|Yesterday we were the guests of Lina's elementary school friends, Jose and Maria. They picked us up at 7:30 AM in their 4x4 Toyota pickup for the 15 mile trip to their farm. Knowing it would be a great opportunity for some new pics, I purchased new batteries for the camera and loaded them before we went. The farm is about three miles from the main road (a nice paved highway)on a secondary road (dirt, mud and full of potholes). The foliage along the route was lush and very green due to all the recent rain storms.
* * The farm house is huge--seven bedrooms each with their own AC and bath! Other rooms-- kitchen, living, dining, rec, den and pantry. Outside there were many out building and a beautiful swimming pool.
* * Jose even built a small pool for the grand kids accompanied with a dollhouse-bath house that would have any child drooling-- some adults too.
* * We walked the farm -first to check the trees-a lemon tree with lemons the size of volley balls--orange--banana--star--coconut--coca--sapuccaia--sapoti and caju and some I forgot the names.
* * The farm raises chickens- ducks--geese turkeys and peacocks. The poor male peacock was not proud because he had lost all his tail feathers. The females like him only when he can display a huge fan of tail feathers. He is definitely in REST mode.
* * Jose showed us how they extracted juice from the sugar cane. This juice can be boiled down to make some good sugar cane candy.. I like the candy best when it mixed half and half with fresh coconut. * * My idea of many pics with fresh batteries was a flop. You are seeing all the pics I was able to take. The Batteries were very stale.
* * It was reassuring to see the poultry having free range and not penned in a space little bigger than their bodies. Jose told me they loose some to constrictor snakes on occasion.
* * After the tour it was lunch time consisting of: salad, rolls, pork loin, rice & beans, galinha, a veggie casserole of corn & coconut(excellent combo) and fresh picked orange sections, of which I ate muito. After lunch we enjoyed a relaxing siesta.
* * Before we started home around four PM, we had an ice cold glass of sugar can juice(mighty mighty tasty. We arrived back in Teresina around five thirty. It was an awesome day with Jose and Maria.
** I am sure you might be wondering about the pic of a hole in the ground.. That is the home of Ty & Tess Tarantula. I know because one or the other of them (I did not stay around to find out who)crawled out of that hole while I was watering the coconut tree. My first encounter with a spider that large. If I were to put my thumbs touching each other tip to tip-- likewise with my forefinger--that would be a fair representation of its size.
* * The banana tree has its eleventh leaf. The twelfth will open on Tuesday. Yes we have no bananas(only store bought). I'm thinking this tree will blossom in July and Lina's sisters will have fresh bananas.