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Xavier Cevallos Sabando

Xavier Cevallos Sabando posing for a photo at Punta Blanca, Ecuador

I pondered the words that start with X for Frizztext’s Story Challenge, and suddenly had this great Eureka Moment! X for my friend Xavier!  Xavier is a first cousin to Fernando, who manned the canoe in last week’s image for the Let’s Be Wild Challenge.  (That image placed in the honorable mention bracket!)

When Xavier’s mother lived in Miami, I often prompted Xavier and his brother Cesar to “Smile for your mother!” and then emailed the images to Maruja!  Peer over my shoulder and experience typical Ecuadorian farm life, which is also my life  whenever I ask, “Xavier, may I please tag along with you today?

01 la division equestrian xavier for marujan Xavier and his family befriended me years ago when I first visited the canton of Jama.  Xavier and his brother Cesar are third-generation farmers who tend the cattle, shrimp, corn and maracuya (passionfruit) operations on their land.

Father & Sons

Cevallos & Cevallos – Father & Sons – After planting corn!

Friday is "Cheese Day' and the farmers in the area bring their cheeses to the Cevallos house, where they sell to a buyer at the end of the day.

Friday is “Cheese Day’ and the farmers in the area bring their cheeses to the Cevallos house, where they sell to a buyer at the end of the day.

Shrimp Harvest: CLOSE THE GATES!

Shrimp Harvest: CLOSE THE GATES!

How fresh is this?!

Shrimp Harvest – How fresh is this?!

03 d xavier outings SHRIMP FARMING eMy friends use no chemicals in their operation;  the just-harvested shrimp are immediately transferred to tubs of ice water.

The truck awaits!

The truck awaits!

P1370968 weighing

Two people record the weight of each crate then compare figures at the end of the harvest.

P1350051 xavier the cows come home  This transplanted Mississippi farm gal tags along while Xavier makes his rounds on the cattle farm.

Brothers Cesar and Xavier overseeing the corn.

Brothers Cesar and Xavier troubleshoot the irrigated corn.

Recovering from knee surgery, Xavier took a sick day from  the corn harvest!

Recovering from knee surgery, Xavier took a sick day from harvesting the corn!

farm chicken xavier y workers on farmXavier and the crew head back to the truck.

Whew!  Let's head home!

Whew! Let’s go home!

The Maracuya Farm

The Maracuya Farm

riverhouse gatit y xavier Xavier and Gatito (the carpenter) peered through the window of the riverhouse in 2008 before phase one of improvements began.   *(Gatito still has not honored his ‘Manana” promise!)00_01 matal punta ballena point view of patient xavierfXavier patiently awaited at Punta Ballena while the Zeebra took “one more” photo!
ecuador XAVIER CEVALLOS jamaThumbs up for friends like Xavier!

See more pictorial images for the letter X at Frizztext’s Story Challenge HERE!

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