Costa Rica Has Gotten All Of Its Electricity From Renewables For 75 Days Straight

Costa Rica got 100 percent of its electricity from renewables for 75 days straight this year, the state-run Costa Rican Electricity Institute (ICE) announced this week. The Latin American country hasn’t had to use fossil fuels at all so far in 2015, due to heavy rains that have kept hydroelectric power plants going strong. Wind, solar, biomass, and geothermal energy have also helped power the country this year. “The year 2015 has been one of electricity totally friendly to the environment for Costa Rica,” ICE announced in a press release in Spanish this week. This reliance on renewables has prompted the country to lower electricity rates by 12 percent. ICE predicts that rates will continue t

Full Moon Rising over our Blessed Southern Zone

Great news to share about the missing young woman mentioned last week here ... happily to report she is safe & sound and she and her family are grateful for all those concerned. Want to welcome a new Restaurant in downtown San Isidro and wish them the best of luck: Urban Farm Cafe: We offer healthy and affordable menu that futures, salads, wraps, sandwich, smoothies, vegan and vegetarian dishes. We are trying to incorporate a lot of organic and locally grown fruit and vegetables into our dishes. We are also available for special events and will be happy to work on a special menu to meet the requirements of a large group. If there is any questions please do not hesitate to contact me at this

Spinning Dolphins ... and lots of living in our Southern Zone of Costa Rica

March has proven to be quite an exciting month here ... much more rains than typically expected, lots of astronomical events, Turrialba is still rumbling now and again ... and several new babies are on their way! Many were blessed with hearing Dr. Jane Goodall speak in Playa Ventanas at the Grand Opening of the OSA Field Institute ... and here is a wonderful interview with her that is speaking on Food Security ... a topic all living creatures can relate with. We are so grateful to our Lifeguards ... a recent article, Costa Ballena Lifeguards, 28 lives saved in the wonderful Ballena Tales spoke of 28 lives they had saved this year .. and that jumped to 30 over this last weekend. Please suppor

Trees for Bees Simbiosis!

Come be part of the BUZZZZZZ!!! The word is out and we do have solutions! Share all the positive impact from this award winning film with one of its creators and directors Maryam Henein. Jennifer Smith will lead an interactive Q&A bilinigual about simbiosisi of Bees and Trees, Plus all the other ways we can help the bees! Ready SET ACCT!!

Dancing in the Rain ... New Frog Species Discovered near us in the Southern Zone of Costa Rica

GREAT NEWS ... NEW SPECIES: This Glass Frog, Hyalinobatrachium dianae was discovered in the Talamanca mountains of Costa Rica. April, 2015. (Courtesy of Brian Kubicki and The Tico Times) Wanted to welcome another new restaurant near us at the feria in San Isidro ... many of you remember Laura from Laura's Place (and previously Bazooka's) .. she has opened in the shopping mall with the jewelry story across from the Red Cross .. called Olivio's and open for yummy breakfast & lunch & coffee. 2771-0032 Also wanted to remind you to visit the organic Urban Farm Cafe .. up from the stadium ... been hearing great reviews from friends. 2771-2442 from 9:00am to 5:00 pm Cell 6034-4334 any time. Laura

Spanish Paella & Much More to enjoy in our Blessed Southern Zone of Costa Rica

​Sara Marhenke, http://kokomofeathers.smugmug.com/ Fiery-billed Aracari/Cusingo/Pteroglossus frantzii/ "The Little Toucan" Come enjoy a special treat at the feria this Thursday ... real Spanish Paella! ​Amigos de la Paella We are going to celebrate a Spanish Paella tomorrow, May 14th, Thursday at 9am at the Feria del Agricultor of San Isidro El General. We´ll be cooking at Pescadería Don Guillermo (fisherman), it is the only Pescadería at the right side of the Feria (same side as Colibri's Corner, at the front). Looking forward to meet you there !Olé! Amigos de la Paella Rosa and Iván.(+506) 88425254 https://www.facebook.com/groups/Amigos.Paella Turrialba erupted again earlier this week

Hoping for Clear Skies Tonite for the Meteor Shower & Happy Mother's Day

We are in the full swing of this year's Leonid / Perseid Meteor Shower ... should be visible and peaking tonite, luckily with an almost new moon, our visibility could be excellent. Click here to read more about it. With much sadness, last week we learned that Don Mario Maffioli, passed away during a meeting at the San Isidro Feria on Monday, August 3rd. An amazing and brilliant man, he was a true asset to our feria and to all who knew him. Our deepest sympathy to his beautiful wife Xinia, and all who loved him. Mario Maffioli Does anyone know where to get organic cotton here? Let me know at the feria, or send a note tocotton@puravidaconnections.com. Wonderful article here by our own Jennif

Once in a Blue Moon ...

