Git Along, Little Dogies!

Head ’em up and move ’em out.

Every year a small herd of cattle are released into the back campo during the driest of the Dry Season.  This year has been no exception but our neighbour John who is in charge of the animals warned SU that we would have bovine companions in the near future this time.  Sure enough the cattle have been out in the late afternoon for the last week or so looking for anything and everything to eat, including some of our trees and plants.

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Each year we have lived here there have been some escapees, usually in the night.  Yesterday morning however, I pointed out to SU upon our return from Spanish class that “our” herd of cattle appeared to be outside of their boundaries and were roaming free among the development lots at the opposite end of our street.  John was extra careful this year, repairing the fences around the fields but apparently the critters found a hole somewhere.  We knew it wouldn’t be long before he and his dog and/or his boys would be chasing the livestock into a more secure area and put it out of our minds.

Shortly before lunch I heard an enormous amount of barking from a little dog that we call Mamacita and her three pups.  And then Sophie the dog next door got into the act.  I’m not usually alarmed during the day when Mamacita and family make a great deal of noise because they don’t permit just anyone on the calle, everyone must past inspection first.  What alarmed me was that Sophie was getting into the mix and as I arose to see what was going on John came riding down the street herding his young steers, cows and calves and it looked like the herd was going to get the best of him.

I quickly grabbed my camera and went outside to see how he was going to make out getting them up the narrower part of the road.  As cattle are wont to do they had different ideas and decided that perhaps they could get through to the field through the empty lot and he had to steer them back to the road.  I looked over to where he lives and his wife Caterina and a couple of their children were outside watching the show along with me.  It was just a bit of excitement on the calle and…in the campo.

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Wind and Tide

The last few days the Pacific coasts of the Americas have experienced very high tides.  In Panama, the National System of Civil Defense (Sinaproc) issued a warning that tides could reach up to 5.5 meters during high tide.  The high tides began on Friday and they are expected to continue until Wednesday.  It’s all part of transitioning between Dry Season to Wet Season and storms out at sea are creating the higher than usual waves.

The warnings have been issued for people to stay out of the water as the high tides create strong rip currents.  I’ve mentioned before that most of the rivers flow into the ocean and so when tides are high the rivers can also be very dangerous, bringing debris in with the current so people have also been asked to stay out of the rivers.

Some of the beaches were closed over the weekend which was a long weekend because of the Labor Day holiday on Friday.  There was also some damage to homes in Farallon, Rio Hato and Santa Clara the beach areas closer to the city and at the resort areas of the Royal Decameron and Buenaventura.

Yesterday, we took a trip out to see what we could see at Playa el Toro.  There were several people out there watching the water and the crashing waves.  There wasn’t much of a beach left and despite the warnings there was a small boat out on the water and a few young people standing around with boogie and surf boards.  I’m not sure if they were planning on going into the water, one might think so given that they had boards in hand.

This time of year brings changes to the beaches.  The shape and size alter considerably as rocks that were once exposed become covered by the sand brought in by the stronger and higher tides. The mouths of the rivers also shift in shape and size. It’s all part of the transition between our two seasons…in the campo.

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Snapshot Sunday ~ 03/05/2015

We had a visitor this morning.

Kitty

Kitty 2

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And Then Came the Winged Creatures

We hope that, when the insects take over the world, they will remember with gratitude how we took them along on all our picnics. ~ Bill Vaughan ~

In Panama one really knows that Wet Season is here with the first arrival of the swarm of insects.  Yes, the hordes of termites began arriving yesterday.  They will become worse in the coming days and I’ll be sweeping up wings and eventually carcasses from both the porches.  Thank goodness for screens and that we don’t live right at the beach.  I’ve already noticed a marked increase in gecko excrement on the porches meaning that the bugs have built up over the last few days.  So goes the circle of life.

Termites

Termites

Once the termites mate they will go on their merry way and make way for the next wave of buggy delights, which will be the beetles.  Wish I could say that they are as entertaining as the singing group but after you’ve been beaned in the head several times and they’ve dropped into your food, beverage etc. they stop being amusing.  Thankfully they only last a few weeks.  Next to arrive will be the flies, and the frogs will naturally follow all the bugs…and we will have to be diligent on frog watch so Dos Gatos do not try to ingest same.

With the arrival of the rain the temperature has dropped a bit.

Temperature

It climbed past our normal 30° up to 34° during some of the hottest days before the rain came.  It’s almost chilly now and it’s a nice change.

One thing I can say for the bugs, they are fair game for Boomer who has taken to grabbing them from the air with his paw and stuffing the extra protein down his gullet.  And that does offer us some entertainment…in the campo.

Boomer catching bugs

 

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Delicately Woven in the Sunlight

The world is as delicate and as complicated as a spider’s web, and like a spider’s web, if you touch one thread, you send shudders running through all the other threads that make up the web.  ~ Gerald Durrell  ~

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Intricately constructed in the lime tree.

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Talk Thursday ~ Fragrance in the Wind

We planted a Ylang Ylang tree in the neigbouring yard where the wind will carry the fragrance into our yard,  Today, I thought I’d share a little information about this wonderfully fragrant tree.

Ylang Ylang

The Ylang Ylang is a fast growing tree that blooms year round.  The tree grows clusters of green flowers along the branches that become yellow with time.   The smallest flowers on the tree produce the most perfume and the tree is most aromatic as the sun goes down.  The plant has flowers throughout the year but it does very well in the rainy season and as the humidity began to rise in preparation for Wet Season so did the blooms on the tree.  Many well-known perfumes use Ylang Ylang with Chanel number 5 probably the best known.

The following is a video about growing Ylang Ylang in the Indian Ocean archipelago of the Comoros,  We’re very lucky to have this wonderfully fragrant plant so close that we can pluck the flowers for a good sniff.  It’s our form of aroma therapy…in the campo.

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Wisdom Wednesday ~ 29/04/2015

The best thing one can do when it’s raining is to let it rain.                                    ~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow ~

For some it may just be rain.  For us it is welcome relief from the heat and dust.  Bring on the rain...

For some it may just be rain. For us it is welcome relief from the heat and dust. Bring on the rain…

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Flying Jewels

Hummingbirds, the tiniest of all birds, are the only living thing that can come to a full stop whilst traveling at great speed. This curious bird can hover, move forward, backward, up or down in perpetual motion. Some cultures believed the hummingbird was magic because of its speed and talent to appear and disappear so quickly.

We have many territorial hummingbirds in our front and back yards and  we have one or two that we could set our watches by. These little birds think they are the King or Queen of the Roost and quickly chase away any of their kind that invade their space…in the campo.

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Brilliant green hummingbird. Rufous-tailed Hummingbird 1 Rufous-tailed Hummingbird 2 1611 Hummingbird

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Wisdom Wednesday ~ 22/04/2015

I only went out for a walk and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in. ~ John Muir ~

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Happy Purrrday Mom!

!Feliz Cumpleaños Mamá!

Dos Gatos are sending a furry wish out to my mother today.

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