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The Big Three Oh

So yet again I manage to see a whole month fly bast without an update to my blog, and ironically I have so much to update about as well from this last month.

First of all was the 1 year anniversary. J and I have now been in Costa Rica for a whole, wonderful, beautiful, adventurous and exciting year. We arrived on the 5th March last year, had a car within the first two weeks and a beautiful rental house within three. I cannot believe how easily we felt at home here and how easy it was to just click into life over here. So fast forward one year then from when we arrived and here we are, still in the same wonderful house on our mountain in Santa Ana.

Second big thing was our second trip over to Nicaragua for Joel’s visa run. I got my temporary residency and am currently just waiting for the interview with immigration or whoever will be checking me out before I am allowed to relax and just enjoy Costa Rica without the pressure of the three month deadline. Anyways, we had a lovely weekend in Nicaragua with the wonderful J, we rented a car, surfed their Playa Hermosa a couple of times, drove around, visited Granada, ventured into a huge local market for some bargains, ate super well in El Kolibri again as well as just enjoyed some time off work.

Birthday Flowers!Birthday Flowers No. 2Third big thing was the whole turning thirty. I passed the 3-0 mark on the 22nd March and must say that it was a wonderful, absolutely wonderful day in so many ways even if I couldn’t be closer to my family and friends back in Europe. I got treated to about 5 different cakes during the day at the office, got some BEAUTIFUL flowers from my colleague and another GORGEOUS bouquet from mis chicas at the office. I felt so spoiled and fortunate and lucky about being surrounded by such wonderful people. Not to mention the amazing surprise that was waiting for me at home┬á – My lovely friend R had sent me a cake and a bottle of champagne to celebrate my “move from tram 2 to tram 3”..

And the fourth big thing this month would be the new family member Fuzz. We had been thinking about this for a while, mainly after our neighbors moved with their two dogs who Sofia had been playing with every day while we were at the office, leaving her all alone for most of the day up here on the mountain. Our brave little doggie deserved a friend we thought and decided on taking on Fuzz on my birthday. He arrived looking a bit like one of these animals we used to make when I was little out of a pine cone with sticks or matches as legs. ­čÖé Absolutely brilliant! So cute and such a sweetheart! He is much more quiet and timid than Sofia, not such a ADD child at all, but absolutely adorable and hopefully a good influence on little Sofia. Unless he will take after Sofia and her spoiled ways..

Even if the month is not completely over yet, and I think there will be a few more events worthy of mentioning still coming up, I will wrap up for now and get on to enjoying my evening at home. I have rented a few movies, J is on his way home with empanadas and the two furry friends are in need of feeding.

Sofia and Fuzz

 

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I Dream of Chickens

Lately I have been fighting the urge to steal some of the adorable chicks that hang out down by the guards house at the entrance to the area where we live. Partly because they are just so cute, and partly so that I can expand my self sufficient empire to include egg production in addition to my other attempts of food production.

This interest to grow my own vegetables started innocently enough with a few plants on the terrace (currently they are sadly just surviving rather than thriving plants..), but has little by little grown into a greater want to actually be more self sufficient. To be more exact, I want to get “back to basics”, to learn more about how to actually grow my own food, raise my own chicks and simply to be aware of what I put in me as well as how much effort actually goes into producing what you eat.

After months of googling and trial and error on my terrace, I decided its time to get some proper books on the topic. Since my sister was buying some holiday reading for her trip over here, I decided to put in a small order as well and decided on two books, “The Backyard Homestead” and “Homesteading” – Both comprehensive books on how to turn your little lot of land into a self sufficient paradise.

“The Backyard Homestead” seems absolutely wonderful. I read a few pages on Amazon via their excellent “Look inside” feature and that was the one I also started skimming through as soon as I got my hands on it. And just like the back cover already demands you to, it seems to be a fabulous all-round guide to putting “your backyard to work”, almost however small it is.

From its claims that a quarter of an acre could actually give me 1,400 eggs, 50 pounds of wheat, 60 pounds of fruit, 2,000 pounds of vegetables, 280 pounds of pork and 75 pounds of nuts, I am now greedily eyeing up our garden to see where I could set the chicks up and where I could hide the pigs so that our landlord (or our lovely little jealous dog Sofia) wouldnt be too upset about the new family expansion.

I guess all I need now is a supportive partner, and at least a quarter of an acre of land to get this little project off the ground. Judging by the teasing I am getting about this, I think the quarter of an acre of land will be the easy part…

Patience

Patience has never been a virtue of mine. Once again today I was starting to feel slightly impatient with everything and anything, especially related to work. Things are going at their usual slow pace over here, with nothing really happening again with regards to my projects – Meaning that I sit here and do whatever I can to a) keep things rolling as usual, b) keep the money coming in to pay my wage and c) try to keep myself somewhat entertained.

But then the occational “chi chi chi le le le” chants started making me think. The TV is showing the rescue of the Chilean miners, also known as “Los 33”, who have been trapped under ground for god know many days already and I started realising that maybe a slightly boring work day during which I dont have that much to do that interests me isn’t that bad really.. At least I can get out of here if I really want to, I can move around quite freely and even if I have a tendency to complain about the lack of light in my office – I am put to shame by the darkness of a 2000+ ft deep mine..

But just like life tends to have a way of sorting itself out, so did my day as soon as my boss arrived back to the office following his week traveling. With a few words (and a wave of his wand) I suddenly found myself with what seems to be my own office as well as a new (and only) member to my team. I think I will need a few days to let this all sink in.

I guess that has been the saving grace over here. Even if working in Costa Rica has meant I had to slow down massively from what my usual work pace was while in London (and high on caffeine most of the time), it has also meant that there are no real rules and when things start happening they are not bound by bureaucracy and paperwork. Rather, once you hit that tipping point it is very much a situation where my old boss’s commands “Take the Ball and Run!”┬áseem to fit like a glove.