We got up early as usual, did our morning chores and by 8:40 am we were out the door and driving over to Isabel and Urs' place. We found it easily enough. Once we closed the gate behind us, we followed the very long driveway up a steep mountain. Three dogs greeted us as we got out of the SUV — Isabel and Urs were following close behind. We said our hellos and were immediately invited to take a tour of the property, all uphill! They own over 100 acres of land with cows, bulls and horses. I won't lie, I felt out of breath. The air is thinner up there and I felt the difference in my lungs. We then made our way back (my favourite part because it's always so much easier to go down), and went in for a glass of iced tea. After a nice long chat, we had a delicious quiche with salad. Urs made the pastry portion and Isabel prepared the eggs, ham and cheese filling. Then they placed it in a wood stove to cook for half an hour. Urs makes bread as well and bakes it in this wood stove. Wood stoves are such an imperfect science, but if he can succeed at making bread, then I'm encouraged to continue with my idea of baking bread in our outside wood oven. I'm just going to have to bite the bullet and give it a try. Isabel is a seasoned gardener and after lunch, she showed me her green house where she starts her seedlings. She also shared some of her compost and seeds with me today. I was thrilled. So, besides trying my hand at baking bread, I'm also going to start my own compost and my own little garden. All organic. All good.
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My husband, Kevin, and I are from Burlington, Ontario, Canada. We decided to leave the cold winters of the Great White North and the hustle and bustle of our busy lives to reinvent ourselves in the beautiful mountains of Costa Rica. The planning stage started in June 2011 and we embarked on our new adventure on August 23, 2012. Welcome to our journey... enjoy the ride.
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