Mystery in the shade of the banana flower

Mystery in the shade of the banana flower

Life is quite slow here in Koh Phangan so there is not so many exciting things to write about. I do morning walks and a bit of exercise and meditations in the mornings. I have started to take a few online courses to learn something new. I had no idea how many courses there are on internet, a lot of them for free! If it rains I read books and listen to podcasts in the hammock and if the weather is nice I can do the same on the beach. And every now and then I spend some time with friends. My days are rather slow, and I like it a lot. And suddenly there is an occasional mystery…

Watching banana flowers grow
The bungalow that I rent here on Koh Phangan belongs to a local family and is placed in their garden. My landlady and my neighbour (a long term staying Swiss lady) both like gardening so the surroundings are kept neat and tidy with many flowers and fruit trees. And just by sitting on my small porch observing nature I got to see something I have never seen before – how bananas develop on a tree. Having been in Asia a bit before I have of course seen banana trees and bananas hanging from them before. But now I got to see how it actually happens. One day I noticed a big purple flower bud on a banana tree just close to my house. I was curiously waiting for it to bloom. But it didn’t. At least not the way I expected it too. After several days I noticed that the stem of the flower bud grew longer and a petal fell off every now and then. Turns out that for every petal that fall of there is a row of bananas starting to develop. And when there is several rows of bananas you cut off the flower to make a salad of it and let the bananas ripen.

The shell mystery
Although watching banana flowers grow, this was not the mystery I was thinking about. Instead the mystery involves a shell in my bungalow that suddenly somehow got legs. But we start from the beginning: One day walking at the beach I found a beautiful shell that I thought was nice and took it home. When I came to my house I temporary put it in the corner of the kitchen counter-top. The same night I was up to go to the toilet when I heard an odd scraping sound. I noticed it but did not think of it much more. Having several small geckos friends in the house, I just thought maybe it is one of them just walking on the curtain rings. So I continued to the toilet and then went back to sleep. The mystery side of this story happened when I opened the bedroom door in the morning and saw the shell from yesterday laying just close to my front door, at least four meters away from the kitchen counter-top. When looking around I also noticed that there were no rings on my curtains. To this day I have no idea how the shell was moved all that distance. But I do know that I actually heard it being done…

“If you are reading this, then you are blissfully unaware of what is creeping up behind you.” 😉
/Unknown

(Note! It is not allowed to pick shells from the beach in Thailand, they belong to the ocean have a role to play in the environment even if they are empty. I borrowed the shell for a few days but have now put it back where it belongs.)

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2 thoughts on “Mystery in the shade of the banana flower

  1. Hermit Crab! Did you make sure there was nothing living in it? Sometimes when hermit crabs shed house, they pick a new house they can grow into.. You should be able to see through it by holding it up to the light if there is anything in it.. Wish I could stop by for a bit and just hang out..

    1. I am pretty sure it was was empty, I always make sure to check that. But who knows… maybe it was tiny… And it never moved again. 😬

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