LAS TORTUGAS

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

17 July 2018

Choppy Day on the Bay


Even when rain squalls are coming through every few hours and the bay stays choppy, the boats still run and commerce still goes on.


11 July 2018

The Long Cut

For the first few years flying into Bluefields, there was a long stretch of uninterrupted dark green jungle before town quickly popped up unannounced.  Then the dirt road started stretching further and further into the green alerting you that your flight was almost done.  Now you can see the light green patches of farms and the white line of the road quite a ways before you get close to town.






25 June 2018

Mango

     As in the recent post "Sea grape," nature exhibits the beauty of youth here with young, new leaves making their debut against the older leaves on one of our young mango trees at False Bluff.


20 June 2018

Bath time

     Bluefields is primarily a water based community.  Almost everything comes and goes via water.  The boat shown here is at a dock in the heart of town and is registered to the Pto. El Bluff - that is the Port of El Bluff.
     El Bluff and its port are just a few miles across Bluefields Bay.  The small town sits on a strip of land where the bay and the Caribbean meet.  And El Bluff is almost exactly 8 miles south of False Bluff by beach walk.  Boats travel between Bluefields and El Bluff regularly...with people and supplies and motorcycles and pets and birthday cakes etc
     While this particular boat is waiting to be loaded with people and cargo, it's getting wiped down with a wet cloth by a wet man.



   

11 June 2018

Sea grape

     A new leaf and an old leaf - nature's exhibit of the beauty of youth on one of the sea grapes at False Bluff.


07 June 2018

When a vehicle is too big

     Small communities and small roads that are often under repair or construction...dual king cab pick up trucks just don't cut it.

     Some roads are like this...



     ...and others are like this.



     At El Bluff and many other communities up and down the Caribbean Coast, this is the perfect transportation fits most any kind of road.


02 June 2018

Yeah, yeah, yeah...we'll put you down

        And actually we did, as we always do, put these babies down if and when we are lucky enough to catch one.
    Fast moving little suckers.


27 May 2018

False Bluff is a tiny part of a whole

     The link below, from National Geographic, is something I would more than likely have posted on facebook but we've cut ties with that wasteland and so here is where it will go.  
     "Planet or Plastic" is worth some time, some study, and some commitment.  The problem of plastic is worldwide and huge but there are things that each of us can do.
     There's a lot of good stuff here:

www.nationalgeographic.com/environment/planetorplastic/


22 May 2018

Boats jockey for position

          Every day is market day in Bluefields when fresh food is delivered by boat directly from the source to the buyer.  Most of the food sold at the wharfs consists of very fresh picked bananas, oranges, lemons, plantains; and very freshly caught fish and shrimp. 
     Most everything for sale in Bluefields arrives in town by water.  Some of it gets flown in, but that consists usually of small stuff - not things like cars or king sized mattresses or roofing materials or new tires or a new couch.   Now that "the road" is finished more material will travel to town by truck; but the road is new and not totally reliable during the rainy season.
     There are several wharfs throughout the city, all with boats positioning themselves as close as possible to buyers.  This wharf is in the heart of town adjacent to the main market.
     Sellers and buyers know each other and shop daily for the freshest produce for home, hotel, sidewalk market, or restaurant.  


17 May 2018

Let me out of here!

     Does not want to take "no" for an answer.
     This is on the upstairs porch at Hotel Caribbean Dream on Bluefields' main drag and from here you can get a pretty good view of what's going on in the center of town.


     And "no"...you can't get off the boat until we get to False Bluff.




11 May 2018

Building materials

     Wood cut to order for framing a new building and the incredible 'new' cementitious roofing rest in a shady spot at False Bluff before the stuff is needed.  
     The climate along any body of water is rough on everything, even housing.  Along the Caribbean, salt-filled breezes tear the paint off exterior walls and the sun fades colors fast.  Metal roofs rust away regardless of how often they're painted.    Maintenance only does so much.  
     Cementitious roofing, however, can have the color impregnated throughout and won't need paint for years, if ever...and then not because of the salt in the air but from the bleaching sun.
     The roofing, though of a pretty standard widths, is offered in multiple lengths so there's very little waste in installation.


