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What are those women doing today?!!!

What are those women doing today?!!!

Thanks, everyone, for your great feedback about the Postcard series! Barbara has enjoyed riding copilot in the WordPress seat, and one of these days she might join us with tales of her own! The riverhouse sits ‘one curve back’ from the mouth of the river, and during the rainy season, an amazing amount of debris washes past the house and later finds its way to the Playamart shelves! As the pelicans fly, the beach is very close; by land, one walks parallel to the beach about a mile to that petite village of La Division.

Alison and the puppy!

Alison and the shoe thief! (La Division Ecuador)

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Did anyone else see the face?

Did anyone else see the face?

The shrimp ponds prove year-round feasts for the birds.

The shrimp ponds prove year-round feasts for the birds.

 One feels as if time has stopped when Jaime, one of the lone icons on the river, passes by in his primitive boat.

One feels as if time has stopped when Jaime, one of the lone icons on the river, passes the house in his primitive boat.

Jaime, one of my downstream neighbors, often sets out crab traps and promised to bring us five dollars’ worth manana.   Little did any of us know that strong rains were in our future!

P1670943 march 28 2013 equinox shadow

A fierce sunset spotlights the sun’s path. It did not warn us about upcoming rain!

4.5 inches of rain fell in about  5 hours! *29/03/2013)

4.5 inches of rain fell in about 5 hours! (29/03/2013)

Leaving the serene setting of the river behind, we can walk to town for an injection of society.  A trip to Jama does not seem complete without a ride in a mototaxi, and cheerful Carlos enjoyed giving our weary feet a break!

Always-smiling Carlos!

Always-smiling Carlos!

Conveniently located near the center of town, Restaurant Exclusivo never fails with a beautiful presentation of food for a fair price.  This fish filet dinner cost $4.50, complete with salad for two and fresh-squeezed orange juice!

Restaurant Exclusivo - Jama Ecuador

Restaurant Exclusivo – Jama Ecuador

We were provided an exclusive floor show while dining at Restaurant Exclusivo;  a precious young girl proudly displayed her daring prowess on the bicycle as she careened around the tables, out the door, then back in for an encore!!

P1670761 bicycle in restaurant exclusivo

Briana careens through the room with the greatest of ease…

Back at the riverhouse, the studio floor is progressing. Are you ready for a sneak peek?

Inspired by a watercolor that Barbara admired, this simplified version provided a jump start for the next painting session.

Inspired by a watercolor that Barbara admired, this simplified version provided a jump start for the next painting session.

"Crawling Lessons" Watercolor

“Crawling Lessons” Watercolor – copyright Lisa Brunetti

We wanted

We wanted a bright-happy turtle for the next test section of the floor.

Hopefully one of you can help us with a name for this painting.  Any suggestions?

P1670963 tropical turtle in progress

Doctora Veronica, ho mans the local clinic every fourth day, leaves her signature!

Doctora Veronica, who mans the local clinic every fourth day, dropped by (walked out!) yesterday and helped with the next installment of painting.

P1670980 veronicas signature

Veronika left her signature, as this will most likely be sealed beneath floor finish before she returns!

To prevent too many colors warring against each other, we selected blue to blanket the area around the turtle.

P1670988 tropical turtle

(Barbara’s been too busy painting to add to this post, but she will surely have lots to say after she’s figured out a way to break free from her painting duties!!!)

Brunch break fast approaches - Finish that blue, Barb!

Brunch break fast approaches – Finish that blue, Barb!

“Tropical Turtle/Tropical Tortuga’ seems quite lacking for a name for this baby;  does anyone have a suggestion for a name?  Are you pleased with the painting so far?

Z

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