Monday, May 28, 2007

Papaya Skies

It was another moist like day with the sky contemplating rain and offering up only minor sprinkles. I was inside most of the time packing my life into a corner. A test space for my big box that is being sent air freight. Everything must fit in a 48 inch by 40 inch by 58 inch tall, rigid shipping box.

I would guess this Papaya is about 25 feet tall. It will not fit in the Big Box.

The top of the Heiau/Pyramid. This is much bigger than the Big Box and significantly over the vague 500 pound weight limit I may have heard mentioned.

Heliconia imprisoned. This is one of the Big Boys, Heliconia jacquinii with the flowers six to eight feet in the air. The plant tops out at about eighteen feet.

Closer to earth is the yellow form of the Caesalpinia pulcherrima. Left to assume their natural shape they will make nice small trees.

A cute native Hawaiian Hibiscus, Hibiscus kokio or Koki'o 'ula'ula. I like how the sepals form a distinct cup at the base from which the petals emerge.

Another day is done.

In the land of Papaya Skies.


Annie in Austin said...

Only 48 X 40 X 58 inches? No wonder you need to edit your possessions so carefully, Christopher. We've moved fairly often, hauling a ridiculous amount of belongings along.

One big box of stuff, a cross-country trek and a cabin to be built at journey's end... your story more closely resembles a pioneer saga - but with the compass readings in reverse!

May all go well along the way ~


Deviant Deziner said...

I just wanted to say that I hope you have a fun filled adventurous trip driving across country and that I look forward to following your new adventure of building a new home and garden on the main land.

I am incredibly envious of your new venture !
To be able to design and build a home all of your own exactly how you would want it would be a dream come true for me.

Christopher, have you looked at the wide variety of modern pre-fab homes that have sprouted up ?

I check into several architectural blog sites to read and see these pre-fabs ( I'm hoping that some day that I will be able to build an ultra modern cube like house on a piece of raw property somewhere in the far off woods )

Check out the Inhabitat blog if you have a chance or Land+Living.
They often have great articles on modern pre-fabs.
Though if you are looking to build a country casual cabin, I don't think they will have what you are looking for, ... but you never know !

Enjoy your trip !

Christopher C. in Hawaii said...

I don't know about carefully, but I am editing ruthlessly. It helped that I started with what I was keeping. Art, computer, truck, personal papers and the library which will go separately parcel post.

I did look at some of the pre-fab cabin kits that come with all the parts delivered and the bottom line is it is cheaper to buy and size the parts yourself.

I bought the plans of the cottage that Dr. Leda was dreaming about and my Dad has gone to town literally to get the ball rolling and to design the wiring, plumbing, hurricane force foundation and stretched it a wee bit to fit in a washer and dryer.

It is being sited to accommadate a future stone patio courtyard with built in firepit, wonder where I got that idea, that will connect the house and cottage.

Carol said...

I can't imagine fitting everything in such a crate. Happy to see in your comment that books are going separately, parcel post.

I'm also looking forward to seeing future posts about your adventures in moving.