Yesterday, we celebrated Doug´s 62nd birthday. In the morning, I told him I was driving; he almost always drives when we go into town for the daily shopping. As we were leaving the property, he asked if I wanted to drive so I didn’t have to open the gate. I said, yes, I am tired of having to open the gate every time we come and go. We got into Los Organos, and I continued on past the market. Doug asks, did you just want to drive or do you have an agenda? Oh, I have an agenda. I take the turn of into Vichayito; Doug thinks I am taking him to see the horses, although that seems a bit strange. We drive past El Refugio and he thinks I am taking him to see friends in Vichayito Village, or perhaps for a massage at the local spa. But I continue on by and soon pull into a driveway. It looks like many other properties around, so he is wondering why we stop here. We walk up the driveway and it turns into a nursery. We’ve been talking about starting the process of landscaping so this was his chance to begin. We bought some ice plant ground cover; amazingly inexpensive at S/.1 apiece ($.35). We also bought two mango trees, an almond tree, three hibiscus plants, a peppercorn tree and a couple more flowering plants. We got them home and Sanchez knew each one, where it should be planted and what kind of conditions it would thrive in.
After our foray to the nursery, we did our shopping and headed home. We invited a few friends over for supper to help Doug celebrate. One friend, Lucia, had her birthday the day before Doug’s. I made a seafood chowder and Mariana made potatoes with a Yuancayino sauce, typical Peruvian fare.
Lucia came with her husband, Ferruco and her son, Ferruco. Carrie, our yoga instructor friend, also came. Our good friends Jim and Danielle were here; as were Mariana, the local doctor who first treated Doug’s stingray sting. The new vet in Los Organos, Walter and his girlfriend, Gisele also came.