A Quick Update

In 2010, we moved back to the small town in Colorado that I never stopped missing while we lived in Mexico. Now I sometimes miss Mexico, but I wouldn't travel as freely as we did when we were there, camping out in remote areas and so forth.

Mexico today is in a period of change, and in many ways it is more dangerous now. That said, I have plenty of American friends who still live there very happily, just taking a few more precautions than they did in the past.

Just to say!

Rosana

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garden-papayaDec. 29, 2007 – We are at 5000 feet, and not that far north, just outside Guadalajara at Lake Chapala. We have quite a few fruit trees on our quarter-acre, because the Mexican man who owned this place for over 40 years loved to plant trees.  Here is one of several papaya trees.  This one is female. Others are male, and there is a hermaphrodite (no kidding) with produces much smaller fruits.

garden-lemons Our lemon tree produces at least a few lemons each week, year round, but now in the winter, it is really going to town. We are always giving lemons away, as we get about two a day at this time of year. When I took this photo, the tree had hundreds of lemons on it. Some fall off while green, but many turn yellow before falling off. We never bother with a ladder for the high ones, just wait for them to fall.

garden-bananas1

You can’t really see the bananas here all that well but I thought that the poinsettias growing over six feet high might be worth showing as well.

garden-bananas2And here are those bananas, getting pretty close to ready. It’s feast or famine around here with the bananas — we’ve been buying them at the market for months. Friends are coming from Colorado soon, and I am hoping that the bananas will be ripe for them. Once they begin to ripen, we pick the whole thing and give away a lot.

I didn’t get photos of our loquat trees, our one little mango tree that hasn’t done anything yet, our pistachio tree, our lychee tree, or our pomegranate trees. Nor our young avocado tree — avocados are actually fruit. Another time!

3 Comments from the old blog:

  • At December 30, 2007 8:37 PM,  wayne said…

    I am so jealous! I wish we could grow stuff like there here. In fact, I wish we could grow anything here! If you need to get rid of some of those lemons I could send you my mailing address! LOL!

  • At December 30, 2007 10:26 PM,  Rosana Hart said…

    Wayne, you’re in Islas Mujeres? Why can’t you grow anything?

  • At January 02, 2008 8:23 PM,  wayne said…

    One word, Rosana, SALT. The air here is so salty that it kills any normal plant it touches. Our patio plants are all behind a protective wall. Any part that dares to stick a branch out immediatly dies. Except for cactus. They survive everything.

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