Travel has been really difficult during the pandemic. Luckily we are still getting some visitors out at the farm. This little one was curious enough to get right up by the house.
29 June 2021
01 June 2021
25 May 2021
18 May 2021
Everyone is all vaccinated and hopefully we will able to head down soon. Lots of work to get done and the list is longer than ever. Although we haven't been able to travel, work is still getting done. The two southern farms are still being cleared, cleaned, and planted.
10 May 2021
For a town that sits on a bay, it's really hard to find fishing equipment in the stores. Most of the fishing that gets done is with a hand-line or nets. There are a few fishing rods around and people are very careful with them. With all the beach and lagoon we don't have any fishing rods. We have purchased some surf rods and reels and they are waiting to be carried down on the next trip, not shipped since even break-down surf rods are to long for shipping barrels.
Will be looking forward to family and guests sitting under our coconut trees getting some surf fishing done.
04 May 2021
There will be a lot of changes with the new road being completed to Bluefields. One of the changes are the new homes and towns popping up along the route. Rumor had it that there was a new place selling really good Nacatamals so everyone decided to take a road trip to see the new asentamiento / settlement and get some Nacatamals.
27 April 2021
20 April 2021
When we first started visiting Bluefields the Police Headquarters was located in the Central District across from the jail. The HQ was a very old historic building that needed a lot of work. The building used to be the home to the King of the Miskito Kingdom.
Miskito People - worth a read, some really great history in this area.
The building was completely rebuilt and turned into a museum. It was being finished and getting ready to open during our last visit before the pandemic. We are looking forward to getting back in town and visiting the museum.
13 April 2021
There are more than one Roman Catholic Churches in Bluefields. Everyone calls this one "The Cathedral". It has a very nice open-air church for services, a school with gymnasium, and sometimes hold public concerts. This if one of the nicer Fire Trees in bloom in the Central District.
06 April 2021
30 March 2021
23 March 2021
16 March 2021
Barrel #2 has been packed and is ready to ship down to Bluefields. A Bluefields native who lives part time in FL has a business delivering empties and picking up and then shipping to Bluefields full ones. He travels up and down the coast from FL to NY. Excellent service. Once in Bluefields he can and does usually deliver the 46" tall full barrel wherever you want it to go. We provide him with a list of contents with photos and another for the end point delivery. Some of what went into the barrel, rug, sheets, cookware, hardware, towel rods, ceiling fan, bathroom mirrors...and more.
The above picture shows everything that has been documented and wrapped before you start playing the Tetris packing game.
09 March 2021
Is there an end in sight? Will the world start to normalize? Vaccines have been taken and its hopeful the pause button will be released and the play button on the Nicaragua project will be pressed soon. Trips have been missed and friends haven't been seen in to long.
But the regular flights are still being cancelled and pushed back. Even with vaccines there are still questions about testing procedures and quarantines. The task list is long and so much needs to be done. We will look forward to regular updates once the forward progress resumes again.
We are ready and waiting . . .
You may have never seen a travel carry-on bag packed this way. The above picture shows the hard to get electrical components needed for the cabins electrical systems (plus some small gifts for missed friends). Its packed and ready to take through TSA check points. I'm sure it will all make it through customs since it doesn't look suspicious at all . . .
22 December 2020
08 December 2020
Unfortunately with the pandemic everything has been moving in slow motion. The cabins haven't had any new work done. The barrel with building supplies is sitting in customs waiting to be checked out. Just waiting to see how the future unfolds. The vaccine is forthcoming. The snow is also scheduled to hit us here at home soon. Would be so nice to be down there getting some work done while dodging the cold weather.
07 December 2020
Wish we had some more news to post up for everyone that checks in on the blog but, the pandemic is slowing progress down for now. Hopefully things will normalize soon and travel can safely resume. No telling how long it will take for tourism to resume in the region.
One bit of interesting news, the blog just hit a new mark.
If anyone has any questions or needs any info please feel free to send an e-mail.
10 November 2020
There are not that many flowering plants that are truly salt tolerant. We are still looking and buying more to add to the garden. Flowering plants that can thrive and bloom near salt spray, not just salt air, are hard to come by. Several plants that had been recommended to us as salt tolerant suffered near the salt spray and had to be moved behind cover vegetation into the salt air zone. The mix of plants in the flower garden are growing nicely and bring in a huge amount of butterflies in all shapes and colors. The video does not capture them all as I was hoping it would.
27 October 2020
The head of the canal has also been cleared along the south side. When you reach the end of the canal you now have a much wider view of the beach line. This also helps to bring a bit of the beach breeze down to the pier so its not a muggy while loading and unloading the boats.