|here is a bunch of plants that have all become very close friends|
|I have been eating mangoes for a month, started with one ripe one everyday, then 2 ripes ones, then 3, now I have about 8 ripe ones a day, I am the mango lady, no one leaves my house with a few mangoes.|
|I nominate the bougainvilleas to be the most beautiful plant in the whole......it wows me all the time|
|there are 2 more bunches of bananas in my back yard.|
|mango shakes every day....sometmes twice a day|
Let me tell you about the mango tree. First, it's the biggest mango tree on the Island (maybe) It's 30 plus years old (maybe). It's a little crazy (not maybe).
It had mango on it before it was mango time. If you take the horse and wagon tour of the Island the wagon master will drive you past my house and show you this tree and he will tell you it is crazy. Tourist get driven past my house all the time just to look at the mango tree. I should really put a tip jar out there (to help pay for my ceiling)
Now you need to understand how much everyone loves mangoes. A lot. Here is what happens all day.
The birds get up there and peck at the mangoes until they fall down. (it hurts to get pinged in the head with a mango). They eat mangoes all day, now, what happens when you eat mangoes all day? You shit all day! All day!
At night the rats come (yeah I didn't know I had rats either), they eat mangoes all night and ....... Shit al night.
Then the raccoons come and climb the tree and eat mangoes all night and .......shit all night.
The Iguanas really really like mangoes too, and they REALLY shit. And they eat day and night. (double shit)
So now there are mango pits and mango peel and half eaten mangoes lying everywhere and then the whole back yard is full of fruit flies.....lots of them, and i am sure they shit too.
So....3 times a day at least I am washing down my brick back yard and burning incense to cover the smell of shit.
I have been putting poison out for the rats, which they eat and I have a found a dead rat or 2, however it just seems like I am feeding all the Island rats.
A few days ago I got a friend to get up on the roof of my house to get some high up there mangoes. I tell him to make sure he gets them all. He says he only wants to pick the ripe ones, I say no, get them all, the greens ones ripen in the house, He argues with me, and says that if you pick unripe fruit it hurts the tree and will be bad for your spirit....huh? I say I am not looking for a spiritual experience right now, I just want the shit to go away.
Now, please understand that I am not "complaining" here about having mangos, that would sound ungrateful and petty and THAT might just be bad for my spirit, I am only reporting on what it is like to have a crazy mango tree in the yard.