Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Finishing the Year with Gratitude

 So much to be grateful for at this year's ending!  The marvelous nature around us, the lessons learned in each day's work, the fabulous people who gravitate toward Mama Roja, and all the poetry of a homesteading life in the jungle. 

Thanks for another gorgeous internship!  We wrapped up the program with mud plastered sculptures and mosaics.

 Mud vines wrapping the outside porch of the house on the hill. 

 Giant sunshines with great ceramic tentacles!  Wow!  High art!
 Our dear, sweet, well-behaved interns...

Memories of peanuts and planting:
 Everyone's favorite toothless hero.  Watch out, he bites.  No joke.
 Herbal eye remedy:  Santa Lucia's magical flower drop squeezed into an ailing eye cures all aggravations of spirit and eyeball.
 Oh, the handsome harvest of sweet potatoes:
 Muddy feet make happy souls:
 As if we weren't dirty enough, medicinal mud makes our Ladies Spa Day into an exfoliating extravaganza.
 Still planting summer delights in the garden.
 Sombrero Silliness.
 Friends who love mud building:
 The big river on a hot afternoon.  The perfect way to end a cow manure-hunting outing.
 News on the duckling:  He is waddling and well, eating and growing, and has even started hissing and chasing us down for more food!  Thanks to our home-brewed microorganisms, we saved him from imminent duck-doom.
 And life in the jungle just keeps on.  The wonder, the blessings, and the joy.  Thanks to all who have journeyed to Mama Roja this past year to make this project a fun and successful adventure in sustainable living!

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