We learn something new every day! However, I am going to back up and start at the beginning.
We have a neighbor that his house right next to the end of our coffee field. This neighbor has a horse, a dog and lots of free-range chickens. The chickens have decided to use our coffee field to roam around in and find bugs to eat. They seem to have no idea, nor do I think they care, whose property they are on. The coffee field literally touches their owner's backyard and their owner's roof line crosses over the fence.
Lets talk about the fence for a minute. It is a bunch of palm-like trees with 3 lines of barbed wire along the palms. This fence does not keep anything out, except maybe the horse. Even my dogs laugh at the fence and just duck under the wire to explore my neighbor's yard.
It turns out that one of my puppies should be renamed to "Killer of Chickens." I get it though, these chickens live in my dog's backyard and they run around and make silly noises. They are like little squeak toys to a puppy, except they taste better than the rubber toys I give her.
So, while we were taking a night off at the beach, our neighbor complained to the foreman that our dog keeps attacking their chickens. Thankfully, we had that night at the beach to relax and prepare for the fence project.
So, while Rick was avoiding the sun in his stylish hat, reading his kindle and the boy playing "throw the ball into the human basketball net" and me enjoying the sun as much as I can....the puppies were terrorizing chickens. Who knew?
I am including a couple of other beach pictures while I talking about the beach. Tons of iguanas were running around and the seagull was hoping to get my leftover dinner. By the way, the fish down here is amazing, but you have to get used to seeing the entire fish. :)
So, back to the fence.....who is to blame? The chickens for coming to our yard or my dog for attacking an animal in our yard? It doesn't really matter, the animals are just doing what they do. The puppy chases things and the chickens are just eating and scrounging for food. It never seems to happen while I am around and can train the puppy, so what to do?
We decide that we should try improving the barbed fence. We went and bought 400 feet of chicken wire and went along the barbed wire fence.
Now, the chickens should stay on their own side away from the puppies and puppies might stop bringing garbage over from my neighbor's compost/garbage. A win for everyone! Crossing my fingers that this works!
While we were 3/4 done with the fence, I looked up at one of the shade trees. It has these palm size fruit or pods all over it. Rick picked one of fruit things off of the ground, so that we could take it to Hector and find out what it is.
It turns out it is called a Cherimoya and supposedly it tastes like a blend of pineapple, papaya, peach and strawberry. I could not wait to taste it, so I cut it open, even though Hector said it would be ready in 2 days! It is really good!!!!
Rick says it tastes more like a mango/papaya and I can definitely taste the pineapple.
My research shows:
Mark Twain called the cherimoya "the most delicious fruit known to men". The creamy texture of the flesh gives the fruit its secondary name, custard apple. It is good for ice cream, yogurts or just eating with a spoon.
Bugs for the week (all because Tambi likes to see them:)
Here is a caterpillar that was close to 4 inches long and the other bug is a random unknown kind of bug.
While the boy was coloring Easter Eggs, Rick found a nest with some pretty eggs. I have no idea what kind of bird laid them, but they are a pretty blue color.