Warrnambool Flora 花草

澳洲是個天然寶庫,奇花異卉極多,對於南半球的花草品種,我完全不在行,有請各方高人指點!

 

Australia is a nature treasure with lots of amazing flora. I have not much knowledge of southern hemisphere flora and appreciate if you can tell me the names of these lovely flowers!

蘋果便宜又好吃,我在香港常常吃蘋果,卻很少見到蘋果樹。

這天我們來到Warrnambool探望祖母,一下車就看見一棵蘋果樹,樹上疊疊的結着果實,四、五夥蘋果牢牢的靠在一起,青青綠綠的,頂上開始變紅,茂盛的綠葉擁着蘋果,微風一吹,沙沙作響。

 

我一見蘋果樹就樂了,有生以來見過的蘋果皆已包裝好,靜靜的躺在超市貨架上、街市攤檔中,我連蘋果葉都未見過,今次終於能親手摸摸蘋果樹了啦!

就在我一蹦一跳地彈向蘋果樹時,蔡媽媽、蔡爸爸也走過來了,蔡媽媽說:「唏,蘋果樹耶,能吃的呀。」

蔡爸爸回說:「是啊,」就一個箭步的跳上樹幹,借着衝力,兩三下跳至樹椏,他搖晃樹枝,蘋果「霍霍霍」地跌下。

蔡媽媽簡直與蔡爸爸心有靈犀,不用事前商量,當蔡爸爸跳上樹幹時,蔡媽媽已自動走到樹下,準備接着即將掉下的蘋果。

我們成功收穫了幾個蘋果後,蔡爸爸跳回地面,蔡媽媽把蘋果遞給我,說:「食啦!」

我接過蘋果,喜滋滋的咬一大口,蔡媽媽含笑望着我,自己卻不吃。

 

此時Don突然出現,Don是本地人,笑着問我們在幹什麼,我們老實回答:「食蘋果囉!」

Don頓了一下,說:「蘋果不能吃,有毒架!」

「吓!!??」我看看手上的蘋果,果芯微棕,微苦微澀;再望地上爆開的蘋果,果芯腐壞,呈棕黑色,我連忙吐掉果肉,望望蔡媽媽,她又對着我笑,自己不吃卻塞俾我食,哎吔,我這隻為食貓,以後真的不能咁為食……

 

Don解釋:「這些蘋果不是真的『有毒』,只是未熟透,本地人好少食,多數食超市買回來的蘋果。」

 

噢,原來如此啊,之後我無疴嘔肚痛,白雪公主(偽)遇上毒蘋果(偽)了,哈哈哈~~

  

 

Apples are cheap and delicious. I always eat apples in Hong Kong but I had never seen an apple tree.

We went to Warrnambool to visit grandmother and we saw an APPLE TREE when we step out of the cat. 4-5 apples as a group, hanging on the tree. Most apples were green but some were turning red. The green leaves were protecting the apples and they sang when breeze came.

 

I was so happy to see an apple tree. I just saw packed apples quietly lying down on shelves in supermarkets all my life. I had never seen an apple tree leaf and I finally could TOUCH an apple tree now!

Aunt Choi and Uncle Choi were walking towards the apple tree as I was jumping happily to the tree.

Aunt Choi said, ‘Oh, it’s an apple tree. Eatable!’

Uncle Choi said, ‘Um,’ then he jumped on the tree in 2-3 steps. He shook the branches and the apples fell on ground.

Aunt Choi and Uncle Choi knew each other so well. Aunt Choi walked to the point where the apples would fall once Uncle Choi started jumping on the tree. They even didn’t have to discuss beforehand.

Uncle Choi jumped back on ground after we harvested a few apples. Aunt Choi gave me an apple and said, ‘For you!’

I received the apple happily and had a big bite. Aunt Choi looked at me with a smile but she didn’t eat the apples.

 

Don was the local people and he appeared suddenly and asked what we were doing. We answered honestly, ‘Eating apples!’

Don hesitated for a second and said, ‘These apples are poison!’

‘WHAT!!??’ I looked at the apple on my hand. The core was a bit brown, tasted a little bitter. Then I looked at the burst apples which fell on ground. The cores were rotten and turning black.

I spat out the apple and looked at Aunt Choi. She smiled at me again. Oh, she didn’t eat the apples but gave an apple to me…Um, it seems I really had to put a little more concern of what would I eat...

 

Don explained, ‘These apples are not really “poison” but they aren’t mature. Local people won’t eat them. We always eat apples bought from supermarket.’

 

Oh, now I see.

Luckily I didn’t get sick afterwards.

The (fake) Snow white met the (fake) poison apple!  Hahahahaha…