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71 years on the planet...REALLY??? (#5, Ecuador, 2013)

Saturday, March 02, 2013

What they say is true...aging is like a snowball gathering speed as it rolls down the hill...incredible how the years are whirling by these days!!! It is said that youth is wasted on the young...and in my case, that was definitely true. How about you?

I'm a little late with this birthday was February 23, 1942 that I entered the planet for this round. Carlos and Yolanda invited us to their lovely cottage and finca (farm) above Ibarra. Adelaida, Amrita and I celebrated my personal new year there.

Carlos on the land, tending to his humungous garden.

Yolanda pausing in the kitchen during lunch preparation

Their phenomenal property is in a part of the Salinas area called Milagro de la Concepcion -- beautiful tropical and lush landscape. What follows are photos of the property, just the tip of the iceberg of the garden's riches, and the incredible surrounding valley it is tucked into:

Adelaida with coffee in-hand, the tomato-colored water catchment tower in view

We harvested MANY are more, still to ripen

A type of winter squash, with its lovely flower

Blackberries! We harvested many and ate for breakfast with yogurt

Mangoes ripening on a young tree, its first harvest in-process

Amrita has an aguacate (avocado) in one hand and guayabas (guavas) in the other; we also picked various varieties of lettuce for lunch salad

Adelaida clowning with a chirimoya, still ripening on the tree; we were gifted with a huge bag full of the spectacularly delicious fruit, dear to the Inca royalty of ancient South America

Me of little hair playing with Amrita's abundant and beautiful mane!

A local resident, hauling water from a spring where we frolicked and bathed in the small pool and waterfall (I have some X-rated photos of us sans-ropa!)

Another local with his burro, headed up the mountain to harvest frijoles (beans)

Looking into the valley with the tiny village center in-view

A close-up of the village center, with the old church

Ahhh...such beauty!

Adelaida taking a photo of the birthday lunch

Adelaida's birthday "card", wedged within the outer husk of a banana plant and filled with flowers and her love note to me.

One view of the exquisite antique shawl Adelaida gifted me, the embroidery of course done by hand.

Another view...all the fringe is knotted and sewn by hand. The fabric is a wonderful quality of cotton/wool.

The day after my birthday we had lunch with dear friends Sandra, Micaela and Roger. Here are a few photos of that wonderful gathering:

Roger, Sandra, Micaela at their home

Sandra, the master chef, prepared a veritable feast for "my" day!

Reading all the wonderful FB and other birthday wishes on Micaela's laptop

Blowing out the candle after the riquisimo lunch prepared with love by Sandra

Rosco-the-dog enjoying the beautiful skirt and blouse Sandra, Roger, and Micaela gave me (taken the following day "at home")

Close-up detail of blouse

Dear friends Micaela, Sandra, Adelaida, and Amrita on after-lunch walk

Me'n my hermana latina, Adelaida (my earrings are a birthday present made for me by my friend Helena, with seeds from the Amazon

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
STILLPOINT 6/6/2013 8:39PM

    A very tardy but heartfelt happy birthday. You look fabulous and happy. Blessings to you dear one.

We are not going to change the whole world, but we can change ourselves and feel free as birds. We can be serene even in the midst of calamities and, by our serenity, make others more tranquil. Serenity is contagious. If we smile at someone, he or she will smile back. And a smile costs nothing. We should plague everyone with joy. If we are to die in a minute, why not die happily, laughing? Swami Satchidananda


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LOPEYP 3/28/2013 8:20PM

    emoticon What a lovely celebration and gift from your friends and family.

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GIANTPANDA 3/28/2013 7:12PM

    Happy birthday! What wonderful photos and what tremendous friends!

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_VALEO_ 3/28/2013 5:34PM

    Happy belated birthday! You're 71 young... and wiser every year!
What a great place and great people to celebrate your entry to this world!

