We’ve left the land of raspberries and blueberries for a week of pineapple and papaya. Our daughter Laura has bought a little place in Las Terrenas, Dominican Republic. She and I arrived yesterday for a short visit. The weather is just a bit hotter than home and sticky but the beach is gorgeous and the town unchanged except there are not nearly as many tourists.

Laura is hoping to rent it occasionally to people seeking a place to get away from the responsibilities of life. Our friend Junior, the young gardener we met last winter greeted warmly this morning and a short time later returned with a bouquet of flowers that he’d cut from the garden.

This is the sweet little condo unit.

This is the sweet little condo unit.

The view from our porch this morning. It is a tropical garden.

The view from our porch this morning. It is a tropical garden.

This beautiful cactus had just a few blooms when we left in March.

This beautiful cactus had just a few blooms when we left in March.

This cactus is spectacular, covered with blossoms. I had no idea cacti could be so colorful.

This cactus is spectacular, covered with blossoms. I had no idea cacti could be so colorful.

We’ve been making lists and lists. The house is furnished with the requisite beds, chairs, etc. but there are no dishes or linens or kitchen supplies. Tomorrow we plan on a shopping trip to Santo Domingo.