Saturday, July 29, 2017

Morning on the farm

  One bright morning I took my camera and had a fun time taking in all this beauty on the farm. The photos make this old place look almost lovelier than it is. Especially when the grass is mowed.
These flowers cheer me from my kitchen window. Isn't it sometimes true that the best things in life are free? 

Sometimes hubby and I will sit out here and have our coffee in the cool of the morning.

  Sweet corn in the summer!
These cosmos flower bushes will soon be in full bloom.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Update from this year

 It has been crazy long since I blogged. I decided to include several photos from the beginning of the year till now. my baby has grown a lot since the last blog posts.

 Cousin and sisters time.

 Yes that's my helpful baby. she is quite a willing helper and full of energy. she keeps me hopping just trying to keep the house in near-order.

 One exciting event so far this year was the young people camping trip. This time my hubby and I joined in and it was very rewarding. Above is a pot of beans thats cooking.

 More cousin fun times.

 Another very exciting trip that happened was going to Costa Rica. It had been a long time since only hubby and me did such a thing. It surely was a blast.

 I could not get over how much being up there in the mountains reminded me of our Tennessee home. for a bit I felt like I was up in the smokies again.

 We've had some pretty kitties. And some birthdays.

Cattle feeding time is special time on the farm. 

 Time spent on our future farm, climbing the plum tree.

And very special to us is that our kids still have the privilege of visiting their great-grandma. She was quite ill but surprised us by recovering again. She is a treasure and loves visits from all her family.

Sunday, August 7, 2016

After hurricane Earl

 A road downtown is flooded the morning after.

If you click on this link you will see an awesome photo of the flooded river at Iguana creek bridge. the high as well as they could estimate it was 23 feet above the bridge.

 Our corn field. a lot of corn seems to be lifting again so it will not all be a total loss but it is still a big loss for many farmers and the biggest loss the hurricane incurred.
 The rain trees on our yard were severely broken up. they are easy breakers.

 Mangoes and more mangoes. There must have been a thousand on the ground. I see a lot of work with mangoes ahead of me.

The house shook a few times but other than those broken trees and a few beds getting a little moist we have had no issues. we mostly enjoyed hearing the wind howl and the branches being torn from the trees, knowing we were safe in our beds.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Another camping trip....

 Before you all think the only thing we do in Belize is camping since my previous post was also on camping, let me assure you that is not the case! this is a special post for our friends up north (or south, dependin...) who have been waiting for this post. Enjoy, Julie & Billy! And all the rest who are interested.

  The famous swimming hole. this time we had it all to ourselves every time we went. Was great!

 Elizabeth is learning that sapodilla wood is hard splitting. But they did manage to cook us a great mountain man breakfast. Yum.
Time to do the dishes.

 We had very nice and sunny days at first.

 And then we had one rainy afternoon that we thoroughly enjoyed as well. A nap inside a tent when it drizzles outside is fun if you stay dry, which we did for the most part.

 a game or a book come in very handy.
 as does a hammock hung way up high.
 This gal totally fits into the Belizean culture with her hammock! i have never even slept a night in a hammock yet. :(

 This swing has kept the girlies busy.

 I don't know how she did it but she had strung this hammock up so tight it took two grown men to release it. Good job Elizabeth!!!

 And we also decided a rainy afternoon was a perfect time to be trying out a mango cobbler. (even the rocket stove we built a while back came in handy) Here we do not have briquettes so this feat did not prove as easy as we thought but we managed. we are learning all about charcoal cooking with lump charcoal.

This was the worst part of the rain, but our friends learned the important fact of how termites migrate, after a good rain. good thing it was only a few hours and they don't hurt us.

 Cobbler is ready; anyone? Yes I hear you Cagles. We can make it again next time.

 A new dish I tried for the first time while camping was this biscuit and sausage gravy. Getting there.

If someone has never tried this, this is a must. Grilled pineapple with butter and brown sugar and cinnamon sprinkled on top. It makes the grilled apple pale in comparison. But maybe that's the Belizean in me talking.

I was a bit sad to leave this place. It starts to feel like home away from home and we really like it. We are so happy we have the right to this little nook out in the Belizean wilderness.

I decided to add these two videos of the siblings swinging into the Belize river. this is not at the camp; this is close to our place. Hope you enjoyed the post! :)

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