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November 26, 2014 / diannegray

Birthday Bonanza

Well folks, it’s that time of year again. Another birthday for me!

I like this time of year because all the lovely fruit on the trees around here is ready for picking.

I’m sitting on my back veranda (quaintly known as the Writer’s Nook) eating chocolate.

I look up and this is what I see.

Mango2

You may not notice those things hanging from the left of the tree at first, so here’s a closer view

Mango3

Common Mango

Then if I wander out the back with my chocolate I see these

Lichee

Lichee

And these

Bowen Mango

Bowen Mango

Nam Dok Mai Mango

Nam Dok Mai Mango

Breadfruit - an interesting history with Captain Bligh  and Mutiny on the Bounty

Breadfruit – this fruit has an interesting story to tell about Captain Bligh and Mutiny on the Bounty

Then I spotted this little cutie hiding near the shed

Surprise Pineapple

Surprise Pineapple

I’ve been without internet access for a while so I haven’t had a chance to catch up with my many friends here…

…but it’s back now, so I’m going to have a sip of champagne and read some blog posts before I get whisked off to dinner with friends!

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  1. Pagadan / Nov 26 2014 6:46 am

    That is a real fruit bonanza! We can grow some here in Florida, but it’s too cold for lichees, which my sister loves. (She lost two trees to freezes.)

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    • diannegray / Nov 26 2014 7:06 am

      Luckily we never have freezes here, Joy. The lichees are delicious – we just need to keep the birds away because they love them as well!

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  2. jannatwrites / Nov 26 2014 6:54 am

    Mmm… I would love to be surrounded by all that fruit! We have a couple young fruit trees but they are too young to bear fruit – and are just young enough, the animals are drawn to them, so we’ve lost a few trees. I’m about ready to just give up and depend on the supermarket!

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    • diannegray / Nov 26 2014 7:11 am

      The birds love the fruit on our trees so I guess they have to be big enough for us to ‘share’ – it’s a lot of work but worth it once they grow. The flying foxes absolutely ravage them if we don’t have green ants to keep them away. Yes – the supermarket is often a lot easier πŸ˜‰

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  3. Polysyllabic Profundities / Nov 26 2014 6:59 am

    Happy, happy birthday Dianne!! I had the reminder come up in my Outlook today and keep forgetting how many hours ahead you are. Have a truly wonderful birthday. xx

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    • diannegray / Nov 26 2014 7:15 am

      Awww – it’s SO sweet that you have my birthday on your Outlook! Thank you so much for your lovely wishes xxxxx

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  4. Ruth Rainwater / Nov 26 2014 7:02 am

    Happy Birthday! What a beautiful fruit bonanza! We are anxiously waiting for our oranges to ripen – they’re yellow and getting to orange and they’re huge.

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    • diannegray / Nov 26 2014 7:18 am

      I love fresh oranges, Ruth! Thanks so much for the birthday wishes. I read your last post but couldn’t comment because my internet connection cracked up. I’ll be back xxxx

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  5. cravesadventure / Nov 26 2014 7:02 am

    You could make one heck of a fruit salad – YUM! Happy Birthday – Enjoy Your Special Day πŸ™‚

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    • diannegray / Nov 26 2014 7:19 am

      Thank you so much! xxxxx Fruit salad here I come πŸ˜‰

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  6. John / Nov 26 2014 7:18 am

    Happy Birthday, fruity!! You have Mango heaven there, wow! Nice to see you back, and you have a fantastic view from your nook Dianne. Have a fun time with your friends. 😎 πŸ‘

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    • diannegray / Nov 26 2014 7:35 am

      Thanks so much, John! Mango heaven is a lovely place to be πŸ˜€

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  7. Theo Fenraven / Nov 26 2014 7:24 am

    I bet you look a year younger. πŸ™‚ Enjoy the day, and the evening.

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    • diannegray / Nov 26 2014 7:37 am

      LOL – thank you so much, Fen, I haven’t been game enough to check the mirror yet πŸ˜‰

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  8. Carrie Rubin / Nov 26 2014 7:39 am

    Oh poo, your pictures didn’t pull up on my phone. I’m laptop-less for a couple days, so it’s tiny screen reading for me. Sigh.

