Chapter 25

 

September, 30th

This is my first year on the island. I noticed that my ink was finishing, so I stopped writing in the journal every day.

After the rains ended, I returned to my valley house. I found that the fence was all green. New leaves grew all over it. This wasn’t only beautiful, but also useful because my house was covered. It was really hard to see it. The leaves kept shadow over it, and it was very nice to stay in there. I liked it so much that I decided to make a fence from the same wood around my first house as well.

When the rainy season was over, I sowed my barley and rice seeds. I was afraid that something could go wrong, so I only sowed two-thirds of the seeds. This was fortunate because none of these seeds came up. I planted the rest of the seeds just before the next rainy season and they came up alright.

This made me notice that there are two rainy and two dry seasons on the island. With this in mind, I could now plan when to sow seeds.

Soon, I realised that I needed baskets. I cut branches from the same tree which I used for my fences. I dried these branches and used them to make baskets.

When I finished that, I decided to take another, longer trip around the island. I had the baskets, so I could take more food with me.