Magical Mariposas!

From Oaxaca to Michoacán. Our hotel is in the town of Zitácuaro This is the area we are focusing on within Michoacán. As you can see the butterfly reserves straddle the State of Mexico and Michoacán. The pink line is the border between Michoacán and State of Mexico.Our hotel, Rancho San Cayetano is on the Michoacán side. ...

Is it possible for your passion flower to bloom in its first year?

I spent a lot of time Googling this question without getting a straight answer. Why did I want to know? I ordered some American Passion Flower seeds from Richters in January, after realizing that the previous year I had grown Passion Fruit (seeds also from Richters) with the hopes of having passion flowers, but ended ...

Welcoming in 2019!

A new year means new projects and new adventures. How is it shaping up so far? Over the Christmas holidays, we had a plumber install our new kitchen faucet since our old faucet was rusted. We've rearranged our family room and purchased a new sofa because our old sofa was just too soft. We've had ...

Whimsical fairy parachutes caught on ‘film

Since my last post about the mimosa pudica flower blooming, I almost killed the poor thing with too much love (water). The plant looked a little wilted, so I saturated the soil and overnight all the lower leaves turned yellow and started dropping. I've since moved it up to the office, where it's a degree ...

Whimsical fairy parachutes

Before bed last night, I took one more look at miss sensitive (mimosa pudica) and wondered about the green buds. This morning - HELLO! Isn't that flower the most precious thing? It makes me think of a fairy puff or something related to fairies like Tinkerbell. This is actually not my original sensitive plant, as that one was ...

Cycling through Provence – Day 4

I should mention that as of yesterday, we are in the region of Luberon, which has some lovely hilltop villages and towns. Today we had the option to ride to the Abbaye de Sénanque, which you might recognize from photos like this. To be honest, I was really looking forward to this; however, Elsa was honest ...

Cycling through Provence – Day 3

It was a tough day today because of the heat, but the vistas were wonderful! Our day started with a shuttle ride to Robion, where we discussed today's ride at a small cafe. The sun was already quite hot and we were rolling out the patio umbrellas. The first four kilometers were ok with a ...