Oh how I love the taste and scent of coconut kisses.
You’re thinking candy. Well, it’s not.
Before my husband gets in the boat for a day of fishing or photography, he lathers up with sunscreen and then applies the most delectable balm, which contains a coconut flavor, to his lips. SPF 40 or greater, of course.
Then, the best part.
He gives me a kiss and it stays with me.
Even with my second cup of coffee on the veranda, I taste the kiss.
By noon it has worn off.
But yet, it lingers all day.
My tropical kiss.
Making coconut fish is yet another mania in our tropical setting.
Go into any home, restaurant, bar, gift shop, bait and tackle, or sit on someone’s veranda and you will see brightly colored, outrageously decorated coconut fish suspended from some conspicuous place. Attend a street festival and you will notice them (or avoid them).
Because I have coconut trees growing around our house and therefore, coconuts falling from the sky (a child’s perspective), I have put them to good use for those who want to make a coconut fish. Mainly our visiting grandchildren.
Makes a great souvenir and remembrance from a visit to Grandma and Grandpa’s.
Also, from a retired teacher’s perspective, it keeps them occupied. Kids can be so creative and imaginative. The outcome is fun and well worth the hassle.
Just getting them home on a plane can become a pain, but that’s the parent’s problem or mine if I have to ship them back.
Directions for Making Coconut Fish
- Use weathered coconuts whose milk has dried up.
- Screw an eye hook into the top of the coconut.
- Attach fishing line to eye hook so it can be suspended.
- Fashion a tail. We use aluminum flashing. Insert tail at end of coconut using a jigsaw to make the cut.
- Spray paint coconut with bright color. Use acrylic paints to decorate fish.
- Paint eyes on fish or glue on plastic wiggle eyes and even fancy fake eye lashes found at craft stores. Paint in some lips.
*** Do I need to add that this can be messy? Keep old adult t-shirts around for painting cover-ups. Don’t want the parents mad at new summer clothes getting ruined. (Can’t blame them).
For the best in Travel Photography check out the guy I get my Coconut Kisses from, Ron Mayhew Photography.