The orange harvest will be over soon, probably in about 2-3 weeks. So a final push to candy oranges. My maid peeled about 300 or so for extra Christmas money over the last couple of days........kitchen is full of rind steeping in syrup and in various stages of processing. Fridge jam packed with juice.
We have done most of the workers food baskets. Another trip to David today for things to finish them off. This year, we are going to help out a family who used to live on the farm. A single mother with three children who is making around $26 every two weeks ($52 a month) working full time. Yes, it is not legal but it happens.
Christmas shopping trip in close 100 degree weather down the mountain in David is tough. On the other hand, here you get service. You do not have to carry your bags around the shop or to your car and people are there to help you find what you need. There is also excellent wrapping services in most shops. All you have to do is find the shop (not as easy as it sounds); Find parking (even harder); check over all merchandise more than once and thoroughly (Here there is a very high incidence of returns, not quite right things and wonky parts) and then stagger in and out in the extreme heat.
Then bananas - yes, what happened to all my bananas? Not just my bananas but all the bananas in this banana rich town. I like to have a supply by the terrace so we can watch birds when we relax out there - something I am looking forward to over the holiday.
Well, the coffee pickers have an appetite for them. I would love to know how much of the diet is banana, but I bet it is somewhere between 10-30% if you include plantains. There must be 5-10 thousand Indigenous camping out in Boquete for the coffee harvest and that amounts to a lot of bananas. So, my birds are not getting so many these days, the horse is getting carrots, the rabbit has been eating grass and I have not had one for breakfast for nearly a month....
Lastly, what is all that sound of gunfire? Sounds like someone is firing rounds day and night in the Barrio above me. I feel like I'm under attack. Well, it turns out it is fireworks. It is normal. It will last until the New Year.