Puerto Cayo, Ecuador

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NEW!! December 10, 2018

December, 2018
IT'S BEEN A BUSY WEEK!!

The chicos have been busy on the bodega - they know I want my washer & dryer hooked up! Plumbing is in, and once we get some paint on the walls, we should be in business. The chicos working on the bamboo work have also been busy. The bamboo rafters are in place, and they are working on the supports, and will soon build the bamboo "penthouse"... check out the progress below:

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Saturday, Dec 1st:
We were so happy to have been invited to the finca (country house) of one of our new friends to help celebrate her birthday. A new twist on futbol - her son uses her grandson to move the ball!

Saturday, Dec 1st:
On the menu, Pollo del Campo (Country Chicken) fried over a wood fire in the huge outdoor cooking area near the house. The aroma was amazing. And we love the name of our friend's home - "Finca de mis Suenos"...Finca of my dreams!



Monday, Dec 3:
Doug can now do what he loves best - landscaping! On the hill below our casita, he is making plateaus bordered with rocks to hold the earth when it rains... and muchos huecos (holes) have been dug to fill with plants.

Monday, Dec 3:
Woody and Gina have a daily ritual - open the gate in the morning, and close it every evening. Gina needs the exercise, and Woody loves running circles around her.



Monday, Dec 3:
We finally got a photo that almost shows what a fantastic view the lights of the village are at night! Sitting up on our hill, we can see the whole town - spectacular!

Tuesday, Dec 4:
The bamboo rafters to hold up the techo (roof) are nearly done. Bamboo is amazingly strong, and we love the exotic, tropical look of it. It is hard to describe how imposing this building is becoming on the landscape.



Wednesday, Dec 5:
Craftsmanship is alive and well...the right-hand third of the building is the bodega with the screened "penthouse" on top; the middle third is the balcony with outdoor kitchen below; and the final third is open 2-stories.

Thursday, Dec 6:
On the open end of the palapa there are three sections of support canes - each is tied into a rebar structure, a small hole is made to fill the bottom with cement, and the hole is then plugged. What precision!



Thursday, Dec 6:
And the sun sets over the wood floor of the penthouse! Can't wait to see the view from the second floor!

Friday, Dec 7:
View of the palapa from the pool side. The roof will extend about 1-1/2+ meters beyond the building on the ocean side - hoping to keep out the rain coming from that direction. Rainy season starts around January, so we will see!



Friday, Dec 7:
View of the palapa from the south end - looking into the outdoor kitchen below, and the balcony and screened room on the second floor.

Saturday, Dec 8:
Our Spanish friend, Jose, brought us some clippings (with roots) of a groundcover plant called "Carne de Perro" (which I hear is a generic name for many plants that grow fast and spread rapidly). It appears to be a succulent with small red flowers.



Saturday, Dec 8:
Doug is busy planting the carne de perro (literally, "dog meat") amongst his terraced rows of rocks. With nothing but dirt, we hope it grows fast!

Sunday, Dec 9:
We are happy to announce, we finally got to use our pool for the first time today! It is wonderful. And just after we got out, some good friends arrived, and their 8 year old son finally got to try out our pool!


November, 2018
December 2, 2018

WE'RE HOME !!

We finally made it! On Saturday, November 17th, we finally started moving what few things we have here in Ecuador into our new casita! Can't tell you how much we love it here.

We can now focus our attention on finishing the 2-story palapa (pictured here). With the exception of the bodega (in concrete), it will basically be a bamboo and wood structure - with our "penthouse suite" on top of the bodega, and a huge second floor balcony to enjoy the view and the breeze! Below the balcony, Doug will have his outdoor kitchen - and I can reclaim the kitchen in the casita!

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(November 15 thru 30, 2018)

Saturday, Nov 17:
Two small pickup truck trips, and we basically have most of our stuff on our front porch! We will spend the night here tonight, and go back for the rest tomorrow (or, as it turned out, Monday!)



Saturday, Nov 17:
As the sun is preparing to set, it is definitely time to relax! This is what we've been waiting for....

Saturday, Nov 17:
Yes, our beautiful kitchen is a mess - but we'll get everything squared away tomorrow!



Sunday, Nov 18:
Bought these gorgeous indigenous fabrics in Puerto Lopez, and this one (actually meant to be a tablecloth), makes a perfect bedspread!

Sunday, Nov 18:
And our first two nights in our new home have had magnificent sunsets! Here is the view from our porch...



Tuesday, Nov 20:
Next up, finishing the palapa... one of the first loads of cana (bamboo) is delivered by our Maestro.

Wednesday, Nov 21:
This morning, the majority of the large bamboo for the main structure of the palapa is delivered.



Monday, Nov 26:
Today the chicos are starting to put the floor in the bodega so that the workers can begin on the bamboo structure. Here, the support beams for the second floor are going up.

Tuesday, Nov 27:
And the new member of our family is Woody - he found his way to Casa Anna shortly before we arrived, and Anna was kind enough to suggest that he could come live with us. We are so happy to have him - and he seems to be enjoying it here too!



Tuesday, Nov 27:
The floor above the bodega has been laid... the wood is a laurel, and it's really beautiful!

Wednesday, Nov 28:
The floors of the balcony are being laid. We cannot wait to see the view from this second story!



Thursday, Nov 29:
Working on the counter for the kitchen in the palapa. Today, we also GOT OUR INTERNET SERVICE INSTALLED! YEAH!!

Thursday, Nov 29:
Woody loves to be in the middle of the construction.... here the footers are poured for the 2-story bamboo supports for the roof.


Friday, Nov 30:
The chicos from Puerto Rico (Ecuadorian village - not American island!) have worked hard this week on the bamboo structure.



Friday, Nov 30:
Here's another view from our "garden"... evidently some of the best bamboo comes from around Puerto Rico, which is about 40 minutes south of here on the coast.

Friday, Nov 30:
Luis and Vicente are installing the glass blocks on the bodega wall facing the ocean - this allows light, but cuts out the salt air (big rust factor)!



Friday, Nov 30:
Can't wait to see the view from the top - but unlike these guys, I will wait for the escaleras (stairs)!

Friday, Nov 30:
Being the "artist" that he is - we asked Luis to "sign" his masterpiece on one of the tiles on the pool deck.... he did all the beautiful tilework on our pool!


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