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December 9, 2012 / diannegray

What to do when you don’t have a hat


SAMSUNG On Friday I went to a Christmas party. I’m living in the tropics and forgot to bring a hat (well no one told me we’d be sitting in the sun all afternoon!) and this gal isn’t one to let the sun play havoc with that fair, freckly skin! Enter – one nice white towel.

Was I embarrassed? Not one bit. I’ve never been a slave to fashion (as you can clearly see). Did I draw a little too much attention to myself? Probably – but there’s no use hiding from the paparazzi…

On the homefront – the farmhouse is going well. I’ve put the latest picture below (that air-conditioning just keeps getting better)! Barracks 003 While I’ve got your attention, I may as well introduce you to some of the beautiful fruit trees on the farm.


Mango tree

LYCHEELychee tree


Lychee fruit We have star fruit, lemons and avocados just to name a few. But I’ve left my favorite tree to last. It’s called a Black Sapote and produces fruit that tastes exactly like chocolate pudding.


Chocolate pudding tree


What’s your favourite fruit – maybe I’m growing it in my yard 😉


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  1. jmgoyder / Dec 9 2012 10:39 am

    I’ll have one of those hats please!


    • diannegray / Dec 9 2012 11:21 am

      I remember when I was a kid and we used to make them at the pool 😉


  2. Amanda / Dec 9 2012 10:41 am

    What are you? Willy Wonka now? I’ve never heard of such a tree!


    • diannegray / Dec 9 2012 11:22 am

      It’s a beautiful tree (and yes – one Willy Wonka would kill for) 😀


  3. Ruth Rainwater / Dec 9 2012 10:51 am

    Chocolate fruit? I’m in!! Here in Arizona we have a grape soda tree because the flowers smell like grape soda.


    • diannegray / Dec 9 2012 11:25 am

      YUM – I might see if I can get my hands on one of those beauties! 😉


  4. danpentagram / Dec 9 2012 10:57 am

    Chocolate pudding tree? Love it!
    – although my favourite fruit is the Victoria plum – you got one of those ;0)


    • diannegray / Dec 9 2012 11:26 am

      I had one in Canberra – but I don’t know if stone fruit goes too well in the tropics 😦 But I’m willing to give it a try!


  5. / Dec 9 2012 11:13 am

    Oh my gosh that chocolate pudding tree is beautiful, I love it! I want to paint it. ps: Your towel accessory – super sexy! 🙂


    • diannegray / Dec 9 2012 11:29 am

      HAHAHA – I love super-sexy!! I have no shame when it comes to protecting myelf from sunburn 😀

      Feel free to paint the pic – the tree is a beautiful shape 😉


  6. bodhisattvaintraining / Dec 9 2012 11:33 am

    You are growing it! Mango for sure….lychee oh Yum…and nectarines – those are my favourite three I think. Can you grow papaya too?
    The house is a big project, slow and steady is good, looking great so far 🙂


    • diannegray / Dec 9 2012 1:21 pm

      There are papaya everywhere! I actually only like them in fruit salad – YUM!

      Slow and steady – 😀


  7. Tarina / Dec 9 2012 11:36 am

    Chocolate pudding tree? o.o I WANT SOME…. xD
    House is looking good. Love the improv hat!! 😀


    • diannegray / Dec 9 2012 1:21 pm

      Thanks, Tarina – I’m not adverse to looking like a goose every now an again! 😉


  8. Photos With Finesse / Dec 9 2012 11:38 am

    Absolutely love mangoes so would love to have one in my yard, but that Chocolate Pudding tree has a gorgeous shape – I could see me spending a lot of time photographing it – silhouetted by sunrises/sets, peering through winter fogs… And, of course, anything that tastes like chocolate pudding… 😀


    • diannegray / Dec 9 2012 1:23 pm

      It is a fabulously shaped tree and it was very windy when I took the pic (but the tree behaved beautifully!) There are so many photo opportunities, Suzan – you’d love this place 😀


  9. jmmcdowell / Dec 9 2012 11:42 am

    Ooh, avocados fresh off the tree would be amazing! And fruit that tastes like chocolate? How do we not have that in the US? I am so jealous! Chocolate flavor without worrying about fat and calories. Wow!

