Things are Growing
Not only are the coffee trees working hard at making cherries, but the fruit trees are getting ready too! We have oranges, limes and cherimoya getting ready to be picked again soon. With the afternoon rain showers, everything is so green. I am not a fan of rain (having had my fill living in Oregon,) but I am a fan of all the new growth that the rain brings.
Update on the Coffee Tour Stations
The huts/stations are almost done. We have a few odds and ends to finish up and the roasting station to still do, but it feels good to be so close to being done with these.
We have been working on our downspouts. Our gutters have outlets for downspouts, but did not actually have downspouts. So the heavy rain keeps shooting out of these holes and creating large amounts of erosion and huge mud pits all around the house. The dogs do not enjoy the rain, but they really, really do love the muddy holes when the rain stops. We have decided to actually install the downspouts and re-route the water. The fun never stops!!!!
We have been very busy working in the coffee field this week. We are still busy chipping and shredding all the stuff on the ground and have started on building a few huts for the coffee tours. Rick welded some frames and I painted them. Yes, I still hate painting and after he saw my efforts (picture #2) he explained that it just needed another coat! Tons of painting!!!!! The first hut\station is almost done, we just have plumbing to do now. The second one is in place, but there will be more painting of the panels and then it will be ready to be put up. It is raining today, so that will have to wait....darn. :)
We are getting our new pilón ready for this coffee season. Rick is preserving the wood with linseed oil (made from flaxseed) after I colored in our logo. Pilóns are used for taking the outer husks off of coffee beans. The heavy stick looking item is used to pound the beans and break the husks off. This is one of the traditional ways of processing coffee and it is very labor intensive, plus a great workout for the arms!
Pizza with the Neighbors
We had some awesome pizza with our neighbors and their family. Hector has a new pizza oven and his daughter made some homemade dough. It was very yummy and my son was glad to have fresh (not frozen) pizza. Hector had a ton of practice with the oven that night. I think they made at least 8 pizzas if not more.
Caterpillars are everywhere right now. They are very pretty, but not to be touched. My camera on my phone did not do justice to their true colors, the 2 below were almost neon.