Several people have recently written to be sure all’s fine, as I’m not usually so silent. Thanks, amigos – the past few weeks have been busy, and I also dedicated some extra quiet time for remembering Joe.
Last week brought an assortment of ‘helpers’ to the property. Pedro, the all-in-one great kind of assistant, helped with some electrical repairs and then put on his birding sombrero and helped identify some birds. Here’s Pedro/Peter at his top form — the fact that he’s also a rapelling guide might explain how he so easily accomplished the task. I tipped him twenty dollars for his heroic efforts…
Another helper, Ivan, helped locate a leak in a hot-water line in the cement slab. Since he was the one who put the stone on the house, he was the best one to remove the stone to access the problem area. He found a split in the threads on a fitting, and he also replaced the cold-water fitting which had a tiny little leak. The hot-water-leak problem is now ‘history.’
Before leaving, Ivan insisted on helping move large, medium and small rocks to a new ‘drive-through’ canal the municipality road grader left in its wake. We won’t curse the driver, as the muni has done an excellent job of keeping the roads clear during heavy rains. I was a little late for helping greet a new tour group (Ecuador Expat Journeys) that arrived in Mindo about the time we were moving the rocks. The group was lovely, and I enjoyed meeting and visiting with them that evening and the next morning before they departed for the Pacific Coast. (I spent the night in town, but there was little time for internet!)
When Barbara was here last month, she brought a gift: a new rain gauge with numbers large enough to see without using a camera or binoculars. Now we can tell from the porch how much rain this “El Nino” brings us each day. * (Andalyn, the thermometer jumped off the porch last week, and I think it’s unfixable. Boo Hoo! 😦 )
There have been many new bird sightings (Life birds for me…) It’s one thing to read about the unique Cock of the Rock or see photos, but when one sees it up close and personal – wow.. its beauty stunned me into a visual shock that lasted hours. Unfortunately it gave only a ‘fleeting glimpse’ and went deeper into the canopy. I did see a female about ten minutes later on the neighbor’s property.. What a thrill!
If you’d like to take a walk around the pond, a new post just sailed out showing the trails and some unique species. Enjoy if you’d like, and we’ll have some coffee or tea waiting back at the house! Start here: STARS ON THE LIVING STAGE
Thanks again for your support!