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Our Final Days in DR- Part 1

7 Mar

We’ve been back in NY for just a few days but we are already adjusting back into city life in the good ole USA.  Last week was so busy with wrapping up all of our projects in Dominican Republic that I didn’t have much time to put up a post.  However, it is important for me to share with you the culmination of our work there, so here goes (in 3 parts/posts)…

Casita de La Tierra

One of the projects I have wanted to follow up on is our transplanting work on Renzo’s mom’s land.  Our original intention was to take all of the herbs we had grown from seed and transplant them there.  You can click here to read a previous post about the raised beds we dug and the herbs we transplanted there.  Unfortunately when we returned a week after our transplanting work there, we found several calendula plants missing and a bunch of other plantings which had been trampled on.  It soon became clear to us that that land was not secure from people (namely some local teenagers) and animals and that we’d be risking losing more plants if we continued to transplant there.  So we made the choice not to plant anything more there, and opted instead to tend to the plants in containers until we could figure out a better plan.  In the meantime, Renzo’s mom Taty had decided to hire her brother Nelson to build a small traditional casita on the land.  The idea was that Nelson would live there most of the time and be a presence on the land bringing more security to the property.  So although our transplanting was put on hold, the building of the casita presented a unique opportunity for Renzo to learn some traditional construction methods from his uncle.  So, towards the end of our stay in DR Renzo was splitting his time between his internship at Jose Ramon and putting in hours helping Nelson build the casita.  Here are some pics:

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Next post…find out what happened to the 200+ medicinal herbs we cultivated!  Also, final pics of the mural!



Our First Post! Scouting out our new digs in DR

25 Aug

This blog has been in the making for a few months, so it is really exciting to finally be able to sit down and write our first post!   A few weeks ago Renzo and I spent a week in Dominican Republic scouting possible options for our new digs in DR.  (For more info on our project click here.)

Samba stayed behind in the capable hands of cousin Gary, who was impressively enthusiastic about having the doggie-sitting gig despite major allergies to his charge.  Lol, Gary you are simply AWESOME, thank you.

Pretty soon after we arrived in DR we took a ride over to the campo where much of Renzo’s family lives.  Lots of family were in town that week for a wedding so we spent a lot of time hopping from casita to casita saying hi to countless cousins, aunts, and uncles.  It was really fun.  We were excited to take a closer look at Papa’s house (which has been empty since his passing) to assess the amount of work that it might need.  It’s where we imagined we’d stay, but we were keeping our options open…

Here are some pics:

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Papa’s casita is really cute and was in better shape than I think either of us were expecting.  Tio Victor pointed out it would need some work like a kitchen (however I’m told that when people move in DR they take their stoves and fridges with them), a coat of paint & removal of some type of fungus(?) from the walls, bars on the windows (suggested by Renzo’s mom), window screens (my suggestion…so many mosquitos!) new doors, new gate and a few more minor jobs.

Pros: Cute house, surrounded by family,  investment in a family home, right next to Papa’s land    Cons: Really noisy (especially at night), lack of security/privacy

Here is a pic of Papa’s land (just down the path from the house) that we will be cultivating:

As you can see, the land and soil is filled with rocks and dried grasses that will need to be cleared.  We definitely have our work cut out for us!  We are hoping to persuade some of Renzo’s little cousins into helping us.  We would love to get them excited about the project…the more people who want to be involved the better!  We are really excited about the existing trees as well: coconut, mango, limoncillo (quinepa), guava, and plantain (which is not technically a tree though) and pomarosa.  Mmmmmmmm.

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