We’ve been back in Marathon for a week now and are just about settled into our winter home. Here is Sao snugged into our small RV site in Key RV. It was late afternoon so I took the picture right into the sun.
I was pleased to see that our neighbor’s trailer had been painted during the summer. It had been looking a bit shabby. I love the tropical colors.
The first morning here, we went to the Home Depot and bought three huge bags of potting soil and plants for my garden. I like to call it my farm. I got three large tomato plants, in the largest pots, and three cherry tomato plants, in the medium sized pots next to the street, and basil, cilantro, and mint, in the smaller pots in front of Sao. The square pot is a coconut I planted two years ago. There are no signs of life yet so I probably need to find another coconut to grow.
The ugly orange Home Depot buckets are Andy’s method to keep people from using our small space as a place to turn their cars and trucks around. I bought some spray paint to turn the buckets tan. And, I planted a plum tomato plant in the one in the far corner.
The Marathon Yacht Club, where we lived on our boat for five years, added a swimming pool while we were gone. I loved the garden that was in the space before and was not too sure I would like a small pool, but it looks a bit bigger in real life than it did in the drawings we saw last winter. That is the Gulf of Mexico in the background.
We did not go swimming that day, but plan to make use of the pool on a regular basis. Andy said he is going to swim while I work on that book.
After a sweaty day of setting up the screen room and patio furniture, we walked to the water front here in Key RV. This is where we sit a watch the ocean. You’ll see more of that little lighthouse, I take pictures of it just about every time we sit there.
I noticed a large iguana in the mangroves on the far side of the canal.
Here is a closer look. I love my zoom!
Iguanas are cool in a prehistoric kind of way, but it doesn’t take long to get tired of them and learn to dislike them. They eat the shrubbery. AND I have already chased one away from my garden. Didn’t even stop to take a picture of it.
I zoomed in on the coconuts across the canal too. It is interesting to me that they don’t all ripen at the same time like an apple tree. New clusters emerge on some regular interval. I have seen a tree with green, yellow, and brown coconut clusters on it. These two clusters were on neighboring trees
Welcome home. As usual, Jim and I enjoyed your travels this summer. Beware…. soon that iguana will be enjoying your garden. I have had to do so much to keep them off of my tomatoes that it makes harvesting them more trouble than it’s worth! Good luck !! Kate
Thank you; it is good to be back. Yep, I’ve already chased one iguana across the street. Have you ever tried to put nets over you tomatoes?
This is beautiful, the pictures are just too amazing…Your Post really got me thinking that an RV is that one thing that I have been missing in my life, I could go from place to place in my country and not have to pay for hotels etc not to mention rent…really enjoyed the post gives me a feeling that I am right there with you
Thank you. The purpose of my blog is to take others along with me and share the journey. I am so happy you are coming along. We do love the RV lifestyle. We can travel for six months a year and never leave home.
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That is perfectly done because I do get that feeling that I am included in your journey and because we can never go everywhere it is nice to experience beautiful spaces through the eyes of others…You have inspired me I shall get me an RV soon though it needs to be heavily air conditioned for the dessert sun, I shall become a modern day nomad…thanks for the inspiration
That is a great idea for a garden! I might have to try that.
It’s the only way to garden on a slab of cement! Some years I have good luck and other years, not many tomatoes. It is tricky to keep the right amount of water in a pot than in the ground.
Again very cool pictures, hope you get a coconut to grow!
My neighbor came over to day and gave my some papaya seeds so I tossed the coconut and planted the seeds in that pot. He also said he would bring me a coconut that has already sprouted. He says he sees them often at the waterfront restaurant where he works.