Anchorage Position: 18°57.317'S 179°49.348'W
Sunday at Tovu village, Totoya Island, Lau, Fiji
Sunday in Fiji is about church, good food and rest. Today we enjoyed all three as the guests of Temo, Arieta, Risiate (Risi) and Mavoa here at Tovu village on the island of Totoya. For many in the village the day began early with the first of three church services beginning at 6AM. We were invited to the hour long 10AM service to be followed by lunch on the hill at Temo's home. The Methodist church service was conducted 99.9% in Fijian, so aside from the singing it was just a nice time for some meditation as we watched the clock behind the minister's head as it slowly click off each second of the hour.
Lunch at Temo's home was superb with fresh fish, land crabs, shredded coconut meat mixed with prawns, bread fruit, dalo (taro), cassava and Fijian spinach cooked in a lovo. The lovo is an earthen oven in which the root vegetables are often prepared.
|Dalo, Casva and breadfruit being removed from a Lovo earth oven.|
|Dalo (round) and Casava (long) root vegitables prepared in the lovo earth oven.|
|Pulasami (Fijian spinach prepared in coconut cream)|
|Top: Dalo and Taro. Left center: Fried reef fish. Right center: Pulasami. Lower right: Shelled Land Crab meat severed in back shell or carapace of the same.|
|Kathy spreads out our new mat on LightSpeed's trampoline.|
After our meal Risi walked us back down to the beach and along the way described the uses of the many plants and trees growing in the village. Uses of the various plant leaves ranged from simply making a pot of tea from lemon tree leaves to a potion of mashed leaves used to purge the system after drinking too much kava.
|These boys picked us a handful of lemon tree leaves for making tea.|
|Dave shows the boys a few pictures from the previous days Rugby match in the village.|
Tomorrow, we will be joining a local group of young men to work high in the hills above Tovu village tending gardens of Kava plants.
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