Wow, it always surprises me when I think of what to write about for the blog. I think, I don’t really have any good topics. Then I look through my pictures and I see that we have actually been out doing quite a few things. Here are a few of them:
Rincón International Film Festival We enjoyed a beautiful and elegant evening at Rincón Beach Resort for the final night of the Rincón International Film Festival also known as ”Best Of Fest.” I like to watch all the short films that have been sifted through and chosen as the top picks. As for the resort, I have never been to this one and it was really nice. I have seen it advertised on Wheel of Fortune and it definitely has that sort of all-inclusive resort vibe. It even has a swim-up pool bar that is connected directly to the beach.
With friends at RIFF
Fun at Rincón Beach Resort
Limber de Teta I saw a sign for Limber de Teta and it made me laugh. What could boob limber possibly be? So we stopped and tried it out. It was a limber (like an icee) but sold in a little baggie the shape of a boob. Pretty clever!
Sucking on a parcha/piña boob
At the Limber de Teta stand just off the 115 going towards Aguada
Demolition Derby in Moca A friend of ours invited us to a demolition derby in Moca that was a fundraiser for his friend’s adolescent daughter who has a very aggressive form of cancer. I see a lot of fundraisers around here for various causes, but this was one of the biggest. We hadn’t been to a demo derby since the Greeley Stampede many years ago. Here it was definitely not regulation size or even in a stadium. People just sort of hung out everywhere, but it somehow worked.
One of the demolition cars
Quite a crowd in the middle of a cleared out field!
As we were watching the events unfold a the derby, a young girl walked by that caught my eye. What was in her hands? Snakes! I was intrigued and began asking her about them. She could tell that I wasn’t afraid of them and said, do you want to hold them? I tentatively said yes and she put the large python on my neck and the baby in my hands. You never know what you may find in the randomest of places!
Cassie the Snake Charmer. Starting to get a little tight around the neck!
Flower Power: Playing Music
We played our most recent show at Willie’s to the theme of Flower Power/Hippie Night and it was a lot of fun.
Playing out at Willie’s
Good times! Peace, Love and Happiness!
On the Property
We have been focusing on property landscaping a little more lately and cleanup. While we’re not completely done with the house, it is functional. So now we are making it and the surroundings pretty! The finca has grown a lot in the last 3 nearly 4 years and we are starting to see the literal fruits of our labors!
Nispero Japones aka Loquat first flowers!
Amongst the flowers of our gardens
Kola Nut flowers!
In the jungle of our yard…Hey! What’s that sound?!
We have been clearing out some pretty nasty spiky and poisonous plants lately! Check them out:
Huge harmless spider (on a 2×6 to give you scale)…a huntsman
We’ll cross that bridge when we get there
As I was clearing some bromeliads and underbrush from behind the cabin, I found this old liquor bottle. We have determined based on the markings that it is from between 1932-1964! That’s a long time to be sitting out in the middle of the jungle! This old treasure says: Federal Law Forbids Sale or Reuse of this Bottle. John Walker and Sons Ltd Kilmarnock Scotland 4/5 Quart.
Before it was Johnnie Walker, it was John Walker and Sons Ltd
The chickens and turkeys are all doing pretty good. We have to protect them a little more especially now that we are at the cabin and not as close to their coops. We collect quite a few eggs and enjoy their silly antics. Here’s some voodoo magic you can do with a chicken!
Out and about And then of course there is the randomness of being out and about around the island. You just never know what you might see.
Like a HUGE can of cans!
Beautiful duck, I think a Muscovy in a lagoon
Hanging out with Surfrider and a high school science club doing water quality testing
Cool new mural on a derelict building
And nature reclaiming this one
This sign made me laugh…No! You can’t park here, not even for one second
One of our favorite little food stands, Sana, moved across the street by the Post Office
And at the Pulguero in San Sebastian I spotted these huge fruits. They call them Socato
Hanging out at one of our favorite bars, Olajas in Aguada
One of our favorite parts of this big project we call our property/finca is the tropical gardening. When we first arrived, there was just a huge mess of competing underbrush, weedy trees, thorny bushes and vines that we could hardly walk through. Certainly not what you would probably think of when you imagine tropical gardens.
After some initial clearing efforts in 2013: Hawk Alley
Making our way through the property when we first bought it in 2011
There was very little in the way of broad leaf classically tropical looking plants. We weren’t even sure that it was possible for us to grow them since Rincón can be quite a bit drier than some other nearby areas like Mayaguez and into the interior mountains. We thought we’d give it a try anyway.
Growing bananas is one of the most beautiful and fruitful of our tropical gardening
We give a little extra water to the new transplants than they would otherwise receive, but the irrigation is fairly minimal. We are constantly adding new plants and choosing new sites and always looking for new gingers, heliconias, bananas, palms and other tropical ornamentals, edibles and exotic fruit trees.
Britton buying some ginger and heliconia starts at the Rincón Farmer’s Market
It’s an art to leave the jungle for the most part in tact while also making trails that are walkable even in the rain and planting new additions that we can tend to. We are getting better at it every day. The most densely planted area we call the Tropical Garden.
Britton looking cute with his umbrella in the Tropical Garden
It is down from the turkey coop and immediately west of Hawk Alley: the Roble tunnel of trees that hawks like to cruise through. It is really starting to fill in now and I love that this will be our walk to the cabin when we move there. Eventually we will probably put in concrete steps and other amenities to make the walk a little easier, but even in the rain it is already a nice little stroll through the jungle. Here you can take a virtual walk with us in the rain from the tropical garden to the bridge and cabin.
Tropical gardening is one of the most enjoyable aspects of our time here. We look forward to creating more and more lush tropical areas around the property. As these initial plants grow we will be able to separate their corms and transplant them too. When we need a break from the work of the cabin, this type gardening is a fun and easy reprieve.
Speaking of the cabin…it is almost all fully lit up with electricity woohoo! Next up…water. Then we can water the new tropical gardens over there too!