Luna Azul ... Blue Full Moon on Friday, July 31st Unprecedented Blue Moon in Aquarius: Now or Never Blue Moons occur when there are two full moons in one month ... like this one. I also wanted to mention our friends, Silani & James Wahlgren from Finca Luna Azul who are contributing so much to our community ... including producing organic medicinial herbs on their farm. Here is an important article from our own Ed Bernhardt from Finca Alba Nueva 5 health-boosting ways to improve your garden's soil Costa Rica's famed Manuel Antonio National Park will close on Mondays starting this month Thanks to all who let me know that the links I put here to connect with our Events, Rentals, Stuff for Sale

Desperately Needs a Loving Home

I have an American Staffordshire mix dog that desperately needs a loving home. I have been with this dog since she was 2 months old and love her very much but recent circumstances have made it impossible for me to keep her. Please email or call for more information about this intelligent and beautiful animal. Suze 8787-5448 or suze@suzehodge.com #CommunityInfo

Water Blessings in our Southern Zone of Costa Rica

Water Blessings, Rain Lovers series ... Joan Weilers Photography ​ Our little note of caution this week is about these lovely furry caterpillars (called gusano perico here) that, upon being touched, can make you go wacko with pain. This little video shows them in their glory ... just never, ever touch them please. If you are visiting San Jose or flying in our out, you might want to stay here to relax, close to the airport yet in a wonderful setting ... Sunset Mountain Rentals. I will have sprouted Cristobal Tree seeds to share, compliments of Lillian McKelvey. Stop by Colibri's Corner or drop me a line here to save you some. For a little fun ... Ikea filmed this advert in Costa Rica I am lo

Sunshine in my Heart in our Southern Zone of Costa Rica

Sure hope you are enjoying our mainly sunny mornings and quite rainy afternoons ... looks like there are many more storms on the way as well as high seas on the Pacific ... please be ever cautious in the sea as even strong swimmers have lost their way recently. The gorgeous Buddah above, entitled Immersion, is by our own brilliant, resident artist, Jan Betts. Prints are available in various sizes and we will have one at Colibri's Corner this week ... or you can contact Jan directly at janbettsart@gmail.com. Responsible & Experienced House/Pet Sitters available Hello! We are a very responsible, hard working couple available to house sit and or pet sit while your away. I am from northeastern U

Tranquilo Moments in our Southern Zone of Costa Rica

This beautiful sunset was captured by Red Earth Ruben ... happy travels Ruben Many thanks to all for the comments about our weblinks ...and 'mil gracias' to our WebMistress, Adria, for reworking all of them for us. We really appreciate all the feedback and are doing our best to make the webpage as friendly as possible. Below are links to most of the pages ... Along with much of the rest of Mama Earth ... we are experiencing odd weather patterns ... this article from May may have been right on, Costa Rican Agriculture Will Suffer Wrath of El NiÑo. Let's all be prepared for whatever is coming. A local friend has an American Stafford male, about one year old for sale. Writehere if you want cont

Jungle Lovin' in the Southern Zone of Costa Rica

Jungle Lover by our own Jan Hart ... please visit her beautiful website here Just a little reminder to newbies & oldbies ... shake shake shake out your shoes, boots, clothing, towels, & sheets ... you can guess why (you really don't want to hear the stories). Montaña Verde, a local ecological association with very nice infrastructure close to San Isidro, is inviting new members to come and join them on Saturday at 1:00. After the meeting there will be music and food. For more information call 8301 8916 with Carlos Marín (in Spanish) or write asomontanaverde@gmail.com. Located in Rivas de Pérez Zeledón. We hope to see you there! From Casey & Sebastian Our amazing friends at Upwards Spiral

Farewell to our Prince of Peace ...

