Friday, December 12, 2014

El Zorro

I was surprised to hear that fox in Spanish is zorro as I always think of the movie by that name.
I did a nice post on the fox that has come to visit our ducks and chicks on my nature journal.
Which you can click on the link here

He looks like my pet hanging around the front yard looking for a handout!

Life has been too busy to do much blogging between prom, 18th birthday party for Samuel, canning strawberry jam and cherry pie filling, and working on our new farm, there isn't much time left! But Jim has been doing lots of videos for his youtube channel about getting our homestead going so you can go see those here.

Hasta luego!

Monday, December 8, 2014

Hawks & Caracaras

Isn't this little guy cute?
This hawk chick in his nest is in our yard.
If you want to read more about hawks and the caracaras, a larger predatory bird,
please visit my other blog

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Video Walking tour of our new farm

Here are a series of videos on a walking tour of our new farm here in Chile. 

Friday, November 7, 2014

New Baby Sheep Video

Here is a video of our new twin, baby black sheep.

One little female and the other twin is a larger male.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Busy, busy & our new farm!!!

Wow! Life has been busy lately. Just a quick update for family & friends
We sold our duplex in the US and
about 3 weeks ago we made an offer on the land in Purranque. It was a low offer and it was declined.
So then we made an offer on the land in Chiriuco but we were too late as another person had made an offer but they are slow and the owner is getting frustrated so if these other people can't make it happen by November 20th, we are in. Here are a few pics of that property. It is 6.5 acres with pasture, creek, woods, and a spring on a dirt road surrounded by dairy farms and a short walk to a navigable river for kayaking. Update - on Nov. 15 - our offer was accepted!
On the road

The right side - beyond the trees is a ravine down to the creek

Pasture to the fence and then down to the woods in the rear
On to other news - Samuel & Andrew are spending the week at the local Catholic school. They are checking it out before we enroll them for next year. This is the quickest cheapest way to learn spanish and make friends. I'll post more about the school system later - it's a bit different than the US and took us a while to figure it out.
 And we had 2 new additions to our flock yesterday.

I suspected something when I saw her trying to hide behind a tree but then we had to leave for the day and we missed the birth. It's a boy and a girl! We have one more ewe who is round as a barrel. I wouldn't be surprised if she had triplets.

And finally, we finally got a bank account! But it's really weird and we can only put so much money in. Jim will post more on that later.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Lavanda Casa de Te in Frutillar

Wow, what a beautiful surprise this was! This little restaurant is off the beaten path so I had never heard of it until a friend took me there one beautiful sunny afternoon.

Even the drive is scenic and quaint
Blooming apple trees surround the building

Glimpses of the lavender fields

And the tea house
Bright & sunny - each table is hand stenciled and each chair has been covered in pretty flower fabrics
plus each table is set with a different pattern of beautiful old fashioned china

The view of the lavender fields and the lake

I wish you could smell the delightful aromas of lavender and tea
When you sit down, you get a complementary glass of lavender lemonade in a wine glass

Even the sugar cubes have been decorated!

Fresh baked cookies, lavender scones and the most delicious tea
We had 2 pots - one green tea with blueberry and one black tea with flowers

And they have a large selection of beautiful china and tea pots
And here is their link if you want to go visit!

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Land in Caracol

This little village (the Snail) is NW of the city of Osorno. Beautiful big farms with highbrow neighbors. Maybe a little too rich for our blood! The site is a little over 50 acres and the owner is asking around $5600 per acre. A little too big and little over budget but well worth the walk over this nice piece of land.

The view down the road

View from the gate - most of the land is pasture

Heading down the slope towards the river- the property line is the fence on the right and the clumps of forest are on the other side of the river on another piece of land
This is a spring that comes up about half way down the hill and flows down tot he river
Samuel & Thomas  inspecting the creek flowing down to the river
Views of the river
The view of Volcan Osorno


The bottom land near the river is a little swampy

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Land in Purranque

Coming down the road towards the property

Across the street is a blueberry farm (yum)

To the right would be the road frontage of the property
The view from the front gate - open pasture with a few large trees and a few grazing bulls all the way to the tree line in the back center which is a stand of Eucalyptus
Walking through the eucalyptus stand - the property slopes from the front to the rear creek

At the rear of the property overlooking the creek to the neighbor's farm

Looking towards the front of the property from the stand of woods
The sad part - they are clearing the land to sell for firewood
I don't know if they are clearing all the eucalyptus but this is a major drawback for us 

