LAS TORTUGAS

We have a few building lots left. Email us at lastortugasatfalsebluff@gmail.com for information.

29 March 2017

21 March 2017

Beautiful Point


On a trip south in Bluefields Bay to visit a friends place we passed by a beautiful point with just a single home on it.  The picture does not capture how scenic it really is.  I can only imagine the view of the bay from there.


14 March 2017

El Bluff Connection


Since the road into town is still not completed, Bluefields was connected to the national power grid by running power lines south along False Bluff (see previous posts) to El Bluff, then across the bay to Bluefields.  The power was then connected to the preexisting lines that were powered by the town generator.





07 March 2017

BLU Hills


Bluefields was supposedly founded by Pirates.  If so they picked a very good spot.  The town sits on a nice protected bay with quick access into the Caribbean.   It is also close to a major river for inland access.  Even better though it has hills, big ones.  A lot of the surrounding land is almost at sea level.  Not sure how many big hills there are but the views from them are great.



28 February 2017

Fresh Seafood


People often ask how the food is in Bluefields.  I explain that the town sits on a bay so if you like seafood its a good place to visit.  


Most people are skeptical though when you tell them that fishermen walk around selling freshly caught shrimp right out of the bucket.  Can't get much better unless you are the one pulling the net into the boat.


05 February 2017

Creeping ficus

     Ficus pumila in Virginia is sold at greenhouses for mostly indoor use. I have some in my home there.  However, in Bluefields near False Bluff this ficus shows its full potential. This is a picture of a building which houses a small hair salon....covered with ficus and trimmed only as needed!



29 January 2017

Raising and attaching our transformer

     I didn't purchase the transformer that provides power to my home in the USA.  In established neighborhoods in Bluefields transformers are provided although even there you can buy your own. Some businesses do and some homeowners do.
     But the only way I was going to get electricity from the new power lines that run along the coast was to buy a transformer...and there are certain obvious benefits, the most immediate of which is that I can say what gets attached to it and what doesn't. 
     Here are a few more photos of the transformer being put into place.
     A rope was tied around the transformer in preparation for lifting it to its height and position on the utility pole that is behind the house.


     The electician from ENEL prepares for his climb...

     
     and then outfits himself with everything he'll need once he gets where the transformer's going.


     Once at the height that will enable him to tap into the existing wires, that's done quickly and safely. Here the electrician is waiting for the transformer to arrive.


      Above the banana and cashew trees, the transformer is attached to the pole and connected to the grid.


   

14 January 2017

Getting ready to install our very own transformer

        In November 2016 I posted that we had purchased our very own transformer. Here are some photos from the day of installation. 
     The ENEL (national electric company) representative came out with two other men who I thought were there to help him. 
     The guys turned out to be with the boat rather than with ENEL and - as did I - stood around and watched, while the supplies and equipment were laid out or put on in anticipation of raising the transformer.







     Watching this guy was like watching someone prepare for war but it was obvious he knew what he was doing...every move was practiced, whether on the ground or near the top of a pole.





08 January 2017

In the works

     A small building, closer to the Caribbean than the existing building, with living space both above and below...the "ground" floor space will consist of hammocks and hanging chairs.  
     Life is good!














02 January 2017

Honey bee...

     ...on a palm tree flower (not a coconut palm).








28 December 2016

Still life

     ....in sand, on a cloudy day.



25 December 2016

Die Hard

     Been reading opposing media stories recently, some claiming "No, Die Hard is not a Christmas movie" and others claiming, "Yes, Die Hard is a Christmas movie."
     I never knew this was in doubt: Die Hard is a Christmas movie....about the best ever.



24 December 2016

Sweat

     Cold hibiscus tea on a hot day with sweat rolling off the cup.



19 December 2016

False crawl

     .....is not the same as False Bluff...not at all.  When a female turtle crawls out of the ocean onto a beach, but for some reason does not nest, that's a false crawl.
     This, then, is a false crawl at False Bluff.
     Or maybe not a false crawl at False Bluff.
     Well, it's definitely at False Bluff.  What's not known is whether it's a false crawl.
     (It's too near the end of the year for this kind of stuff.)


False Bluff TTG: Swamp lily, in bloom

     ...up close and personal. This hardy, non-invasive plant would grow in the sea if the tides would allow it. 
     Resistant to salt spray and beautiful. It's fast growing; makes a handsome clump along the edge of the beach or along a walkway. It will be another ornamental we'll be offering from the plant nursery.


15 December 2016

Shades of green

     ...on a dead and downed coconut tree.



11 December 2016

Orchids

      Definitely not something we'll be growing in the plant nursery, there are many species of orchids that just hang in the trees at False Bluff. 
     Here's one in bloom beside the canal just about at eye level as you go by in a boat.


08 December 2016

La Galleria

     A good meal in Bluefields even when the power is out.



04 December 2016

False Bluff TTG: hibiscus in bloom

     From bud to bloom, Just a few of the hibiscus in the nursery collection.













29 November 2016

Cesper Fox, a renaissance man

     As are so many of the people I've met on Nicaragua's east coast, Cesper is the epitome of a renaissance man. 
     He's an artist with sheet rock, fashioning these flamingos from sheet rock mud that were built over pieces of metal studs. They surrounded a support column and were more than twelve feet tall.


    
     He's building a house from the ground up for the Mayor of Kukra Hill, including roughing in electricity and plumbing.


      And a much smaller house at False Bluff (obviously not complete) although most of his structural work is unseen, underground.


     He's a loving and involved dad.....


      ...and a hell of a cook-fresh fish in cream sauce.