No mishaps on the way to or from the farmer’s market today. I went in around 7:00 to get the best variety and it was buzzing – lots of people. This is definitely the Saturday morning gathering place. On my way back I stopped at the bank to get money from the ATM and was approached by an old man and his granddaughter who had some things to sell. I bought a bag of corn for about 60 cents. It was cooked and ready to eat. Yummy!
Biking along the ocean, I noticed that the ocean was unbelievable rough compared to the lake like surface we have experienced over the last couple of months. I am not sure what is stirring it up but it is amazing! My understanding is that this is pretty unusual for this time of year. The ocean is coming up so high at high tide that it is nearly to the road. The beach has eroded as well and there is a huge incline that wasn’t there a week ago. It is gorgeous though. I can just go and sit and watch the water and completely lose time.
As I passed over one of the bridges on the way home, I saw a ringed Kingfisher and it was just gorgeous. The picture isn’t that great – it is hard to take a photograph while balancing a bicycle and a bunch of vegetables and a chicken. But it was pretty neat anyway!!
On Saturday I rode my bike to the farmer’s market as I normally do to pick up our weekly ration of whatever looks good. As I wandered through the small vending area there was a lot that looked really good – chicken, pineapple, sapote, lettuce, and cucumbers to name a few. So I bought it all. I chatted with a few people and then went to get on my bike to head back home. Uh oh – way too much stuff for the little bitty basket I have on my bike. I neglected to mention that before getting to the farmers market, I stopped by Old Harbor – a small grocery store in town, and picked up a small bag of dog food.
I thought I would be fine if I just put a few things in the basket, put the dog food on the back of the bike, and carried the b ag with all the rest of the food on my shoulder. As I clumsily took off, I drove directly into two parked cars and almost tipped over. I did a bit of rearranging and took off again, only to find that the handle bars on my bike had gone cockeyed and were at a right angle to the front tire. I promptly went to the ground – along with all the food. A very nice woman came over and helped me back up telling me not to be embarrassed because everyone takes a bike tumble at least once. I fixed the handle bars and took off again, finally on my way. I was going along just great and was riding over the first bridge when the dog food fell off of the back of the bike right in the middle of the road. I hurried across the bridge, dropped the bike and all the food again, and ran back to pick up the dog food. Rearranging for the final time, I took off and finally make it home with myself, the bike, and all the groceries intact. Next Saturday, I will pace myself and will take a smaller bag that fits in the basket of the bike and will buy no more than will fit in the bag.
Here are some pictures of the sapote and some other type of fruit that I don’t know the name of. As you can see, the sapote is a very dull looking gourd-like thing but when you cut it open it has the most beautiful orange fruit that is delicious!!! The funny looking strawberry things have fruit inside that has a texture somewhat like an apple and it tastes somewhat like a cross between an apple and a pineapple – yummy! So – though painful – the trip was well worth it.
We have had an eventful week. We have had some new and unique visitors to the yard – some delightful and some not. Last night a Green Canopy Lizard must have dropped from one of the tops of the trees. The lizard book we have said that it is very rare to actually see one because they stay in the canopy and don’t come down. It hung out on some grass until it got dark and then headed on out – I assume back to the big tree. We also have seen a couple of butterflies and moths that we have not seen before and they were gorgeous. I am trying to find a butterfly book that will help me identify some of these specimens but in the meantime, it is fun to just watch them.
We also have had a couple of creepy visitors – really big centipede and a spider. The centipede headed out on it’s own but we are going to help the spider find a new place to inhabit. The web this spider is spinning is amazing but I haven’t been able to get a good photograph.
Just so you don’t think we only have exotic animals, I took a picture of a squirrel that has been hanging around. We actually don’t see too many squirrels so this is a real treat!
We were the visitors when we went to see Don Candido Morales today who is the medicinal plant doctor for the indigenous Bri Bri tribe who live primarily in the Talamanca mountains. He is known for the successes he has had with a variety of serious diseases and cancers. Don Candido lives just outside of Hone Creek and is about six miles from our house. We had heard of him through friends who run the organization El Puente which helps the children and adults of the Bri Bri tribe with schooling and other critical needs. We contacted Barry at El Puente and he set up an appointment so that Tom could have Don Candido look at his hands. He damaged the nerves several months ago while refinishing cabinets in our house in Moscow. They have been getting progressively worse and are to the point that he is miserable all the time as the palms itch, burn, crack and HURT continually.
He spent about an hour with Tom using acupressure on his hands and feet to determine whether or not there were malfunctioning organs that were at the root of the problem but he determined that, other than the nerve damage, he was in good shape. He did explain that the damage was so bad the it was beginning to move up his arms. He prescribed plants from the jungle that Tom will need to boil and breath in the steam once a day and then soak his hands in the mixture. He also whipped up some ointment with other plants for him to put on his hands. Once the ointment was applied his hands definitely felt better. He will go back to see him on Tuesday and it could take up to a month for them to heal. I will update Tom’s progress – hopefully this will work.