After Kevin and Martin finished fixing the mess the mudslide caused by adding cement pipes in the canal, Kevin decided to build some sturdy steps up to the pasture. He used thick, sturdy oak, so they're built to last. Martin helped Kevin secure the side pieces, then Kevin measured and cut each step (custom work at its best) to fit perfectly. The whole project took about 10 hours (stretched over 3 days). Now the grass beneath the steps can grow again. These steps lead right into the pasture where the bulls' shelter is located. They are used several times a day (and appreciated without a doubt).
For our readers who have stayed with us, just so you can visualize where these steps are located, they are just beside the big pond, just behind my nemesis (the outdoor oven).
We had a few windy days last week. More windy than usual for this time of year. We heard a snap. We couldn't figure out what it was until I walked up the foot path to the island garden where I noticed a branch in the pond.
We have a dead tree with two long branches that stick out against the sky. This is the osprey's perch, and we think some kind of nest. The osprey sits on top for long periods of time scanning the ponds, waiting for an opportunity to swoop down and snatch a fish. Well, one of the two branches broke off and landed in the pond. I've circled in red the length of the branch that fell. I let Kevin know and he was able to reach the branch and dragged it out of the pond (dead branches are pretty light)... then he used a net to scoop out the bits and pieces that came down with it. No damage was done, thankfully.
And on Friday, we welcomed guests from Grimsby, Ontario, not far from where we used to live. It's always interesting to meet people we might have never crossed paths, but get to know one another in a completely different country, thousands of miles from 'home'. Terri and George were great guests and since they love Costa Rica (they've been here 3 times), we hope to see them again someday.
This is Terri having just caught her dinner. This trout is about 3/4 of a kilo (1.65 pounds or so). Nice!
They left this morning, making their way to Manuel Antonio. And we're busy cleaning the guesthouse, prepping it for our next guests who arrive tomorrow (repeat customers from France... can't wait to catch up with them!)
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