    Great hat improv, and good luck with the renovation/rebuilding!


    • diannegray / Dec 15 2012 1:36 pm

      I’m so glad you like my hat, JM! It did the job 😉


  10. eof737 / Dec 9 2012 11:46 am

    What!!!!? Chocolate pudding tree? We are so moving to your town… Where are you again? Love the photos. 😆 😎


    • diannegray / Dec 9 2012 1:29 pm

      It’s a great place to just lie in a hammock and wait for them to drop in your mouth! 😀


  11. Lonely Daffodil / Dec 9 2012 11:51 am

    Mango…Lychee…Chocolate Pudding Tree? I’m really envious 🙂


  12. justinwriter / Dec 9 2012 11:56 am

    Ha, ha! Love the hat. Oh, that brings back childhood memories at the local pool …
    Chocolate pudding sounds great. I’ll have to have a black sapote one day. In the meantime, I’ll be eating nectarines and cherries.


    • diannegray / Dec 9 2012 1:32 pm

      You did that too? Hahaha – now we’re showing our age 😉

      Nectarines and cherries are wonderful! I just love fruit – full stop 😉


      • justinwriter / Dec 9 2012 2:03 pm

        Yep, a wet towel sheik style and then on the walk home the thong snaps between your toes and you actually consider fixing it …


      • diannegray / Dec 9 2012 4:14 pm

        Hahahaha – that’s SO Aussie! 😀


  13. Polysyllabic Profundities / Dec 9 2012 12:03 pm

    I’m jealous of your fashion-forward head gear!! And, for security purposes, I will be the body that shows up and lives under your avocado tree. Hope you have accessible wireless so I can continue my incessant babbling from under your tree!! 🙂


    • diannegray / Dec 9 2012 1:34 pm

      Fortunately the wireless is excellent in that area 😉 I’ll be hammocking under there when the fruit is ripe (it may make a bit of a mess of my keyboard 😉


  14. John / Dec 9 2012 12:11 pm

    Heya look good in the hat! And a bottle of wine? No worries! The house is certainly looking better Dianne. I would love to try some of the chocolate pudding, yum!! Tropics aye? It is currently 30F just now. Brrrr!!


    • diannegray / Dec 9 2012 1:38 pm

      It’s VERY hot here at the moment, but I’m not adverse to the heat (just the sun!)

      Not only does the chocolate pudding tree produce nice fruit, it’s also a very nicely shaped tree 😉


  15. the eternal traveller / Dec 9 2012 12:30 pm

    How fetching you look! I remember when we used to do that with our towels at school swimming carnivals, long long ago. I’m envious of your mango tree. Although this year mangoes are very reasonable priced so I’m indulging…lots!


    • diannegray / Dec 9 2012 1:40 pm

      We used to do this at the pool when I was a kid as well – I may have lost my touch a little because it was a bit floppy! 😉 I love mangoes – but you’ve got to be careful that they don’t fall on your head while your walking under the tree! 😯


      • the eternal traveller / Dec 9 2012 1:57 pm

        And watch out for fruit bats feasting on them too. At least they don’t fall on my head in the supermarket!


  16. char / Dec 9 2012 12:30 pm

    So you’ve thrown in the towel, huh? Loved the hat. Very nice and I’m sure you were the hit of the party. And the chocolate pudding tree sounds divine. I know it will never grow here in Idaho, but I can dream about it….and also a cheesecake tree or something along those lines.


    • diannegray / Dec 9 2012 1:42 pm

      I love the sound of the cheesecake tree and an M&M tree would be nice as well 😉

      The party was great (and of course as soon as I hit the shade the towel was gone!)


