After the last post, I think something a little more mundane is in order. (Okay, maybe I’m still trying to calm down after seeing that monster spider and this is a good way to do it, especially after re-living the experience when writing about it!) Anyway, last week, Eddie and I drove up to our lot to plant some Mani plants at the entrance of our driveway. Once established, the Mani will be very pretty ground cover with tiny yellow flowers. It took us five hours to plant them! Even though it was mostly overcast, it was still hot work. When we finished, Eddie looked like he had just been swimming. He was drenched! I fared a bit better, but not much. Hopefully, the Mani plants will survive the trauma of being re-planted and more importantly the Leaf-cutter ants. I guess time will tell.
Meanwhile, Eddie has been working on his little garden. He has planted a variety of things – chives, jalapeno peppers, bell peppers, kale, parsley and cilantro. The other morning, Eddie noticed that one of the Kale plants was missing all of it’s leaves. Then, the next morning, another Kale plant was in bad shape and there were holes in leaves of the jalapeno plants. There was a fluorescent green excretion on the pot of one of the Kale plants, which reminded us of the alien in the movie, Predator. We had no idea what was chomping away at his little plants, but we realized if we didn’t figure it out soon, there would be no plants at all! So, about 8 at night, Eddie went outside with a flashlight. (It gets dark here by 6:30 p.m.). He wasn’t gone long. Turns out the culprit was a small grasshopper! Now, Eddie is planning to build a small green house to protect his plants from predators.
Tomorrow morning, I’m going to Boruca with my friend Susie. She invited me to go along with her for an overnight…maybe two nights depending on the weather. It’s rainy season and the rain comes down in a torrent. It should be a fun adventure! I’ll post about it later on in the week.