    Happy Birthday! As my stepdad says whenever I grumble about getting older, “It’s better than the alternative.” πŸ™‚

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    • diannegray / Nov 26 2014 9:47 am

      Your stepdad is SO right. Being alive is great and our birthdays remind us of this, Carrie πŸ˜€

      So sorry you can’t see the pictures – they’re fruitaliscious! πŸ˜‰

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  9. Naomi Baltuck / Nov 26 2014 7:58 am

    Happy birthday, Dianne! Love your bountiful harvest!

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  10. Luanne / Nov 26 2014 8:04 am

    Have a wonderful birthday, Dianne, and an even better year ahead. Love the photos!

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  11. anotherday2paradise / Nov 26 2014 8:18 am

    Wishing you a splendid birthday, Dianne. Eating chocolate whilst surveying your garden bounty, sounds like the perfect way to start your day. Such exotica too! We bought a single mango this week, and had to throw it away, because it had obviously been frozen at some stage, and was very yucky inside. Yours, fresh from the trees, sound like a much better alternative. I envy you. πŸ™‚ *Birthday hugs*

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    • diannegray / Nov 26 2014 9:51 am

      I thought you might be able to grow mango where you are, Sylvia. I would have hurled a frozen and yukky mango against the wall (tropical fruit is pricey and I get fruit rage when I buy something and it’s nasty) πŸ˜‰

      Thank you so much for your lovely birthday wishes, my friend πŸ˜€

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  12. EllaDee / Nov 26 2014 9:31 am

    A lovely time of year to have a birthday. Happy Birthday. Enjoy all the good things that it brings πŸ™‚

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    • diannegray / Nov 26 2014 9:53 am

      Thank you so much for the beautiful best wishes. It’s started raining here and not before time – it was getting very dry. Although I’ll probably be complaining about the floods soon πŸ˜‰

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  13. Jill Weatherholt / Nov 26 2014 9:41 am

    Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday dear, Dianne, Happy Birthday to you! My gift to you is that I typed this rather than sing to you…I can’t carry a tune. πŸ™‚ Enjoy your special day, you’re a special lady! Thanks for sharing the beautiful photographs!

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  14. Letizia / Nov 26 2014 9:44 am

    Looks like a fruitful year in the works for you! Happy Birthday dear Dianne, wishing you many exciting adventures, quiet mornings, and mating geckos!

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    • diannegray / Nov 26 2014 9:55 am

      LOL – mating geckos are the BEST! They’ve been doing a lot of it lately πŸ˜‰

      A fruitful year sounds wonderful – I hadn’t thought of it like that πŸ˜€

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  15. agjorgenson / Nov 26 2014 11:23 am

    Well happy birthday to you! I can’t really imagine a better way to spend a day than noticing what is around me before friends surround me. A blessed year to you Dianne!

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    • diannegray / Nov 26 2014 1:13 pm

      Thank you so much, Allen. The garden is really looking spectacular πŸ˜€

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  16. Jacqui Murray / Nov 26 2014 12:07 pm

    What an abundance! Does it all grow wild? You are so lucky.

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    • diannegray / Nov 26 2014 1:22 pm

      It’s not all wild in the yard, Jacqui – but I have found ten more mango trees at the creek in the past week. They must have grown from seeds washed downstream. I know hubby’s great grandfather planted a banana tree out the back a long time ago and now we have a forest of them! πŸ˜€

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  17. ramblingsfromamum / Nov 26 2014 12:09 pm

    Happy Birthday Gorgeous!! Jealous jealous of all your mangos, you couldn’t just have one tree now could you?? Pineapples and yummy lychees. Jealous..did I say that already? Hope you have an amazing day sipping champers, eating chockie and celebrating with your family and friends, oh and for the record I’m jealous πŸ˜‰πŸ’™πŸŽ‚πŸΉπŸΈπŸ·πŸπŸ’ xxx

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    • diannegray / Nov 26 2014 1:25 pm

      LOL! Not that there’s anything wrong with that πŸ˜‰

      A friend of mine just arrived from Melbourne and she’s loving the lichees! πŸ˜€

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  18. bulldog / Nov 26 2014 1:45 pm

    Firstly.. a big shout out for your birthday…. may you have many many more… Secondly your fruit tells me what type of climate you have, good thing you love mangoes as it looks like you’re gonna have a bumper crop this year… when we were on the farm Linda used to make dry fruit rolls out of the fruit as well as the jams and preserves… but the mangoes always seemed to end as dry fruit rolls…. I must say I was a great lover of lichees and stayed for a couple of years in a house that had 4 big trees… I over ate the one year till nearly sick of them… now I eat one or two and that is that… I have never had a pineapple grow in the yard, how lucky is that….

