To also improve my health, I have been trying to increase my hours of sleep and one would think with the shorter days that this would be an easy win...not. So I was up at 5:30 A.M. this morning and listening/watching a course I am taking on photography via my laptop. The house was almost quiet except for the TREMENDOUS wind and rain we are getting today. It would come in waves and then stop for a few minutes. I paused the laptop video to refresh my coffee and just before I stood up, I heard a thick thud coming from the kitchen. Had a tree branch hit the side of the house in this angry storm? Did something fall over behind me in the kitchen? Was I still alone with hubby sound asleep in bed or was someone stalking about the house in this dark morning?
I did not panic because it was a familiar sound. It came from my citrus orchard in the corner windows of the kitchen. The "thunk" was the fall of a Kafir lime about the size of a golf ball as the tree shed its ripe fruit. It does become a prickly treasure hunt when I try to retrieve the green orb and nine times out of ten it falls into the farthest corner.
I am growing a Meyer Lemon tree, a Calamondin tree, and a Kafir lime tree inside and all super pruned so that they fit! The large pots sit in plastic bins (ugly I know) because I have to really soak the trees each week. They are mostly root and little soil, so I also fertilize every six weeks or so. The Kafir and the Calamondon are full of fruit. That means this winter I will get lots of fresh vitamin C. These windows do not have the coatings that most windows have to reduce sunlight on fabrics and floors. The timed lighting is necessary or trees would be dropping leaves as well as fruit!
I made turkey curry last night and the citrus was a nice addition sprinkled over the top of dishes and added to our beverages.
If I closed my eyes I could pretend I was eating in a small breakfast lanai on Bali.