Captain's Log

08/18/2011 - 21:07

One of the biggest cultural differences between us and the people in our new home country is in the way of regarding and treating animals. Where as we see an animal as a fellow being with needs and feelings (the Bambi-effect), most people around us see animals as useful or not useful. They will feed them only enough to keep them alive and will discard them if they don't earn their keep anymore. Dogs are useful to watch the place and to hunt. A village dog usually doesn't live for more than 4 years, and will be a mangy skeleton for most of his life.

07/17/2011 - 20:52

As soon as I could cook for myself, I became a vegetarian. For all the usual reasons, I love animals and I do not like the way that meat is produced commercially. You are what you eat, and if you eat the meat of animals that have had a horrible life you will become miserable as well.

07/07/2011 - 23:17

Just a little update on the status of our polluting appliances.

06/22/2011 - 18:53

Here we are in beautiful Belize a mixture of overcast and sun a, nice 30 C/ 86 F, while back in Holland hail drops from the sky. Brakes in Belize are not working and people are perhaps stopping to spray their land with chemicals.

06/18/2011 - 22:54

One of the things we missed from our old lives was dairy products. We thought about getting a dairy cow. A dairy cow needs a whole lot of pasture, which would mean that we would have to bulldoze two acres of jungle to feed her. We decided against it. So we were very pleased when we met the Mennonite man who delivers chicken to our neighbour's shop every week. He has a dairy cow, her name is Dianne, she is a Jersey cow with nice creamy milk and she produces more than the Mennonite family needs.

05/17/2011 - 23:03

For outsiders, our village looks poor. Houses made of sticks and leaves, men in clothes with holes on rubber boots, pigs and chickens roaming free, cook fires, only one pipe for the water supply and so on. There is not much money coming around here and it shows. No wonder that there are outside groups eager to help 'the poor Mayan people' with a project involving education, agriculture, or hygiene/healthcare. They come very frequently, they teach and build and invest and San Miguel welcomes them. 

05/08/2011 - 21:42

Even in the small village of San Miguel people are enjoying their well earned rest on a Sunday.

05/08/2011 - 20:17

Our Mayan neighbours have their own rules about planting, and the moon plays a big role in anything they do. I really try to understand the logic behind it but I never managed to confirm a pattern that I thought I had discovered. Certain plants and trees have to be planted with new moon (the ones that you do not want to grow high, I think) and others around full moon ( the ones that grow high, like hard wood trees I think) Cohune palm leaves, used for thatching of roofs, have to be cut in the week before and after full moon, otherwise they decay fast and attract termites.

05/05/2011 - 21:55

Our site is online (as you can see) and we keep on improving. Here is our first farm update.

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