Good day and welcome to day 13 of our stay on Earthship Island. It’s not exacly like Fantasy Island, but it’s what was available.
Yesterday we decided to tackle the fixing of the screen on one of the vents over the door.
As you can see from the picture, it has suffered some damage, Probably due to the earthquake that also cracked the wall.
Here is a close-up of the screen. You can also see how much the rebar has rusted due to the salt and humidity.
Why they didn’t paint it like the outside ones, I cannot say. Though, it may be something as simple as they ran out of paint.
We decided on a simple patch, which isn’t the greatest, but it would make things better than it was. We used bailing wire to sew the patch on, which was tricky because if you pull too hard it damages the screen. We wanted to try using string, but we would need some sort of needle to thread it through the screen, which we didn’t have.
We managed to get it installed, and it’s better than it was, but far from perfect.
In other news… playing with hermit crabs.
This has become an almost daily event for us now.
We find them on the beach all over the place and you just can’t resist picking them up.
Mama Kenawa brought in a fresh batch of coconuts the other day, so we all got a coconut with a straw. It was quite tasty.
It actually rained here yesterday while we were having dinner, and it came down pretty hard. Not sure how well you can see that in the picture.
Here you can see all of the boats up on shore. These are the boats all of the locals use for fishing.
Looking to the east of us, you can see the rain in the hills on the island next to us.
Approaching from the south is more rain for us. This is good as it adds more water to the cisterns.
When it rains hard, it comes right through our back door, as it’s mostly just screen to let the breezes through. Fortunately, the floor is concrete and brick so it doesn’t affect it too much.
I have to say that the water just in front of our Earthship is fascinating. All of the other ocean water I have encountered has had some degree of surf. We have had some surf, but on many occasions, it’s almost completely flat. I find it a bit bizarre that I can skip stones on the ocean water.
I’ll add that to my growing list of new experiences.