December 4, 2015
A friend has visited my property to take photos of the tortoise free, cleared 0.85 acres.
I see now that it's been a full year since my most recent photos.
|Bottlebrush Road has been hit by 10 inches of rain in previous few days. I understand that it has become so muddy that my friends had to park in a neighbor's driveway.||Here's another view looking south on Bottlebrush.||The waterpipe feeding other houses (and soon mine) was exposed during the clearing.||It's nice to see that although Bottlebrush road is covered with mud, what appears to be the beginnings of my driveway is dry.|
|I didn't understand what kind of fencing would preclude a tortoise digging its way back. Now I understand. I see this plastic dug around the clared land.||Here it is - cleared land. I have to say I'm happy to see the pine trees. The ones in this image aren't the most attractive on the property, but at least they're there. With a couple years of water during the dry season and pest control they may fill in too.||The next step as I understand it will be to bring in water, electricity and a septic system. Assuming no new barriers, there should be some beginnings of construction here shortly.||
I'll be planting a few items on both sides of the surrounding plastic on
my visit 12/14/15. Bromeliads and succulents should easily survive
whatever dry season happens before I get down there and I expect to be
there once every few weeks from now on anyway.
The first tree to plant is my Puerto Rican coconut