Huahine

After sailing from Papeete at midnight (the monkey was sound asleep at this point) Kongo’s ship arrived early in the morning at the island of Huahine.  Huahine is about 150 miles northwest of Tahiti and part of the Society Islands. This little island is an important part of Tahitian culture and has a rich collection of archeological sites that include ancient temples.  Kongo didn’t see any of these.  Instead he took off in the back of a pickup truck (they call this a 4X4 excursion) to see plant life and other interesting sites.  As Kongo gives garden tours at the…

Roman Monkey Garden Tour

So, a few blogs ago Kongo let it slip out that he was now a docent at the Getty Villa in Malibu.  The Villa is part of the Getty Museum complex in Los Angeles.  The Villa houses the Getty’s collection of Greek, Roman, and Etruscan artifacts and the architecture is designed after a real Roman villa discovered beneath 100 feet of volcanic material in Herculaneum on the Bay of Naples in Italy.  Herculaneum along with Pompeii and a few other Roman towns were completely buried when Mt. Vesuvius blew its top on August 24 in A.D. 79. Anyway, back to…

Garden Knock About

After a week on the East Coast Kongo checked out what was going on in his front gardens.  August is a slow month for plants at the monkey ranch.  The Agapanthus are long gone, the Iris’ have shrunk, the succulents are fat and happy, and the Birds of Paradise are saving up for another round in the fall.  These were all that’s left under the watchful eye of one of Kongo’s garden angels.