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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.

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“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.

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‘Whoo’s Watching?”

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There’s that sneaky little owl!

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!

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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!

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Nearby another tree was in full flower.

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My imagination went a bit crazy as I pondered turning the mandarinas into little Jack-O-Lanterns!

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“Get to work, Lisa! Don’t be greedy, but thanks for appreciating our beauty and worth!”

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It’s getting dark – time to return to the house and enjoy a tea with mandarinas!

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!

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Mr. Duende, please behave yourself – no mischief, as this is a rented house!

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Retrieving the moringa flowers, I left the Deunde as dusk weaned into night… I should have known he’d swipe my markers!

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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!

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Happy Halloween!

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