Puerto Cayo, Ecuador

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NEW!! June 9, 2019

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(June, 2019)

Wilter oversees brick unloading
Welcome to Villa Dos Colinas!!

Lunes, June 3, 2019: With the palapa nearly done, (doors for bodega and bathroom yet to be installed), we are moving forward on our little bamboo casita!

Wilter found a good deal on bricks, so we had 1,000 "ladrillo" delivered today. With the hole for the septic already dug, the guys can now start bricking it up.

Reflecting on life in general, we have decided that moving to a completely new and different culture (country) is not the "easiest" thing to do - however, this challenge may just be what we really needed. A different language to keep the brain sharp; and a much more physical lifestyle to keep the old bodies going! We love it.

Lunes, 6/3/2019:
The chicos unload our truckload of bricks near the front entrance. Approximately 800 will be positioned here to use for the septic for the new casita, and the others will be unloaded in the drive up near our casita, for future use.



Martes, 6/4/2019:
Brick, sand and cement have been positioned near the septic tank hole, ready to complete work on this today.

Martes, 6/4/2019:
The inflow tube into the septic tank has been positioned, and the walls will be be built up from here.



Martes, 6/4/2019:
Santiago meticulously lays each brick - it is easy to see the pride these craftsmen take in their work - even if it's just the walls of a septic tank!

Miercoles, 6/5/2019:
Ready to start the top of the septic. First are bamboo supports, covered with wooden boards. The rebar will go over that, and completed with a concrete top.



Miercoles, 6/5/2019:
Wilter oversees the placement of the rebar, as Doug and I check out the progress!

Miercoles, 6/5/2019:
And the concrete is poured. In the future, we will most likely add a palm top (like the cabana we have near our casita), and it will function as a cabana or BBQ type area.



Miercoles, 6/5/2019:
When the guys returned from lunch today, Wilter brought us a bag of fresh lenguado (flounder). So, two go in the freezer, and this one is dinner! Delicious!

Jueves, 6/6/2019:
Slightly up the hill and to the east of the septic tank, the guys work out laying out the site for the casita.



Jueves, 6/6/2019:
In the meantime, Byron has arrived with the machine to fix our driveways, and the first of 9 truckloads of material to be spread is here. It's going to be a busy day!

Jueves, 6/6/2019:
Another load of base material for the drive area behind our casita.



Jueves, 6/6/2019:
With no burning restrictions in Ecuador, this is the easiest way to clean up and get rid of the limbs, weeds, etc. Edison burns a pile of limbs cut from the casita site.

Jueves, 6/6/2019:
Byron parks the Caterpillar for the night, as he must return in the morning to finish our job. Woody inspects the day's work!



Jueves, 6/6/2019:
Looking south from the second level of the drive, up to the third level near the palapa and cabana, and down to the roundabout on the first level.

Jueves, 6/6/2019:
Much work was done today to correct the damage done by this year's rains, and will be finished tomorrow. Now, we can catch up on the day's D-Day events on YouTube!



Viernes, 6/7/2019:
Before finishing the job today on the drives, Byron will dig out the area for the bamboo casita foundation. But first, Wilter "ties down" our little cherry tree in the middle of the pathway - and the machine should just roll over the top without breaking my tree!

Viernes, 6/7/2019:
This land is very rocky and would take the guys 4 days to try and dig the foundation by hand. Luckily, Byron was able to get the Cat in where needed, and will do a much faster job!



Viernes, 6/7/2019:
Looking west toward the bamboo casita site from the driveway.

Viernes, 6/7/2019:
From the casita site looking northeast toward the front entrance gate. It's quite a cozy little spot for a casita!



Sabado, 6/8/2019:
After putting more material on the drive, it is higher than the pathway between our casita and the front gate. But since we now have brick, Wilter built us this "grand little staircase" to the drive!

Sabado, 6/8/2019:
It appears the day's activities have completely worn out Mr. Woody! He follows us everywhere, but just naps wherever he feels the need.



Sabado, 6/8/2019:
And while we go up to the balcony of the palapa to survey the day's work - Woody decides that beside the pool is far enough! There will be more fun tomorrow!

June 2, 2019

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(May/June, 2019)

Welcome to Villa Dos Colinas!!

