Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Colorful Visitors and the Winds

In my first post from El Valle I was talking about the strong winds we get well last night they were so strong that they blew off part of the roof and this morning the winds have not let up so it should be an interesting day. Below is a few pictures I took the other day while enjoying my morning coffee on our porch. These colorful visitors were all around one of our orange tree's.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Plant life in El Valle and Our New Home.

Hi everyone.
 I was talking in the last post about how lush the plant life is here in El Valle and it has to be seen to be believed. Below is a picture of a dead and live tree both covered in orchids, ferns, mosses and bromeliads planted by mother nature.

If I had to describe our rented house in one word it would be HUGE. It is 4 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms a sunroom, large open kitchen and a living room, dining area of about 30 feet by 24  feet with 18 foot ceilings. It has a dining table that seats 12 people and a bar that would seat 5 people. Below are a few pictures.

There are 3 covered porches with the largest being about 20x30 feet. The breeze blows through the 56 windows that are opened each morning and closed each night. It feels strange to have all our windows open each day because living in Canada you were lucky to have your windows open 7 times a year because it was either too cold or too hot. Here the weather is great and we are loving every bit of it.

Monday, January 5, 2015

Happy New Year and A New Life in El Valle, Panama

 My Partner Gregg and I have now officially retired and moved to El Valle, Panama.
Never again will we have to endure a Canadian winter. Here in El Valle, Panama we have 2 seasons wet and dry. The average daily temperature is about 27 and the night time temperatures average 22 and it is like this year round. The one thing that is really different is the winds we get here are crazy. Last night they were blowing so hard they were blowing furniture across the patio. The town of EL Valle is in the crater of a dormant volcano. It is the second biggest inhabited crater in the world. Located about 2 1/2 hours from Panama City at an elevation of about 600 meters and with a population of 5,000 this tropical wonder has to be seen to be believed. The town is surrounded by lush green mountains and there is vegetation everywhere you look. Every tree that you look at is covered with orchids, bromeliads and ferns planted by mother nature.
This year my blog will have lots of pictures from here and some tatting here and there.

This is the view that we get to look at each morning as we have our breakfast on one of the covered patio's. Below is a scan of the snowflakes that I made and gave to friends this Christmas. This is a Celtic Snowflake and the pattern is from Ruth Perry. Thank you Ruth these made impressive gifts for my friends and they loved them. 

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Brantford Parks and Moving to El Valle, Panama

Here is a picture from our garden this year.
Hi everyone sorry I have not posted for a few days now but this will be my last post for for about 3 weeks as we are moving to Panama to retire. It is going to take a while to get internet service figured out so the next time I blog it will be from El Valle, Panama. Two days to go and counting.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Brantford Parks and Wednesday's Inspiration

"The secret of joy in work is contained in
one word-excellence. To know how to
do something well is to enjoy it."
-Pearl S. Buck

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Brantford Parks and Tuesday's Inspiration

Outdoor art exhibit at Glenhyrst Art Gallery. This sculpture is made out of welded rebar which is usually used to reinforce concrete in cement structures.

"To act is to affirm the worth of an end."
-Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Brantford Parks and Monday's Inspiration

"There are times to stay put, and what you want
will come to you, and there are times to go out
into the world and find such a thing for yourself."
-Lemony Snicket

Friday, November 14, 2014

Brantford Parks and Friday's Inspiration

"I like living. I have sometimes been wildly,
despairingly, acutely miserable, racked with sorrow,
but through it all I still know quite certainly that
just to be alive is a grand thing."
-Agatha Christie

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Brantford Parks and Thursday's Inspiration

"Never, never rest contented with
any circle of ideas, but always be certain
that the wider one is still possible."
-Pearl Bailey

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

In Memory of Ali and Tuesday's Inspiration

"No matter how good you get
you can always get better
and that's the exciting part."
-Tiger Woods

After being a source of entertainment, companionship comfort and healing has passed away. Although in leaving you leave a hole in our hearts, we will strive to forget that and instead remember all the years you brought joy to our lives.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Brantford Parks and Friday's Inspiration

"Believe there is a greater power silently
working all things for good, behave yourself
and never mind the rest."
-Beatrix Potter

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Monday, November 3, 2014

Brantford Parks and Monday's Inspiration

Peacock Flower Bed.

"Love the moment. Flowers grow out of
dark moments. Therefore, each moment is vital.
It affects the whole. Life is a succession of such
moments and to live each, is to succeed."
-Sister Corita Kent

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Friday, October 31, 2014

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Brantford Parks and Thursday's Inspiration

"Cherish your vision and your dreams
as they are the children of your soul;
the blueprints of your ultimate achievements."
-Napoleon Hill

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Monday, October 20, 2014

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Brantford Parks and Tuesday's Inspiration

"There is no need to go to India or
anywhere else to find peace. You will find that
deep place of silence right in your room,
your garden or even your Bathtub."
-Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

Monday, October 13, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving to all my Canadian friends.

"People, even more than things,
have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed,
and redeemed; never throw out anyone."
-Audrey Hepburn

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Wednesday, October 8, 2014