A Travellerspoint blog

An Outing Cancelled

January 24

Today we were planning on attending a jazz afternoon at a restaurant here in Boquete. It was advertised as from 3 to 8, as part of the pre jazz festival events. However, on checking the website this morning, they had cancelled it. So we ended up staying home. Don went for a walk, but I was quite happy not to walk after our marathon yesterday. I did fill the hummingbird feeder again. It seems that only one bird is coming to it, but it does go down quickly.
I sat outside and stitched for quite awhile, chatting with Maria. It has been cool enough today that I had to sit in the sun to keep warm - just too cool in the shade. I think I will try and find some embroidery floss in town tomorrow or the next time we are there. I might have to look up the Spanish for it, because I don't know how to charade "embroidery floss" the way I did to buy the needles and thread.
Here is a picture of our cooking arrangements here. It is an outdoor kitchen and the stove has to be hooked up to the propane tank whenever we want to use it. The tank is kept in the cupboard when not in use, so it is out of sight. Apparently, propane tanks are the most stolen item in Panama.
We have a fridge, microwave, toaster oven, and coffee pot in our room, but no sink, so we have to wash our dishes outside as well. It involves a few more steps, but in this climate it is not a hardship.
Our outdoor kitchen

Our outdoor kitchen

Posted by katdill 17:58 Archived in Panama Comments (0)

A Long Walk

January 23

Today we set out to walk to town to attend the Boquete Knitters and Quilters fundraiser lunch. Instead of walking to town, we were picked up by Jackie, an American woman who has lived here for 1 1/2 years and was very friendly and helpful. She suggested we walk a loop road that follows the river up into the hills and comes back into town. She said it would take about 2 1/2 hours. She was right, that's how long it took. It wasn't too steep, but many long climbs until we finally got to the point where it was all downhill! Pretty hot and sweaty, I'll tell you. It's funny, here the temperature is usually around 20 or 22 and when in the sun, it's very warm. With the constant breeze, if you sit in the shade for too long you feel chilly. So walking up hills with only the occasional shady patch was pretty warm. I may have lost some weight today, if only water!
It was a beautiful walk and we saw nice views, coffee fields, interesting homes, etc. It seemed to be the day for carved wooden gate posts. I hadn't noticed any before today, but today we saw quite a few.

Great carving

Great carving

Not really a gate post, but street sculpture

Not really a gate post, but street sculpture

When we finally arrived back in town, we went to the fundraiser. They had many different kinds of soup, so you could have a little of this and a little of that, along with some bread and butter, beer and desserts. This Knitters and Quilters group has been in existence for 6 years now. As well as teaching Panamanian women how to knit with 2 needles, which apparently they had never seen before, they have donated well over 3,000 items: quilts, blankets, sweaters, caps and booties to various clinics for distribution to their needy clients. They also supply the softest caps to the pediatric oncology department at the Obaldia Hospital in David for children undergoing chemotherapy. To read more about this group go to http://boquete.ning.com/forum/topics/now-we-are-six.

After lunch, we bought some fruit, etc and got a cab home. My feet were more than ready to have a rest! (According to a FBI psycho-linguistics expert in the novel I'm reading, women use exclamation points more than men.)

We also had the pleasant discovery of two eggs in the hummingbird nest. They are so tiny!!!! It will come as no surprise to those who know me that I had to research hummingbird nesting. Only the female builds the nest and an important component is spider web. The web is used to bind the nest to the branch and it makes it very strong and flexible. Amazing stuff!!!

Tiny eggs

Tiny eggs

As we sat in the shade outside, cooling down from our exertions, we had a little skink come and visit. Don got this shot of him right by his foot. I had to research skink vs gecko to be sure what we were seeing.

Skink

Skink

Posted by katdill 16:26 Archived in Panama Comments (0)

Quiet Day at Home

January 22

We decided to not go to town today - no need to shop and plenty of vegies from the market to eat. Have to eat so there is room in the fridge for more!!
Don did some more weeding and digging for Lynne. I cleaned our cabina and did a little ironing, which I could do standing outside. Ironing is not so bad when you can stand out in the breeze and watch for birds while you are doing it.
We did go for a walk after lunch. We went further up Volcancito Road, enjoying the forest, watching for birds, looking at the big houses.... At our turn around point, we met a man walking with a little girl - maybe 2 or 3 years old. I said Hola to her, she replied, and when I offered my hand for her to shake, she did so. She was a little bit shyer with Don, but her Dad encouraged her to shake his hand, and so she did. The father was obviously very pleased with this interaction - she was learning how to deal with people she didn't know.

