We got up at 6 am, and were out the door by 7 am. Kevin spent the day fixing the doors to the casita. Making sure they close properly and replacing the door handles, etc. And I spent 5 hours cleaning out the greenhouse, weeding, getting rid of all the old stuff left from the previous owners and organizing things so it feels more like my space. I'm sure it will get messy and dirty again, no doubt, but at least it will be my mess and my dirt. I also collected my first harvest of horse manure from the pasture. Oddly enough, it doesn't stink and it has the consistency of soil. It's really not a big deal (spoken like a real country girl... who would have ever thought!). I added some of the manure to the tomato plants for extra fertilizer and the rest, I put in the compost. I replanted the strawberries in a different section with plastic sheets on the bottom, so they don't spoil in the dirt. When Martin and I dug them out, we found big, white grubs. Eeeew. Well, we got rid of those little critters in a hurry. I'm hoping they yield nice, sweet fruit (so I can make rhubarb and strawberry jam). The garden is looking pretty good. I, on the other hand, was filthy, dirt under my nails, my rubber boots were completely muddy, and my hair, well, let's not go there (Kevin describe me as looking like Gene Simmons... nice!), and my muscles ache. Then, it started to rain. I will continue the garden clean-up tomorrow. I love integrating my exercise into my daily tasks. It feels good to be physically active while actually producing and creating something special.
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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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