Mt.Isa is mango heaven...not the usual ones you buy in the shops like those in the photo above although those two have been sitting in the fridge for a week or so and are looking the worse for wear and need to be eaten soon.
As you drive around the city numerous homes have one of these mango trees growing in the front or back yard and, if you don't have one of your own as my daughter's family doesn't....
...then you might be fortunate enough to have one growing over the fence from your neighbour's yard and then you can pick up the fallen mangoes off the ground. These mangoes may not look as good as the ones in the shops but they taste absolutely delicious.
One day the girls and I made some Mango Ice Cream which I gave the recipe for a few weeks ago. It was a hit and they enjoyed it. It is so nice to eat home made ice cream.
However, you have to share your mango tree with the local Flying Fox colony. I tried to take a photo of a few of them as they flew over the house but they were too far away for my little camera to capture them very clearly. A couple of nights before we had been driving around having a look at the Christmas lights when I suddenly noticed hundreds of silhouettes of bats in the darkening sky on their way to find the fruit trees to have their nightly supper. Unfortunately there weren't so many over our side of town when I tried to photograph them later on. It is quite an amazing sight.The ones in Mt.Isa are possibly Little Red Flying Foxes.
While I was trying to take photos of the critters while the sun was setting, I checked my watch and the time was7.46pm. The time the second post photo of the mango tree was taken was 7.34pm!!!
When I came home I took a photo at 7.33pm and it had been dark for some time. You can see why people who live up in the north of our state don't want Daylight Saving Time like many residents of South East Queensland do.
However, this little man wasn't interested in the wildlife around town or whether he was saving an hour of daylight every day, he had other things on his mind...to have a good solid sleep during the day so he could play all night and keep mum and dad awake!