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by ZihuaRob ⌂ @, Zihuatanejo, México, Sunday, March 01, 2020, 11:45 (97 days ago)

Sunday in Zihuatanejo. A day spent doing minimal work (there is ALWAYS work to be done), enjoying our absolutely perfect weather with the family. After such a noisy Friday evening, last night's peace and quiet was an unexpected pleasure. Usually Saturday nights are the worst downtown, but not last night. The revelers seemed to have gotten whatever out of their system. The noisiest thing last night were the waves less than a hundred meters away. Just the way we like it.

One of the best things about living downtown is it's an easy walk to the market to get fresh fruit for our desayuno. Papaya is always in season, and recently we've even had some mango, which is always delicious even though it's still a bit agridulce.

My media naranja went down to the pier this morning to snap a few shots of the pier reconstruction to send to her nephew in Chilpancingo de los Bravo. The major work on the pier appears finished, and now they are putting up the roofing over the seating areas.

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by Casa Juan @, Sunday, March 01, 2020, 13:54 (97 days ago) @ ZihuaRob

sad, but to this untrained observer, the pier reconstruction does not outwardly appear to be a big improvement over the old one. I admit I have not been diligently following its progress. I guess a serious summer storm will be a good test?

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by ZihuaRob ⌂ @, Zihuatanejo, México, Sunday, March 01, 2020, 14:43 (97 days ago) @ Casa Juan

sad, but to this untrained observer, the pier reconstruction does not outwardly appear to be a big improvement over the old one. I admit I have not been diligently following its progress. I guess a serious summer storm will be a good test?

It’s a long story, but we’re lucky to have gotten our pier rebuilt at all.

I’m pretty sure I’ve mentioned before that the rebuilt pier is almost an exact copy of the previous one as far as the structure. The main difference is the new one has five landings instead of four. Three on the western side for smaller craft and two on the eastern side for larger craft.

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by Casa Juan @, Sunday, March 01, 2020, 21:12 (97 days ago) @ ZihuaRob

I am hoping the new one will prove to be an improvement over the old one.

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by frostbite ⌂ @, Hamilton MT, Monday, March 02, 2020, 06:03 (96 days ago) @ Casa Juan

A real improvement would have been adding a floating dock to make it easier for us old farts to get on and off the pangas.

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by Gregorio M. @, Rocky Mountain House, Alberta, Monday, March 02, 2020, 08:15 (96 days ago) @ ZihuaRob

It also appears that the new one is more “open” underneath which might allow for increased water flow along the shoreline and habitat for certain pieces of fish. I’m sure it will be an improvement once completed. As Frostbite says a floater fo assist people with mobility issues would have been a welcome addition. Just happy to see it coming together. Too bad they had delays to begin with - we probably would have been enjoying it by now had things gone smoothly.

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Speaking of mangoes...

by JeffMN ⌂ @, Minneapolis MN USA, Tuesday, March 03, 2020, 15:42 (95 days ago) @ ZihuaRob

Rob -- you said you're already enjoying some local mangoes? Are they ripening a bit early? We have a tree just outside our rented villa which never seems to produce ripe fruit till the end of March.

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Speaking of mangoes...

by Talley Ho @, Playa la Ropa, Tuesday, March 03, 2020, 17:11 (95 days ago) @ JeffMN

They are now available locally, watch for them. Some imported from other places, a few local.

We can see probably 25 trees from our terrace, and one is in full bloom, one is already setting fruit, and the others aren't doing anything yet.

They vary hugely based on variety and where they are growing. The greater the distance from the ocean the longer the fruiting period. Watch, it's fascinating.

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Speaking of mangoes...

by mosesk @, Ojai, CA, USA, Tuesday, March 03, 2020, 17:45 (95 days ago) @ Talley Ho

They are now available locally, watch for them. Some imported from other places, a few local.

We can see probably 25 trees from our terrace, and one is in full bloom, one is already setting fruit, and the others aren't doing anything yet.

They vary hugely based on variety and where they are growing. The greater the distance from the ocean the longer the fruiting period. Watch, it's fascinating.

I've been eating the yellow ones available at Bodega and Mega, and I assume at the Mercado for the last month and they have been mostly fine.
One day Bodega was out of the yellow ones but had a few green and red ones- we used to call them "alphonse" mangos in India- I think they have a different name here- and they weren't so good.
A nice young lady - Jehovah's Witness, informed me a year to two ago that there are 7 varieties of mangoes here.
Maybe someone knows more about this?

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by Talley Ho @, Playa la Ropa, Tuesday, March 03, 2020, 19:24 (95 days ago) @ mosesk

We have two different varieties on our back hill, one has been identified as Ataulfo and the other is a yellow also, and no one seems to have a guess.

In Tepic, we have purchased more than 7 named varieties in their mercado, all quite different in appearance and taste.

We've been told that they naturally cross and create new varieties. Some are good, some are great and some.....OMG!