the use of plastics.

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3. The glasses come with a lid so they can be used as storage jars for spices. For me, I will use them to store the seeds I collected. Seeds are a source of life!

漣漪人基金會一直都很關注青年創業、地方創生及循環經濟等議題,希望基金會可以創造出小小的漣漪。最近,我們看到一個很棒的機會。

愛上紐西蘭Antipodes礦泉水是因為玻璃瓶子很漂亮,後來發現它是世界第一也是唯一得到碳中和認證的冠軍水。 喝完水後的空玻璃瓶,如何賦予它們新的價值?這是我們一直在思考的議題。謝謝春池玻璃的吳廷安,幫助我們把Antipodes礦泉水的玻璃瓶再製造成可重覆使用的杯子和可收納種子和香料的器皿。

杯子裡是我們非零農場(Nonzero Farm)有機種植的洛神花。用特別豎立烘乾法,讓它乾燥後仍保持原來的花樣,整朵花在杯中不但依舊是一朵美麗的洛神花,而且可以用Antipodes礦泉水泡製洛神花氣泡飲料。

美與實用,“美”一直是我們的第一選擇。 :)

記得不要把空瓶子丟掉,可用來插花!