Easter Sunday must be my favorite day of the year. It’s even better then Christmas day. For me, Holy week is often difficult. Then comes Easter Sunday and the oppressiveness dissipates and we can experience a new beginning.
A while ago we were on the Ecuador coast and I found these flowers
Susan just returned from the States after being with her grand daughter Ceci for eight weeks. It was a bit lonely for me but grandchildren grow up so quickly so it was worth it. With my grandson, Conner Moora, now 8 months old and Susan’s Cece Irwin being 4 months old, the next generation of Sacred Land Farm, Finca Sagrada is coming along gloriously!
I love the early morning
The full moon setting.
Looking down the valley. Most times the colors are gentle. I think it is because we have no pollution for the sun to break through.
The sun is just touching the mountain tops
Recently we improved our path that meanders through or farm. Enjoy the walk.
Our ceibo tree
Following the river through our banana trees The river path continues.
Our new waterfall that Cristian created
Every night we separate Luna, our milk cow, from her calf Eclipse so we can milk her in the morning. Most mornings she gives about one and a half gallons, which is just about right for our community. Fresh warm milk with our granola is a wonderful way to start the day. Sometimes there is milk left over for a soft cheese.
Veronica, one of our interns, grew up on a farm in France but lost contact with her roots. Now she enjoys the sunset stroll or chase through the pastures, surrounded by the mountains in order to separate Eclipse from her mom. In the process, she is remembering growing up on her parents’ farm.
I am now sleeping in our new house on Finca Sagrada. Most mornings I wake up before 5, just as it gets light and the birds start to sing. This is the view from our porch and where I do the Agnihotra ceremonies at sunrise. Now that the rains have passed the skies are often blue and the air is clean.
Cristian our partner decided he wanted to try growing rice. The internet is so great. He did his research on how to grow it and the rice has germinated beautifully. It is probably a bit cold here for rice but nothing tried, nothing gained. Sometimes we can be surprised at what works.
Our rice paddy with the germination bed in the foreground
The only down side being in Ecuador is that we do not see our children and grandchildren enough
My Grandson Conner in DC getting ready to visit Ecuador. I think I have to wait a year or two.
The adobe cabin that Susan and I have been living in for the last year, is getting an up grade in anticipation of a retreat for twenty five people beginning in May. We have replaced the dirt floor with hexagonal bricks which we had left over from the house, and the walls are being painted.
The three volunteers arrived just at the right time to contribute their artistic skills. Two are traveling around South America and are from France and Spain and the third is a student from the States fulfilling college requirements.
I wanted the walls painted using the lazure style of painting where one color can blend into the next.. They looked it up on the internet and found a beautiful wall painting that we are using as our model. It will still transform a lot from the present painting. I think the end result will really contribute to a great living experience.
Because of all the rain the four wheel drive pickup trucks from Vilcabamba do not like to come in with the windows. However they did finally arrive. Still no class. That will be the next hurdle.
This is how the front of the house will look. We will add a garden bed, with roses and a lawn