Monday, June 25, 2012


The new cocoa trees will be planted shortly

it takes about 4 to 5 years for these to mature enough for cocoa pods

the bacano leaves are hung to dry...
they will be used for medicinal tea

the anise hyssop plant is flowering again

I do so love the licorice taste of this herbal plant

this one needs a good cutting back and I'll start more plants with the cuttings

I use both the leaves and flowers to make the tea

good for respiratory problems and digestion
the bees love making honey with the flower nectar

this tiny wren has a most beautiful song that so wonderfully serenades us around the cottage 

the "pride of barbados" tree (aka "peacock" tree) is in full bloom, again

this morning...for a few heart was caught on a thin string...

( I didn't add that string on the heart, it is part of a spider's web )

when our dog, Shadow, made an escape from the cottage compound in pursuit of another male dog...
that came charging up to the fence to harass him...
they scuffled while I ran out the gate for Shadow
I am happy to say, Shadow heeded my call and left off the pursuit to come back to me

yeah, Shadow...
you, good boy, you

I couldn't help thanking the Lord

For this God is our God for ever and ever:
He will be our guide even unto death.
Psalm 48:14

May your day, or night be filled with God's grace.


  1. Great photos! Love the happy dog!

  2. I'm so glad Shadow came back. I have four dogs I love like people. :o) I also grow anise hyssop but have never made tea with it. What does it taste like?

  3. Casa Mariposa, anise hyssop has a licorice taste. Very good.

  4. What a good dog Shadow is...wish some dogs around here were as well trained.

    Love your photos, and I spied a bit of lovely aqua colored wall behind one of the flowers.

    I planted some Anise Hysop, but it sure doesn't look like it's coming up at all, too bad. But there are always plants.

    Jen @ Muddy Boot Dreams

  5. So beautiful where you live you are so blessed!! and what a good boy you have coming back when he was called!! Enjoy your week in that lovely paradise you live in :) looks to me a little like Eden ~Love Heather

  6. What a good dog! And his smile is so sweet!

  7. Breathtaking pictures!!

    I too love that little heart leaf...what a special garden treat!!

    Thank goodness that your sweet dog is such a good boy!!

    Have a wonderful day!!

    Smiles :)

  8. Such interesting pictures. Some of those things wouldn't grow here I don't think, but some would. Really cute shot of shadow. He knows he did good!

  9. What a beautiful bird & love the heart shaped leaf - it is amazing what you find in nature!


  10. Love all those beautiful pictures!
    Blessings <3