Thursday, May 15, 2008

New "toy"

Patrick finally bought himself a machete yesterday. He’s been jealous of the men in town that walk around proud to have a machete slung around their shoulder or hanging from their waist. Of course, we went the cheap route and Patrick didn’t get the scabbard…

As soon as we arrived home from the store, Patrick was outside wailing on the dead banana trees (after they produce fruit, the tree dies and a new one springs up in it’s place). To his delight, the blade was too dull to use. I watched him a few minutes later sparks flying everywhere as he used an electric grinding stone to sharpen the blade. I didn’t even realize he had brought my Grandfather’s grinding stone but I know he was loving every minute of it. Then he really went to town on the trees.

Now we need to mulch some of the trees and we’ll have some great fertilizer. Then hope some of the new trees grow quickly to fill in some gaps (the trees mature after only one year!).


Anyone need a haircut?

4 comments:

P & K Ashland said...

Wow are you saying all of those Banana trees were only one year old?
Amazing isn't it.

Good Job Patrick! Glad you took that grinder; grandpa is happy now isn't he.

Jen Fos - Top Banana said...

Have fun Patrick - watch out, next he'll be wanting a scooter...

Hope things are going well,
How about next Sunday at our place?
Jen (and Co)

Mike said...

I will pass on a haircut from Patrick with his new toy....

Jones Family said...

Mom,

The banana trees really only fruit once. The short trees in the front yard seem to be younger than the taller ones. They do grow VERY fast! When one dies, a new one grows near it. It's all very cool. Also, we found out that the bats pollinate the trees!

Jodi