All I really need is for the river to allow me two trucks and a bulldozer. Maybe three trucks. I need gravel (grava) and coarse sand (arena gruesa) for the foundation of the toolhouse, and fine sand (arena fina) to mix mortar. My bricks will be fired in ten days, says my ladrillero, so no rush on the fine sand, says the maestro. I say rush, as the river may abate on a day that the road is blocked by a landslide, or the bulldozer operator has a toothache, or there is a week-long fiesta. The bulldozer has to carry all of our leftover supplies from building the pumphouse up to the bodega site, and tidy up all the mess at the site.  After that all the bulldozer has to do is flatten a few areas, push a few piles of rocks, and dig out some terraces.

All it has to do, say I, with desperate optimism. Actually I am pretty nervous about the terraforming. The topography of the land is rather lovely, but it doesn’t hold the water long enough, so the objective of the bulldozing is to help with permaculture, but without wanton destruction and burying of topsoil.  There are two driveways; one at the bottom and one at the top. The rock piles from the building of the road present the first dilemma. Either they should be shoved over to the boundary fence, which is made up of live young porotilios, for eventual use on a stone boundary wall, or they should be pulled down to the next level to broaden the top of the hill. The downside of the first option is that I may hurt the porotilios, which were planted last year and will be a live fence, in order to plan for a stone wall that I may never get around to. The downside to the second option is that the breadth I add to the top of the hill may need years to stabilize, and may just be a big mess. I’d like the top of the hill to be a possible home site, because the view is spectacular, and it is convenient to the road so we wouldn’t need to big driveway destroying land.  So that is something I hope will be resolved by facts I don’t have yet.

About 20 meters in from the top entrance, the land drops a little. If I were to flatten the whole area, it would make for a pretty homesite. However if we did less damage, it would make a lovely split level site, which the property really lends itself to. My conclusion on this is that if we do less damage now, we can change our minds later. So all I really need to do is deal with the big row of rocks from the road building that was done years ago, and flatten the area enough to start landscaping the entrance.


We managed to get one more day in before the rains swelled the river again. All the materials have been carried up from the lower site where we built the pumphouse. All sand. coarse sand, rocks, and bricks have been delivered. We had to break the bricks into half loads in a smaller truck so that we wouldn’t exceed the bridge’s 5 ton limit.


Bodega built, small argument about a price increase on the roof welding, doors and windows fabricated and installed.