Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Stealing mangoes

Well not really because the owner of the lot next door lives miles away and most of the fruit just falls. Two huge, very old mango trees fill the whole lot and almost overhang my second floor. I have to call CFE (power company) a coupe times a year to cut one tree away from my electric lines.

The first picture is an older one in an orchard but it's basically what I look at from my roof.  I noticed a few were almost ripe and got the "gancho" off the garage roof.  The gancho is just a long bamboo pole (also a hook) with a bag tied to the end for snagging fruit. I got one and Hugo noticed a few more.   Multiple large mangoes was too much for the old bamboo pole and right about mid-point it snapped.  No major damage to the fruit and Hugo says we might be able to get a new "fruit picker" at a hardware store.

Mangoes in nearby orchard

Gancho for mangoes or avocados 

Our score

I did a Google search for "stealing mangoes" and the instances are many and the consequences very serious. Even ran across a game called Steal The Mango which might end in death.  I didn't play it so you are on your own.


norm said...

I have a telescoping painter's pole that goes from 8 feet out to 15 feet. I bought it at Lowes but Home Depo carries them as well. Rig up a jig to screw on the end out of a paint roller and you can steal the high ones...

norm said...

I bought mine with the idea of keeping my old carcass on the ground as much as possible. It was not cheap and it puts a strain on the body if you use it too many hours in a row. I have a mini chain saw on the end of a pole that will make you take back things you never said after less than an hour of use-maybe the ladder is better...

The construction of the house finished in April 2011 and I'm pretty much settled in. As of March 2014 I'm in preparation for rain mode for this coming summer. That includes sealing and painting things and dealing with drainage issues from last year.

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