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FLORIDASUN 3/24/2013 9:36AM

    Wow...heaven really does exist on earth! emoticon What a beautiful beautiful place. And the fact that you have such a beautiful family of friendship there makes it all the MORE special! I'm soooo happy to see your happy! The shawl is stunning. A true gift of love and you look DAZZLING in that beautiful turquoise~y blue! I love to see that smile!

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MTRACHEL 3/22/2013 12:06AM

    Love the photos and so glad you are on the planet to share this life. Happy Year to you.

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DAISY443 3/8/2013 1:37PM

    Happy, happy late birthday! What lovely presents!

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JUST_BREATHE08 3/7/2013 10:35PM

    Absolutely emoticon !! Thank you so much for sharing. The pictures are wonderful. emoticon & emoticon !!! Love you much!!

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DDOORN 3/3/2013 6:56PM

    Wow! I don't think you could've assembled a more beautiful way to celebrate your life! What a gorgeous place with even more gorgeous people to be with on your special day!

Thank you for sharing it with us!


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EARTHSEAME 3/3/2013 3:19PM

    Such a beautiful picture of your life! May the coming year bring you and your beloved friends much happiness.
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BECOMINGONE 3/3/2013 2:17PM

    Thinking of you .... sending you love and light for the last weeks of your soujourn. Look forward to seeing you in Arkansas. What time/day does your flight arrive? If it doesn't conflict with work, I will be happy to pick you up at the airport and guess what? No snow!

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2WHEELEDSHARON 3/3/2013 12:23PM

    Maha, I'm SO happy you're there enjoying your family! Thank you for sharing the gorgeous photos. I have blackberries and yogurt at home, in which I'm going to stick a candle in today and sing Happy Birthday Maha!

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ME_HERE_NOW 3/3/2013 11:55AM

    beautiful people, gorgeous landscape, amazing clothes & creativity. happy birthday friend. you look so happy and wise! i hope i can say the same when i hit 71! thanks for sharing your adventure!!

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CRYSTALJEM 3/3/2013 11:35AM

    Belated happy birthday. Can't believe it's that time again! What a wonderful place to celebrate such a special occasion. Beautiful through and through. Namaste. CJ

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JESPAH 3/3/2013 10:48AM

    Wow, how fab!

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SIRIRADHA1 3/3/2013 10:48AM

    A birthday party in paradise! How wonderful!

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GENKI_WARRIOR 3/3/2013 9:47AM

    Love the pictures, as always. Thank you for taking time to share your odyssey with us! That shawl is gorgeous!!! I send you my love! Be safe and adventerous ;D

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    Your energy and spirit defy the calendar! emoticon

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BILL60 3/3/2013 9:29AM

    Feliz cumpleanos!!

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KALIGIRL 3/3/2013 7:27AM

    Wonderful blog - so happy for you!
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PEACEFULONE 3/2/2013 11:59PM

    So very glad you had such a happy birthday with your friends. The scenery is gorgeous. Many continued blessings to you!
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SLASALLE 3/2/2013 9:12PM

    Love, love, love all the pictures you share and so delighted that you had such a wonderful birthday. It truly looks like a piece of heaven there.


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ABURRIS2 3/2/2013 8:46PM

    Lovely, lovely! Thanks for the peek. Happy days...

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GOANNA2 3/2/2013 7:30PM

    Happy belated Birthday for the 23rd. I love
your pictures. I am in love with the place too.
Your shawl is so beautiful. Life is good and the
garden is amazing. So wonderful to have all this
fresh food at your fingertips. You are so lucky.

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FRANCESCANAZ 3/2/2013 7:15PM

    How beautiful! Feliz Cumpleanos mi amiga! emoticon

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BILLB000 3/2/2013 7:02PM

    Enjoy your photos and reports. Thanks for sharing. And remember......the year belongs to you!

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IMKFOX 3/2/2013 5:30PM

    Happy Birthday - so glad it was a happy one!

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LADY_MARIANA 3/2/2013 4:56PM

That's a beautiful shawl and you look marvelous!

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