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Old 06-17-2007   #61 (permalink)
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If you mean development on the house, we're hoping to have screens and doors on when we arrive. We're driving down bringing a propane fridge, some tools, a gas kiln and our dogs. Plan to work on the downstairs kitchen- We'll go to Merida to purchase pasta tile for the floor, then I'll start building kitchen cabinets and tiling exposed block areas. Also hope to get the floor in the shower tiled. I'm making a tile mural of the lily pads and black catfish in the cenotes for the shower floor. Finished a mural of a jungle scene that I was going to take down, but think it'll be staying here now that it's done, to remind us of Sacbe when we're not there. Also plan to build in a queen size bed upstairs with mosquito netting. Oh and better bathroom facilities. You may have seen some earlier shots of that.
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Bill, it sounds absolutely beautiful. I will look forward to more pics.
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The Artist Nehemias...

Hey FlowerBill!

Lynn here! The photos look great...even if I do say so myself!

As you requested, I'm attaching a couple of shots of our most famous Nehemias and also his right hand man, Birjelio (say THAT name three times fast!). Actually, these shots were taken in Tom and Joanne's tree house after they'd finished repairing damages from hurricane Wilma.

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We can't wait to have you and Jackie back here...we miss all the noise over coffee in the morning!

Later...

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Great progress..very cool! Thanks for sharing!
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Just went back and filled in photos on page 2. The links that were shown aren't good any more, so if anyone missed it earlier and is interested, there are photos there now.
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Just got some photos from our friend Lynn of the new screen/french doors upstairs. Yeah!!! We'll be able to sleep upstairs without bugs. Also I understand they will lock, although I don't have much to steal- we continue to be real happy with progress.






The handles are made from lliana vines (bejuco). Nice detail.

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Hey, I'll bet you're getting excited about being here, sweating in the jungle with the rest of us locos, eh? The door style looks familiar. Nehmias is using something like it on the new doors I am adding to Cam's house. I am moving in next weekend. This should be a pleasant new twist in the adventure.
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hey Bill,
Good to hear from you. You're right, we're chomping at the bit to get back. Although for us it'll be easy living compared to past visits. I'd love to see some photos of Cam's place. Do you think he'd mind if you posted some here? See you soon.
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The downstairs door is finished and Lynn sent more photos of Nehemias' work. The door was made to fit the irregular opening of the fork that frames it. Nehemias added the carving to the door as a little something extra. We thought that was very sweet of him to add a personal touch. They've started on the tenaco tower/bathroom but no photos yet, watch for updates.


Above is the door seen from the outside.


And this is it from the inside.


The sunburst carved above the door.


And a closer view of the flowers (flowerbill)

When I get photos of the bathroom and tenaco tower I'll post them as well. Can't wait to get back. Thanks to Lynn for the most recent photos.

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The structure you are building is awesome, Is there a place here that I should start reading from (particular thread?) so I can understand why and how you started this and what the concept of the entire project / area ? Can you fix the most recent pics I'd like to see the progress.

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Hi Ranger,
Think I've cleaned up most of the mess. The links to my photos have changed a few times and I changed again recently and thought I got all the bugs out but I guess not. Anyway if you start at page 1 it should all be there now- I just went through it. As to how this all came about, well that's a long story. Suffice it to say that at one point in my career I had worked exclusively with Mexicans all day long and grew very fond of their culture. Later my work took me in the direction of horticulture dealing with environmental remediation and ecological/plant based stormwater treatment.

