Sunday, we went back to Monticristi to buy more hammocks for our curtains. Most of the windows needed just one more hammock to make the curtains full enough. Colon and Olayita, their year old grandson and his nanny drove us there in their truck. They are becoming like real family, even though we inherited them from Mario, Leo’s nephew. They are so giving and always offering to take us anywhere. Each time they take us out we treat them to a meal or two depending how long we stay out to say thank you for their generosity. When they came on Sunday, they had several starter plants for us, because I am trying to get some color into this field of white (the house inside and out).
We had to go up and down the street to find the right shade of yellow and turquoise. We also did a little impulse buying. We got some small containers that looked crocheted. We bought 2 small pictures of the Andes people to go with a small painting I had bought in Quito. The painting looked lost on these tall walls, so I will make it a group of 3. I also got a small square tablecloth with a local design in it that I will hang on the wall as a decoration to fill a huge wall.
Leo wanted to get a Panama Hat that is made in Monticristi, but the hats he liked were over $100.00. They had a fine weave which drove up the price. He did not buy. Below is a hat that is 1/2 woven.
After shopping we went to a town called Marianita, just south of Manta. We had looked at that town on the internet before moving here, because Leo saw a house he and I loved. It was called the “kite house”. It was made from bamboo and had a thatched roof. We were very anxious to see the house. It had been purchased just before we moved here. As it turns out, it is in an area that is not served with buses, so one has to own a car, so it would not have been good for us anyway. Leo could not wait to see the house. They had changed it by removing the thatched roof, which we hated to see. I love a thatched roof.
Along the beach were places to eat. They were not called comedors like in the other areas of Ecuador, they were called cabanas. We chose a place to eat on the beach. We ate the almuerzo: soup, fish, rice, potato and salad.
As we ate we watched the kite surfers. This area has just the right wind drafts for it.
After eating, I went on the beach and collected sand and rocks. Usually I collect shells, but this beach was unusually rocky, so it made since to get rocks. The beach was covered with them, like shells on a beach. I am collecting these from each beach I go to. I will eventually put them in a shadow box with a picture in the background of that beach. Another cheap way to decorate. I don’t know how many of you are on Pinterest, but it is a great site for collecting ideas such as, decorating, recipes, quotes, crafts, etc. I love it and get ideas for coastal decorating.
Along the road, Leo wanted to take a picture of a man we saw making fishing nets. See below.
When we were nearer home, Olayita took us to a place near our area that sells typical Ecuadorian sweets. This store was in a town called Rocafuerte. She bought about $2.00 worth of a variety of candy. The candy display reminded me of going into Munson’s Chocolate Store. There were so many cars and people around this store. It is definitely the place to go. We sat and sampled the candy (none was chocolate). Coconut, plantains, yucca, sweet potato, strawberries were just some of the things that the candy was made of. I just took bites of each to taste and it was so sweet that I had a sugar high afterwards. After leaving there, we stopped at a store and Olayita came out of there with a cups of shaved ice, covered with colored and flavored milk, sweet like condensed milk. It tasted good, but after that candy, I could not put one more sweet thing in my stomach. We rode a ways and we stopped at a roadside stand again and Olayita bought a cup of fruit for us. I did eat this. It was very good and was in natural papaya juice, no sugar added. Since they have lived here all their lives they know what is what. They said this stand had fruit with no sugar and they did not save fruit that was left over, they fed it to the animals, unlike another fruit stand they pointed out.
We did not eat dinner needless to say. We watched another few episode of Suits on video. We just started Year Two of Suits. We bought 3 years of Suits at the video store in Quito. Since we have no TV and I can’t seem to get the set up I need to watch American TV here on computer, I wish I had bought more. A few days ago, we watched UB play volleyball on the computer. We upgraded our service to do that, but we have to upgrade again, because it has to be faster to stream video better.
Just before we left, for Monticristi, we ran out of water. We still can’t seem to find out why we are losing water. The water should last a month or more and we have had the cistern filled about once a week on average. We have just normal usage, so there must be a leak that Fernando, the caretaker, cannot find. The owner must be tired of paying $30.00 each time water is delivered.. Leo made a measuring stick to put in the cistern each day to monitor usage and to record how we use the water each day.