     The ridge caps, which are also cementitious,  are awesome - in the literal definition of the word: "extremely impressive or daunting, inspiring great admiration."  Some are shown here being loaded into one of a two boat caravan taking material to False Bluff.

   

     There's a photo from this earlier post giving a close up look at the roof material, minus the color...although I can't imagine anyone wanting a grey roof:  
http://www.falsebluff.com/2017/07/so-much-for-watching-zinc-rust.html

     One of my goals in life is to never, ever, build anything that has a roof with valleys...amen.

06 May 2018

Leaving facebook

We thank you for following our story on facebook, but we’re going to leave there real soon.

With that said, we hope you stick with us to keep up with the really incredible journey, because we sure aren't leaving False Bluff. We have plans and people to introduce and plants to grow; and as we learn, we'll share.

The False Bluff story and new pictures will continue be just a click away at www.falsebluff.com, especially if you bookmark us. We've tried to post weekly and haven't missed that mark by much.


Send us your questions and comments at falsebluffnicaragua@gmail.com

30 April 2018

Through a fence in Bluefields

     Gardens in Virginia are governed largely by the weather, as are gardens in Bluefields.
   The big difference is the weather...

    I don't think many Virginians would anticipate orchids blooming year 'round in the front garden.



24 April 2018

Mother's in the nursery


      From Wikipedia:  "Mother plant is a plant grown for the purpose of taking cuttings or offsets in order to grow more quantity of the same plant."
     The first season after planting this rooted cutting of a very young oleander mother, she has adapted nicely to her spot in our nursery.  She will have a pale yellow blossom.


     The second season shows the growth of the 
plant (right side of photo).  She's tall and ungainly but....


     ...she's ready to donate cuttings.


     Taking cuttings from the our mother plants will not only give us additional plants to use and sell, but will help shape the plant for more propagation. 
     (By the way...I spent a few minutes deciding whether this post should be titled "Mother's in the nursery" or "Mothers in the nursery."  Either fits.)



19 April 2018

The working life of a coconut palm

     When a coconut tree begins to bear fruit (coconuts), it doesn't stop until it's dead.  The tree's production may differ with time, or with the weather, or with ill health.  But the tree's purpose in life is to make coconuts, whether anybody uses them or not.
     This photo sums up the work that's constantly in progress, showing the stages involved in producing coconuts throughout the life of the tree - from the top, or crown, down...always.  
     At the highest producing point of this tree are the flowers, those sprays of yellow (another spray of flowers can be seen to the right of those bright yellow ones).  
     Just below the flowers are the new, small, coconuts themselves that come from the flowers (and barely visible to the left of those babies are some infant coconuts).  
     In the bottom tier shown are coconuts that are nearing harvest time.  In fact, some of these coconuts are ready for harvest, depending on the coconut's intended use (but that's a whole 'nother story).

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14 April 2018

They're getting used to us

     Hurricane Joan in 1988 did something hurricanes rarely do: she jumped over Central America from the Caribbean to the Pacific, getting a new name when she did so. Joan-Miriam was the final hurricane of the Atlantic hurricane season and the final named storm of the Pacific hurricane season.  
     And she was a real bitch by any name.
     Part of the damage she did to Nicaragua was the destruction of almost all of what fed the monkeys and for decades most people in the area thought all the monkeys along Nicaragua's Caribbean coast had died, either as a result of Joan's killing winds or of starvation that followed the loss of their food sources.
     I'm glad to say they didn't all die and they're making a comeback.  Here are some of our locals on one of their well traveled overhead routes...this byway across the canal not too far from the house.
      It used to be that when the monkeys saw us they screamed and swung.  Not so much any more.  Now they just sort of hang out and watch what we're up to.


09 April 2018

El Nido

     Almost finished...



     The Nest, our small library and game room, will be parged and then painted.  
     Shady space below for chairs and hammocks.  
     The Nest is much closer to the beach than our first building.

04 April 2018

Leaving Bluefields

     One of La Costena's small planes rises over Bluefields and the bay on its way to Big Corn Island, then passing over False Bluff as it heads east across the Caribbean - about 20 minutes from Bluefields to Big Island.
     We can tell the approximate time of day based on the sound of La Costena's planes overhead - because they're the only planes in the sky in this part of the world.