LIttle girl shaking my hand

LIttle girl shaking my hand


We spend quite a bit of time watching the birds. Lynne encouraged us to put fruit out on the stone gate post to attract the birds. They like papaya skin, pineapple skin, and banana, so far. It's nice to have them come so close, so we can sit in our chairs and watch them. We discovered yesterday that the female hummingbird has built another nest and laid one egg in it. Maybe there will be two eggs in it tomorrow. We don't want to disturb her too much as the nest is right between the cabinas and the walkway.

Buff-throated Saltator, we think

Buff-throated Saltator, we think

Posted by katdill 16:05 Archived in Panama Comments (0)

Shortcut to Town

January 21

For everyone who is wondering about Marie's scorpion bite, she is fine. Here she is this morning:

Marie

Marie

Her scorpion bite

Her scorpion bite


We walked into town today by taking a shortcut trail. We are high up on an escarpment above Boquete and the trail we took was very steep and rocky. It wound down the cliff and got us into Boquete a back way.

Carefully going down

Carefully going down

View from near the top of the path of the town below

View from near the top of the path of the town below

We had lunch at the Fish House restaurant. Good fish sandwiches, although some ladies club was in there partying pretty loudly. After lunch we checked out some stores and I bought some scissors and pins - both necessary for working with fabric! One of the stores we visited was a painted tile store. The woman sits there and paints tiles while minding the store. Beautiful work!

Hard at work

Hard at work

Some of her product

Some of her product


After buying what we needed at the supermarket, we caught a cab back. There is no way I'm walking up that escarpment!!

Posted by katdill 17:16 Archived in Panama Comments (1)

Tuesday Market

January 20

Every Tuesday there is a market in Boquete which seems to cater to the ex-pats and tourists. There are organic growers selling their produce, coffee farmers, prepared food vendors, artisans, etc. Lynne gave Marie and us a ride to the market early this morning, so we were there before the official opening time of 9:00. We bought some vegetables and other food supplies.

View of the outdoor part of the market

View of the outdoor part of the market

Fresh tumeric root for sale

Fresh tumeric root for sale


As well I bought a mola to bring home and make into a cushion cover. (Don says we really need another cushion!) The young man who sold me the mola, told me about making them and said they take a month to make. Such a lot of detailed work! I had looked at the molas for sale at the Flower Fair, but didn't buy one then. I didn't want to regret not taking advantage of the opportunity to get the genuine article.

Young man selling molas for his village

Young man selling molas for his village

The one I bought

The one I bought


When we left the market, Don and I walked with Marie over to the library. It is a very nice 3 story building with art on display on the walls. Up on the 3rd floor, they had a quilt display up. There is a quilt club here in Boquete and apparently they are quite active. They have some kind of lessons going on once a week and are planning some fundraiser lunch to raise money to buy fabric to make blankets for the newborns at the hospital here. I was very impressed with a silk piece done in sections.

Isthmus by Barbara H. Rabkin

Isthmus by Barbara H. Rabkin


We left Marie at the library, where she works on a translation project she has going on. We walked around town some more on streets we had not yet been on and discovered this great bird feeder, with lots of birds coming and going from it.

Bird feeder with bananas in it

Bird feeder with bananas in it


After having seen the molas again and the quilts, I had to go and buy some fabric, thread and needles, so I can relieve the itch in my fingers. I bought remnants of various colours and spent a whopping great 3.25 on it all!

My sewing supplies

My sewing supplies


We then caught a taxi home and had lunch. We had a nice afternoon at home and did some more visiting with Marie.

Posted by katdill 16:26 Archived in Panama Comments (3)

(Entries 36 - 40 of 50) « Page .. 3 4 5 6 7 [8] 9 10 »