  17. nrhatch / Dec 9 2012 2:13 pm

    Watch out . . . you’re going to be a trend setter with a hat like that. I’ve never heard of a Black Sapote but I shall dream of having one tonight. 😀


    • diannegray / Dec 9 2012 4:15 pm

      I am a trend setter! LOL! 😀

      Hmmmm – Black Sapote is very yummy indeed (and a beautiful looking tree) 😉


  18. Hazy Shades of Me / Dec 9 2012 2:30 pm

    I want your hat and your (chocolate pudding) tree. I have a ‘not nearly as entertaining’ blog I’ll trade you for them! 😉


    • diannegray / Dec 9 2012 4:20 pm

      Your blog is very entertaining! 😉

      It’s amazing what lengths I’ll go to to keep the sun off my face! 😀


  19. Sheila Morris / Dec 9 2012 3:07 pm

    Ok you win. We have no chocolate pudding trees in Texas!! If I were younger, I’d like to see that tree in person. Alas, I am not and will just have to trust your taste buds…:) I love the pictures and your farm is incredible. The house is coming along nicely. It’ll be worth the effort.


    • diannegray / Dec 9 2012 4:24 pm

      Maybe you do do a Google search for a chocolate pudding tree, Sheila – someone in Texas might have one 😉

      The farm house is taking S-O L-O-N-G (but patients isn’t one of my virtues) 😀


  20. ramblingsfromamum / Dec 9 2012 3:29 pm

    Can’t help but sing “Walk like an Egyptian” very sexy there woman 😉 Lychees YUMMMO and avocados & Mangos!!! Ok I’ll shall be putting my order in shortly..

    The blonde waitresses take their trays
    Spin around and they cross the floor.
    They’ve got the moves (Oh-Way-Oh)
    You drop your drink then they bring you more


    • diannegray / Dec 9 2012 4:26 pm

      YAY – I LOVE it when you sing to me! 😉

      All those nice fruit trees should keep me pretty well-fed for many years to come! 😀


  21. bodhimoments / Dec 9 2012 3:35 pm

    I love Mango and Lychee, (and a host of other fruits) But CHocolate Pudding fruit may just become my favourite. But that Hat!! oh, the Hat!!! Beautifully accessorised by a gorgeous smile!


    • diannegray / Dec 9 2012 4:29 pm

      What a lovely compliment! The hat certainly served it’s purpose and I didn’t spend the night tending to my sunburn (like some others!)

      I just love fruit so much and it’s really nice when you can eat it fresh off the tree – I’m so grateful for the beautiful life I lead 😀


  22. Irish Katie / Dec 9 2012 3:37 pm

    Oh … I am guessing you were not embarrassed by your wonderful towel hat because that is your 4th glass of wine? hahaha …I am just kidding *smiles* … I could not help myself. Feel free to whap me with the wet end of the towel. Ow! lol

    As for the trees …ohhh…I lovveee lychee….you are sooo lucky you have them there. We have them here too (in the Pacific northwest USA) … it grows only in supermarkets though….ack!

    I like the choco tree…omg I would build a tree house and inhale every morning.

    By the way, we have a tree here…not sure what it is called…I call it the peanut butter tree…the leaves…you crush it and it smells like peanut butter.

    Lovely photos yahh! (And the towel hat on was my favorite *smiles*)


    • diannegray / Dec 9 2012 4:32 pm

      HAHAHA! It WAS my fourth glass of wine! How did you know? 😀

      We had some people from the US stay at one stage and they slept under the lychee trees and just ate and ate and ate! They absolutely loved them because they’d only ever had tinned lychees before 😀

      I might have to look into getting a peanut butter tree. I’ve got a macadamia nut tree 😉


      • Irish Katie / Dec 9 2012 5:09 pm

        Grins at the wine thing lol.. nevertheless…it is still a fun picture and my favorite.

        As for the tree … the peanut butter one…this is what I found on wikipedia…

        “Q. What is the tree that blooms in late summer and smells like peanut butter?

        It’s Clerodendrum trichotomum, called both harlequin glorybower and the peanut butter tree. The leaves, not flowers, give off the scent when rubbed. The white flowers have interesting reddish bracts followed by metallic-blue fruits. (15 feet)”


      • diannegray / Dec 10 2012 6:37 am

        Thanks for all this info, Katie! You’re a sweetheartl! 😀


  23. artfulanxiety / Dec 9 2012 3:42 pm

    I’ll have some chocolate pudding please! 🙂


  24. bulldogsturf / Dec 9 2012 4:10 pm

    I love the Lychee tree, and as for the chocolate tree… I want one, please.!!!… the house is beginning to sure take shape and I see the air conditioning is still in place… “Star Fruit” is another I don’t know, and sounds interesting…
    Now for that hat… that’s what I need, then I wouldn’t have to worry about the skin cancer anymore… love the idea that you were not embarrassed, why should you be it looks good… kind of Arabic.


