Friday, June 8, 2012

Winter has arrived...

Remember how I always complained during the summer that it felt like I was living in hell because it was 115F outside and everything I touched was hot?  Well, that's certainly not a problem anymore... Winter is here!  And now I'm forced to dress like this at night:
Ok, not really.  But it gets very, very cold.  I'm certainly not complaining though.  The cold weather means wearing clothes longer without sweating, which means less laundry.   It means less bathing, also, which probably shouldn't be a plus... But it means like two less trips up the hill with buckets to get water.

The weather change has slowed me down a bit though.  I've acquired the gripe, or a cold, that I can't seem to shake.  I mentioned it to one of my senoras, Nora, that I wasn't feeling great and she provided me with some jujos to make a remedio, which I talk about in this video:

It did the job, if only for that evening.  I might have to see if I can find more malva and I'm pretty sure I have a guayava tree in my yard.  Between all the mate, hot cider, hot chocolate, and coffee I'm drinking, I'm definitely staying well-hydrated!

Things are coming along with my demo-plot.   I've worked with Luis for a few hours the last couple of days on clearing out a small portion of the field.  I wish I had a brush-hog!  Sometimes I really miss modern technology!
So far we've had nothing but shovels to remove all this brush
Luis and I are going to try to use a rolo-cuchillo on Monday to cut down what we can't get with a shovel.  Honestly, I'm not sure what a rolo-cuchillo is, or how it works, but it will be interesting to see.  A cuchillo is a knife, so it must be some kind of rolling knife thing... I don't know if I'm going to have to pull it or if we can get a cow to do it.  Luis is the 19 year-old son of my community contact that went with me to the Peace Corps sponsored workshop on Permaculture and Climate Change.  He's excited to put some of the permaculture techniques that we discussed into practice in the demo-plot.   I'm just excited to have someone to work with!

Other than being sick and working on the demo-plot, I don't have that much else going on right now.  Things in the garden are looking pretty feo... I have to figure out what is wrong.  I would post a picture, but it's really ugly.  I think it's just bad soil.  My friends Elijah and Maggie are coming to my site next Thursday, and I'm going to rely on Elijah's expert gardening knowledge to help me out.  I do currently have my worm bin completed (I'll  do a video about that for my next blog), as well as two compost piles, so I'm well on my way to recuperating my soil!

I had a great birthday celebration in Asuncion.  I'll  probably do a blog on that later in the week.


Manuel said...

Issues in weather here? You can't escape!... Too hot, too cold: inside or out. It's never really the temperature that is the breaking factor. And cold and rainy? That sucks!

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Emilio Fernandez Esteban
Calle Valencia,39
28903 Getafe (Madrid)

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Yours Sincerely

Emilio Fernandez