After we went to the Lankaster gardens, we drove to the other side of Cartago where the Caribbean part of Costa Rica starts. Its much warmer on that side and it makes you really sweaty. There are even more flowers on that side of the country too. But also, more bugs.
We went to a friend named Mike's house. He is really cool. He used to be a doctor, but now he lives in Costa Rica and has a very amazing farm, and he is a magician.
He did some really fun tricks for us after we had lunch. I tried to see how he did them, but he was too fast. On their farm they have a lot of fruit. There were also some cool statues.
Our lunch was a bunch of different things- nuts, berries, fruit, bread and cheeses that Mike makes with milk from his goats. Mike made Jamaica lemonade for me. Now I'm going to try to make Jamaica lemonade at home.
There were so many animals on the farm! Geese, turkeys, ducks, chickens, peahens, grouse, and more I cant remember. There were also rabbits, dogs, cats and goats.
The goats had a playhouse and yard all to themselves.
The goats make the milk that make the cheese. There are lots of different kinds of cheese. Did you know all cheese is white? Mike said cheese is colored by herbs or spices to make them different colors. There was some blue goat cheese. It wasn't the salad kind of blue cheese, but actually blue cheese. I cant remember what kind of herb made it blue. I have had goat milk Ice Cream, and now I have had goats milk cheese. The orange kind is a sharp cheddar cheese. It tastes different than the cheddar cheese Im used to.
Mike told us a story about the orange and white cheese. He said in the old days, when they didnt have enough milk to finish the cheese, they would put a layer of ash on top to keep the bugs out overnight. The next day they would scrape off the ash and add another layer of cheese on top of it, but the ash would color the cheese. Mike made that kind of cheese but he used orange (sharp cheddar) cheese on the top layer. So I guess I have eaten ash now too.
On Monday we went to drop off eggs at the dairy. Abel was feeding the calves. He let me feed them from the bottle. I have never fed an animal from a bottle before. It was fun.
After the dairy, we went to Tony's farm. We get our vegetables from Tony's. His cow, Gertrude, was sitting in the front yard. She was super nice and let me pet her. Tony also has pigs, chickens, rabbits, geese, goats, ducks, dogs and horses. He also has a huge greenhouses full of vegetables.
11/9/2017 07:28:36 pm
Well Q, you taught me a lot about cheese I didn't know before. You didn't say whether you liked the cheese...did you? Grampa Scarey and I love goat cheese! I liked the pictures of you doing see, hear and speak no evil.
11/9/2017 07:47:54 pm
That blue cheese is so strange looking! Such a pretty blue. Was is tasty? I love cheese.
11/9/2017 07:57:51 pm
11/9/2017 08:04:06 pm
Yes we see a lot of super sized plants here too.
11/9/2017 08:37:17 pm
I hadn't thought of the volcanoes! Yes it's probably that, with the temperature.
11/9/2017 08:06:45 pm
hi Aunt Mila, I have to say I didn't eat the blue cheese. my mom and dad did, and they said it was mild.
11/9/2017 08:10:09 pm
Hi Grandma Scarey I didn't know about cheese before either. I thought it was all the same. it definitely tastes different than the cheese I've had before.
11/9/2017 10:48:35 pm
You are going places we will have to visit - they look so interesting! Make sure you keep track of your travels, around the neighbourhood and farther away, like to Cartago. What a fun time you must be having!
John (Monkey) Shepherd
11/10/2017 01:16:33 pm
Hey Q! Another very interesting, and informative blog. Enjoyed learning about making cheese, as it is one of my favorite foods. See if you can find out what your friend Mike adds, to make it such an amazing blue color. Rainy and grey here today, so staying inside to work on projects. Sarah is here visiting, and she says Hi.
11/10/2017 10:27:34 pm
Well Q man, it looks like you are getting such a following on your blog. I try and check your blog everyday but sometimes it doesn't show up for awhile. Cheese today gone tomorrow. It won't be long until I get to see you again, you keep on learning. O have you been playing any chess? I think Alex would love to play you a game.
Lorraine Beaudoin (Anne's Mother)
11/11/2017 12:26:09 pm
I would like to receive your blog at my e-mail address is it possible? I saw your blog on Facebook and tried to transfer your blog at my e-mail address and I couldn't. Thanks.
11/17/2017 08:49:47 pm
Love your blogs, however, I find it amazing you never mentioned the Earthquake you guys had. That would be a great blog given from th “Q”
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