Friday, March 26, 2010

Three in a row

Sophie, Simone and Annabel playing on a hill.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Antigua back yard

Behind the apartment in Antigua, Guatemala were the ruins of a church (above).  The apartment ($16 per month) had a courtyard, an outdoor kitchen under a tin roof and an enclosed bedroom and bathroom.   The back of the courtyard had a door into the space above.  The door didn't close and the remains of the church were so beautiful that eventually I took the entire door off and made it into a table using some of the broken pillars as the base.  The church space became my dining room. The only other church entrance was this opening about 5 feet off the ground.

About a week after getting the apt, I added an oven and a fridge.  Suddenly the neighborswith their flocks of children and their friends children came knocking to ask if they could use the oven and it seemed to always be cooking something.  I had to buy a gas bombe (canister of gas) nearly every week but the breads and casseroles coming out of the oven were worth it.   I also loved having all the kids around and started up an ad hoc dance school to entertain them and keep choreographing.

(more photos coming..)

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Pioneer schmoozing

Pioneer Square is a wonderful place to live and Annie Strain has been a huge positive force.  She gather ed a big group of the Pioneer community at her beautiful home to greet the incoming Mayor Mike McGinn.  Here is a picture of William Justen, Mayor Mike McGinn and Simone.  Simone asked Mike to please help her get a playground in Occidental Square for her little sister.