Friday, April 13, 2018

Ladrillos - installation

Wow.  What a look!

Ladrillos - making the mold

Talk about the fun of building.  JD and I wanted a diamond shaped tile for our floor but the company in Granada did not have a mold.  Well, together with our individual skills we made a mold.  I drew up the template on AutoCad and JD took it to

Playa Mira Flores

We now have a name!!  Somehow we did not really know that our beach was called playa Mira Flores.  Our property has been called Mira Flores by all of our workers and so now it has stuck.  Just recently I asked an official at the Alcaldia (municipal office) what our road was called and he said it was Avenida Mira Flores.  So all is coming together.  Check out our website,  But remember, it is under construction. 

El Fumador - Part IV

The final parting.  El Fumador has served his pupose well and has been a good solid friend in the process.

We rescued a fellow who ble

Friday, March 31, 2017

River Crossing

This is not your average route to school.  We were told about a shortcut over the river that the kids use to get to school.  We thought it would be cool to check it out....definitely not what we were expecting.  The access is behing this building, which is not the school as far as we can tell, but is a government building.  Unused for the moment. 

Friday, March 24, 2017

Nicaraguan Safety and Security

I am constantly being impressed with many different aspects of Nicaragua.

We have had many visitors in the last few days.  The first was the local police department jefe who came to say hello.  He was making the rounds and checking up on the community to see if everything was ok.  It occured to me that he was just trying to be nosy and then I wondered if we had paid our taxes.  (how quickly my mind can go to trouble)  However, this guy was truly nice and asked if we had any thefts, if we felt safe, and if there was anything to report.   We told him we had our pump stolen last year and recently we discovered we had some lumber missing.  He took notes and thanked us for the information.  And then he fines, no payments, and no problems.  Wow.  How cool is that!  I was so caught up with it all that I did not take any pictures.

Next we were visited by a crew from public health and safety. They spoke with everyone in our barrio and planned a tsunami drill for 11:00am.  Weirdly, the kids were so excited. They have experienced fire drills, tornado drills, school lock-down drills, but never a tsunami drill.

At 11:00am the sirens started blarring.  They are located on the access road to the beach and for all the open space that surrounds us, the alarm was loud.

Emergencias! Emergencias! Emergencias!
Alarma del Tsunami! Alarma del Tsunami!
Evacua a la seguridad! Evacua a la seguridad!

We all walked away from the beach like we were told and made it to the checkpoint in under seven minutes.  We were congratulated for following the rules and making it to higher ground in reasonable time.  Yay!

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Painting Party

The painting has started!  Every step is so exciting, but this one adds the wow factor.
The building has been white since the very beginning.  We have become very comfortable with the white walls and the blue roof (although it is a very dusty roof and seeing the brilliant blue will not happen until the rainy season hits)

Here we are painting it all grey to seal the stucco finish and to provide the base coat for the colour.

Well, this is not the change we were expecting. Dull metal grey really changes the tone and atmosphere, making it feel like a military base.  

Hurry up with the green.

Ah, new spring green is my favourite.  Or, as the paint can illustrates, this is Manzana Verde.

So appetizing I could eat it!

We needed more colour.  The paint store we visited in Masachapa have all the colours painted on the walls so it is easy to choose your desired outcome.  We chose a brilliant blue for accent and a bold yellow for the upper story and the main walls.  Once painted, we looked around and realized we picked our colours based on some of our favourite things...El Fumador, a green towel, and the every so lovely coconut. Works for us.

 And here it is in all its splendor.  We are still in shock.  Not sure if it will stay this way, but for now we will leave it.  The roll down safety covers are in, the doors are hung, the window safety bars are installed and the house is now secure...and is looking good.