Avocados, mushrooms, limes, banana, plum jelly fruit , a strange fruit/nut and spiders, oh my--we are not in Kansas anymore Toto! All you have to do is walk around Gateway and you can have a pretty good, healthy (we think!) lunch!

There are about 6 banana trees and an equal amount of lime trees, all being constantly picked by residents for snacks, dressing, to use with/for avocados, cereal and/or with peanut butter, rum cokes for cooking.

Even with all the avocados we picked the top of the tree is still loaded with them and, in time, should start falling to be gathered by whoever is around there.

In front of the community room, in the past 2 days, a load of large white mushrooms have come up and someone said that they are good to eat as she has made dishes with them. voices.yahoo.com/health-benefits-white-button-mushrooms-6085330.html

Now there is the coco-plum plant that we have discovered is okay for eating and for making jelly still leaving us with another mysterious fruit/nut that, hopefully will soon be identified as edible.

We do need to get someone from the agricultural department of the University to come over and help us identify all the plants and other trees because I have a feeling a lot more could be added to our 'salad'.

There are also a lot of what you call creatures and we call friends such as geckos, spiders, softshell crabs and, yes, old people but we stopped snacking on them because after a certain age they taste 'funny'!

Come on down to Gateway Terrace and as we walk along The Point we can pick our lunch, make a big fresh salad and nibble on chocolate covered spiders! :O)


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The month of August is characterized by essentially constant daily high temperatures, with daily highs around 89°F throughout the month, exceeding 92°F or dropping below 86°F only one day in ten.
Daily High and Low Temperature in August
The daily average low (blue) and high (red) temperature with percentile bands (inner band from 25th to 75th percentile, outer band from 10th to 90th percentile).
Daily low temperatures are around 78°F , falling below 74°F or exceeding 82°F only one day in ten.