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Lots of happenings at the Mariposa over the Xmas period, photographed by Steve Pollock, one of the Spanish students who celebrated the festivities with us and kindly said we could use his photos – starting at the end of November with the coffee harvest which has to be done in two parts as the berries don’t all ripen at the same time.  We are now including an afternoon activity picking the beans and then visiting a processing plant to see what happens – it’s actually pretty complicated and though I have now been two or three time I still can’t describe for certain how the process works – though at least the basics of drying in the sun, taking off the shell, taking off the shell again and then toasting and milling are fairly obvious. The processing plants have machinary which in some cases is over a hundred years old (health and safety fanatics have to look the other way) and one small plant (ie the back patio of a house in San Marcos) uses a standard fan to lieterally blow away the shells of the beans…..fascinating and helps one appreciate that morning cup of cafeine. We have hopefully harvested enough to see us thorough the year.

Paulette, Ismael and Cassidy bringing in the coffee harvest

Paulette, Ismael and Cassidy bringing in the coffee harvest

But the big event of course was the party we had at the Mariposa for the primary age school kids  from Panama.  Over a hundred, plus assorted teachers, had to be collected from Panama and brought to the Mariposa. It took several microbus journeys and the first to arrive sat incredibly patiently waiting for their classmates to arrive.  They all enjoyed being introduced to Suki, our ocelot kitten (who is getting pretty big now but she’s fairly tame as we had to hand rear her) and our newest animal arrival, Suki Junior (a tiny ocelot kitten who is much wilder and still has to be given her own name!!).

Ismael, Daniel, Suki, Cabezon, Franklin taking it easy before the onslaught of kids

Ismael, Daniel, Suki, Cabezon, Franklin taking it easy before the onslaught of kids

As you can see from the pic, Suki likes to play with the dogs. Cabezon (which means Big Head!) is not one of our dogs, he belongs to Daniel but follows him absolutely everywhere. When Daniel goes to the loo he sits outside wimpering!!! he looks such a toughie…..we do hav eanother rescued dog, a little sweetie called Foxy for obvious reasons. Enough dogs. But we hav egiven away all our rescued kittens (that was hard) so our number of cats has gone down from 13 to 5!!!

Panama kids waiting patiently for the festivities to begin

Panama kids waiting patiently for the festivities to begin

You can just see our wonderful (best and cheapest I’ve ever had) Xmas tree in the background – made form a dead coffee tree branch and decorated by Guillermina and Cassidy.

Paulette and Bergman also waiting but not so patiently!

Paulette and Bergman also waiting but not so patiently!

The party was a huge success, the kids had a semi-nutritious meal of rice and chicken, cooked on our open cooker which uses firewood gathered in our little piece of land. They had cake and, of course, a pinata which showers sweets over everyone and sends the kids mad with delight……

Melba and Chayo cooking up a treat

Melba and Chayo cooking up a treat

Say hi to everyone

Say hi to everyone

Guillermina doing her thing

Guillermina doing her thing

Just a great picture

Just a great picture

Finalmente - la pinata

Finalmente - la pinata

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