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    • diannegray / Nov 27 2014 7:51 am

      Thanks, Rob! πŸ˜€ It is a lovely tropical climate here but has been very dry this year and I’m surprised the fruit is abundant. I found some of my corn stripped yesterday and asked one of the old farmers what could have done it – turns out it was cockatoos (cheeky things) so now I’ve covered all the cobs with plastic cups. They also eat the mangoes and lichees but there’s so many of them we don’t really worry. Soon the crimson rosellas will come in to get the fruit so I’ll have to get a few shots of them, they’re beautiful looking birds πŸ˜‰

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  19. JackieP / Nov 26 2014 2:06 pm

    I know by now I’m late, but happy birthday my dear lady! Hope you have many more. I loved your pics and all the great fruit! I’ve never tasted a lichee. I’m fruit deprived in cold canada. LOL xxx

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    • diannegray / Nov 27 2014 7:52 am

      Thanks, Jackie. One day you’ll taste a lichee (I’m sure!) and then you’ll be hooked πŸ˜‰

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  20. Robert S. Eilers / Nov 26 2014 2:08 pm

    Happy Birthday!

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  21. nrhatch / Nov 26 2014 2:27 pm

    You can lead the Birthday Girl to FRUIT . . . but you cannot make her stop eating CHOCOLATE!

    Have a blast, kiddo!!!

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  22. raphaela99 / Nov 26 2014 2:48 pm

    Happy Birthday, and welcome back! xxx

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  23. pommepal / Nov 26 2014 3:13 pm

    I know you will have a great day Dianne, enjoy every minute of it and let your friends and family pamper you. One of the big plusses of being tropical is all the fruit. I’m so envious of all your mangoes, I have one sad tree that sets half a dozen fruits, every year, I talk encouragingly to it but every year they all promptly fall off way before they are ready to pick

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    • diannegray / Nov 27 2014 7:56 am

      Oh no! my greatest nightmare is having fruit fall before it’s ready to pick. Our five corner tree is like that at the moment. When the fowers come out just keep drowning the mango tree in water until the fruit sets (and even then, keep watering) and that should make a difference xxx

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      • pommepal / Nov 27 2014 8:46 am

        Thanks for that tip. That may be the reason our poor mango is suffering, it is a corner that I don’t water. They’ve all fallen this year so I will remember that for next year. I threaten it with the axe but it is such a good shade tree.

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  24. Zen A. / Nov 26 2014 4:06 pm

    Happy birthday, Dianne! ❀ And my am I envious of your fruits, especially the mangoes! I'm a a sucker for a big juicy mango. Lychee is pretty amazing too! You wouldn't happen to have any mangosteens hiding around, do you?

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    • diannegray / Nov 27 2014 7:57 am

      Oh yes! I’ve got two mangosteen trees that fruit beautifully and have taken the seeds to grow another three. They are to die for! πŸ˜€

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  25. Amy Reese / Nov 26 2014 6:00 pm

    Happy Birthday, Dianne! Cheers! You have such wonderful scenery, and I had no idea there were so many different kinds of mangos. Enjoy your b-day celebration!

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    • diannegray / Nov 27 2014 7:58 am

      Thanks, Amy! πŸ˜€ I’m sure there are even more types of mango around here that I haven’t identified yet. I’ve seen a few on my walk to the creek with the dogs that are nearly ready to pick so I’ll be taking a bag with me next time πŸ˜‰

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  26. starproms / Nov 26 2014 8:18 pm

    Happy Birthday Dianne. Have a great day. I’m very jealous of all your fruits. They look so wonderful. None of those grow over here in England so please feel blessed! What we do have here are lovely crunchy apples so I’m not complaining!

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    • diannegray / Nov 27 2014 8:02 am

      I love a crunchy apple! Unfortunately we can’t grow stone fruit like apricot here because it is too warm so I guess it would be the same with apples. We’ve got loads of orange and lemon trees that seem to do quite well.

      Thank you so much for the birthday wishes πŸ˜€

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  27. the eternal traveller / Nov 26 2014 10:28 pm

    Happy Birthday Dianne. I hope you’ve had a wonderful day. What a perfect way to start, by sitting on your gorgeous veranda surrounded by such deliciousness. I am a tad envious of you having all those mangoes. But, I have been picking my own blueberries for a few weeks now.