    • diannegray / Dec 9 2012 4:40 pm

      When it comes to keeping the sun off my skin I’m never embarrassed. I’ve had a few skin cancers and they’re not nice at all! I guess coming from a fair (Scottish/Welsh) heritage doesn’t bode well for living in such a sunny country.

      Star fruit is also known as Carambola and it tastes a bit like a big grape – very yummy indeed 🙂 The chocolate tree is wonderful (because it’s not man made and not full of fat!) 😀


  25. vandysnape / Dec 9 2012 5:17 pm

    Amazing 🙂 These are some yum yum trees.. Back in my old house we had a zapote tree.. It really is yum yum ! (but the squirrels made a mess with the fruits in the backyard) 🙂


    • diannegray / Dec 10 2012 6:41 am

      Oh no! The squirrels would LOVE that fruit! We don’t have squirrels in Australia. But we do have fruit bats and lorikeets – they don’t always eat the sapote because they have the mango and lychee to eat 😦


  26. donnajeanmcdunn / Dec 9 2012 5:50 pm

    Hey Dianne, loved your hat, it made me laugh. Your fruit trees are beautiful. I’m also a little envious of the warm temps. I’d take them even if I had to wear a hat like yours.


    • diannegray / Dec 10 2012 6:43 am

      LOL! You’d love the weather here, Donna – it’s lovely for most of the year. There’s only a couple of months around Christmas where it’s really hot, but the air conditioning really help with that! 😉


  27. Kozo / Dec 9 2012 7:16 pm

    Your life just gets better and better every post. Fashion mogul, home builder, and now orchard queen. I love mango, papaya, lychee. If you can grow cherimoyas, I’m booking a flight. I’ll be the official hat boy and fruit picker of the farm. You can just pay me in fruit salads and writing tips. Deal?


    • diannegray / Dec 10 2012 6:52 am

      Strange you mention the cherimoya because there is a tree on the farm (somewhere). I googled it when you mentioned the name. I’ve seen my mother-in-law bringing that fruit into the house and eating it. It tastes like fruit salad (banana?) I must ask her where the tree is because I now know it’s name thanks to you! I’ll get a photo of it if I can find it!

      An official hat boy/fruit picker sounds perfect! 😀


  28. harulawordsthatserve / Dec 9 2012 7:20 pm

    Love your spontaneous sun hat – at least you can be sure it’s unique and no one else will be wearing one:-) Favourite fruit? Hmmm…papaya? Raspberries? Mangoes are definitely up there too…


    • diannegray / Dec 10 2012 6:56 am

      From this moment forward my hat will be officially known as the “Spontaneous Sun Hat” or SSH!

      We do have papaya (a lot of them) and white and red mulberries but I don’t think I’ve seen rasberries (that’s not to say there are none there, I just haven’t found them yet) 😉


  29. mrscarmichael / Dec 9 2012 8:11 pm

    Back garden fruit trees means plums to me. My grandmother’s came fully loaded and, with closed eyes, I can still taste the luxurious juice.


    • diannegray / Dec 10 2012 6:58 am

      We had white and red plums in my old house and my MIL was so excited when she saw them – she spent her entire holiday at my place making plum jam! 😀


  30. Anna Belfrage / Dec 9 2012 9:22 pm

    How refreshing to see someone share a picture with a huge towel decorating the head. It actually makes you look a bit like a Bedouin – well, bar the bare arms 🙂 Me, i love papaya, not only does it do wonders for your intestinal system but it’s yummy and a fantastic marinating ingredient – it tenderizes the meat.
    I think you should skip the plum – whether it grows there or not. Plum trees are fickle things that drown you in fruit (and wasps) one year, leaving you with less than a dozen the next. At least that’s the way they act up here, in the cold, snowy north.


