We welcomed Wendi and Laramie as our B&B guests on Thursday. I picked them up at the Santa Maria bus station and I'm dropping them off tomorrow morning. I've been cooking their dinners and they decided to have trout twice: on their first night... and on their last. Wendi had never fished before so today she decided to give it a try. And like a pro, she caught this beauty...
Just before Wendi and Laramie arrived, Kevin made this bench so that our guests have a place to sit and admire the waterfall garden. With this vantage point, we can see the waterfall on the right and the river on the left. It's a great place to be perched and feel the serenity of the surrounding nature. I love this bench! It's rustic, but really comfortable, too. And two people can sit side by side and have a conversation. Yay, Kevin!
Tomorrow we'll be catching and gutting 100 fish... and 80 more on Tuesday. Then Kevin will be draining the big pond and transferring the trout from there to the pond across the guesthouse. Since the large pond will be empty, he, Martin and Jairo will take this opportunity to clean it. Kevin and Martin will select the trout in the 'gallina' pond and transfer 1,500 of largest ones (out of 3,000) into the big pond, giving them more 'elbow' room to grow. This process will take two full days.
**We are using four ponds at the moment... the small pond beside our huge cedar tree is called "cedro" pond (that's the pond where the small trout go after they've been in the concrete container as fingerlings)... then a little further down, there's a pond next to the chicken coop, so we call that the "gallina" pond (gallina = hen), then there's the largest pond on the property, which we call the "big" pond (pretty obvious, I know) and the one in front of the guesthouse is called the "casita" pond.
And all the while, more guests arrive on Tuesday afternoon. And so it goes. We feel very blessed indeed.
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