During this time as I neared retirement age (55) I was taking vacations in Mexico with the idea that I would locate a place to retire where I could make it on a small income. Several trips later we spent 3 weeks in Quintana Roo- thought was, Bacalar might be the ideal spot, but when we visited we found we really weren't that crazy about that area. We really had hoped to buy land on that trip, and were disappointed. On our last few days in Playa before returning, our daughter mentioned that she had read online about Pueblo Sacbe and it seemed just like where a couple of old hippies would want to be..... so we took the tour and bought a lot the same day. Fell in love with it. That said, it is not for everyone. Without significantly more invested, than we will spend, life is rustic. No dishwasher, no AC, no blender, tv etc. We plan on having enough solar power for 12 volt fans and a few 12v electic lights. We'll cook on gas and have purchased a small gas fridge. I actually prefer the simplicity. There are bugs that bite of a number of types, possibility of running into snakes, tarantulas etc. Toxic plants like Chechen that raise a rash that looks like it was from poison ivy on steroids. But there is also a huge variety of native plants of interest, beautiful birds, caves, underground swimming holes, butterflies of every possible type and a wonderful variety of people of many nationalities who have similar values.

We've been living on our property about a month a year and building while we're there. First trip we cleared the property enough to see it and find a building site. Second trip the palapa was framed. The last trip the stone half walls, outdoor shower area, stone storage room etc were added. We've been fortunate to have made a good friend , Lynn, who is overseeing installation of doors and window screens in our shack this summer, so that when we move down (retirement) in January 2008, things will be very comfortable. They are working now on our composting toilet and water system. As for the reasons for this type of construction, you would need to go to the Pueblo SacBe - Sustainable Community in the Mayan Riveria website to see building guidelines etc. Really quite an interesting site with lots of pictures if you are interested.

After we're there this winter, I hope to add landscaping and a wrap around porch. Glad you found it interesting, stay tuned for future progress.
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Thanks Bill, the entry is very nice. After I posted my question I did find the site you mentioned, it is very interesting. I went thru your construction thread and will continue to monitor progress. We were in Mexico this year for the first time and are looking forward to going back. Will you establish a garden area? How big is your lot?
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I just read the property guidelines, interesting. The news letter that was on that site was discussing a new by-pass hwy. that will impact the village. Does this affect your property directly ? What is the smallest lot that can be bought ? From one of the maps it looks like the property is very close to PDC, what is the actual distance ? You wrote in a thread that you will move there in Jan. 2008, is that like a permanent move or will you still maintain a place here in the US ? We will hopefully be in PDC area probably in March 2008, I think we will at least get a tour of the area.
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I just read the property guidelines, interesting. The news letter that was on that site was discussing a new by-pass hwy. that will impact the village. Does this affect your property directly ? What is the smallest lot that can be bought ? From one of the maps it looks like the property is very close to PDC, what is the actual distance ? You wrote in a thread that you will move there in Jan. 2008, is that like a permanent move or will you still maintain a place here in the US ? We will hopefully be in PDC area probably in March 2008, I think we will at least get a tour of the area.
The bypass does not affect my property as I am deep in the development. If you look at the map, we are above and to the left of Tohoku Park in a lot of about 1,000 square meters. It will be nice though if the small businesses Ted envisions develop along the new highway as we will be able to walk or ride bikes to them. We could actually ride bikes to Playa on back roads. I would say we are about 3 kilometers from the northernmost light in Playa and maybe 2 kilometers inland from the North south highway. Technically we are inside PDC city limits. We plan on staying at Sacbe this year Jan. through about May and then will probably migrate to higher, and cooler quarters in San Miguelle de Allende or Oaxzaca. Return to Playa in July (our son is getting married there in July) and then head back to Greenbelt for a few months. Normally we'll be in Playa November through May and in the states most of the rest of the time. But everything is flexible. If you're in the area in March feel free to contact me and we'll show you around. Might be best to write before you leave for Playa though as we only check email about once a week in town when we're there. If you are seriously thinking of buying a lot it would be better to talk to Ted as well.

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Hey, I'll bet you're getting excited about being here, sweating in the jungle with the rest of us locos, eh? The door style looks familiar. Nehmias is using something like it on the new doors I am adding to Cam's house. I am moving in next weekend. This should be a pleasant new twist in the adventure.

That "twist in the adventure" makes for exciting days, (though I'm sure some difficult) but the sense of accomplishment at the end of a day is a great feeling.
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