Twenty years later…..

Happy Birthday Jim:-)

Twenty years ago today, we sailed away from Granton harbour in Edinburgh on the good ship Charmer. Since then we’ve sailed thousands of miles together, met wonderful people and seen amazing places. The friends who waved goodbye that day, are still our friends. The new ones we’ve met along the way have changed our lives. The plan ( did anyone say ‘plan’?) was to be home in Edinburgh circa 2002, so we are a little behind schedule. Instead, I wake up to the sounds of howler monkeys most days, and look out at the Caribbean. We work, sometimes it feels like torture, to make Tesoro Verde the kind of place where people feel welcome, and can share our adventure. I am looking forward to the next one (!)

Your smile makes my day, every day, love you……. H

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The Potting Shed

is how we, in the UK,  would describe a small structure somewhere in the garden. Traditionally the home of the gardening tools, plant pots, seeds being sprouted. Somewhere you’d go to hide from the stresses of the real world maybe.

In plan form it started as a storage space, but as the construction progressed, it has morphed. Included in the design are plans for a mezzanine sleeping platform, a tiny kitchen, and the possibility to add a deck and a second floor. It will be the perfect space to put friends and family in, even ‘workawayers’, and I suspect we’ll be sleeping there at some point in the future. But not this year. The rent for friends and family will be very reasonable. Tetley Tea Bags, Branston Pickle, Marmite, Cadbury’s Twirl or Flakes….. is everyone getting the message here?

The roof should go on this week, it will need secure doors and windows, and then we will fill it to the gunnels with all the ‘stuff’ filling the upper construction site :-). And when that upper house gets more ‘liveable’, space will become available in the Potting Shed, for our less intrepid visitors……

The big concrete pour

Our team arrived early on Friday morning, keen to get going before the sun burned off the mist. They were magnificent, hoisting thousands of pounds of cement ( BY HAND!) over a twelve hour day. I kept them supplied with food and drinks all day, that was pretty much a full time job too. Jim finally stopped ‘polishing’ at midnight, declaring he couldn’t move another muscle. It’s taken the three days since for him, and the rest of the crew, to recover. Thanks everyone, magnificent job !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Waiting to start..

Waiting to start..

the first load..

the first load..

mixer to wheelbarrow to bucket to wheebarrow to site....

mixer to wheelbarrow to bucket to wheebarrow to site….

everybody ached for the next two days...

everybody ached for the next two days…

sun didn't let up

sun didn’t let up

cement mixer broke down :-( briefly

cement mixer broke down 😦 briefly

levelling the concrete

levelling the concrete

'polishing'

‘polishing’

Construction continues

VERY excited about the big ‘pour’ this week. We’ll be attempting to use two mixers, five guys, and the biggest amount of materials ever, to put the ceiling over the kitchen & living room! Then we will start getting ready for San Blas…..

from the air

Tesoro Verde from the air…..

Panamaze from the air

Panamaze from the air, my photo of the year so far

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maze bottom left, house site top right