Flowers Costa Rica – A sampling of the many flowers we have here in San Miguel. The first plants pictured are considered air plants or Epiphytic plants. They grow on tree branches and collect water in the cone of their leaves. They don’t need soil to live. The small white one is a Dwarf Orchid that grows on
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Common Tody Flycatcher Bird In order to give guests a better bird watching area in front of the cabins we decided to take down a fairly young lime tree and an old, non-producing orange that were directly in front of the hammocks. The day we intended to do the work Barry had two little yellow
Starting the business Costa Rica. Our experience with building our expectations. I remember talking up our business plan to anyone that would listen back in early 2010. “We are going to build our portfolio as we drive across the U.S.A. and then open a Bed and Breakfast that offers Photography Classes in Costa Rica.” The star-shine in
Banana Ceviche – how to use green bananas to make a fresh chilled soup Ceviche is a cold soup normally made with seafood or white fish. Most often the best ceviche is found served from the back of a pick-up truck along the side of the road. The cook, or driver as we like to
DIY Beehive for Stingless Bees We have been wanting to practice bee keeping for a long time. In the U.S. we read books, watched videos and even had the opportunity to visit a beekeeper in Kentucky who gave us a full ticket tour of his farm and hives. We learned a lot and were excited
7 Super Shots We received an e-mail from Erin at Delapuravida.com nominating us to participate in a blog/photography game started by Hostelbookers. I have only met Erin thorugh her blog and email but I know that I would very much enjoy meeting her face to face. She also lives in Costa Rica and blogs about her experiences here. I like
The International Arts Festival San Jose, Costa Rica. A long day but totally worth it. I had a hell of a time convincing friends we should go to the International Arts Festival in San Jose, Costa Rica this March. It takes us a long time to get there, gas is expensive, we have to stay all
Mamones Fruit or Mamon Chino Everytime we take a walk around San Miguel we come back with armloads of whatever fruit is dripping off of the trees at our neighbors houses. Yesterday was no exception and this morning we are making our breakfast out of Rambutans, Mamones or Ngoh, depending on where you are from.
Buy it or Make it? Do we have to buy everything or can we just make it ourselves? Barry and his Dad made an oven, Barry is making just about everything under the sun and I made curtains! On a recent trip to San Jose I found some lovely Guatemalan fabric in a store downtown.
Country Living in Costa Rica – Clinic Visit & Rollerskating You probably already know that we live in the country. After all, we do have a cow, pig and chicken farm to the North, South and East of us and the farms above us in the mountains are all grazing land for cattle. It might
Three-Toed Sloth Rescue Video in Limon Costa Rica A Thunderstorm Knocked Stinky, the Three-Toed Sloth from a Tree We recently had some events happen here on the farm that were cause for great distress but as you know periods of great distress are often followed by relief and happiness. When the storms come here there
New Year’s| Celebrating a New Year in Costa Rica December 7th completed our first year here in Costa Rica. The New Year’s party we attended definitely gave us hope for the upcoming year. I bought a pair of new shoes for the new year and danced all night on a gravel driveway in them (not the
A video on making tamales for christmas in Costa Rica. How we did our part by getting leaves from the yuti growing in our yard. We were lucky enough this year to have some friends invite us over to make tamales, which is a Christmas tradition here in Costa Rica. Our involvement was to bring
Beer Runs to Panama Everyone in Costa Rica knows that everything is cheaper in Panama. Liquor and Beer are 40% less there because of the taxes here in CR. Panama uses the U.S. dollar and because of the Panama canal there are all kinds of great imports at great prices. I have gone through the
Araza Fruit, Araca Boi (Eugenia stipitata) Identification & Uses Araza a really sour, yellow, softball sized fruit that has a thin outer peel. So thin in fact that this fruit is not exported because it travels so poorly. Its center is filled with seeds and the surrounding flesh is creamy with an extremely pleasant smell.
Construction Project number two is going well This is phase 2 of our building guest cabins project down here. It is coming along nicely, albeit slowly. This structure will contain two guest rooms, one bathroom, a kitchen with a wood burning pizza oven and an area just for hammocks and lounging around. Barry and Alfredo
Graffiti in Costa Rica – A Walk through San Jose One thing that I don’t see often out in the country where I live is graffiti. It’s not that it’s not there it’s just so few and far between that I may hardly notice. We took a walk through San Jose, the capital city and
An Expat’s Experience visiting home for Thanksgiving. I recently returned from a 18 day trip to my hometown in the U.S., Cincinnati, Ohio. It was during Thanksgiving and the start of the Christmas season. I found Thanksgiving a great time to be home. During Thanksgiving week I saw family, old friends, new babies and people
I of course am talking about Firefly, the one season television series from Sci-fi. Barry watched it last December when we first arrived. He asked me if I wanted to watch with him and after hearing about its cult-like fan base I decided to pass. In the states, I saw the kind of people who drove
Rio Destierro Barry has been wanting to photograph this river for 3 years now. He’s gone and set up and the river has been to low or to high, started raining really hard when we arrive or something screwy always happens. Well, finally here is the Rio Destierro at the San Bosco bend. I personally
The talking parrot who wants his morning coffee. We have been finding all kinds of interesting life here on the farm. Turtles, tarantulas, snakes, toucans, eagles, parrots, lizards, sloths and the list goes on. We have some kind of adventure everyday. Here is Barry and the turtle Smoky found in the creek. This is the start
Starting a New Life at 40? What was I thinking? We stayed overnight at a friend’s house recently so that we could be there early the next morning to catch their great green macaw saying “Quiero Café” or “I want coffee”. Cocito comes into the house sits on the back of his own chair and
This is Rio La Perla in San Bosco, Limon, Costa Rica. The river runs from Turrialba volcano down to where it meets up with Rio Destierro and the two form one larger river that runs on into the Caribbean Sea approximately 30 miles away.
Pineapples are a big business here in Costa Rica. The big companies use chemicals, to keep pests down, that are poisoning the water. In some cases, they are made to replace a towns water supply with another source but few are made to clean up the existing mess. There are rows and fields and entire
Photo’s of our lime trees and how we use them for juice, pie and after dinner drinks. We have 6 heavily producing lime trees and 5 that haven’t started fruiting yet. At first the concept of having all that vitamin C was exciting to me. I thought of all the Key Lime Pie, the Lime-aid
Cacao trees, fruits and how we roast the beans to make nibs We have approximately 25 cacao trees here on our farm in Costa Rica. Some of the trees have been hacked at over time in order to put up fencing and many had been left neglected with life sucking vines covering them. For the
The Cacao blooms are attached to the trunk of the tree. It seems to me that this is a natural defense to keep the branches from breaking. The Cacao fruits are so heavy that just two on any of the branches could cause it to snap so the tree has it’s fruit on it’s trunk.