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    • diannegray / Nov 27 2014 8:05 am

      I absolutely love blueberries (and they’re very good for you). I’ve planted a raspberry, but nothing is happening with it yet so it may just be a dud.

      Thank you so much for the birthday wishes and keep enjoying those blueberries! πŸ˜€

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      • the eternal traveller / Nov 27 2014 8:16 pm

        Hang in there with the raspberry plant. The blueberry took a couple of years to produce anything but this year it is loaded. I love the fact that I walk down the back yard, pick them and eat them breakfast straight away on the weekends. Delicious!

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  28. T. W. Dittmer / Nov 26 2014 11:53 pm

    Happy birthday, Dianne. Enjoy. It’s below freezing here. πŸ™‚

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    • diannegray / Nov 27 2014 8:07 am

      Oh no – too cold for me. I’ve acclimatized to the tropics quite quickly and tend to shiver if the temp goes below 20C (68F) so I’d be hopeless in that kind of cold. Stay rugged up and safe! πŸ˜€

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  29. tw / Nov 27 2014 1:29 am

    Happy Birthday to you Dianne. I’m so envious of your beautiful array of fruit. We’re heading into winter so berry and cherry season is well and truly over until next year.

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    • diannegray / Nov 27 2014 8:08 am

      Thank you for the birthday wishes and stay warm and safe for the winter! πŸ˜€

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  30. Britt Skrabanek / Nov 27 2014 1:32 am

    Hey, we’ve missed you!!! Happy Birthday, sweet thang. Hope you had an awesome day. Now I need to go eat some fruit…you made me hungry! πŸ™‚

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    • diannegray / Nov 27 2014 8:09 am

      Get into that fruit, Britt – it’s very good for you (and maybe a little chocolate and champagne on the side) πŸ˜€

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  31. prior / Nov 27 2014 5:14 am

    mmmm – fresh mango – fresh pineapple – and all from the nook! Happy b-day ❀ ❀ ❀

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  32. donnajeanmcdunn / Nov 27 2014 5:52 am

    Oh! I want to come and visit you. It looks so warm there. My birthday is in November too, but I bet I’ve had a lot more of them than you.

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    • diannegray / Nov 27 2014 8:10 am

      A November baby as well! I should have guessed. Happy Birthday to you too πŸ˜€

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  33. char / Nov 27 2014 7:28 am

    Happy Birthday! Mango and Pineapple–two perfect fruit, in my opinion. I could eat both all day and never tire of them. Yummy!

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    • diannegray / Nov 27 2014 8:11 am

      Thanks for the birthday wishes, Char! You’d love it here! πŸ˜€

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  34. jmmcdowell / Nov 27 2014 9:20 am

    Happy what-is-now-a-belated Birthday, Dianne! I envy you having all that wonderful fresh fruit in your own yard. πŸ™‚ I hope you enjoyed the dinner with friends!

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    • diannegray / Nov 28 2014 10:40 am

      It was a great day and night, JM! Thank you so much for the best wishes πŸ˜€

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  35. climbing bean / Nov 27 2014 11:16 pm

    Happy Birthday!

    Wow, not just mangoes, but several different types! I love this time of year for the fruit as well.

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    • diannegray / Nov 28 2014 10:44 am

      Thank you for the birthday well-wishes πŸ˜€ Summer fruit in Australia is just fantastic πŸ˜‰

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  36. Denise Hisey / Nov 28 2014 6:29 am

    Happy Birthday Dianne!
    Guess all that fruit explains why you are a little fruity, eh? πŸ™‚
    Hope you had fun with your friends!!

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    • diannegray / Nov 28 2014 10:45 am

      I certainly am a little fruity! LOL I love it πŸ˜€

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  37. Alarna Rose Gray / Nov 28 2014 11:45 am

    It’s a tropical paradise! And a very happy (belated) birthday to you, Diane πŸ™‚

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  38. billyraychitwood1 / Nov 29 2014 2:26 am

    Now you’re just ‘showing off’! πŸ™‚ Just letting you know I’m envious… All the best.