A swampy area near the clearcut

The creek that runs on the rear property line is moving fast enough to use for some power generation and seems to flow year round

This is another small creek that runs into the one above
And here is the video Jim put up on Youtube
The land is 8 hectares which is about 20 acres. They are asking around $8k per acre which is way too much but we'll offer what we can and see what happens. Since they are clearing the land for firewood, they may need the money. It is a buyer's market here. Land doesn't move fast and there are rumors that a big fat new tax is looming on the horizon for land purchases (19%) to fund free higher education.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

The Magic Kingdom and Ebola

Here is the prediction of Justice Antonin Scalia, and it only makes sense that it applies to Ebola. By the way I hear from the CDC that Ebola is really not that bad and that it just like the common cold.

Here is the latest interview with the director of the CDC who appears to be a DOLT!

Does it strike any of you that this guy is an IDIOT? He sounds like he wants to feel the Ebloa patients pain and that we should let people come and go from east Africa because it is only fair!? He puts out the theory that if you cut off all flights to east africa that it would stop our ability to combat the virus, WHY because it is not possible to have a military flight drop them off? Do any of you out there think that if the CDC and obama wanted to fly to liberia that they would not be there later today? Oh no we have to wait on the next flight from Atlanta to get the CDC there. Ya right. Was this not the same CDC that was able to bring an infected doctor back to the former USA on a chartered flight?
Maybe the CDC could crowd fund their protection plan?

Watch the CDC video and realize that they do not have this under control at all.

Are you ready to leave the former USA yet or do you have to wait till other countries will not let people from the USA to come into their country, just like the USA should have done from day 1.

Are you ready to leave yet?

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Ducklings first swim

Finally it feels like spring! After a depressing week with lots of rain and cool temps in the 40-50 range, the new month brought warmth and sunshine and the click beetles! It was 70 F today and the warm day was hatching day for the beetles. They are harmless and provided a tasty snack for the ducks first swim! See our movie of the ducks here. Enjoy! Have a splashy day!

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Homemade Empanadas

YUM!If you could only taste these, you'd spend the rest of your life in Chile. These are awesome!
We have had many a store bought empanada and they are nothing compared to these delectable morsels of fried goodness.My very sweet friend, Alida, came over today to show me how to make empanadas. It is a family tradition in Chile to get together at holidays, especially Fiestas Patrias, to make empanadas. Each South American country has their own version of the empanada. The typical one found in Chile is the empanada de horno or the baked empanada. It has a meat and onion filling with part of a slice hard boiled egg and an olive with the pit.
Ours are filled with onions, ground beef, parsley, and garlic.
The dough is just flour, oil, salt, and water. Rolled out with a pasta machine assembly line style

Fried to a crispy golden color in our cast iron skillet

And our finicky little taste tester get's the first bite and the verdict is ..........
If you want the recipe, please post a comment!

Work Place Violence. Are you safe in the USA?

Here are a few links on a little work place violence problem that is happening in the former USA.

Remember when work place violence was someone stealing your lunch from the break room fridge? When some joker put a tack in your chair? When they put Vaseline on your phone hand set, or super glue on your key board? How about the time someone put vinegar in the coffee pot? Maybe you got a paper cut or a staple caught in your finger, that would be violent would it not?

Now a little muslim beheading is considered work place violence in the former USA?

So are you safe in the USA?

Are your wife and children safe?

Just asking?

Just our daily rainbow here in Chile.

No Violence in this picture, but the wind was blowing hard this day!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Pollitos y Patitos - Chicks & Ducks

Buying anything in a different country is always a challenge. Where do you go? Not the old familiar places and the language is always a challenge. We wanted chicks for a while and saw some at the feria but the next time we went, they didn't have any. Different feria and closer to spring we saw a sign that we deciphered as saying - broiler chicks, ducklings, and laying hen chicks. The prices averaged around 3$ piece- we placed our order (12 chicks and 4 ducks) and were told to return in 3 weeks. As we anxiously awaited, we wondered what were we really getting? We didn't know what breeds and just assumed they would be little chicks. Well, the ducklings were very little but the hens were feathered out though still quite young. They were very healthy calm animals. They seemed used to being handle which is nice but we still don't know what breeds they are!
The chicks in their temporary container for the first night
They were a lot bigger than we expected so we weren't quite ready
We will be feverishly working on the coop this weekend!


Thomas & his special duck Lucinda