Sunday, January 24, 2010
Close to Home
I found myself more and more enthusiastic about growing a garden. It appears that everything grows well in Ecuador. Identifying all the herbs was a challenge. Maya was intrigued with the carnivorous plants, which came originally from Sri Lanka, and mostly entrap and eat insects, but the larger ones eat rodents, birds and other small animals. They lure them with colour and entrancing odors, catch them using sticky saliva and then release enzymes to digest their prey!
We rushed home to avoid getting wet (it never really rained) and picked up some lovely yellow and pink roses at our local flower stand, stopped at Cyrano's for a baguette, found every recently released movie available at the DVD store (pirated versions only) and stayed in for the evening. Maya returns to school tomorrow after missing the first three weeks, but does not appear concerned or hesitant, just tired after weeks of inadequate sleep. I expect life to settle back to normal for us over the next few days.