Friday, June 18, 2010

Our: Home Sweet Little Home

Here are some photos of our home and what keeps us busy. In a few weeks we will be moving into a bigger house. I will be happy for that, because this is starting to feel a bit cramped.

The house trailer from the back. It sits in the orchard under some mango trees, and since it is mango season, they fall on the roof sometimes. At least it isn't on our heads, because if it would feel as bad as it sounds, it wouldn't be funny.

Here are some things on this house that are very typical for Belize which I thought might look strange to some. The windows are made with glass shutters, which are real practical, as you can control how much breeze you want. If it rains a little, we can just close them halfway, and still get some breeze. There is a propane tank at the side of the house, which connects to my oven. And the sink on the porch, is something many houses have around here. It sure is nice when the dirty men can wash up before they come in for lunch... ;)

The children sleep in the kitchen on the floor on a mattress, which we put away for the day.

Rain, rain, rain. It's the tropics, all right. There is something very relaxing about the rain on the roof at night. In this small house we can hear it very well.

On a rainy day, we have to busy ourselves with books, coloring or games. Or go to Grandma's house.

Watching the rain.

On a nice day, climbing the fruit trees and watching the cattle is the thing to do. This is a guava tree.

Or relaxing with a book in the hammock.

...or riding the tricycles,

and the wagon...

As I mentioned, it is mango season. I love canning! And eating mangoes. We don't have to go far to get them either.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Yes, we're still here

I apologize for the infrequent updating I am doing lately. I have to drive 35 minutes to use a computer where I am able to update like I should be doing, but at least I wanted to let you know we are all well. I know some of you think I have disappeared off the face of the earth, but I am still very much around. Our little house in the orchard, that is.

We have had lots of rain. My garden is still not planted, but I believe it will be happening this week. Once it started raining, it has rained so frequently that there has been no chance to finish working the ground with a tractor, and it needs a little more work before we can plant sweet corn and cucumbers, and maybe some watermelons. That's about all that will grow here in summer. The rest has to be planted in winter, or in cooler weather. Nowadays we have weather thermometer goes up to 100F again. I must be getting used to it. Thankfully we are close to in-laws where I can go and sit in AC if I need it.

We have rented a small house trailer that we moved to Daniel's parents' orchard. It has one bedroom, and one kitchen and bathroom. Small, yes, but very suitable for us now. The house we want to live in is still occupied, and the occupants cannot know exactly when they will be able to move out. It seems there are so many Americans and Belizeans moving back here that houses are pretty occupied around here. Since we are next to our parents, when our house seems too small, we know where to go.

We finally got our cars and stuff last week from Big Creek. It does feel good to have all our things, but it will be lots better once we have our own home to put them all into.

There, you all have a little update...

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