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6/10 disappeared, now 6/11

posted Jun 14, 2010, 5:25 AM by Julie Bateman   [ updated Jun 14, 2010, 5:49 AM ]

The dictionary failed us today. The word listed for shovel – escavador  - actually means a R$200,000 piece of excavating equipment, which Ethan casually asked Tito to borrow from his father Fione, who has a cattle ranch a twenty-minute walk from the Lodge. After a short game of charades, Tito understood, and Fião has kindly agreed to lend us site-clearing tools. A tractor was lent to us from Eduardo’s other friend, but we seem to be S.O.L. with motored vehicles because this one proceeded to die when it arrived on-site, hence the search for hoes, shovels, rakes, and a wheelbarrow.

This photo is post-6/13, we had to show off our sweet clean technology.

 In kitchen news, Miltom made a delicious dessert, arroz doce, the Brazilian version of rice pudding – this one is with white rice, condensed milk, regular milk, cinnamon, and coconut flakes – served chilled. Gostoso. Tasty.