"Wading neck deep in a swamp, your revolver is neither use nor ornament until you have had time to clean it" Mary H. Kingsley (1897)

Time For A Trim

It has been almost two months since the coconut palm in my front yard was harvested.
Standing by the gates is, once more, a little hazardous:
A coconut landing on your head can lead to serious injury.

But as I finished breakfast this morning, the gate-bell sounded.
Shaji had summoned Shiva Ram, our “kannakan” (coconut tree climber).

Shiva Ram sat on the porch steps for a few minutes, sharpening his machete,

Then scampered twenty or so feet up the trunk of our palm tree.


He cleared some of the lower branches


And released a couple of dozen coconuts.

Four hours later,  Dalila had already incorporated a few of them into our lunch.
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Pictures taken in the front yard.

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10 responses

  1. Toffeeapple

    Goodness, what a beautiful tree. I would not like to have Shiva Ram’s job, it must affect his feet in all sorts of ways. I had given no thought to the harvesting of coconuts but now I think that they can be harvested all year round? I liked Manjula’s recipe but I doubt that I should ever have a fresh enough coconut to emulate it.

    November 12, 2011 at 8:19 pm

    • Thank you. Yes, it is a beautiful tree.
      When I was looking for a house to buy in Kerala I wasn’t at all sure what I was really looking for – but knew I wanted a plot which boasted a coconut palm! We harvest it every two months and it yields well over 200 tender-coconuts each year.

      November 12, 2011 at 9:22 pm

  2. What a bountiful harvest by your doorstep! The chutney looks delicious.

    November 13, 2011 at 1:28 am

    • It is delicious!

      November 13, 2011 at 8:16 am

  3. Can it really be that time of year again? Have you set up the shy yet?

    November 13, 2011 at 1:19 pm

    • Every two months, not every year, Lucille!

      November 13, 2011 at 4:05 pm

  4. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coconut_shy

    November 13, 2011 at 1:20 pm

    • I shall set Anu & Shaji straight on to it!

      November 13, 2011 at 4:06 pm

  5. Great post! That man knows what he is doing for sure!

    November 13, 2011 at 6:01 pm

    • He does. But Shiva Ram’s best work in done in the mornings, before he’s drunk too much toddy!

      November 13, 2011 at 7:19 pm

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