Aloe Vera, Salmon Rose / Aloe Vera, Rosa de Salmón

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THE ALOE FLOWERS are opening from bottom to top on their stems and our back hall is aglow with golden hues. In its own way, it’s delicious, but not as delicious as the beautiful salmon and mango “rose” salad I had the other day at Mesón Salvador. (Click here for last year’s flowering aloes.)

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LAS FLORES DE áloe se abren de abajo a arriba en sus tallos y nuestra sala trasera está iluminada con tonos dorados. A su manera, es delicioso, pero no tan delicioso como la hermosa ensalada de “rosa” de salmón y mango que comí el otro día en Mesón Salvador. (Haz clic aquí para ver las flores de los áloe del año pasado.)

Salmon and Mango Rose at Mesón Salvador. / Rosa de Salmón y Mango en Mesón Salvador.

Flower Extravagance / Extravagancia de Flores

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WYNN HOTEL AND Casino is where the show “Le Reve” (click here) is housed and performed. It’s another of the over-the-top Las Vegas venues, filled with glitz, and cheesiness, and beauty. My aunt and uncle stayed there — once. The colors and glitz work a bit better in the public spaces. My aunt said their room was so garish it gave her nightmares.

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WYNN HOTEL Y Casino es donde se aloja y realiza el espectáculo “Le Reve” (haz clic aquí). Es otro de los lugares exagerados de Las Vegas, lleno de ostentación, queso, y belleza. Mi tía y mi tío se quedaron allí una vez. Los colores y el brillo funcionan mejor en los espacios públicos. Mi tía dijo que su habitación era tan llamativa que le dio pesadillas.

Aliens? / Extraterrestres?

THEIR HOME PLANET must be brutally cold. It was 12C (54F) here in Fuengirola that afternoon and they were dressed for summer. In any case, shouldn’t this sort of alien be illegal?

SU PLANETA NATAL debe ser brutalmente frío. Hacía 12C (54F) aquí en Fuengirola esa tarde y estaban vestidos para el verano. En cualquier caso, ¿no debería ser ilegal este tipo de extranjero?

Cactus Flowers Hibiscus Moon

We’ve had flowers all winter but our plants seem to be ecstatic that spring is nearly here. Even the small cacti San Geraldo planted mid-February are covered with buds and blossoms. They’ll dry out and remain where they are. I get pricked just looking at the things. The plants on the terrace have also been celebrating. Today they’re aglow in the sunshine and protected behind our glass curtain from San Geraldo’s (raging) cyclonic winds, and the rain that’s expected to arrive later today and to linger all day tomorrow. (Click the images to see the beauty close-up.)

FEBRUARY 18, FRESHLY PLANTED.
MARCH 13, MAKING THEMSELVES AT HOME.
I REMOVED THE LINT (TOP RIGHT) WITH TWEEZERS.
THE LOWER (DRY) FLOWER WAS THERE WHEN WE BOUGHT IT.
I THOUGHT IT MIGHT BE FAKE.
THE COLLECTION OF HIBISCUS ON OUR TERRACE ARE OVERJOYED.
WITH BOUGAINVILLEA IN BACKGROUND.
AND CHECK OUT MY ‘MOON SHOT’ TAKEN LAST NIGHT!
AS I REPEATEDLY TELL SAN GERALDO, I LOVE MY NEW
CANON POWERSHOT SX720 HS WITH 40X OPTICAL ZOOM.

You’ve Got A Spot To Fill

You might remember that we had a glass curtain installed to enclose our entire terrace. As a result, winter has been transformed. No more cyclonic winds. And no more decimated plants. San Geraldo planted a collection of Amaryllis bulbs in a long pot outside the living room doors so that we could enjoy the blooms while inside or out on the terrace. They’ve been blooming since the third week in November and show no sign of stopping. We’ve read all the special instructions for caring for amaryllis bulbs between blooms, but won’t take the trouble. The chiringuito (beach bar) across the street, has three large stone planters filled with Amaryllis that bloom dramatically every spring and are left to the ravages of the weather the rest of the year. They’re thriving. Maybe ours will, too.

(Click the images to “Amaryllisize.”)

YESTERDAY.

“… at least a preview of Easter…”