Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Let Me Tell Ya 'Bout The Birds And The Sheep

On our walk to El Jazzy Cafe for morning coffee, we passed some mock oranges in bloom. I leaned close to snap a picture and to get a good strong whiff of the sweet fragrance when a bee shot out of the flower cluster.

I squawked, "Whoa, whoa, whoa, WHOA!" as I jumped back.

San Geraldo burst out laughing. We wish there were video.

TODAY'S MOCK ORANGE... AFTER THE BEE.

When I first met with the surgeon about my hernia, he reviewed my medical history in the medical center's online system.

With a lift of one of his dark and substantial eyebrows, the surgeon asked what sounded to me like, "¿Se muerde una obeja?" ("Did a sheep bite you?")

"Perdona?" I responded.

He explained that, according to my medical records I am severely allergic to "obejas," and he wondered how I knew.

I laughed. "No obejas! Las avejas!"

"Not sheep! Bees!"


Back to El Jazzy
When we got to El Jazzy, we saw again the spectacular display of roses climbing the fence that separates the Roman Ruins park (click here) from some tennis courts. The fragrance is amazing and I wish I could post that, too. I kept my distance and took some pictures. These are the true colors of our day. (Click any image and then just imagine...)










It's time you learned about the facts of life...

23 comments:

  1. Never too old to learn this again!
    What great colourful photos, Mitchell.
    Good thing you got that straightened out with the doctor! lol

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    1. Jim:
      So glad I got that cleared up.The surgeon would have been very worried since sheep bites are so common in hospitals.

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  2. Oh, that's hilarious :) I'm glad you didn't get hurt, though, jumping back so suddenly! Whoa!
    Great color in these photos. :)

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    1. Judy:
      The colors were glorious yesterday. Today, they're only simply stunning (what a shame).

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  3. Do you carry an epi pen (no doubt spelled wrong) with you when you're out there sniffing Mother Nature's bounty? Those roses are gorgeous!

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    1. Sharon:
      I DID carry an EpiPen (and I always had one in reserve). They both expired not long after we arrived in Spain and I never replaced them. Maybe I should!

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  4. How terrible to be allergic to sheep. What do you count when you want to fall asleep?

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    1. Stephen:
      Well, that finally explains my insomnia.

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  5. I wish we had orange blossoms here. We do have cherry and apple and they are beautifully in full bloom right now. Glad the bee decided only to "buzz you off" versus sting you.

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    1. Cheapchick:
      This isn't actually a "real orange" although we have those in abundance here and the fragrance is incredible. This is called a mock orange. They were common on the US Southwest, too, and I think this type is actually native to Mexico. It's called Mock Orange because the flowers look and smell so much like the real thing. No oranges, though!

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  6. Love mock orange - we're planning on planting one in a sunny area of our garden next spring. Look at you with your language skills, I'd have been stuck trying to explain via charades, lol.
    I'm allergic to bees as well, along with just about every other stinging critter that flies. Bees don't both me, although I've been known to EEP at them when they take me by surprise... wasps and yellowjackets, however, immediately target me and it's not unusual for me to run for the nearest shelter with closed windows and doors when they do.
    Glad you didn't pull stitches when you jumped!

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    1. Jacqueline:
      I think whatever it is that makes us allergic to bees and other biting/stinging insects could also be what makes us what's so attractive to them. I find it funny when people tell me, "Oh, the won't bother you if you don't bother them." Wanna bet?!? Fortunately, I didn't jump much when that bee came flying out. Like you, I'm more concerned with yellow jackets and wasps. Stung by three yellow jackets in my lifetime. One wasp flew up my pants leg and stung me 7 times on the knee (fortunately the pants were too tight to get any further).

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  7. The roses are spectacular, Mitchell...glad you didn't get stung, so watch out for those bees!

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    1. Linda:
      I'm usually more careful before sticking my nose into a fragrant flower.

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    1. Gosia:
      They are spectacular and the fragrances, too.

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  9. Glorious roses and I'm pleased to hear they have a scent.

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    1. Andrew:
      As I stood there taking a pictures I realised I was engulfed in a breathtaking fragrance.

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  10. "Did a sheep bite you?" What a great question! Our Internet connection is so sloooow right now, I can't view the video, but I could see those gorgeous roses.

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    1. Wilma:
      Sorry about your internet connection. That can be so frustrating. Glad you can at least read the blog (and thanks always for doing so)! The surgeon was a pleasure — warm, kind, funny... and competent, too, thankfully!

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  11. I think that's pretty funny he thought you had a sheep allergy! :) Glad the bee didn't get all aggressive with you. Much as I love my bees, I know bee allergies are no laughing matter...well, most of the time! I'm with San Geraldo on this one. :)

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    1. Knatolee:
      And I've never been described as sheepish. I do think, however, it's time for me to pick up another EpiPen. I've had a couple of close calls lately.

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  12. Mind! A sheep bite can be nasty.

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