This is an unusual bunch of cashew, six on one stem. (Photo of cashew by Robbie Gillett:click on photos to enlarge)Mr. Birty and Mrs. Ann Kerr, removing the nuts from the cashew fruits. In Belize there is still no mechanical method to prepare the nuts. This is an all day, back breaking chore.
Sunday, May 31, 2009
Thursday, May 28, 2009
The staff of Village View Post had a wonderful lunch today at Crooked Tree's newest restaurant. A & B's proprietor, Arlene Tillett invited us to discover great food at reasonable prices. And delicious it was!! A & B's stands out for having a special taste on potato salad and roasted chicken.
The atmosphere was very friendly and inviting. We gave Arlene and her staff "Two Thumbs Up" for excellent service and great food.
A & B's welcomes you with Chinese Food, Sweet & Sour Chicken, Rice & Beans, and many more dishes on their menu.
COME HUNGRY-----LEAVE HAPPY!!!!
BREAKING NEWS!!!! EARTHQUAKE HITS HONDURAS/BELIZE AND GUATEMALA THIS MORNING!!! TSUNAMI WATCH WAS IN EFFECT
EARTHQUAKE WAS 7.1
AFTERSHOCK HIT THE CITY
QUAKE CAME OFF THE COAST OF HONDURAS; BELIZE AND GUATEMALA FELT IT.
OCCURRED A COUPLE HOURS AGO
HOMES DOWN IN MONKEY RIVER, WATER TOWER DOWN IN MANGO CREEK, STRUCTURAL DAMAGES IN PLACENCIA AND SEINE BIGHT. NO ELECTRICITY IN MANGO CREEK THIS MORNING
PLEASE CHECK ON YOUR LOVED ONES AND PRAY THESE NATURAL OCCURENCES DO NOT LEAVE TOTAL DISMAY IN BELIZE , GUATEMALA , HONDURAS …
A FEW LINKS TO KEEP A WATCH OUT AND FOLLOW UP ON THIS EVENT
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
The highlight of the day was walking out to the Staine area of Crooked Tree to visit with Mr. Calvin Gillett at his cattle farm. The day was hot and humid, Crookedtreeans are hoping for some rain to help the cashew plantations with their second crop.
I don’t know anything about riding a cow or cow safety, but Mr. Gillett insisted that we ride in the rodeo today. It’s a big decision to jump on this animal, but I will have faith that cows are wonderful animals.
Thanks to Calvin and Cheryl Gillett, the evening turned out nicely after all.
CALVIN GILLETT, LINDA CRAWFORD, BECKY CRAWFORD AND RONALD GILLETT
Monday, May 18, 2009
You can't afford to miss this year's Cacao Festival; it will be bigger and better than ever.
Remember this weekend will be a long weekend in Belize - Monday 25th is a Holiday "Commonwealth Day"
For more information you can call 011-501-722-2531
Please forward to friends.
Friday, May 15, 2009
This new road is a battle between the environment and development in the Crooked Tree Village Wildlife Sanctuary. In April of last year there was a dispute between the Area Rep. Hon. Edmond Castro and the Belize Audubon Society over the aforementioned road.
The construction of this similar 1.7 mile road has been the source of significant controversy. The Belize Rural North Area Representative claims that the people have been suffering for a long time and this road will give some of the villager’s access to their farm lands and pasture across the Western Lagoon.
Last year was perhaps the lowest point in the long relationship between Belize Audubon Society and
The Audubon Society said the second road was even less well-planned, and it could be a disaster for the entire lagoon. The Belize Audubon Society said that they are not against progress, but a proper environmental impact assessment was not completed and a lot of community goodwill was sacrificed in the process.
A significant number of people in
Despite its importance for the people and the environment the future of Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary is under threat. The increasing pressure for development and land clearing is reducing the ability of the wetland to carry out its important role of flood control and water filtering. If this trend continues there is a serious risk that the wetland won’t be able to protect the land and the people of
Protecting the CTWS does not mean that development cannot take place. There should be a solution in striking the right balance between people and wildlife. For example, some of the farmers could retain some of the big trees while clearing the land and leaving a strip of the forest between properties no less than 60 feet from the lagoon. By doing this, it will ensure that the wetland can continue to function and everyone can profit from development.
Today is the day to pick cashew nuts at my sister's farm. Her property is very beautiful; 18 months ago this place was nothing but a jungle, such a big improvement!
As luck would have it, the day turned out to be very windy, which makes it quite easy to gather the cashew.
A week of being in Crooked Tree Village has boosted my mood and energy levels. After all, the day turned out to be a real treat. Becky and I gather more than two buckets of cashew nuts.
My sister Becky and I went to
I have never seen this plant before in
One of the charming things around
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
The parents of
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