Our last two days in Ecuador where awesome. Mila got to meet my Plaza family in a tea party, hang out with our friends in a help me watch the baby while we pack party and hug grandma lots of times before parting. (All of which photos have randomly disappeared from our camera!)
Since we got back we have been nonstop! Setting up the apartment, hosting awesome Willow who came to snuggle with Mila last weekend, organizing, consolidating and shrinking … read the rest...0
Today was a tough day for the puppies. It started out fine, around 6 am, with a nice ride in the car – a favorite activity of theirs. They were a bit hungry because they had not been allowed to eat since lunch the day before, but handling it fine. Anyway, everything was going great for Yaku and Yana. We dropped Manuel and a friend off at their schools and headed over to the Veterinary clinic, where Yaku and Yana … read the rest...0
Finally! Finally, we had a day to just dedicate to making this house nicer, prettier, more comfortable, warmer, less mouse-filled and just generally homier.
Recently, I’ve been thinking about what seems to be a bit of a theme in our lives. Hardware stores. More specifically, visiting hardware stores every couple days for months, while making a home. If you’ve been following along here since last summer, you’ve probably picked up on this pattern a bit as well.
12 months ago, … read the rest...0
Countless times this weekend I wanted to sit down and write some words about everything we were doing, but our internet took most of the weekend off and we were stuck out of the cyber world – this is probably why we got so much done around the house. It would take me the whole morning to detail everything we did and due to our lack of internet the last few days, I have a page long to-do list of … read the rest...0
It has now happened often that I run into people and they ask me “where’s Mr. Jaxon (or el gringo or Jaki) ” and I reply, “with the maestros in the mechanics’ (shop)”, people laugh and make some comment about how I lost him now he’ll become a maestro. Indeed, every afternoon for the last week Jax has been going to the shop to talk, drink Chicha and work with the maestros to finish some of the projects they … read the rest...0
I write these words from the comfort of one of our couch/benches. Beside me I have a working Jaxon, below, two sleeping puppies, to my right, barley in the process of being malted/dried, behind, a kind-of messy kitchen, yet usable, and to on the horizon a clean living room with two hanging hamacas (hammocks), our dog’s bed and their toys scattered around the floor. Yesterday, we came back to la Casita after a few days away. I had had … read the rest...0
For the last three days we have been putting in long hours into getting La Casita to livable state. Yesterday, we spent our first night here and although there are still lots of things that need to fall into place, it felt like home. My night was not as restful as I had hoped due to this virus that is still occupying my body, nonetheless waking up in our bed with a beautiful view of the mountains made me feel … read the rest...0
Today was a big, long, full day. We started out early by weighing a barley sample we ordered from a local farmer and submerging the grains in water for the first part of a 3-part steep that will prepare the barley for germination, kilning and eventually testing for viability as a beer “base malt”. Exciting stuff.
After breakfast and brewing science time, we drove circles around Zuleta picking up bits of furniture (mostly Fernando and Caro’s old stuff) from the … read the rest...0
These last few days Jax and I have mostly spent them in bed working, not because the locality was so comfortable, but rather due to a virus that has left us sleepless for sometime now. Everyone we know in the farm has come down with some sort of virus. Other than just regular work, we have been working on our wedding planning. I have been designing invitations, a “save the date” and a colorful document filled with themes, photos and … read the rest...0
Caye and I just got back from a great two hour, night-time brainstorming session in la Casita. We imagined, planned and got excited about the space and how we are going to use it. The dogs played with the construction materials the whole time and we ended with a totally stunning walk back to the other house, under a picture-perfect Milky Way.
Rewinding though, we were up at 6:30am this morning and by 1pm, we had visited the construction site … read the rest...0
This morning, we were awaken by the smell of panela syrup, cinnamon, crepes and bacon. As we enjoyed the different smells, we discussed our life, different business and projects. Soon enough my brothers made their way into our room, making sure we knew breakfast was almost ready and that we should wake up. As we ate, Carolina my step-mom, my dad, Fernando, Jax and I discussed which would be our weekend project. After a series of options, building a barbecue/bread … read the rest...0
The day before yesterday we went to a Manu Chao and Calle 13 concert. We left Zuleta at around 4:00pm with the whole family and got to Quito at around quarter to six. We raced to Carolina’s mother’s house, where we dropped off my brothers and drove to my aunt’s house. Jax and I got dropped off a bit later and walked to the stadium, where the concert took place.
As we were arriving to the concert, it started raining, … read the rest...0
Hi everyone. Hope you all had a fantastic weekend. The local weather has been improving a ton recently and we had a really pleasant weekend working with our hands and making tasty foods. The quick version is this – we spent the last three days drying out our trial mud oven, hanging out and chatting with the Zuleteña wives of the maestros that are working on our apartment, moving flooring boards, playing with the dogs, cutting more wine bottles into … read the rest...0
Today, as we were working on the Masonary stove, Jax decided that while we were waiting for Fernando, the maestro, to lay the bricks we could build a temporary bread oven and make some bread for the work crew, their wives that often hang out embroidering and my brothers. My first thought was, no way! But he ignored my comments and proceeded to start his project. I went inside to keep helping the maestros, but they had lit a fire … read the rest...0
Wow, what a day! Day 1 of building our masonry heater is done. In case you’ve forgotten, we are building a small masonry heater in the middle of La Casita to try to fend of some of the omnipresent Andean chill. The heater will be right in the middle of our downstairs space – perfect for effecting space heating and as a living room centerpiece, with its heated bench. For those who don’t know, masonry heaters are super efficient wood … read the rest...0