Jueves, May 23, 2019: Still working hard to finish the palapa, and various other "unfinished" projects around the property. Maestro Luis and his crew are making great progress on the palapa, as can be seen in the photos below.

Here, Wilter adds a bottom step below the pool steps - as it was a rather big "last step", and this oversized step makes it much safer.

We are also beginning a project to build a small bamboo casita, hopefully to house a "caretaker". In order to be free to travel, we need someone who can remain on property to oversee our "villa"! More on that in the days to come....

Jueves, 5/23/2019:
Doug just about has all the little rock walls to direct the rainwater built. By the next rainy season (approx. December thru April), we should be better prepared for whatever rain falls!


Guest room/balcony of palapa
Viernes, 5/24/2019:
Work continues on the wood floors of the penthouse and balcony. "Masilla" (kind of a wood putty) is put in any cracks and covering the screws.

Viernes, 5/24/2019:
Only in Ecuador! The wood in the balcony floor is cedar. But, "most" of the wood in the screened room is laurel. The laurel came first, but they obviously didn't buy enough, and finished out the room and balcony with the cedar. I choose to say this is "unique"!
Guest room/balcony of palapa

Guest room of palapa
Sabado, 5/25/2019:
The screen is being installed, and maestro will build a screen door for the room from cana picada (a cut bamboo).

Lunes, 5/27/2019:
Looking through the door into the room. The laurel makes up most of the floor, but the front corner is cedar....you could say that we "aren't in Kansas anymore, Dorothy!"
Guest room of palapa

Preparing Bamboo
Lunes, 5/27/2019:
Wilter is preparing fresh cana for use in the front entrance where he will build a small roof over the gate. He is "curing" the bamboo by injecting a chemical into each section of the cana.

Lunes, 5/27/2019:
Down to the front entrance gate with the bamboo. It amazes me how strong these guys are - anything that can be hoisted up onto their shoulders can be carried!
Carrying Bamboo to entrance gate

Work on entrance gate
Martes, 5/28/2019:
Scaffolding fashioned from bamboo canes is ready to work on the entrance gate roof. Wooden supports will be attached to the bamboo, and the concrete roofing attached to that.

Miercoles, 5/29/2019:
With the bamboo and wood supports installed, the guys are attached the red roofing to the top. Can't wait to see how it looks!
Work on entrance gate

Palapa windows being installed
Jueves, 5/30/2019:
Maestro Luis returns, and is nearing completion of the palapa. Here he is installing the small windows in the bodega. When Maestro Miranda (a master carpenter) finishes the custom doors for the bodega and bathroom, we will finally have those rooms buttoned up!

Jueves, 5/30/2019:
The window between the bodega and the outdoor kitchen (which allows for cross ventilation).
Palapa windows being installed

entrance gate
Jueves, 5/30/2019:
Back at the entrance gate, Doug and Woody check out the progress. It appears the roof is in place, and we're ready for paint on the concrete columns.

Jueves, 5/30/2019:
We picked out a yellow paint (Doug's request) while in Jipijapa on Tuesday - Wilter and Santiago are now finishing up the paint job.
entrance gate

entrance gate
Jueves, 5/30/2019:
Closing the gate for the night. Looks great, guys! We plan to have a wooden plaque made to hang above the gate with the name "Villa Dos Colinas".

Viernes, 5/31/2019:
On to the next project - building a bamboo casita for a caretaker. The first job is to dig the hole for a small septic tank. This turned out to be quite a job, as our property is mostly rock about a foot down. Bricks should be delivered next week to build the walls.
Digging septic tank

Digging septic tank
Viernes, 5/31/2019:
No gym memberships required for these guys! I'm sure they will sleep well tonight. If you want a hard worker, hire an Ecuadorian!


Sabado, 6/1/2019:

Saturday night and the Malecon is lit up...

a malecon is simply a roadway along the beach. And Puerto Cayo has not had a very fancy one up until now.
New Malecon lights
They continue adding beautiful brick walkways and small walls, (we plan on walking down to the beach this coming week to have lunch and check out all the changes). It appears that lighting is being installed the entire length of the Malecon. We love the extra light!

See photos from May, 2019