Plant Shopping By Bicycle, Fence Building By...?
|My Bike Basket Holds Two Bougainvillea Plants|
|Jon is Willing to Haul Tropical Plants For Me|
|Colorful Entrance to Sayulita's Nursery|
Jon might not admit it, but I think he actually enjoyed shopping at the Sayulita Nursery as much as I did. There were so many beautiful tropical plants in all shades of green, purple and pink that it was difficult to choose only 4 plants. We each chose a different color of bougainvillea and then agreed on two complimentary plants with purple and green leaves.
|I Like this Purple Bougainvillea the Best!|
|Local Men Building the Bamboo Fence Framework|
|Fence of Reed Mats Tied to the Bamboo Frame|
|Local Men Built the Awning Frame from Bamboo|
Jon designed a bamboo frame to be set in concrete next to our patio. The local Mexican men studied his drawing and set out to gather more bamboo, jungle vines, and concrete. It was a pleasure to watch Jon work with these men as he speaks enough Spanish to be able to communicate with them and they enjoyed that. When he needed to, he would use SpanishDict on the Computer, a very good Spanish/ English translator program to create a Spanish sentence for him. I could see him practicing it in his head for several minutes before he would go outside and continue his conversation with the workers. I know they appreciated that this gringo went the extra mile to speak to them in their own language.
|Jon Relaxes: The Awning is Up!|
In the meantime, Jon had ordered a heavy-duty beige tarp with eyelets from a specialty company in Puerto Vallarta, "Lonas Y Toldos Vallarta". They made it to his exact specifications communicated via e-mail, then we rode the bus to Puerto Vallarta to pick it up. Who needs a pick-up truck!
We couldn't wait to stretch it between the motorhome roof and our new bamboo framework. We enjoyed it for more reasons than we expected:
*No more bird s--t on our heads!
*A nice shady area to sit and read in the afternoon.
*Rainy day cover for our chairs and table
*Our next-door neighbor's RV was shaded and cooler, too!
Our awning is easily detachable so we can take it down and store it in the RV until we return next season to our favorite RV park: Sayulita Trailer Park.
|My Favorite Purple Bougainvillea|
I've planted my two bougainvillea plants, four bamboo starts, a red rose, a candy-strip geranium, and two tropical plants that I have yet to learn the names of. The rains will come to Sayulita soon and hopefully, will keep our plants alive until we return next season. All of those plants cost me 160 pesos (about $11.00 U.S.), so even if they don't all survive till we return, I received my money's worth in enjoyment this year. It's fun to "homestead" a little piece of the earth, even in an RV Park. And, we didn't need a car or pick-up truck to do it!
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