CHAPTER 16 – BREAD
I have my first corn at the end of December. It isn’t a lot of corn. I don’t want to eat the corn. I decide to keep all the seeds. My goal is to put the seeds in the ground and have more corn later.
I need some pots for the seeds. I look for clay on the island.
I find some clay and I try to make a pot. I have no success at the beginning.
But I try again and again. It is long work. But after two months of experiments, I make two pots.
I put the pots in baskets. I put dry grass between the baskets and the pots. The dry grass and the baskets protect the pots very well.
I continue to make small pots. Their quality is better and better.
I also make long but not very high pots. I put sea water in them. When the water is gone, I have salt.
One day, I find a broken piece of a pot in the fire. The fire makes the piece very hard. It is like a stone. The piece is very red too.
I have an idea. I take one pot and I make a fire around the pot. The pot is very hard after two hours. I am happy with the result.
I also need a tool with which I can make flour. I take a big piece of hard wood. I make a hole in the wood. I put the seeds in the hole. Then I take another piece of hard wood. I break the seeds in the hole with this second wood.
The flour stays on the bottom of the hole.
Now, I want to bake bread. I have an idea. I mix the flour with water. Then, I take two stones. I put the stones near the fire. When the stones are very hot, I put the bread between them.
Now, I have my first bread on the island. The bread is not perfect. But I like the bread a lot. It is my first bread after a long time. It is during my third year on the island.
I think about travelling around the island by sea. I think that it is possible to make a canoe. I want to make a canoe from a big tree. I find one big tree. I cut the tree. I start to make a hole in it.
But after some days, I start to think about something. I start to think how to get the canoe from the forest to the beach. I think about it because I am quite far from the beach. I see that it is a problem. I see a small hill between the forest and the beach.
It is not possible to move the canoe over the hill. The canoe is very heavy for it.
I am really angry. I have to leave the canoe in the forest. Many days of work are lost.
I don’t believe that I can make such a mistake. I have to plan my work better next time.
WORDS FROM CHAPTER 16