CHAPTER 15 – BASKET
I started to make longer and longer trips around the island. Soon, I realized that I needed a basket for these trips. With a basket I could carry more food when I made my trips around the island. I could also carry more fruit from the fruit valley.
I cut branches from the same tree which I used for my fences. I dried these branches. I used the branches to make the basket.
When I finished the basket, I decided to make a longer trip around the island. I went through the valley with my second house. After the valley I found some grass fields. They were very flat. They had a lot of flowers. They smelled so good.
A lot of insects were flying around these flowers. I saw some big butterflies. Their wings were ten centimetres wide.
There were small trees around these fields. I found nuts on these trees. These nuts were different from nuts in England. They had a different shape. They were also sweeter than nuts in England.
I also discovered some new animals on this side of the island. There were many parrots, rabbits and grey cats there.
I even caught one parrot. I took the parrot with me. There were many colours on his body. I saw red, green, purple, orange, blue, pink and yellow.
There were also a lot of turtles and other birds there. This part of the island was nicer. There was more food in this part. But I didn’t want to move.
My dog caught a young goat on the way back. I saved the goat. I took the goat with me. I wanted to keep goats. Now I had another chance.
I left the goat in my valley home. First I wanted to prepare some space for the goat in my first home.
I was so tired from the trip that I was relaxing the whole day.
I made a cage for the parrot. I brought home the goat. The goat started to calm down.
I made a map of the whole island. I put these newly discovered places on the map.
The time went very quickly. Soon it was September again. This was my second year on the island. I wasn’t as sad as in the beginning. I accepted my situation. I was happy with what I had.
My days were similar. I hunted in the morning. I cooked at noon. I was relaxing in the afternoon when the sun was the strongest. And I worked in the evening. This was my typical day. I also taught the parrot to say his name. His name was Poll.
My corn fields kept me busy in November and December. The wild goats and rabbits were eating the little plants. I didn’t want to lose my corn, so I quickly made a fence around the area with the seeds. I made a gate which I could open quickly in the fence. I put my dog inside the fence. He protected my corn at night.
Soon, the plants were tall, but another danger came. Birds started to eat the seeds. I shot some. And I was watching my corn until all the birds were gone.
WORDS FROM CHAPTER 15