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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Limacodid green Slug Caterpillar (Belippa horrida walker)?
牠很慢速度的移動。好奇心的驅使下，把牠翻過來，應該是一種毛毛蟲。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。
最可能是 Belippa horrida Walker 背刺蛾，真難想像牠長大後是一隻蛾，這麼醜的蛾。
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.
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!