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We "Jungle-ize" the Suite's Patio!

The private patio belonging to our New "Suite at the Beach" seemed a little large and a little too open, so we decided to import some bamboo (cana) from the jungle, cut it into long strips and then form it into lattice for a feeling of coziness and more privacy. 

Here we are bringing in the first load on top of the car...we only did one, as ten poles weight way more than our car carrier could tolerate...  

The car was very happy that we wised up and hired a truck to bring in the rest...each green pole weights about 50 pounds.



Now the guys go to work to make the strips that will form lattice...


Alfredo uses his machete to trim out the middle portion of the bamboo and to clean up the sides...


A shot of the work in progress...


Manual is working on the framework which will hold it all together...


Here he is making the entry a little more decorative...


Each piece of lattice is cut to order...



Naturally, we had to have an "end of the job" pose with a big beer in hand!  

Isidro and Agripina wanted to be in the photo...they are mom and dad and aunt and uncle to all the workers...  

These plants will be potted today, and will join some taller trees that we will buy today...

During this project, we still had fabulous sunsets...take a look...


Life goes on around the project, as you see two young iguanas completely ignoring the chickens next to them.


Posted on Thu, January 27, 2011 at 03:15AM by Registered CommenterBob & Roxanne | Comments4 Comments

Reader Comments (4)

You two are at it again!! How cool does that look now? Dave & I will have to come back (& stay longer) to check out the new ambience! The guy with the flip flops & ax would have made me a bit nervous. Everyone was smiling at the end, so I guess he didn't lose any toes. Glad to read about the kindness of the waves this year bringing sand rather than taking away. Take care & keep enjoying those beautiful sunsets!

January 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAngela

Oh I just loved that huge bamboo, and I am with Angela, that pose with the machete would make a great Safety photo.. if I needed one for work... ! haha.
Its looking very nice... Is October a good time on the beach? I do have a big 55 bday coming up. Maybe I could convince Randy to treat me to a holiday!

January 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKaren Kimbler

Hi Angela & Karen...
Thanks for the good vibes! It makes it all worth doing, especially since you both have experienced the place...
Naturally, we hope you all come back as soon as you can.
Karen...October is a transition month, weather-wise--cloudy, cooler days (nowhere near as cold as Cuenca--we still wear shorts everyday!).
Take care of yourselves until we see you again!!!
Bob & Roxanne

January 27, 2011 | Registered CommenterBob & Roxanne

And OH! a quick note about guys with machetes--this is not the Congo or Haiti or a bad scary movie--machetes are the number one gardening tool in Ecuador. Because we are tropical, everything grows really fast, so just about every able-bodied person has been pressed into service to contain the rapid growth of grasses and jungle.
And...they don't miss with them, either!!!

January 27, 2011 | Registered CommenterBob & Roxanne

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