Is One Really the Loneliest Number?

When I read a post by Michelle W. of WordPress asking the captioned, together with contribution from several bloggers, it made me ask myself that question.

Sometimes there can be more than ONE but they each can still live in their lonely self-imposed enclave. Loneliness, to me, is a state of mind.

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Many a time I enjoy my own company, allowing free flow of thoughts, doing what I please, keeping peace with myself. Being an only child, to me, ONE is merely an ordinary state of lifestyle.
Am I an introvert? Yes.
Do I feel lonely when on my own? No.

So, is ONE really the loneliest number?
Subjective … it can be, if you make it so.

Lo and Behold there are Loquats (枇杷)!

(I couldn’t resist using that bit of medieval English, after all I grew up with that kind of expression since my father was an English Literature teacher and I’m a lover of John Keats’ poems.)  😀

Back to the subject … the last time our Loquat tree (or then a still immature plant) had bunches of buds and blooms, it just bore a pathetic few ripe edible fruits. I guess it can be called a ‘false hope’ of sort.

This season has been a little more fruitful. Yes, lots of blooms have actually turned to fruits and ripening (& we’ll share them with our feathered friends).

Ripening on the tree.

Ripening on the tree.

It’s not as dense fruiting as some trees I’ve seen but I think it has finally reached a stage of maturity and will give us fruits for many more years to come.

Still yellow but not quite ripe yet.

They’re yellow but not sufficiently ripe yet.

Soon, there might be Loquat smoothie, Loquat sherbet or just plain Loquat pluck-&-eat.

Young, green fruits galore.

Young, green fruits galore.

Yes, growing fruits is a test of one’s patience but when fruits start emerging, there is realization that it’s all been worthwhile.

 

New Neighbors of Color

We have new neighbors! The colorful kind ~ ah yes, a new couple ~ I call them the ‘new birds on the block’ and they’re the Painted Bunting Family.  I first saw them a week ago but *sigh* had no camera in hand.

This morning, as I quietly sat by the back patio steps, Mr. P. Bunting came for his breakfast.

The Painted Bunting

The Painted Bunting

We made eye contact.

We made eye contact.

Is that an element of trust?

Is that showing a little bit of trust?

To me, he simply looks like an artist’s painting palette. In the days to come I hope Mrs. Bunting joins him for breakfast and allows her photo to be taken.

Road Trip across Florida

On the eve of Lunar New Year, instead of roosting at home (sorry, pun intended) to welcome the Year of the Rooster, the hubby & I decided to do a slow road trip to visit ECHO Florida … on the ‘other coast’ of the Florida peninsula. The last time we went was in August 2015 but each time we visit we seem to acquire new information on plants, growing methods, etc., so it’s never boring.

(This time we also got to meet some very interesting and knowledgeable contacts who got to know of my existence via this blog… it thus reveals that even the experts do browse novices’ blogs 😀 )

So there we were, after signing up for a walk-around tour & having watched an introduction video, at the gate of their model food-farm ready for our mid-day saunter into the woods.

Introductory talk by the guide.

Introductory talk by the guide.

So, what did I learn this time?

More than just chop & drop use

More than just chop & drop use

Banana trunks will have 1 more stage incorporated into their usage plan now,  as growing containers before they rot themselves into the ground… & we do have some ripening bananas with trunks to be laid horizontal soon.

Mulching – the ever needed coverage of soil – which is ever present on forest floors. But! it’s the first time I’ve seed corn cobs (after kernels removed, of course) used.

corn cob mulch

corn cob mulch

and Moringa podshells – I grow Moringa Oleifera but I’ve been putting them in my compost bins. (Useful info, that’s for sure.)

Moringa podshell mulch

Moringa podshell mulch

Then I got to set eyes on a Jabuticaba tree a.k.a. Brazilian Grape tree.

Jabuticaba or Brazilian Grapes

Jabuticaba or Brazilian Grapes

The fruits were unbelievably juicy & sweet … so delicious that I just had to pick a few fallen ones from beneath the tree for planting. It’s a very slow growing tree so whether I get to taste fruits from my newly sown seeds or not is a different story ~ but seeds not sowed = 100% nothing to harvest, right?

 

 

 

 

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Sculptures, Statues, Carvings

I love taking photos of sculptures & statues … I guess one of the reasons is because I can go close and not get asked “Why are you taking my photo?” 😀
So how can I not join in the fun with Cee’s Photo Challenge?

St John Baptist de La Salle

St John Baptist de La Salle

Mr Monkey

Mr Monkey

I call this creation "Big & Small".

I call this creation “Big & Small”.

A floor slab of the old Trishaw.

A floor slab of the old Trishaw.

Passionfruit+Banana = Good Blend

In the last fortnight, even with 2 chill spells, our Passiflora Incarnata vines just happily stayed green and gave us some superb fruits. They do not need to be picked because when fully ripened, they simply fall off the vine. I just need to pay ‘ground attention’.

A constant supply ...

A constant supply … different colored Passionfruit

Just leave them for a few days till the skin gets crinkled then those are the best for eating. Rich in Vitamins C & A and one of the superb breakfasts I have concocted so far is the Passionana Mix.

Recipe: 1 super ripe Passionfruit ~ cut open preferably with kitchen cutters to prevent mess.

Snip open tough peel

Snip open tough peel

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Social Media Detoxification

Yes, I actually went on this stretch of social media shut-off to simply see if I am/was an addict. I must admit I was certainly heading in that direction so I did some serious thinking.

The first thing I did, without hesitation, was to remove the Facebook app from my tablet. I use that tiny tablet as my news(paperless)paper so it does get turned on each morning while coffee is brewing, but I couldn’t find a good reason why Facebook and Whatsapp had to be on it … so I did, in a way, make myself less in touch with some ‘Friends’ (people or robots whom I’ve never met, don’t know what they look like, sound like, like or dislike, etc).

My cellphone was the next device that got cleaned up a little. There’s absolutely no need for Facebook & its notification to be there either. Whatsapp is on for contact with family and good, close friends and I feel my contact list still needs some cleaning up. Yes, I’ve even tried AppDetox-Digital Detox from Google Play (BUT I must say, try at your own risk).

“Does it feel better?” I keep asking myself and each time comes a clear “yes!” because I do feel lighter, less loaded with beeps and tweets. No need to read about what was had for breakfast, no need to like and reply “the red dress suits you better than the green one”, the list goes on …

Ah yes, my laptop ~ I decided to allocate 1 hr for reading and replying to personal email each time I plonked myself down on seat in the evening. OK, confession time ~ I did spend a few hours doing some Amazon & Ebay shopping for presents but my consolation is that it saved me some gas money and heck! I think it would have taken just as long if not longer heading to the Mall and buying them physically. So I call that useful surfing. 😉

It is now a Digital Era with further development to come, that I cannot avoid or deny but I think a Digital Detox-Spa (that’s my nickname for it) once in a while does help to bring my life and immediate environment back to perspective and revive real-life people connectivity.

 

Toby Hemenway

Yesterday was indeed a sad day for me.
The day before, I had hoped that all would end well but that was not to be.

Toby Hemenway, a permaculture guru, whom I have been following ardently passed away from pancreatic cancer.

I loved his style of teaching, his sense of humor and his superbly written books. Gaia’s Garden is 1 of the early books that gave me a push to garden the way I’m doing now.

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Rest in Peace, Mr Hemenway … and thank you for all the information you’ve shared.