Guess what I found in my rose beds this week? Watermelons, tomatoes and .... any idea what that is in the picture looking for all the world like a very large weed?
I am told, it is actually a very important herb for burns. If you have a little accident with the stove or ironing then a few leaves of that will be very useful. As I am the only one who will do the ironing. That is OK.
(Although there are ladies to do almost every domestic chore in Panama, most do not iron. Legend has it, ironing will make your face all twisted and crooked. So the chance of a Panamanian lady getting burns from an iron are small to nonexistent).
Gardening and gardeners here are practical folk. Useful things are allowed to flourish even is the aesthetic is a stretch. I have mint mixed with begonias and Sugar cane at the back of a flower bed. It is part of the charm of my rustic garden in the coffee.
Today, I found more roses for my rose garden. In fact, I found a rare one, it is so special here that normally a tiny cutting costs three times the price of the average rose and that is if you can find it.
Back on the farm, the workers found a Coral snake. Another baby, it was in the bananas behind the stable block where they are building new bathrooms.
Meanwhile, we picked five large sacks of coffee, before it started raining to join the 7 or so taken yesterday. Then went to town for a performance of Tango and Flamenco, an Argentinian group are here this week. The rain crashing down on the roof and the thunder almost as loud as the music. Roads swimming with water on the way home.
I think we are now here for the evening, a cold and rainy night. Time to put on the electric blankets and make tea. Happy Saturday in Boquete.