This beautiful mushroom photo was taken by our own, lovely, Happe Roberts www.CostaRica1111.com www.UpwardSpirals.net/ A lightning bolt changed our beautiful San Isidro Valley de el General on Tuesday nite ... it hit our beloved statue, often called "The Prince of Peace" / "Principe de Paz" or "The Saint" / El Santo, which had blessed our valley since November,1980. In researching this monument to peace ... there are various versions of who it depicts ... I have always believed it was Jesus, though others feel differently. Here is Casey Bahr's blog post on it ... and here is Carol Vaughn's article from Inside Costa Rica on it's history. Made of steel & fiberglass, standing tall on the hi

Shelter from the Storms ... in our Southern Zone of Costa Rica

​ May we all find shelter from the storms of life ... Brilliant sun this morning ... and raging rain this afternoon ... o how I love Costa Rica. What to do when the corporate books are missing Cancer Survivor finds his Freedom in letting go of being Driven from our good friends at Finca de Vida ... Farm of Life Wonderful Video of Community Seed Exchange Event at Vida Autentica from last weekend Recommending Excellent Worker for Care Taker of Property. Part Time Job Sought Jose Fernandez worked for me for 2 years on my farm in San Isidro. When I sold my farm he continued to work with the new owner until her recent death. Jose speaks English well, is an excellent worker, and is absolutely tru

May we all have a blessed Summer Solstice this weekend.

Cloudscape from Cerro de la Muerte ... Eric Baudry www.UpwardSpirals.net/ Here's a happy little diddy by Bob Dylan's son, Jakob about Costa Rica. ​ We are looking for a used Vitamix or BlendTec blender. Midwife Melissa Marks, LLC Holistic Pregnancy & Childbirth ServicesServing the Southern Pacific region of Costa Rica (904) 638-5278 www.midwifemelissamarks.com We welcome Brian & Angie's new Vertical Hydroponic Systems ... "Growing for you" ... check out their website. Here is a lovely article on two of our locals, Angus Stephens. Managing director at Chirriposa Retreats & Tania Cappelluti. Cofounder of Chirriposa Retreats and photographer. Enjoy three weeks on an organic far

Look to the Sky ... Jupiter & Venus Dancing in the Full Moon Light

​Amapola / Hibiscus by Beth Sylver 'Double star' moment for Jupiter and Venus in the night sky​ This full moon this week highlighted this magical event ... reports say it will continue for a few nights more. Pat and I (Paul) have a grand daughter that would like dance lessons....other than ballet. She loves to dance and sing and at 2 yrs. old her parents would like to find a teacher or structured class where she can express herself. If you know of anyone that would fit her needs, please let us know. Paul 8729 6321 Welcome to new Costa Rican Ambassador from the United States ... U.S. Embassy, US Ambassador to Costa Rica: Embassy will remain at forefront of LGBT issues and New U.S. Ambassa

First gay marriage granted here in Costa Rica!!!

A Costa Rican judge has granted the first openly gay common-law marriage in Central America, said Francisco Madrigal, political affairs director for the Center for Research and Promotion of Human Rights in Central America (CIPAC). On Tuesday morning, news broke that Gerald Castro and Cristian Zamora, a gay couple in the city of Goicoechea, north of San José, were granted a common-law marriage by the Family Court there. Along with being the first legal recognition of a same-sex relationship in Central America, the decision could set an example for judges elsewhere in the country to recognize gay relationships and even adoption. But both supporters and opponents of the decision expect a forthc

Loving life in the wet & tranquil Southern Zone of Costa Rica

Pequeño Oasis by Randy Burns Since last week when Jesus melted above the Cerro ... clarity as to who the statue depicted has been revealed. The sculptor Max Ulloa and his father Francisco, were the designers and builders of the structure, named “Cristo Redentor” (Christ The Redeemer) ... so we have one mystery solved. Here's one article quoting them. Whether the weather this season will be rainy or dry is still up in the air and open to discussion. How to Harvest Bananas in a Permaculture Food Forest is a delightful and informative video starring our own Brendon McKeon ... Happy 40th Brendon! As the conversation enlarges here in Costa Rica, this interesting article appeared, “Marijuana is a

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