    • diannegray / Dec 10 2012 7:07 am

      The towel was an absolute necessity with my skin! I burn very easily 😦

      We have a lot of papaya on the farm and I’ve been told the crushed leaves make a tea that has incredible properties including anti-cancer agents – I’m going to dry the leaves and make some 😀 I didn’t know it tenderized meat, but I’ll be tying that as well. I’ve used kiwi fruit to tenderize squid and that works a treat 😉

      I had plum trees in my old place and they were very nice (but the trees have huge thorns and they’re very hard to prune).


  31. seakist / Dec 9 2012 10:45 pm

    You’re too darn cute, Dianne! This reminds me of a story. Back in the 1990s I had the opportunity to interview Jayne County. She was famous in NYC for having a band in the 1970s Wayne County and the Electric Chairs, then she got a sex change and Wayne became Jayne. Well, she wrote this book called “Man Enough to Be a Woman” and in the first chapter she talked about how she wore a towel on her head as a kid, pretending to be Cleopatra. I thought that was so funny and your cute photo reminded me of that!

    As for fruits, I love lychees — YUM! How about a fig tree? That’s my favorite 🙂


    • diannegray / Dec 10 2012 7:12 am

      Hahaha! I LOVE that story. Thank you so much for sharing – what a great opportunity for you to interview her. I’m wondering if he/she rolled the towel like I did? 😀

      Plenty of lychees on the farm and visitors LOVE them. In fact, if they can reach the ones at the top of the trees they can take home as many as they can pick 😀


  32. Britt Skrabanek / Dec 10 2012 12:59 am

    Dianne…you’re the coolest.


  33. Alastair Rosie / Dec 10 2012 4:03 am

    Ah yes I remember the heat in Australia, I was in Victoria, nowhere near the tropics but summer could be a killer. I try to tell the Brits here that i used to cover up as much as possible during the summer and they think I’m nuts. We had an old air conditioner that blew out cold air and we used to put a tray of cold water in front of it to try and make it cooler, until that water heated up and we had to change it. Hope your air conditioning is better than mine. Oddly enough the first air conditioned car I ever owned was here in Scotland, where it’s not needed!


    • diannegray / Dec 10 2012 7:46 am

      Victoria can get very hot in Summer, Alistair. It’s a dry heat and the wind makes it even worse! I remember putting water in front of coolers when I was younger to cool places down. Thankfully the air-cons they have nowadays are fantastic. In fact, I wouldn’t be able to sleep here without one! 😉


  34. Maddie Cochere / Dec 10 2012 4:41 am

    The towel is sooo much better than a real hat; it covers your shoulders – and you are pretty cute in it, too. I am green with envy that you have those wonderful trees! In our town, we mostly have maple, catalpa (with their worms!), and buckeye (whose fruit is poisonous to animals and will make humans sick). Google buckeye candy and see what you get. It’s big here. … And I want a chocolate puddin’ tree!!


    • diannegray / Dec 10 2012 7:49 am

      The chocolate pudding tree is like something out of Alice in Wonderland!

      I’m so glad you like the towel. I saw a friend of mine yesterday and she said – “are you seriously going to post that picture of you with the towel on your head?’
      ‘Yep!” LOL

      I’m off now to Google buckeye candy! Sounds very weird 😉


  35. letizia / Dec 10 2012 4:51 am

    You look great – so innovative!!


  36. Janna G. Noelle / Dec 10 2012 6:56 am

    I think you look very elegant there in the sun with your glass of wine; the towel in no way detracts, and is very resourceful. I would have done the same thing, not so much out of concern for my skin but rather because unless I have both hat and sunglasses in the summer, too much sun gives me bad headaches.


    • diannegray / Dec 10 2012 7:55 am

      The headache thing worried me as well, Janna. Drinking wine in the sun bodes very badly for me and my head! Thankfully, I didn’t wake up with a sore head in the morning, but I know a lot of other people did 😯

      Thank you for telling me I look elegant – that put a big smile on my face! 😀


  37. mcwoman / Dec 10 2012 7:14 am

    I see your creativity has gone to your head! Very cute, although it seems so strange for Christmas to be sunny and warm.


