I hear my trees have produced lemons and oranges! Only a couple, but they have! Unfortunately, I have no pictures. The garden has grown quite a bit in the rainy season. I can’t wait to see how big everything has grown. There are orange, lemons, papaya trees, banana palms, avocado trees and a “soursop” tree that has already produced, but very small fruits. A fully grown soursop fruit:
While the walls
of the compound are coming up and I’m waiting for fresh building pictures, I thought I’d post a little intermezzo of a scene I caught while I was walking through the beautiful Senegambia Hotel gardens. Did you know that monkeys eat flowers, play and swim just for fun?
It’s stopped raining, so building can continue. I hear the grass grew very high this year, so we’re going to have to clear the land around the house first. Snakes and frogs love to live in it, but this is the last season I’m going to let them. And that’s not a threat, it’s a promise…
..but what a great design. You’ll see these Agama lizards run around pretty much everywhere around you in the Gambia. The Gambians don’t even look at them anymore. Me, I keep on making pictures of them, I discovered when going through my files. And.. secretely.. I can’t stop imagining what a great bag they would make. (Which, of course, I would never wear or buy..)
Spotted these in the neighborhood. I have no idea what kind of insects they are, so I have asked my oracle website to help ID them: www.inaturalist.org
where nature lovers and experts from all over the world share their pictures and knowledge, so I hope to tell you more soon!
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Jiminy would be jealous of this suit.. Shot this one on a kitchen door in Bakau.
At the end of the Senegambia- “strip” you’ll find the meeting point for tourists and official tourist guides. Their specialty: nature and culture in the Gambia and Senegal. And like it is with most people who know a lot, they’re also curious. They asked me all kinds of questions about the Rubber House, the way we built it and where it is to be found. This is why I know now that there are many different and even rare birds to be found where I am ! They even offered to come with me, observe for a while and make a list of every bird and animal they find. I will, when I’m ready. Thanks guys! Now, they are probably busy again, since the tourist season started just a week after I took this picture.