How could I go to the Maldives without checking out the local gardeners? These chaps were tidying up the coconut trees and pruning out the flowers and the tiny immature fruits which, despite their size, are heavy and very waxy. They don't want the much heavier mature coconuts falling on the tourists! The young green coconuts were delicious and shinning up the trees was made to look easy peasy by these blokes! Hibiscus and Bougainvellia grew everywhere.
In the evenings, the scent from the Frangipani blossom was overwhelming and watching the fruit bats coming in to land was highly entertaining. Because they have to hang upside down but land the right way up, much crashing around up in the palm trees was heard. They looked rather like flying ferrets with little foxy faces. We left whispering palms and white sand to return to even whiter........ snow!
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