|Curved step and walls of the entrance courtyard. Shady palms and walls make it a nice place to sit. There is still a fabric awning to come for the porch.|
Mary Ann's Tropical Building Page
December 29th, 1998
You may have wondered why we haven't had an update to our site since October 9th, 1998. It isn't because we have stopped building!
The web site hasn't been updated because we are in the Finish Carpentry stage of the technology center, which is the hardest part of any construction project. And there were a few other distractions: three nieces came for a visit, many of our workers were loaned out to refurbish a neighbor's house, Vince and Sam got married, Griffin gave a community course on Computer Hardware, Bob gave a community course on How to Create a Web Page, and all three of us worked on plans for Beachtech, our new technology center. As of Christmas, we are moved in, but the center isn't quite finished.
Don't worry, we still have another building to do, so there will be many more reports about building on a Caribbean island.
Here is what has been happening:
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As soon as the carpeting was down in technology center, we started moving our things in, then ourselves.
|Xmas party on the site.|
Tuesday before xmas we had a party on the porch of the technology center for the workmen.
|Ahhhhh - all moved!|
The main conference room is full of all our stuff!
|Sanding a louvered door.|
There are a large number of louvered doors within the technlogy center. These were all sanded, primed, and painted before installation.
We painted most of the wood work and doors to give the building a tropical feel, as well the walls. The colors were shades of blue and yellow, with white trim and turquoise shutters. We oiled the exterior teak doors and varnished some sliding louvered doors for the main activity room.
|Shade cloth nursery.|
We have an interesting sink hole on the property with a grove of trees growing out of it. There has been a lot of discussion about what we should do with it. So far the only use is to create a gardening shade room on one side.
The garden room is currently being used to start oleanders, boxwood and bougainvillea for planting around the property (all possible because we now have a big cistern at the high point on the property and a water pump for it and irrigation pipes installed).
|How to Start New Plants.|
Starting plants in the tropics is really easy. We got a truck load of trimmings from one of our neighbors who was pruning.
You strip the leaves off the branches, cut them into convenient lengths, then stick them in water until the roots appear. Then you plant them in the dirt. Simple!
The technology center has more planters. These are filled with banana plants, papaya and bougainvillea. This picture was taken about a month ago in November.
|One short month later!|
Here is the same planter a month later. We had to stand quite a bit further back from the planter to get all the plants into the picture!
We have also installed drip irrigation. This is the inline drip system developed in Israel. It is a very simple system without the spaghetti tubes and zillions of small fittings that plague other systems.
To find out more about it, we suggest the book Drip Irrigation For Every Landscape and All Climates by Robert Kourik.
We call this our "Dominican Garden",
except that we don't have a river.
The bright red blossoms are Ginger Lilies.
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