LAS TORTUGAS

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

28 January 2014

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     A few lots along the Caribbean have been surveyed and are offered for sale.


     The photo below is of the preliminary survey - preliminary only because when we cleared the 'calle' (the small roadway between the two sets of lots) we found it to be much too wide and so we'll be adjusting the survey accordingly.
     This new phase of the project at False Bluff is called Las Tortugas, an appropriate title to give to a part of Nicaragua's coast where as many as five of the world's seven recognized species of turtles come to hatch...yes, sea turtles hatch at False Bluff.
     The section of the Caribbean Coast where we're located is pristine and teeming with wildlife; and although it seems remote, it's only a few miles by water from the small and bustling port town of Bluefields. Unless you're actually in town, on foot or in a taxi, you travel by water  - and that gets to be your norm really quickly.
     There's a tropical-forest-edged lagoon to our back and the sea to our front with fishing, both salt and fresh water, and swimming, and hiking, and gardening, and bird-watching, and reading...a choice of activities limited mostly by your imagination.
     Or you can choose to do absolutely nothing at all, which is a favorite pastime of mine...


     Peter Imhof at Caribbean Dream Realty has the details. You can reach him at http://www.caribbean-dream-realty.com/  
     At False Bluff we agree with Peter's philosophy about the land and extend that philosophy to the land in our stewardship - what he says about the fragility of the two Corn Islands applies equally to all of Nicaragua's Caribbean Coast; and so some covenants and restrictions will apply to lot use and building
     Peter's business philosophy and our long acquaintance are the reasons we've chosen him to act as our agent.

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23 January 2014

That beautiful palm tree, part I

     Coconuts are important in Bluefields as well as in other parts of Nicaragua: they're used in all sorts of ways for human consumption as well as for animal food. A Bluefields resident tells me coconuts are getting harder and harder to come by. Not many coconut trees are grown inland in either of the country's autonomous regions and most of the coconuts used in these places come from trees that grow along the Caribbean coast.   Much of what gets harvested along the RAAS coast goes to RAAN which has caused the price of coconuts in Bluefields to increase.
     Since there are so few people who live full-time along any part of Nicaragua's Caribbean coast, theft of coconuts is an ongoing problem. After I opened the creek from the lagoon to the beach, we had some 'thiefs' who used the creek because it provided easy access to coconuts from trees growing along the coast. Harvesting coconuts takes awhile whether you're stealing them or not; and, boats were left near our dock for days. Bags of husked coconuts were then hauled back to the boats and taken to wherever stolen coconuts go. We began to take pictures of this sort of activity in a very obvious way, asking people to smile for the camera, although the two in the photo below wouldn't turn around and smile. It's been a year or so since the creek has brought us anymore coconut 'thiefs.'  


     But boats still travel up the Caribbean along the coast, mostly entering the sea where Bluefields Bay meets El Bluff. A neighbor recently told me that the coconut trees on one of his places was pretty well stripped clean and the only sign of human activity was a trail of prints to and from the Caribbean...and the huge pile of husks.





     

16 January 2014

And more wind damage

     I'm sorry we lost some coconut trees but was surprised that despite heavy winds the only ones that were downed weren't too healthy to start with.  They either never got a good grip on the ground or they were hacked with machetes over and over for years.  Many young coconut trees at False Bluff were planted by nature:  a 'nut hit the ground and just took root.  We've planted more than 400 new trees as we've cleared land, and each new sprouted coconut goes into a hole, dug just for it.


     And I'm not too fond of a green net over the roof of the house, but I like it more than I did when it was first installed. If it keeps the roof in place I can like a green net a whole lot.


     What I really miss is the little palapa.  The first structure, it was built as a field kitchen and continued to be used as a kitchen until the house was built.


     Once we had a real kitchen, the palapa was retrofitted and really became a palapa:  the plastic walls were removed and benches were added. It became a peaceful shady shady spot right beside the sea.



      A part of our landscape for years....and then not.


08 January 2014

Wind damage

     High winds lifted some of the thatching on the house roof.  We didn't lose anything off the roof - the winds just moved some things around.  So, we did what many people do to thatch roofs along the Caribbean:  we straightened out the thatch and put a net on the roof!
     The used nets are purchased at El Bluff and are huge, and so need to be retrofitted before installation.  A single net is cut into however many pieces are necessary to do the job and the edges are then sewn together.


     Installation is done by dragging the entire, newly pieced together net onto the roof where it's spread into place and tied down along strategic points.  (In the lower left corner of this picture you can see the remains of another coconut tree we lost to the wind, like the one in the previous post.)


     And at the end of a day of work, a nap's a good thing - anywhere you can get it.


     The roof is now protected against winds with a bright green net.