Monday, 10 December 2012

Living the Life Ecuador coast

This year Big Ralph´s Restaurant 

Christmas Lunch on Tuesday 25th at 1pm. 

This is our menu



GLASS OF CHAMPAGNE

ROAST TURKEY WITH PORK SAGE & ONION STUFFING
TRIMMINGS, VEG & POTATOES.

DEVIL´S CHOCOLATE FOOD CAKE WITH STRAWBERRIES
$ 20 per person

Only bookings are going to be accepted. To book we require 50% deposit till the 22th.  If you need further information, please let us know.

Wishing you all a very Happy Christmas

Andrea & Ralph




My trip to the wood shop

Not only did we have cabinets made for the kitchen, but we also have had additional pieces of furniture made  for the bedrooms, closets, and storage for the linens.
I was over at the house of a friend when the carpenter came over to complete an estimate  he was preparing for their kitchen. He said if I had time, he would take me back to the shop, and there we could pick up some of the pieces that we had been waiting for. So I said that it would work out fine for both of us. So off we went to his shop in La Libertad, way down the road, almost to the major road that takes you to Guayaquil.
Once there, I was able to look at some of the other work that was being done for other customers. Luckily for me, I had my camera with me and I was able to take advantage of this time to wander around the place and take some very interesting shots.
While I was busy taking shots of the work area, they were loading the truck with the pieces of furniture that was to be installed in our home.
I climbed into this big old Ford truck, and we lumbered down the road. This was one of the times I should have worn a bra. It had been a long time since this truck had suspension that worked, I was bouncing all around. The only thing that kept me in the seat was the seat belt.
The noise level in the truck was a bit high, but that was fine as they spoke only Spanish and I could  understand about one word in ten. I kept an eye on where we were going, and that was no mean feat as the windshield had not seen water for quite some time. Taking all that into consideration, we arrived safe and the furniture was installed without a fuss.

finishing touches

measure twice, cut once

looks like a bed



love the lighting!

cutting to size


sanding the wood

building area

finishing area

What century did this come from ?

A laborer working on our remaining piece

there is stuff like this all over the shop

some old pieces of furniture

converted pool table

Looking out to the road

Around the yard

The owner of the work shop

The roof of the work shop

Plenty of billboards

Looking the other way 

The shop is on a busy road

Local bus service

They do not just make furniture 


This Month

December 8, 1991 - The USSR (Union of Soviet Socialist Republics) ceased to exist, as the leaders of Russia, Byelorussia and the Ukraine signed an agreement creating the Commonwealth of Independent States. The remaining republics of the former USSR, with the exception of Georgia, joined the new Commonwealth.

Birthday - Mexican artist Diego Rivera (1886-1957) was born in Guanajuato, Mexico. He created large works for display in the U.S. which aroused controversy due to his political point of view as a Communist. In 1933, his fresco Man at the Crossroads was removed from Rockefeller Center in New York City amid claims it included a figure resembling Soviet leader Vladimir Lenin. A year earlier, a mural done for the Detroit Institute of Arts had been criticized as irreligious. Following these controversies, he was denied further commissions in the U.S., although his work remained popular in Mexico.