Can you believe it's been two years since we arrived here in Rio Blanco, Costa Rica! It just goes to show that time will tick on by with or without our permission, without us having all our ducks in a row, whether we're ready or not... it will pass. We could still be in Burlington saying "one day." Although the first year seemed to have whizzed by... so many 'firsts' to conquer... our second year feels like we've properly settled in. It feels like eons ago that we were back in Canada. We've missed one of the worst winters on record (lucky us!), that we know. Although it's pouring as I'm writing this post, I look around and continue to marvel at the beauty we call our backyard. Everything is so lush and green this time of year.
We've been hatching new plans and projects for the farm. We've had Martin and another neighbour from Copey chop all the dense vegetation on the forest floor. We want the sun to shine through the tall trees to attract more birds. We have a lot of trees, which the Quetzals love, but they haven't been able to grow due to all the undergrowth. There's an area that is just overgrown pastureland. We are cutting everything back. Kevin is looking into buying six or seven bulls to keep the pastures maintained. He's looking at bulls specifically so that we don't have to deal with milking. With bulls, they roam, eat grass, that's pretty much it. We an go away for the day... or several... and we don't have to worry about them. Bonus. I'll update once the plan is clear.
Primo, our other neighbour and worker, continues to work on the waterfall garden area. He's planted four new trees, which when they are fully grown will bloom with blue, red and yellow flowers. That area will be so colourful. I can't wait! It's going to be so beautiful down there. A little piece of heaven.
Hey, we're closing in two week's time during September and October, but we'll be re-opening again in November, so if you're looking for a place to relax this coming winter... please contact us here.
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