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We trimmed the trees for a better view.
As the third week is beginning here, let me introduce you to our new residents:
Three hens have been living on the beach for the past few days. There was a thatched roof with four pillars that we circled with cage wire, so the hens wouldn’t escape. On the first day the roof wasn’t properly sealed, so of course they escaped, this we were expecting, but they went to hide in the bush of the neighboring land and we had a hard time catching them.
Now they just come back around 430pm and go up to sleep in the roof.
VEGETARIAN PEOPLE MEAT ALERT, SKIP TWO PARAGRAPHS
I called them Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner. You can’t get too attached. Breakfast provides the most eggs, as she is the youngest, Lunch is a bit older, and Dinner was bought initially just to be eaten, but since we had eaten another hen soup recently, the handyman kept her at his house for a while and we ended up thinking she would be just fine here in the meanwhile. Who needs a deep freezer when you can keep your food alive until hungry?
Hens with a view
Sorry if I bothered my vegetarian friends with that description (I warned you above), but to all of you who eat meat, me included, we have to remember where chickens come from. They don’t have the shape of a chicken breast packed in a cellophane tray. I have no trouble handling meat that has just been slaughtered but still can’t kill an animal bigger than a scorpion. I want to get used to it or go meatless, it seems weird to me to get the meat on my plate and not prepare it.
MEAT ALERT OVER
The entrance wall and gate are finished, I thought BF was going to lay off the mason in charge of the wall, who did stupid mistakes after stupid mistakes, but eventually he finished his work. We added six layers of blocks, 1.20 meter higher, and then some wiring on top that we will cover with bamboo and ivy or some other kind or rampant tree.
We asked for ”green” and were thinking a darker shade of green, I am not a big fan of the color but it’s done. I painted the wall white with lime, which has the advantage of being very cheap (about $5 for the whole wall) and deter insects.
Inside the house we did a deep spring cleaning and noticed that a look of crap was falling off the thatched roof. So we removed many leaves (the roof being covered in plastic anyway) and many unwanted guests started to get out of their nest.
Cockroaches are big and disgusting, but scorpions, if bothered, will bite you so hard your tongue will go numb for a couple of days. After a good coat of Baygon, we put back the furniture in the kitchen and the room. We tried to arrange a fake ceiling where most of the dust was falling, with plastic and wood that we found around the house.
New leaves to thatch the deck
While we are still hesitating on re-thatching the house’s roof, the deck had holes also, that we thatched. The leaves are not dry yet and it looks funny in green and brown with the old leaves.
I did that! not so hard once you get the hang of it.
The work should start this week to build a safe room. A room that will be so sealed no insect can enter.
After that we are still hesitating between tearing down the house and building brand new or making do with what we have. The house is better than expected so I think it will stay, but it needs to be safer, for bugs and people. The windows are just mosquito nets, anyone can get in easily.
Finally, a big help for my November zero food waste goal has arrived: a deep freezer! We also got a super cool blender, so I can make ice, and blend frozen margaritas…
I love cooking, and the supermarket is $20 worth of gas away, so the freezer should make my life easy. It was $300 and the blender was priced at $100 but since we also bought a motorcycle for the handyman (that he will pay back with his work) we got it for $30.
frozen margaritas anyone?? 🙂
I just stocked the freezer with a full lamb that BF brought back from the ranch, some fish from the lake, and some delicious grapefruits that also came from the ranch. They are so big they barely fit in my hand. And super juicy and sweet. I peeled them and took the flesh out, put it in small sandwich bags, so I can take one bag out straight into the blender and add a little water for a fresh juice in the morning.