Gary´s Blog: Ideas About the New Farm

January16, 2014

From: Gary

Morning,

Home alone with the dogs…Puttering on things in the morning sun. Enjoying the coolness and warmth at the same time…Nothing like tropical highlands for climate…. It’s hard to believe… a place that´s neither ever hot nor cold…
 
As an experience, it lends new meaning to the definition of temperate…
 
Tami often comments on it too…
 
For me it´s like a summer morning Saturday as a kid…  Barefoot in the warming dust of a dirt road, on the way to a friend’s house, with my homework conveniently forgotten behind….
 
Yup!
Freedom is like being a kid again!
 
I find myself happily attracted to the same things… Outdoor stuff, the dogs, a great truck, nature, primitive crafts, and gardening etc…
 
So many benefits for giving up on normalcy and success, and not giving a tinker’s dam what others think about me….
 
Anyway, we are only a couple days from moving to Tami’s new place…. Sunday morning a paid friend will arrive to help…
 
I´m thinking to go over with the truck first, unload it, then back for the trailer, Tami, and the dogs…  This will give me a chance to scope out the turn around area and plan how to get the trailer in without blocking in the truck…  We got permission from a neighbor lady to back onto her land, otherwise, we would have a serious problem, as we are also attempting to do all this before we get a crawler in to do a parking and living area… So for now everything has to fit in the existing rather small access drive….
 
It will be nice to get the truck unloaded, so we can start to use it for hauling. We will need to bring in coffee fruit hulls, manure from local dairy farms, and volcanic tuft for making compost on a massive scale for her garden project…
 
Also Tami wants to use the truck in local parades, as it gets so much attention…   We thought to perhaps use it to haul the local police in the parades for fun…  And a couple of them just stopped by this morning while on patrol, and really liked that idea, and that local kids etc. would get to see it….
 
Central America is a strange place, all kinds of dichotomies…
 
One dichotomy is the rural/capital divide, like two different worlds…
 
What is official, and how things are in rural areas are different, just like city and country living in the US….
In the countryside everybody knows you, and if you aren’t a problem type, you are respected, and appreciated for any good that you do in the community…
 

I´m thinking on Tami’s micro farm, to terrace the garden area with a small crawler, then pick out the up-turned rocks, as we go over it with hoes in prep for planting…  This will smooth over the rough edges from the cat work, and when the rains come in April, we can be ready to plant, veggies, staples, fruit trees, and clover for ground cover…
 
It will probably take us a couple three years to get things going good, and in the interim we will be living under military surplus tarps, on bamboo frames…
 
Tami jokes about it being like Gilligan’s Island. She thinks she’s Ginger, and that Im the professor…  ; )
 
This is such a benign climate that living outdoors is a pleasure…
We are planning on buying a plastic septic tank, and putting in a flush toilet as one of the first things, probably at least temporarily in a bamboo hut! This will make life a bit more fun for our winter visitors who want to come garden instead of growing icicles off of their projecting body parts in the US, or paying heating bills all winter…
 
Eventually we will be building some Yurt-like structures, and doing some stone work etc. and fish ponds for aquaculture, and for the cold dip for a Sauna…
 
Its about having a good life, at low cost…  

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