The picture above was taken on the island of Tenerife, and marks the moment when I first discovered that bananas grow pointing upwards in bunches, and not down, as I had expected.
It's a rather grainy image because it is scanned from a 35mm slide and was taken thirty-eight years ago on our honeymoon, when we looked like this. We know a lot more about bananas these days as we live on the neighbouring island of Lanzarote, here in the Canary Islands. Lanzarote doesn't grow bananas as we have less rainfall than Tenerife and it can be a bit more windy, which banana plants don't like apparently. My next 'banana surprise' came when we encountered the fruit in shops and markets. They can look distinctly unappetising as they don't have to be of uniform size and colour, as you find in supermarkets in England. However, they taste delicious and are just as good for you!
More often than not it's the green bananas on sale in both supermarkets and on market stalls, like this one in Mancha Blanca last August. They soon ripen when we bring them home however. This quick video shows a family plantation in Tenerife.
That's the end of the travelogue, but if you want to know how we went bananas last Christmas.......
It was by playing 'Bananagrams'. In actual fact it probably kept us sane. Here we are on 15th December, just three days after my Dad's funeral, applying ourselves to the game. Mum, at 92, still does daily crosswords and it showed in the words she was producing! We were pretty evenly matched and I can't remember whose words are shown above. The point was we were thoroughly imersed. It had been a tough week, as we'd also lost my sister-in-law the day before Dad's funeral. So, after dinner, we cracked open another bottle of wine and decided to start getting into the Christmas games. We were determined not to be gloomy as both these much loved family members had enjoyed playing games. I'm not sure if the wine helped or hindered, but we were certainly more 'relaxed'.
Alan's Sepia Saturday picture prompt for this week showed men selling, among other things, bananas, so I went down that track...and look where it lead me!
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