It seems that our environmental conditions are experiencing a wild swing of the pendulum – in many places, check out New England, for example. And the oceans – the tides have been rough and rogue waves knocking people out of boats! Not that this has never happened, but it seems that there is more than ‘normal’, or actually more ‘not normal’ than usual, LOL. For us here the cicadas are out of control this summer, totally in an unbalance (extreme abundance) – I have never heard them so loud before! Not that I am a native here, but even so, something is out of balance. It is drier this year – and more rainy and colder in the higher elevations. The sky was red this morning and the sky is very thick with clouds…a slight breeze is blowing…and it is really hot. Mate called wind, I called rain – we got both.
The garden is doing well, despite the natural chaos of Mother Nature; we ate our first corn last night. When we first moved here the only corn we could find was what we call ‘cow corn’, very tough, chewy and starchy – excellent for grinding (duh). Sweet corn does not grow here, not any sweet corn seeds that you might bring from the states, but I guess it is said that under plastic you can do it…which seems counterproductive, as so much already must be grown under something. So we scored some beautiful colored corn and yellow corn seed that is native and planted it. Our friend and helper picked us some of the young corn, not yet full and mature, and we had it for dinner last night – it was so sweet and delicious! Wow, well now we know the trick – you pick it very young. The mature corn goes into masa, soup, tortillas, empanadas and more. The next step is to learn the process from corn to masa – and from what I understand it is definitely a process. First step in that is harvesting the corn…which is soon, very soon.
We have been enjoying some wonderful lettuces and kales, okra, cucumbers, basil and thyme, oregano and rosemary (which are hardy and happy here year around). We have the first sweet peppers just days away and more cucumbers including pickles coming on, as well as some green beans and eggplants. Of course we are totally enjoying our butternut squash, ayote, sweet and flavorful – and this to go along with the pineapples and bananas, with the coconuts growing nearby (a vision of tropical sustenance au natural). Staple foods for here, and awesome to eat from your backyard! Like the ‘biriba’, which is an anona – soursops – this one nick-named ‘custard fruit’ because of its consistency, sweet enough but not too sweet, certainly our favorite of the family. The peanuts are happening in a hurry and we hope to enjoy some of our yuca (cassava root) this year. And of course we have the rows of hot peppers – yummmmy, but watch out ’cause they are smokin’ hot! We make our own salsas and chutneys and dried spice blends, plus some pickled peppers for snacking.Yes, we are in abundance of many things but the water is not in abundance during the summer, in fact in summer the ground is like cement except where it is getting water, but since the first of the year with the heat and dry we were required to be quite conservative of our water and some things were not getting as much water as they needed…it has been thundering the past few nights with lightening in the distance, but as always the dry season is hard on the jungle and the gardens so we were saying extra prayers for some rain.
It got pretty dark fairly early, I could smell the rain and by early afternoon we were getting sprinkles and then a nice steady rain, but not for long. The roar of the cicadas is deafening, but they stopped when the rain started; then the rain died back and paused for about forty-five minutes, regrouping for another go so the cicadas started the ruckus up again only to be stopped with the downpour. It rained hard for about an hour then just kept raining for most of the night well into the wee hours. The next day there was another pink sky and lots of clouds, so we figured it would hit us again soon. The amount of gushing rainwater from the night before took out a bunch of corn that was not ready, so we cut some of that for the horses who were appreciative. Their pasture is certainly much happier now that it has been watered and we should see some grass growth, which we need.
The rain came in the second day with a steady drizzle early but most of it came in hard later, it rained pretty good most of the evening and then after midnight it turned on the faucets full force and just stormed and the wind blew…more corn down the next morning, almost 3 inches of rain overnight – this is not ‘normal’. Come to find out today the bean farmers will lose their crop, the beans were not done and the mature beans are on the ground and sprouting in the fields, a huge loss. The old timers say that hard rains like this in summer are ‘muy malo’ as the flowers on the fruit trees get knocked off and you don’t get much or very good fruit. Our mango won’t have much fruit, the cashew is flowering like crazy so we will see on those. Of course we lost corn as well in the deluge, but we needed the rain, guess everyone was praying for it and we got what we asked for! We are paying attention…
It has been raining for almost a week now, the locals say that it never rains like this in February. I guess the current weather conditions are not ‘normal’ no matter where you live, yeah? The jungle and the grass and the critters are all quite happy, however, even though a lot of trees came down or broke off – as long as it doesn’t snow! The volcano Turrialba is puffing big time again, as is Colima in Mexico – to name two, but we have not had any earthquakes recently…my quick bag is ready, just in case we get a good one in the middle of the night, our house is questionable should we get a big shaker.
The abundance continues, the mature fruit is plentiful on the trees and we are enjoying smoothies daily, biriba combined with papaya, pineapple or bananas – yum! The garden produce is feeding us well, the cicadas are still noisy but oddly they are quiet at the moment…hmmm, what could possibly be up?
Mercury has finally gone direct, although the phone is still in the shop and the internet is still delivering chaos or not delivering at all, I have a new memory card for the camera so I am back in business there – and we are on the verge of a spring Equinox eclipse season that has been declared powerful, guess we shall see what is delivered – it is what it is, we get what we get, just like the weather and the harvest. We are seeing some amazing alignments occurring in many different ‘zones’ of our reality, so our sights are set on some serious manifesting unfolding up ahead, as the creators stepping up to the plate and ready to take the helm of our new vessels, yeah?