    • diannegray / Dec 10 2012 7:58 am

      Christmas is very hot in Australia. It seems strange that people still cook turkey and eat hot roast meals for Christmas day – I think it’s a carryover from European traditions that needs to change. For the past few years I’ve served cold prawns, lobster and salads for Christmas dinner and no one has complained yet! 🙂


  38. bluebee / Dec 10 2012 7:28 am

    The hat’s a winner – glamorous as


    • diannegray / Dec 10 2012 8:01 am

      Thanks so much, Bluebee 😀

      I just read your post for the challenge – it’s fantastic! 😉


  39. ocdreader / Dec 10 2012 2:20 pm

    You are a kick! I love the hat. I have been known to sit under a towel when the sun gets too hot…but I need to learn how to make it look like a hat, I just drape the towel over my head and lift my hand to create a sight tunnel.
    I also am totally envious of all the fruit trees. We have a loquat (kind of like a plum crossed iwth an apricot) and a santa rosa plum tree. The other fruit trees are babies, but we have a nectarine, apricot and peach. Hopefully those grow grow grow so we can munch on those soon!
    Enjoy your summer! 🙂


    • diannegray / Dec 11 2012 7:06 am

      I had my towel draped like a tunnel at first, but it was too hard to drink my wine, but then I remembered when I was young we used to roll the towel into a hat so it would sit better! It’s amazing how a childhood spent at the local pool could teach you something so marvelous!

      Your fruit trees sound absolutely delicious! I’m told we can’t grow stone fruit in the tropics, but that’s not going to stop me from trying 😉


  40. agjorgenson / Dec 10 2012 2:51 pm

    Now that just isn’t fair: a chocolate pudding flavoured fruit! I clearly live on the wrong side of the planet, but then again, the days in which I have to worry about remembering my hat to keep my head from burning are few and far between. But worrying about freezing my ears is another thing…


    • diannegray / Dec 11 2012 7:11 am

      When I was living in a very cold climate I would put one of those small electric oil heaters under the table (the ones that are completely enclosed) and then put a big tablecloth over the table to keep the heat in. It’s amazing how warm you get when your feet are warm – and how many people come to visit and want to sit around the table! 😀


  41. EllaDee / Dec 10 2012 3:06 pm

    Ingenous solution to lack of sun hat… even with it, sitting in the sun drinking wine for most people would be a disaster – you must be superhuman 🙂 My aunt has a mango tree & an avocado which guarantees us visiting her. Sadly, as a NSW country kid such exotic fruit came tinned only & I would not eat it. I was in my 30’s when I first tasted a lychee, and introduced them to my much younger sisters & brother as eyeballs 😉


    • diannegray / Dec 11 2012 7:14 am

      Sitting in the sun drinking wine is usually a disaster for me, but I think the towel hat must have helped because I woke up feeling fresh as a daisy the next day 😉

      I love the lychee eyeballs! That would be a good trick next Halloween! 😀


  42. Deborah Hawkins / Dec 10 2012 5:39 pm

    Love your improvised hat!


  43. dennisberry / Dec 10 2012 6:21 pm

    Is that a diet chocolate variety or one of the fully loaded ones? By the way–love the hat in the new Dianne Gray line of fine tropical fashion.


    • diannegray / Dec 11 2012 7:42 am

      Hahaha! Thanks, Dennis! I might have to start my own fashion label 😉


  44. Zen A. / Dec 10 2012 6:40 pm

    You gotta do what you gotta do sometimes! But that towel works for you, haha.
    I am soooo incredibly jealous that you have lychee. I absolutely love it. Do you have mangosteens or clementines? I love those. 😀 And I’ve never had Black Sapote before, but now I’m going to make it a point to find it.


    • diannegray / Dec 11 2012 7:47 am

      My uncle (in-law) down the road has a tropical fruit farm so I’ll have to ask him if he’s got mangosteens or clementines 😉 (I’m relatively new to this tropical fruit business)

      You’re right about lychee – there is nothing compared to eating fresh lychee off the tree! Good luck finding the black sapote, let me know how you go and if you like it 😀


  45. Anna Scott Graham / Dec 11 2012 12:14 am

    Chocolate. Pudding. Tree; I know what I want for Christmas!!

    I love grapes, and we have one producing vine, two others not quite yet up to speed.

