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Sunday, July 3, 2011

Settling In

Our move went smoothly. Magda ordered a large vehicle taxi for us and it arrived promptly at 9:00 am. We were at our new casa in about 15 minutes.

Genny has become an excellent traveller. She settled in pretty fast, exploring around the house. Today, our second day here, she behaves as if she has lived here forever. Because there are so many windows in the house, the constant stream of hummingbirds and butterflies going by really gets her attention.

We had hardly been in the house for more than a couple of hours when a fishmonger stopped at our gate and we bought a bag of truly large prawns from him. We suspect we paid too much, being gringos with terribly poor Spanish skills, but this is how we learn. Next up was the census taking folk, then a nice fellow offering his services as a gardener and handyman.

I have to get Jose, the gardener, to come soon. The grass is too high and the bushes need to be cut back. Also there are a lot of fallen palm fronds. Everything will be shipshape soon.

So nice to completely unpack our six large suitcases. Did a couple of loads of laundry yesterday and today. The washing machine certainly is unique. The spin cycle works so well the clothes are almost dry when they come out and finish drying fast in the sun. Lance is enjoying the satellite TV and there is a CD player plus movies available for us, and I found a stash of pocket books.

Got the stove working - turns out it was just one of the circuit breakers ... "on" actually means "off" and vice versa. Cooked some of Magda's hen eggs today - nice and yellow and the shells are super hard.

There is a bush outside the front windows with flowers that attract the most colorful butterflies and a beautiful blackish hummingbird - I haven't been able to ID it yet. Discovered a hot pepper bush and of course there are the mango, lime and orange trees.

That hammock is calling my name. Enough work for today. Here are some photos.

On the road again.

Partial view of living room. I'm going to retake photos of the inside - I should have used the backlight function.

Guest bedroom.

Washing machine instructions. Once you get the hang of it, it's really easy to use.

Washer on left, spinner on right.

Patio area, my hammock and the orange tree.

Tons of fresh and very juicy oranges.

Mango tree - it's huge. 

Our gate and casa.

Genny has chosen her chair.

Red peppers.


Dan and Lisle said...

Congratulations on the casa - very typical space and looks very comfortable - no more guard dogs! PURA VIDA!!

Anonymous said...

Finally on the keys, Di, and am so enjoying your blog and photos. Keep them coming.

Diana said...

Thanks, Dan and Lisle ...yes, this casa is suiting us and cat Genny very well. We have butterflies and hummingbirds galore and we're meeting all our neighbors - thanks to the owner of our house, who has alerted everyone we are newbies. It's so great .. we keep getting folks stopping by, introducing themselves, inviting us out to dinner, etc.

To Anonymous (ha! I know who you are!) - I'll keep the blogs and photos coming for sure.