A few days ago after a leisurely ‘Birding Walk,’ I noticed several citrus trees that were loaded with small mandarin oranges. I asked my neighbors why no one was picking them.
“They’re too sour,” Melissa said with a dramatic twist of her face; “Nobody likes them.”
“Seriously?” I marveled, “May I go pick some? I also would like to get a higher view of the trees where I saw a mystery bird.
The mystery bird was absent, but the Peruvian Pygmy Owl watched from overhead.
The cafe, cacao and citrus area offers a great view of the houses below. Moringa grows up here, as well as down near the house!
There were several ‘mandarina’ trees with the tiny little oranges. I sampled one, which was almost like eating an extra sour Lifesaver’s mandarin candy!
While brewing a guayusa/ginger/moringa flower tea, I selected some of the mandarinas for juicing while arranging others in front of the window. What stunning color, and I invited the duende for a cup of tea. Duendes fit in with the Halloween theme!
Mr. Duende is watching the house right now, while I’m half an hour away at the cyber. Tonight kicks off a holiday week here in Ecuador as we approach Novemeber 2, the day to honor those who have died. I’ll be offline until the holiday is over – and the dust settles!