Thursday, April 17, 2014

A little less green

While I would love to let those bananas complete their life cycle and maybe even collect the fruit they produce these are just too big for the space I have.  They are/were well over 4 meters and no sign of a flower.   They were blocking all the afternoon sun from the lime trees and maybe stealing their water as well.

The first platano plant I had was a Dominico, the small sweet fruit, and it was mature and had fruit at only 2.5-3 meters. There are two more plants in another location but are still small and don't know what kind they are yet.  Neighbor and I have been planting them in a vacant lot where size does not matter but they may not be getting enough water.

That's 2 lime trees in front

Will have to dig the rest up

Green Iguana visitor
Neighbors noticed this guy inside my yard last night and he was hanging on the front gate this morning.  I walked right up to him and not sure why he wasn't afraid.  Maybe injured or once a pet.   Kind of afraid the neighbor kids will molest him if he sticks around.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Anybody see it?

Full lunar eclipse visible in the Western Hemisphere with clear sky's

To see the full eclipse last night would have required staying up 'till about 3am even though the process started around midnight Central time.   I thought about it until I realized I hadn't had an alarm clock since I moved to Mexico.   Well, maybe someday

Monday, April 14, 2014

Wall hangings

I picked up 2 of the white and brown wall hangings when I was living in Jocotepec a few years ago. I had a large rental with a few nails in the walls so they did hang for awhile. Since I've been back on the beach they've been rolled up in a closet.  Why the delay to hang things here I'm not sure.   Part is deciding what goes where or even if it should at all.   Also has something to do with commitment to the house, length of time I'll likely be here and not treating it like another rental.

Then there are the 4 coco-head "dolls" I found at a garage sale last August.    They could have been grouped anywhere but better in a small space.   They might fit that front room a little better with some furniture. Hanging them was fun because I forgot the originally planned large window had a lot of cement around it. Ended up both drilling and using nails (cement) .... but there they are. I included the older picture on the bottom because they are really better close up.

Next up will be my attempt to freshen up my Equipale (leather) furniture. I bought some saddle soap (Jabon de Calabaza) but there are differing opinions.  Think it has to do with the type and quality of the hide?




Shortly after I bought the 4 of them

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Rearranging the garden

Both lots on either side of me are vacant. One is for-sale for too much and the other I met the owner once but don't know who he is. I say that because growing stuff here is so much fun and I just don't have the room with 2 lots. Bananas, limes, star fruit (carambola), Chico Sapote, papayas, sugar cane, various vegetables, flowering shrubs and decorative palms.

The papaya was tired with only small fruit so I replaced it with the small palm that has been hidden under the huge bananas in the back corner.  In front of the palm is the new Moringa which I've been interested in for awhile.  It's grown a few inches there but I'm surprised how tender the "trunk" is.   It will out distance everything around it in a few months but still too young to flower this year I think.   I cut the large sugar cane and shared with neighbors so only smaller ones left.

The second foto was an attempt to show the Star Fruit flowers but they are 3 meters high so couldn't get close.   Makes me wonder how I'll reach the fruit in a few months. The tree is not strong enough to support a ladder.   Will have to consider a pruning plan to keep every thing in reach.  I had one fruit last year and looks like I'll have many more this.




Carambola in the center and higher than the 3 meter wall.   Last Neem in a bucket below it.  Buckets on the left are various veggies.  In the low foreground is my Avocado that has done nothing for 2 years.  It looked sick a few months ago and leaves were weird and falling off.   I sprayed it and all the leaves fell off.   Within a week it had all new leaves and the whole tree was growing like crazy.   Would love to someday have my own Avocados. 


Finally the Laurel tree which used to be totally root bound and less than a meter high when I bought it from a Gringa that was leaving Melaque.  I actually split the pot and have two Laurel plants/trees almost identical. 

Friday, April 11, 2014

When the cat's away, the mice will play


So says my neighbor.   His cat is always outside looking for prey and not in the house.   He's also a very small young cat.   On the other hand my cat keeps the place too clean.

Hugo came over yesterday morning saying that his drain pipe under the kitchen sink broke and did I have any extras.   I did have this flexible one that works well in odd situations.   He didn't bring over the broken one so I don't know what the original problem was.

Again this morning water all over the kitchen and Hugo blaming Lorena until he got down and looked at the pipe that had only been there for 12 hours.   So headed into town in a few minutes to buy another pipe or two and some rat/mice poison.   Must be good tasting plastic and maybe paint some yukky stuff on the next one.  Then maybe they are collecting for a nest?

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