My wife is always looking thru various Thai websites. Most of these are food blogs so she can torture herself looking at pictures of Thai dishes. But today she came across a website that she know would get my attention...and it wasn't about desserts one makes in the kitchen.
It's that time of year again...off to Puerto Rico by way of Florida. Got to meet up with the gang and enjoy a Sunday eating good food, fruit, and having spirited conversations. What better way could one start off a fruit hunting vacation?
I flew into Miami and was picked up by Warren. We then nabbed Harry on the way north. Our first stop was Walter Zill's place to pick up a tree he was holding for Warren. It's always pretty cool talking with Walter. He's got so many stories about his mangoes.
Blogs. It has been a while since my last one hasn't it? Well, I did state long ago when I started this website that I was not your traditional blogger. No way in hell do I have time to make entries as often as most bloggers do. I envy their drive and commitment. I have hard enough time doing one at any time. After all, I have a full time job. I have a house, yard, garden, and greenhouse to take care of and each requires time. I also have a wife and two dogs to entertain...these being my priority.
We didn't arrive at the house until almost 3:00 a.m. The plants looked fantastic. I took them out and hosed them down to hydrate them some. By the time we got ready to crash, it was after 4:00 a.m. A half dose of a sleeping pill and it was lights out!
Early Friday morning, we were on our way for a weekend trip to Rayong and Chanthaburi for some fruit and plant hunting, site seeing, and just some general fun and relaxation. We had a first for us all this trip. The folks hired a driver and a big van to take us all on the trip. This freed up the folks from the tiring drive and allowed them to relax and enjoy the trip...and the driver knew exactly where he was going!
Our first stop was Suan Lamai. This is the poor man's version of Suphattra Land. It's a two stop tour around the farm. The entry price allows you to all-you-can-eat buffet style down on any of their fruit. It was pretty country though.
First stop was to pick your own rambutan. Always tastes better right off the tree.
After a breakfast buffet at the hotel, we loaded up the van and headed to Chanthaburi. I mentioned in Part 3 how rubber trees started to dominate the landscape. Now more and more fruit trees stood out as well. Grove after grove of durian, mangosteen, longkong, rambutan, and mayong chid. I started seeing breadfruit more often as well. Rubber trees were still a large part of the landscape.
Given how the vacation has gone up to now, I would certainly classify this day as being lazy. Got up. Tooled around the yard. Watered some plants. Came back inside and lounged around in front of the fan sending emails and posts on the forum via the Ipad. I'm not going to rant about the Ipad, but I will say this..."My kingdom for a freaking keyboard!".
June 2007. This trip, for me, was not scheduled and certainly was not expected by me or any of the family. My wife was already planning on being in Thailand in June and I was going to stay home this time around. Normally, this would not have been a problem, but circumstances were far from normal for us during this period.
Looking at the finished structure above, one would never imagine how this thing could suck the life out you. This is part 2 of my greenhouse construction adventure. Thought it was fun in part 1? Here the real fun begins! Yep! I decided to build this structure myself.
2005 was not only a year spent enlarging my collection, but other life decisions were going on as well. Some people look at the web as a blessing while others a curse. True, it is a wondrous source of information…good and bad. It can also lead to fantasies such as me getting a greenhouse. There. I said it. I wanted a greenhouse. By this time, my tiny grow room was packed with all sorts of plants and I was making a mess. I was also pretty darn fed up with lugging the plants up and down the stairs. Something had to give and since it didn’t look like I was slowing down my acquisition of plants, a bigger grow room was in order.
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