Thursday, March 15, 2012

Cantaloupes In March???

Yesterday Cules and I whizzed into town latish in the afternoon to have the truck's air con fixed...yes,that is just so like us to wait until Autumn before we remember to have the air con fixed when we are in town....Anyhow,it is done now..Whoop, we have cool calamity again! That done,we went to our favourite  "out of the mid town traffic and hubbub grocery store" and the next minute Cules went weeeeee driving off the road..I thought  "what are we being hijacked! But no,he saw something amazing,something so mind boggling it seemed right to drive off the road in town! A truck loaded with sweet melons (cantaloupes!),yes that's right,they had green ones and orange ones."Where do these come from?" he asked the seller...Why would that be so mind boggling you may wonder...well it is rainy season here..no-one in his right mind would plant cantaloupes over November/December and risk them bursting from too much rain...It just never is a success..ask our neighbour who learned the hard way when he arrived here 3 years or so ago and thought the Internet can teach you everything....Well,it turned out these cantaloupes came from Musina and the driver has only just arrived and stopped his truck in that spot and was doing a roaring trade! At present we pay R10 for ONE avocado in the shops! The melons went for two @ R10 ea!! Musina is about 4 hours drive from us towards the North,so I plucked out my brand new planter's guide (because "things"interest me and I am nosy that way!) Well,it turned out some clever farmer in the arid,dry region of Musina is planting according to the Northern Cape's planting  guidelines and probably making a killing too. Those melons were SO delicious. The people who owned our farm before us also planted cantaloupes apparently....We would like to give it a shot although we are no fruit and veggie farmers..animals being more our thing!






Cantaloupes in March in all their tasty,sweetness,delicious glory!




See,we are Lowveldt region and interestingly,the Northern Cape/Great Karroo appears next to each other on this chart...


On another note...here is Cules' latest acquisitions..a Dogos Argentina male and female,the female is visible to the back left of the picture. The Male's name is "Tagad",which basically means something along the lines of "sh&t stirrer,and the female is called" Yellah...".which I haven't got a clue what it means.....


They are both lovely,obedient and well behaved dogs.




Cules got these dogs from a PH friend of his who imported their parents from Argentina.
Here he is showing of his new "bullet proof" protective  hunting jacket that a friend brought over all the way from the United States...

Just to say,the jacket now has flickering lights on it too!

I chose this pic seeing as both the dog and the workers are wearing clothes that make them look like something that escaped from Alcatraz...not that Alcatraz is in South Africa....



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9 comments:

  1. Our melons and cantaloupes will be a while yet in France. Enjoy these they look delicious. Diane

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    1. I always assiciate melons with the hottest of summer days,which was why these during Autumn caught me a little off guard Dianne!They were absolutely delicious!

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  2. oh my. more dogs - now cules just needs time to hunt! :)

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    1. I agree,Theresa,the men and their hobbies...The hunting usually takes place at ungodly hours during the night when the bushpigs are busy feeding,he makes sure to run around the bush in the dead of night often enough!! I prefer my bed mostly.thanks!

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  3. I always love to see your dogs! Nice protective vest and a fine looking animal he is!

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  4. My favourite melon is the old fashioned watermelon......may switch because these look really good!
    Strong looking dogs for sure.

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    1. I agree Jim,canteloupes are very tasty,but nothing beats a juicy red watermelon on a hot summer's day!

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  5. Melons are so delicious aren't they - how lucky to get them when you weren't expecting to.

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