Spring has sprung

it’s difficult to know when Spring has arrived done here. The temperature is about the same as always. Once in a while it does get a bit more humid, but other than that not much different.

In the last few days though we have noticed a few changes. The birds are getting a bit more frisky and the large parota tree outside our front door has a lot more greenery on it.

It also announces itself by dropping seed pods, most of which hit the car with a satisfying clang. They don’t seem to do any damage.  We have nowhere else to put the car so why worry. When they hit the pathway they shatter as though they were made of clay and thereby release their seeds. Omar sweeps them up every day. They hurt when you step on them with bare feet which I just did.

The sun’s getting higher in the sky each day and I have had to move my seat at the table in the morning to accommodate it as it gets pretty hot early on.

There is a squirrel here and it appears to be making its nest in a palm tree over at the neighbour’s place. Patti has been observing it for the past few days and reports on progress. Hopefully, we won’t be still here when the babies arrive. If Alan comes for a visit we’ll let you know.

We got our custom made masks last week but the fit wasn’t quite right so we took them back and paid for them to have the elastic removed and tie-ons installed instead. They work much better now. However, we still have a hard time breathing through them.

Omar, whom I have finally decided doesn’t need a thrashing so much, after all, presented us with a freshly picked mango. He pealed it and cut it up for us. It was delicious. There will be a lot more in the coming weeks. I’m looking forward to the next Breadfruit harvest.

We can’t get cerveza anymore in our local store. So while in town today we decided to stock up. I had a case of ‘Sol’ empties but they didn’t have any ‘Sol’. So we had to haul the empties home and try again with ‘Estrella’ empties tomorrow.

While in town we visited a couple of soup kitchens and paid the money that some of you had so graciously donated.  We were talking to Doctor Woo and he told us that they would feed 550 people today. Thanks, folks!

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