    BTW, I LOVE your hat! 🙂


    • diannegray / Dec 11 2012 7:51 am

      Thanks, Anna – the hat actually worked (strange as I looked) 😉

      I love grapes as well, but I think they grow better in a colder climate (that’s not going to stop me from trying to grow them)

      Now all you have to do is add the black sapote to your list to Santa 😀


  46. adinparadise / Dec 11 2012 3:15 am

    Oh, a chocolate pudding tree sounds sooo delicious. Is it fattening? 🙂
    I think your hat is quite stylish as well as being sensible. It could definitely catch on. You look slightly Arabic, except they seem to use what look to me like tea towels. 🙂


    • diannegray / Dec 11 2012 7:54 am

      I don’t know how fattening the chocolate pudding tree is, but its fruit so it’s probably got ‘good fat’! 😉

      I may start my own fashion label with the towel hat (I didn’t think of using a tea towel – now that would have been ultra fashionable) 😀


  47. MissLizzieLiz / Dec 11 2012 10:17 am

    …and I bet you had some ice in your wine… I miss you, but it does seem the tropics suit you! xoxo


    • diannegray / Dec 11 2012 3:50 pm

      Awwww – Lizzie! How sweet of you to visit me here! 😉


  48. 1girl4adamwest / Dec 11 2012 12:57 pm

    Love the impromptu head cover Ha! What progress the house, wow! I must say Lemons would be my FAV in fresh cold water! Yum!


    • diannegray / Dec 11 2012 3:52 pm

      I love lemons and make sure I have a freshly squeezed one every morning – YUM!!!! 😉


  49. jannatwrites / Dec 11 2012 2:02 pm

    Oh, I LOVE mangoes and avocados. I’m so jealous of you right now! I’m fair skinned as well, so I’ve been known to cover up with a towel, but it didn’t look nearly as fashionable as yours. I looked more like a terry cloth Cousin Itt (from the Addams Family). Oh well!


    • diannegray / Dec 11 2012 3:53 pm

      Hahahaha! I won’t be able to get that image out of my head for the rest of the day now!!! 😀


  50. ripe red berries / Dec 12 2012 2:58 am

    I LOVE your hat (and the wine glass) – looks like a lovely way to spend the day! Yeah!!!! Lucky you to have all those beauties in your yard – yum yum!


    • diannegray / Dec 12 2012 9:01 am

      The wine was lovely and I didn’t have to suffer third degree burns to enjoy it! 😀


  51. Linda Vernon / Dec 12 2012 4:38 am

    Ah! I love the towel/hat. LOL! I think you should sell them on your blog. (I’ll take two!) And a chocolate pudding tree? Will wonders never cease! Who knew such things existed. Your farm looks just wonderful Dianne! Oh what fun you will have! 😀


    • diannegray / Dec 12 2012 9:04 am

      Thank you, Linda! I should start my own fashion label 😀

      I can’t wait until the chocolate pudding tree fruits and I’ll get a few more pictures of the deliciousy goodness then 😉


      • Linda Vernon / Dec 13 2012 5:44 am

        I have never heard of such a tree and everybody I tell is amazed!! 😀 Can’t wait to see the pictures of it.


  52. 4amWriter / Dec 13 2012 5:55 am

    I want a chocolate pudding tree in my yard. I think it would go nicely side by side with my apple tree. 🙂


  53. maggiemyklebust / Dec 14 2012 12:21 am

    I’m so jealous! The only thing in my yard at the moment is snow!
    Avocados are my fav… But I sure would like to try some fruit from that Black Sapote tree 🙂


    • diannegray / Dec 14 2012 7:43 am

      I love avocados as well. The snow in your yard looks beautiful (I saw the pic on FB) 😀


  54. paulaacton / Dec 14 2012 8:57 am

    am not a big fruit eater prefer my veg but a chocolate pudding tree I want one not sure it would grow here in blighty though if it need heat it stands no chance


  55. 1EarthUnited / Dec 15 2012 2:00 pm

    Bravo with the towel hat… Adam Douglas would approve! I love all tropical fruit, black sapote I must certainly try one day. Thanks for sharing your tropical paradise!


