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