Progress at Quinta Quijote...NOT
There's a whole lot of nothing going on at Quinta Quijote lately. Well, at least for the past two months.
Roger gave our workers a month off for the holidays, but work hasn't resumed due to one nasty neighbor. Over vacation, he put up this fence you see above to block the public road. Since that day, we've had nothing but fun (not) dealing with the confused Nandaime legal system, a total lack of communication among the powers that be in town, and a lawyer with no 'cojones'.
Well, we've recently gotten a new lawyer and are now simply biding our time until the fence comes down. Needless to say, this has been very frustrating but we haven't let it get us down (or maybe we're just drinking tons more beer).
Roger has been enjoying his down time from construction and the headaches of supervising workers, and has recently begun experimenting with milk wine. First batch was a bust, but the second looks quite promising. I'm still curious to see if you can actually make decent wine from powdered milk! Maybe I'll have a few pictures and a recipe to share in a month, sure hope so.
With construction on hold, and therefore our move-in date as well, I've been practicing my homesteading skills here at our rental in Jinotepe. My gardening has been hit or miss for the most part, but painting tires that Roger brings me and making the front yard "rustico" has kept me busy. I've had good luck with specialty lettuces, green onions and cherry tomatoes, but still can't get yellow squash or green zucchinis to do well. If at first you don't succeed...
One bit of success I have had is with making fresh cheese. Fresh feta cheese flavored with sea salt and cracked black pepper is something I'm now making as fast as Roger can eat it. Naturally, we have lots of whey now too, so I'm making Roger eat homemade bread daily. Whole wheat, rye, black russian, oatmeal dulce, cinnamon raisin......poor fella!