Whales frolicking north and Dolphins feeding south!!!

Rox and I were enjoying our Sunday morning coffee watching the sun brighten up the waves, when we saw huge splashes directly in front of us...

We grabbed the glasses and saw Humpback whales jumping almost all the way out of the water, to fall back with terrific splashes.  As you know, counting whales is like watching submarine races, sort of difficult to see...

But...we think there were a few mamas, and several babies, all spouting and splashing...a great start to a terrific morning!

However...that's not all!  Pretty soon, we were treated to a bunch of dolphins swimming south right in front of us.  There must be lots of fish in the waters now, as there were also pelicans floating just behind the waves calmly gobbling up fish.

The clouds were right of of a renaissance painting.

Here's a shot of the beach and waves--we were too slow to catch the whales and dolphins...


Not a bad way to start a Sunday...

 

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El Nino gives us a great weather season...

Finally the smart guys who know this stuff have decided that El Nino will really happen this year.  It is good news for the West and the Coast of the US.  Lots more rain for a parched area...but...it will probably be too much!  Floods and landslides...so be prepared up there!

For us down here where El Nino starts, it has given us a beautiful six months of perfect weather.  Normally Jan, Feb and Mar are pretty warm, but this year these months have been perfect.  Apr, May and Jun are normally cooler, but this year they have been slightly warmer...and that's good...

Here is a shot of the Pacific right outside our front door...

It takes a while for all this good stuff to get to North America, but the experts say that it's on the way--probably in Oct and later...

Meanwhile, we are basking in perfect weather here at the Coast...take a look at a sunset or two...

 

 

So...El Nino is goooood for us, and we hope good for North America later this year...

Posted on Sat, July 11, 2015 at 08:35AM by Registered CommenterBob & Roxanne | CommentsPost a Comment

Our House gets a new "Hat"

Because the El Nino weather phenomenon starts right at our front door, so to speak, we have been experiencing different than normal weather so far this year.  Jan and Feb, our hottest months were remarkably cooler this year.  March was the rainiest we have ever seen--normally no rain--this year 12 days of it!  April was perfect, but May, our "change" month, was just beautiful!

El Nino will hit the US hard in Sep, Oct, and Nov...so be prepared folks...

The heavy rains in March finally got us going on a plan to replace our 40 year old roof.

Since we get a continual onshore breeze, filled with salt, we opted for the same roof we had before.  40 years is a pretty good record of standing up to the ocean winds and breezes.

Here are some photos of our crew working from Bamboo scafolding to remove the old roof...it was no fun!

As you can see the old roof has taken a beating over the years.  Pedro is careful removing the nails, so the this roofing can be used by the locals for their own roofs or chicken coops, etc.

The roof is made of a composition cement and fibre mix.  It is best for standing up to salt air.

Our roof extends over the side of the building by about six feet.  This way it protects the sides of the building from extra weathering, and provides protection from rain on both sides.

In the next two photos, you see Sonia painting all the undersides of the roofing that will be showing from below.Fernando spent a week painting, also...

Here's a shot of our living room with a beautiful sky as a ceiling...

The painting never stops...here you see the crew painting 80 sheets of plywood to be used for the interior ceiling.  You also see a few of the rafters that will replace a couple of bad ones.

During the three week job, we had one night of rain...but the guys covered the job each night anyway...

A better shot of the job, the guys, and the scaffolding...

Sonia did a great job for us...she painted and painted...lots of times if was waaaay up there!

Just to give you an idea about how she earned equal pay with all the guys...

Fernando spent a lot of time installing the new roof...

Here's Alfredo, Sonia's brother, and our Maestro, painting some hard to reach places...

Pedro and Silva did a huge job of being on the roof 8 hours a day for three weeks...

Finally, Rox takes a shot of the living room, after the roof is on, the floors have been sanded, and Sonia has painted all the interior walls.

May was such a warm month, that our crew was thrilled to have an ice cold beer each night when they finished up...Here they are on the last night of the job...mucho more than one beer each...

In order to make the transition from chaotic roof job, to pretty nice looking finished living room, we called on Agripina and a crew of six to clean and dust every item in our house.  It took six people 8 hours to make the change!

You see Agripina on the left, and she is mom to Sonia next to her, and to Alfredo and Cecilia, in the center.  Leanora, also her daughter, is next to Sonia...

This group did a great job for us...and we are proud to say that they are all good friends!

 

Posted on Tue, June 2, 2015 at 08:38AM by Registered CommenterBob & Roxanne | Comments2 Comments

Celebrating a couple of late April Birthdays...

April is a fun month in that we celebrate Roxanne's birthday, and we also celebrate Agripina's birthday.  As you all know, Agripina is the matriarch of our resident family.

Each year we have Agripina and Isidro over on their birthdays to share some drinks, nibblies, and to open some gifts.  We also send them off with beers, cake, and ice cream for a family party later.

She is is wearing her new necklace and bracelet, as she shows off the cake which will be devoured by the rest of the family later.

Some more fun gifts, as she playfully pokes Isidro with a new oven mitt...

Two buddies posing for the camera on this special day...

On Roxanne's Birthday, the family showed up to sing Happy Birthday, and present her with this diabolical Oreo chocolate cheese cake, and enough chicken for banana fritters for two meals...

We were cutting a huge filet mignon dinner out of a large loin plus our favorite twice baked potatoes for Roxanne's birthday dinner, but we enjoyed the chicken and fritters and cheesecake for two more complete meals later!

On the morning of Roxanne's Birthday, we made eggs benedict as a special treat.  Notice that the home grown eggs from Agripina's chickens are a deep yellow.  They taste better than any eggs we've eaten, and the color makes the hollandaise sauce a deep yellow, too!

Just before we had the Birthday Dinner, we were rewarded with this fine sunset...

And here is the Birthday Girl enjoying the whole thing in the glow of the sunset...Happy Birthday Rox!!!

Posted on Fri, May 1, 2015 at 07:39AM by Registered CommenterBob & Roxanne | CommentsPost a Comment

Odds and Ends from the Good Life on the Coast...

Here are a few shots giving you a little update of our life on the Coast:

Rox is starting out on her morning hour walk along the beach.

Our sunsets have been especially vivid this year...we'll include a few in this post...

 

Our hand dug well is producing enough water to keep the yard green--and, great news...we have had four days of heavy rain--yippee!  (The rain's at night--just like Camelot!)

Carnival this year was absolutely crazy in Montanita...probably double the number of attendees as last year...we stayed near home...

Here is a portable bar built by Fernando, one of Agripina's nephews...plus some of the family...with Rox...He did a bang up business in cocktails during the three day Carnival...

And...right next to his bar was a nice girl from Argentina, who was selling terrific pizzas, made in her oven shown right behind her.

A couple of our guests trying out the "flying foam" tubes that all the celebrants use at Carnival...As you can see they are dressed just right for it!

"Pink Flamingos in Ecuador???"  You bet!  For the last several weeks we have seen these guys digging up food off the bottom of ponds next to the salt company in Monteverde.

Coquita is happy to show of her new bed...

A couple more sunsets...

And...Dolphins finally!  We had not seen one dolphin in five years and had begun to fear the worst, but this last month we have seen this pod (what to you call a group of dolphins?) of about 25  grazing in front of us. 

And...we'll finish up with a couple more sunsets...the last one looking like a radio-active skeleton... 

Posted on Mon, March 16, 2015 at 05:55AM by Registered CommenterBob & Roxanne | Comments1 Comment
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