Thursday, December 4, 2008

November Update

Hola Amigos,
We are back from our Thanksgiving trip to Villa Espiral at Rancho Santana. This is a wonderful time of year to visit Nicaragua. The air is a little cooler than other times of year. At times, the weather reminded us of San Clemente. The rainy season is over but everything is still lush and green.

As you can see, the house is ready for use. Our son, Gray did a beautiful job with the landscaping.

The skilled carpenters at Granados Construction company have finished the desk units in each bedroom.

Now that the front steps are done, the veranda feels even more open and accessible.

When the weather did get hot, we didn't need the air conditioning. We just opened the folding doors and turned on the fans. We have an ipod player just inside the doors, so we were listening to our music, poolside.

We also now have Sky tv as well as dvd. By the way, you get good cell phone reception on the veranda and there is wi fi too.

Do you see the yellow breasted bird on the coconut tree?

Here it is, sitting on the edge of the pool. Birds like to stop here because they can easily take a little drink and bath. I think this one is a Great Kiskadee.

Our assistant gardener, Fernando, aka "Tripper", shows Gray's girlfriend, Yamali, how the make a little creature out of a palm leaf.

Here are a couple of his creations, displayed on the dining room table.

The kitchen is complete, with lots of space for everybody.

Here's Gray on a business call, wearing his working suit. Rough day at the office.
The pool is still the place to be when you aren't surfing, diving or fishing.

Apollo keeps a watchful eye on the proceedings, from the bottom of the pool.

The drip system for the back wall has been installed and the peanut grass is planted. Soon, that wall will be all green. Grass is going in now in the dirt areas.

Our housekeeper, is Ivania. She is a great cook. Her mom, Yolanda, has a really good restaurant in Limon, nearby.

If you would like to book a visit to Villa Espiral, just send me an email to