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FEBRUARY 2009: “If We Have Visitors, It Must Be January!”
(NOTE: Newcomers, who'd like to get an idea of what this site is all about, would be well-advised to click on "2005 Pages" and read that introduction. Enjoy!)
People fly south for the winter, too.
Friends and family all want to escape the cold, dreary days for the warmth and color of Panamá. You can't blame them, but normally our hills are brown and sere for it's summertime down here, but I said "normally." January of this year proved to be wetter than usual. Whereas, in the past, .02" of rain proved the mean, we just got all of two-inches; and February started off with even more. So, our visitors this year are getting a better idea of the wonders tropical rain can afford. I should say: VISITORS!
The string of visitations began with TC's lifelong friend, Tobey, and her husband, Bruce. It won't end until sister Andrea and her husband, Bob, leave near the first of March. Now, if I wanted to be mean, I'd make some comment about fish and guests, but that's not me...
No, I love house guests, more the merrier. Bring 'em on! Just ask them not to take so many frickin' pictures, "Puh-lease!" One gallery, not shot by me, started out with over 400 images! At any rate, there's going to be several galleries, three of which don't include one of my photos. So, brace yourself and prepare for impact.
That said, let's get started. If you click on the picture of Tobey and Bruce, you'll be transported to our first gallery of images they took during their flight here, and that's "flight" as in they flew their own plane!
Okay, trying to keep things in a semi, somewhat, more or less chronological order, let's take a look at this month's Casa Ingaso gallery, as it ties in with Tobey and Bruce's visit. It will also shed light on a problem we've been having during these financially strapped times: trying to generate a little compensation for services rendered.
So, click on the cup and away you'll go...
(The cup represents to me all the time I spent working on these galleries, time augmented by the consumption of mass quantities of caffeine. I don't know about you, but there's a certain ritualistic pleasure in a hot cuppa joe...)
Okay, like I said, our next gallery features our long-suffering casita. One of the ideas behind it was to provide a second guest room for those times when both of TC's sisters are in-residence, like now! Nearly a year in the making, the casita finally came together in January—and just in the nick of time. TC and Jessica and I were able to complete the finishing touches the day before Andrea arrived. And, if memory serves (does it ever!?!?), I completed a chore or two while TC and Jessica went to the airport.
So, without further ado, just click on the image to be whisked away...
Now that you're back, it's time to view a gallery full of photographs Jessica has taken...up till now. Oh, no doubt she'll keep shooting, and no doubt Andrea will add to the mix, but I had to cut off the deluge somewhere. The way it is, there will be more than enough photos for yet another update come March, probably too many. But, this is the time of year when people visit and, invariably, they take pictures, pictures I like to share so that you can see Panama and Ingaso through someone else's eyes.
Once again, just click on the mutts and enjoy!
Well, if you're still with us, our last gallery will be full of pictures mostly shot by TC, but with a few of Jessica's, too. They took them during a tour of the largest orchid farm in the Americas, just a little mom-and-pop shop not too far from Altos.
A group of Altoids got together for the tour, making reservations this time, and carpooling. Some of you might remember TC's pictures of the farm from a couple of years ago. Well, it's expanded; it's hot house now covers 7 hectares! For you inch/foot/yard people, that's 17 acres. And that's why they call it the largest orchid farm in the Americas, like North and South!?!?
In fact, if you've purchased orchids at just about any of the major supermarket chains in the States, the odds are good the plant came from here.
So, for the last time...this time, just click on the image to see the McVey sister's efforts.
And that wraps up yet another update from your merry band of buddies here at Casa Ingaso, Altos del Maria, Panama. I hope you enjoyed it. And we'll be back, probably sooner than you'd prefer, with another look into the lives of critters and creatures who call Ingaso home.
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