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    • diannegray / Nov 30 2014 7:49 am

      LOL! I love showing off my beautiful fruit πŸ˜€

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  39. olganm / Nov 29 2014 4:43 am

    Happy Birthday! I’m also envious. I love fruit and the weather here is rubbish…

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    • diannegray / Nov 30 2014 7:50 am

      What a shame about your weather! it’s just started raining here in the past week so things are now growing out of control πŸ˜‰

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  40. Minuscule Moments / Nov 29 2014 6:55 am

    Happy belated birthday Dianne I hope it was a grand affair. Wow! To the abundance of exotic fruits you grow in your own back yard. Only in Queensland my friend.

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    • diannegray / Nov 30 2014 7:51 am

      It’s been incredibly dry, but started raining about a week ago – now I have even more weeds! But the fruit is loving it πŸ˜€

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  41. cestlavie22 / Dec 2 2014 12:28 am

    Happy Birthday! Those pictures are too die for! I need to make a trip there!

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    • diannegray / Dec 2 2014 1:45 pm

      The fruit is fantastic at the moment! And it’s started raining which is always a plus πŸ˜€

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  42. Ste J / Dec 2 2014 2:16 am

    Happy belated birthday!!!!!

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  43. Roy McCarthy / Dec 2 2014 7:01 am

    Being a new convert to the juicer and blender I’d just love to reach out and grab those! Not to be found in our local shops. Oh and Happy Birthday Dianne and glad you’re in writing shape.

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    • diannegray / Dec 2 2014 1:49 pm

      Thanks so much, Roy πŸ˜€

      My neighbour has just bought one of those new-fangled juicers that turns the entire fruit to juice without having to get rid of the pulp and it’s fantastic! πŸ˜€

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  44. Cynthia Reyes / Dec 2 2014 11:51 am

    Happy birthday to you.
    How nice to have such tropical fruit growing where you are.

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  45. Janna G. Noelle / Dec 3 2014 2:33 am

    Dianne, you already know how jealous I am about your fruitful bounty (seriously – a surprise pineapple?!) Wishing you a very happy belated birthday – I hope it was bright and wonderful. πŸ™‚

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    • diannegray / Dec 3 2014 12:15 pm

      I had a wonderful birthday and I hope yours was awesome as well πŸ˜‰

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  46. beeblu / Dec 6 2014 10:32 am

    Who needs chocolate with all that lovely fruit around?! OK, we all do – but maybe chocolate dipped mango, lychee and pineapple…yum, yum

    Belated Happy Birthday, Dianne xx

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  47. restlessjo / Dec 8 2014 6:55 pm

    Oh darn! I always miss somebody’s birthday! So sorry it was yours 😦
    You almost distracted me with all that exotic fruit, though. Quite astounding what grows in your neighbourhood! πŸ™‚

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    • diannegray / Dec 9 2014 7:43 am

      I’ve been picking mangoes over the last few days for my mother-in-law to make her famous pickles and chutney. I saw more trees near the creek so we’ve now got boxes full. One wild species that grows at the creek is the strawberry mango and I didn’t capture that one here, but I can’t wait to taste one when they ripen!

      Thank you so much for the birthday wishes! πŸ˜€

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  48. reneejohnsonwrites / Dec 8 2014 9:11 pm

    Happy birthday. Hope you enjoyed those fabulous mangoes!

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    • diannegray / Dec 9 2014 7:44 am

      I’ve been doing a lot of picking, Renee. Now it’s time to make chutney and pickles! πŸ˜€

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  49. harulawordsthatserve / Dec 9 2014 7:32 pm

    You certainly seem to live in fruit heaven, in the mango neighborhood apparently! I never knew there were so many kinds! Hope your tropical paradise gave you a wonderful birthday (though I’m very late in offering my birthday blessings!) – it’s so funny to read about pineapples and lychees when we’ve already had our first snows here! This world is such a beautiful, magical place…. Huge happy belated birthday hugs, Harula xxxxx

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    • diannegray / Dec 10 2014 7:23 am

      Thank you so much, Harula! My internet has been coming and going over the last month so I haven’t had time to catch up on blogs. I think I need a new internet provider πŸ˜‰

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  50. Hazy Shades of Me / Dec 24 2014 1:07 pm

    Wow…I’ve said it before, but you really do live in a beautiful place, Dianne. And the fruit…! What are you doing eating chocolate?!? Just kidding. That’s exactly what I’d be doing! ;0) Hope you enjoyed your dinner!

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  51. Kourtney Heintz / Dec 30 2014 1:26 am

    Awesome reminders of why it’s so important to look up, look around, and look down. You never know what unexpected treasures you’ll find. πŸ™‚

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