Nuestra casa!

After 6 great years in PR, we’ve decided to move back to the US mainland.

Therefore our house/pottery studio/gallery is for sale. If you’ve always wanted to enjoy living a relaxed lifestyle in scenic, green countryside less than a 10 minute drive from beautiful Caribbean beaches then this could be property for you!

Please visit the following page for more details…


For Sale

House for Sale!


We are clearly fully into the “island time” mentality now as a rare moment of speed and efficiency surprised us both today! 馃檪

Over the weekend I decided it was time we upgraded to High Definition TV with our Dish satellite service. This was mainly because they’ve been advertising “free HD for life” a lot recently, they’ve now added enough HD channels down here in PR to make it worth while and, most importantly, the English Premiership football season is starting in just under 4 weeks.

We called Dish yesterday (to a call centre on the mainland), established we were eligible for the deal and told them to go ahead. The agent said “we have availability in your area tomorrow between 8am and noon, is that ok?”
“Sure” we said, laughing to each other about how they clearly weren’t familiar with how things happen down here. (We once spent 4 weeks chasing various local Dish engineers to come and wire up our new downstairs TV and eventually gave up and bought and ran all the cable ourselves).

Lo and behold at 8.20am this morning the phone rings and it is a local Dish technician asking where we live (I fondly remember the days of having an actual address). We went and met him at the nearby school on the main road (a good landmark) and he followed us back to our house. Shortly thereafter I was watching ESPN, Fox Soccer Channel, Tennis Channel and the Golf Channel (among many others) in all their HD glory!

One of the reasons we moved here was for the more relaxed lifestyle, but I must admit it is still nice to get something done on time after only a single phone call.
Small victories can be sweet! 馃檪

1 year and 100+ seedlings ago we started a project to grow and plant a hedge across the 200ft frontage of our property.

We used seeds from the single “Pride of Barbados” (Caesalpinia pulcherrima) plant in our front yard. It is an ideal hedge plant as it very woody and thorny and will grow low and bushy if trimmed. It also looks great when it is flowering and attracts butterflies and humming birds.

We planted the area directly in front of the house with 38 plants during the rainy season last year, but had to then wait a few months for the second batch of seedlings to grow. Last week we bit the bullet and in a few sessions planted the 61 plants we needed to fill the frontage on the other side of the driveway, making a total of 99 plants in all!

Now we just have to sit back and wait for them to grow! 馃檪

House frontage

House frontage

Old desk…
Old desk

New desk!…
New Desk

As requested mi hermana, here are pictures of our new ‘accessories’.

Yesterday we spent a good amount of time with all things green.聽聽We finally started to chop down our “bad” white trees (these are pest trees that grow like crazy and multiply into dense forests:聽 “Muy malo!”).聽 We had received a few quotes for having this done professionally but once we heard the cost (around $600!), decided we can “poco a poco” do it ourselves.

We stopped into a local plant nursery to buy pots for our sprouting coconuts, which, now potted, appear to be flourishing in their new little homes. They got some rain last night and seem to be responding with fairly rapid growth.


At the nursery, we saw a plant we just couldn’t resist.聽 It is a Cara de Caballo (face of horse!) and we think it is very cool.
 Horse face!

Finally, I think I’ve identified our mystery succulent as Agave decipiens.聽 We have lots of them further down our hill and yesterday I decided it was time to try to transplant one.聽 The advice I found online suggested that the plants can be propogated in a number of ways, including

  • By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)
  • From seed; direct sow after last frost (frost??? what is that?)
  • From bulbils

I took my machete down the hill in quest for something that seemed like an offset (I have no idea what a bulbil is and digging for rhizomes, tubers or corms didn’t appeal to me too much given the size of the mama agave).聽 Look what I managed to bring up (without seriously impaling myself):

Agave Offset
Now, the online sources聽suggest that I should allow the cut surface to callous over before planting.聽 The plant has been chopped for a day now and it hasn’t died yet…聽 We’ll see if it survives the callousing stage.聽聽 If it does, I’ll start relocating the rest of the family!聽

All in all, this is good fun but I would be the first one to admit (even before Nick) that I don’t really know what I’m doing (propogating my little Aeonium back in Horley was the most radical plant division I’ve ever done). Advice from anyone in the know would be much appreciated!!!

The other day we were out gardening, as we do.聽 After聽some weed wacking and machete work I decided to start chopping my way down to the bottom of our land, figuring that using our neighbor’s fence as a guide might be a good idea (the terrain also seems to follow a constant and visible slope along the fence).聽 After about 15 minutes of hard work (and not so much progress), Nick wisely suggested that perhaps we should just barrel our way down there聽to see if we really WANT a path down.聽 Smart man my Nick.聽 So, both armed with machetes, we followed the fence down, wacking聽at weeds and vines if and when neccessary.聽 Very quickly, the house聽almost but disppeared from view (the hill is quite steep) and the growth became more jungle like (lots of vines, ferns and succullents).聽 We made聽it all the way down to the bottom of our聽property.聽 聽We decided to hold off on blazing a trail down there for now…聽

However, I did notice some little plants that聽I think might be baby palms and suggested that perhaps we might dig them up for transplanting up around the house.聽 So, today we headed back down to check out the potential for project plant relocation.聽聽We also decided to try to reach our closest King Palm.聽 However,聽this聽gorgeous tree remains unchartered territory for us, as the steep and overgrown terrain got the better of us and we decided to turn back.聽 We will, of course, try again.聽

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