    • diannegray / Dec 16 2012 7:27 am

      I’m so glad you like the hat! It certainly did the job 😉

      I’ve had people ask me to bring some black sapote when I visit them for Christmas, but it’s only just finished fruiting so they’ll have to wait until next year (I’ll post some pics of the fuit when it comes on) 😀


      • 1EarthUnited / Dec 16 2012 12:15 pm

        How delectable… if only we could smell through this screen, LOL. Ooops, I meant
        author: Douglas Adams, from Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, fame. He always preached bringing along a towel when traveling the Galaxy, because you never know when it’ll come in handy! Have a great holiday!


      • diannegray / Dec 16 2012 12:47 pm

        Oh – I wondered about that and felt a bit silly not knowing who you were talking about! 😉 I loved that book!. You have a great holiday as well 😀


  56. The Bumble Files / Dec 15 2012 5:47 pm

    The towel is a nice look on you! Tres chic! Hmm, the farmhouse is really coming along. Beautiful trees, too. What about oranges? I’ve always loved those.


    • diannegray / Dec 16 2012 7:35 am

      I’ve got the loveliest orange tree at the moment. I squeezed a whole lot of fruit last week and it was really sweet (hubby couldn’t believe I didn’t put sugar in it!)

      I’m glad you like the towel hat – I’ll go to any lengths not to get sunburned! 😀


  57. writingthebody / Dec 16 2012 3:56 pm

    My favourite fruit is pawpaw (papaya), especially the red ones. With a touch of lime – heaven. The starfruit you grow are sharp tasting, good in drinks…Pineapples – really sweet ones that are ripe, are also great. Too cold where I am to get decent ones though.


    • diannegray / Dec 16 2012 4:07 pm

      I was living in a cold climate up until about a month ago, so the tropical fruit is a real treat for me. A lot of it ends up just lying on the ground rotting which is a shame because it’s so expensive to buy down south!


      • writingthebody / Dec 16 2012 4:41 pm

        Yes, that is a tragedy….:)


  58. tchistorygal / Dec 16 2012 8:16 pm

    Wow, wouldn’t I love to have a chocolate tree!!! 🙂 Marsha


  59. Jenny Ackland / Dec 19 2012 4:14 pm

    I was going to say ‘we do those towel hats in Australia too’ then remembered, I think you are Australian. Will go now to double-check your bio…


    • diannegray / Dec 20 2012 6:51 am

      Yes – definitely Australian. Only an Aussie would do something like this and not care what other people think! 😀


      • Jenny Ackland / Dec 20 2012 11:15 am

        Yes, but what do you mean ‘not care what other people think’? It’s a fine look!


      • diannegray / Dec 20 2012 4:50 pm

        LOL! I’m glad you like it because I got a few odd stares 😀


  60. beetleypete / Jan 3 2013 11:57 am

    Very jealous of your tropical life. Although warm for January (10C), the rain and mud are just so depressing. Thanks for the like, stay out there, it’s miserable in England! Pete.


    • diannegray / Jan 3 2013 3:34 pm

      Oh – sorry it’s so miserable in England, Pete! It’s 28 here at the moment but we’ve had a lot of rain and it’s really humid (yuck). I’m about to lie on the hammock in the breeze and get some R&R 😀

      Thanks for dropping in and commenting 😉


  61. Lynda / Jan 6 2013 6:39 pm

    I don’t have a favorite, I love them all, and I’m growing quite a few now. They are all infants and I will be waiting for a bit, but it is definitely worth the trouble. Your Chocolate Pudding tree sounds very intriguing! We had a white Sapote (aka: custard apple) growing in our back yard in California.


    • diannegray / Jan 7 2013 5:45 am

      My mother-in-laws favourite is custard apple (in fact, I think there maybe one at the farm).

      Fruit trees seem to take so long to reach maturity, but it’s really worth it when they do. Best of luck with yours and enjoy! 😀


      • Lynda / Jan 7 2013 5:46 am



  62. fingerlimeswa / Aug 24 2015 8:03 am

    Jaysus! Those trees are beautiful and MASSIVE. Reminds me of the frangipanis in the main waterfront strip in Darwin that are the size of gum trees. Where abouts is this farm? Quite north I’m guessing.


    • diannegray / Aug 25 2015 2:17 pm

      Yes – we’re north, up near Cairns in QLD. It’s lovely. I went for a drive to Port Douglas this morning and saw some massive strangler figs. Awesome! 😀



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