This is overdue.
Remember back in December when I posted about my little issue with trying to get banana leaves for my wife's pastelle recipe? Probably not. But anyway, to summarize, a dove decided to nest in the banana bunch growing on the tree and I had to figure out how to get them without disturbing the nest.
Well, I did. I got the leaves and was careful enough to not only leave the nest intact, but the mother, who was somewhat skittish, remained calm enough to just sit on her chicks and eye me cautiously. What can say? I gots mad skillz.
So we got the pastelles made:
|I was supposed to take a picture of it whole but I couldn't help myself.|
We even managed to get it done pretty early, since we weren't doing any sale orders this year. As I mentioned, we've lost entire nights of sleep making hundreds of these.
About two days later I went to the backyard to check on the new family in the bananas. That when I stumbled upon the scene.
The nest was on the ground and there were down feathers everywhere. You'll thank me for not taking pics this time. But, needless to say I wasn't happy with the situation. Neither was Mrs. C when I told her.
Who could have done this? My first guess was "Holy crap! SOMETHING ATE THEM!!!"
We have a lot of other creatures living in the area like the Zandoli, a lizard that scurries all over the place around here. They can grow as long as two feet, I've heard.
|I had to chase this one from my mothers living room the other day.|
But I found out they only eat insects so I ruled them out.
My main suspects became one of the neighbors. All the banana trees were mutilated and most of the leaves were hacked off for most likely the same reason I took some. We take our pastelles seriously here in T&T.
I may never find out who is responsible.
I know. This news sucks but I still felt I should share it