The canal is about 800 meters long. A portion of the upper canal that had grown in has been cleared. You can see some of the lower section pictured below that will also need to be opened back up.
01 September 2020
The above picture shows what about 8 years of growth looks like. You can see the mature roots and then the flat expansion of the new growth that needs to be cleared back.
This is a feeder stream into the canal. Its not quite halfway but makes for a good boat passing and turn around spot.
The above pictures are some of the old growth along the canal. Unfortunately there isn't a lot because people used to use the old stream for access to cut lumber.
04 August 2020
Bluefields is a great place to hang out between trips to the farm. There are plenty of places to visit, lots of good places to eat, friends to catch up with, and a wide variety of stores to get supplies from. Below are just a few good pictures from wandering between farm trips.
Nice looking boat build in progress.
21 July 2020
The main walkway separating the north farm and south farm has been landscaped nicely and is growing in very well. Hopefully the south farm coconuts will grow quickly and catch up to the north farm coconuts.
Its easy to see the difference a few years of maintenance and care make between the north and south farms. Choppy day so the audio is bad.
30 June 2020
You can get a lot of what you need in Bluefields. Some things not in town can be ordered, and other times a trip to Managua is required to get what you need.
But there are some things that you cant get in Nicaragua. We have shipped boxes to Florida and then had our importer send them down to Nicaragua so we could pick the up from customs. We even shipped a boat down, a post from long ago. Our importer was a great lady and a friend to our family, sadly she passed away. Her brother has started shipping things now and uses a barrel method. He drives a freight truck from Florida to New York, drops off empty barrels and picks up full barrels. He then ships them down to Bluefields.
The barrel was bigger than expected. The important stuff this time was mostly building supplies and some household items you cant get down in Nicaragua.
Play the stacking game.
A grabber comes in handy to place things neatly in the bottom, unless you have really long arms.
Will try and remember to update how everything worked out.
16 June 2020
South False Bluff - More Planting
It was good to be able to freely walk some of the southern farms since they are partially cleared. There are a few patches of existing coconuts but a lot more are being put in. Lots of seagrape were left, it will be interesting to see how fast they will grow since they have been cleared around. A roughly laid out trail has been added. Lots of zoysia plugs have also been planted to start some protective ground cover.
Just a termite nest.
09 June 2020
Its been almost a decade since the canal was cut in. Over the years the tree roots have started to grow in and restrict boat access. Our caretakers organized a group of people that regularly use the canal and had a couple of work days. Hard work days!
02 June 2020
The first trip out to the farm was a on a pretty windy day. A good breeze makes for some very good front porch time. The view is also pretty nice.
Need to get a few more building supplies shipped down and the interior work should be ready to start up.
26 May 2020
During the clearing of south False Bluff we were careful to leave mature trees, especially the older sea grapes. Once they are cleared around and have space they really take off and can bulk up quickly. They have no set growth pattern, more of a random wander, so as they mature they become very sculptural.
Sea grapes provide nice shade and good sturdy place to tie a hammock. They don't have a lot of middle or lower leaves when they mature so they also don't block the breeze.
19 May 2020
Not much is better than fresh coconut water on a hot beach day. The kids helped to harvest some fresh coconuts to have after lunch.
Un-husked they are almost more than the kids can carry around. Worth the effort though and always a good experience for the kids.
12 May 2020
The front yard has really transformed since the clearing years ago. There are still some bare spots left to fill in but overall its coming along quite nicely.
Hopefully soon the new trees will mature enough to start making coconuts to harvest.
05 May 2020
28 April 2020
Our first trip out to the farm was a windy beautiful day. The bay and the lagoon were a bit choppy.
A farm wheelbarrow had been requested a couple times to help with the planting after the clearing. We checked a few in the Central District and got a good plastic one. The metal ones don't last in the salt air. Tied it to the top of a taxi and headed to the dock to meet the boat.
A few months ago our caretakers had to stop some people that were getting ready to cut trees along the canal. Doesn't look like any real damage was done and haven't heard of any other issues since.
Always a great boat ride up the canal. Lots of nature to be seen. The canal does need some maintenance to make boating easier. Will see how hard that will be to get done in the future and then will need to set an annual maintenance plan.