While our seasons may not seem to vary much, there are definitely different cycles each year.  One of my husband’s goals was to plant a variety of avocados with different seasons so that we would have avocados year round.  This may be the year that actually happens!  I took a bunch of pictures in the garden this morning- we have blackberries, tons of bananas, pineapples are starting to turn ripe, tomatoes are getting bigger … not to mention the animals.  We’re babysitting our daughter’s dog, he is still in the puppy stage and he can’t get enough of all the farm has to offer.  Too bad he wouldn’t just stick with outside stuff as I’ve lost a new pair of shoes (he chewed both), he’s working on some outdoor furniture as I write, and our windows are filthy from him trying to get in the house.  Don’t get me wrong, we’re letting him in the house, but not after he’s jumped into the various water features around the farm … which is pretty much all the time.  The baby ducks that we decided to keep caged for their safety are growing well.  We have a caged area in the garden we keep them in during the day, and bring them up to the house at night.  We’ve already lost half of them, so this is the only way we insure the mongoose won’t get them.  Just a few more weeks, and they’ll be ready to get out on their own.  Today is a beautiful day, sunny, no rain.  It’s a perfect start to a weekend. lemon drop mangosteen unripe blackberries blue ginger blackberries dragonfruit flowers lilikoi flowers baby ducks tomatoes


Ebb and flow

houseIt’s been a particularly busy time at work.  Sometimes I feel like I will never get caught up and it’s really more about managing the chaos so that things don’t slip through the cracks than actually getting caught up.  Yesterday was particularly trying and a good friend reminded me to see the blessings in my life.  So on a scale of 1 – 10 (with ten being good), I have a lot of 10 or near 10 items in my life – my hubby, my kids, my family and friends, some really great co-workers, a beautiful place to call home… I could go on.  It’s really all about perspective.  I tend to be a worrier, which I excel at (why can’t I have a real talent!), and in reality it’s such a wasted emotion. Really it does nothing except creating feelings of anxiety.  Time to focus on what’s really important … it’s a choice, and today I’ll choose that.

The Grotto

IMG_0116 IMG_0118 IMG_0119 IMG_0120 IMG_0121 IMG_0122 IMG_0123 IMG_0124We spent the morning cleaning out our orchid grotto.  The area used to be a koi pond, but we changed it to an orchid/tropical flower grotto a few years back to keep the cost down.  I wish I would’ve taken a picture of the grotto before we cleared it, because it looked nothing like it does now.  It was so overgrown and covered in dead palm leaves you couldn’t see the beautiful flowers.  It was a nice surprise to see some of the beautiful orchids in bloom.  Hopefully, we’ll start seeing more orchids soon.  We probably have 50 or so orchid plants inside the grotto, but only a handful are blooming now.