Morinda citrifolia, Rubiaceae Saturday we switched our produce shopping venue from Atenas to Alajuela, the town that gives our province it’s name. We had heard, how much more extensive the market in Alajuela is, so we were eager to explore. The round trip from Atenas to Alajuela is about 20 miles or 32 Km, still […]Read more "Productos de la Feria de los agricultores – Chapter One: Vomit Fruit"
This morning a large beetle lay on it’s back, squirming and wiggling, on our patio tiles. Both dogs sniffed it and walked away, apparently this fellow wasn’t caninely tasty. So I collected the substantial bug and put it on our glass-topped patio table, which wasn’t much to this hefty guy’s liking either. I guess, slick […]Read more "A Rhino in Atenas"
During the green season everything around us is green. The landscape is verdant, lush and aromatic. The proverbial tropical paradise. This opulence comes at a price. Most vegetation, or flora, as we retired biologists like to call it, thrives best under wet conditions. Our green season is so lush, because ‘green’ is a euphemism for ‘rainy’ – […]Read more "Pouring Green"
Bravely shoulder your responsibilities and courageously plan for the future, but don’t neglect to cover your rear. Never hesitate to stare adversity straight in the eye, but know, when to run! This uplifting wisdom was dispensed by Squawkero, our resident Great Kiskadee town crier, shouting from our very own rooftop. You’ve met him before in my ‘Las […]Read more "Birdie Wisdom"
On January 12, 2012, I narrated the tale of the slightly late arrival of our fantastic Christmas package (Ho Ho Ho – sólo un poco tarde). We enjoyed my friend Patrizia’s gifts so very much, but she was saddened, because items appeared to be missing from her care package. We speculated freely about a sweet-toothed customs agent, who […]Read more "Ho Ho Ho – A Bona Fida Full Term Delivery"
‘GARROBITO’ Friday morning in Atenas, Alajuela, Costa Rica, invariably means a stroll past the stands of la feria agricultura. The vendors sell locally grown produce, as well as chickens, eggs, cheeses, meats, baked goods, coffee, tamales and much more. Their stands form a double ‘L’ along two sides of a mildly neglected park with an exercise area for the marching band […]Read more "Un Garrobo, Brisas Dulces y Maracuyá"