For my “Manual Labor” post I thought I would post some photos I took on my last visit to Panama. I have always loved a wall mural in a Boquete Cafe that shows the harvest of the orange trees and coffee plants. Another day I went with friends to purchase flower plants in an area known for both their flower AND vegetable farms. I spotted this building covered in another mural showing the vegetable harvest. The Provence on Chiriqui is known for it’s furtive volcanic soil. It’s also considered the bread basket of Panama.
When I was visiting Panama recently I took special notice of the new road construction that had already begun when I moved back to the United States. When I still lived in Panama I was impressed at how quickly the road construction was moving along. But on my return I was amazed at some of the things that were NOT completed. The photo will also explain why most of the locals choose to not drive at night. Apparently they sometimes do things in a different order in other countries… like moving power poles.
We also took a trip with friends one day to a small town on the opposite side of Volcan Baru. I was able to stop and take a photo to show “The Old and The New” road. Until this new road was built the only way to cross this particular river was on foot.
For my “A Bag Full” theme I chose to show and tell you about a special group of ladies that I met when I lived in Boquete Panama. The group was started by my friend Brandy Gregory. Brandy and I first met when we did a special project in the Camarca (Indiana Reservation) of Panama called Green Summer. I had heard about Brandy not long after I moved to Panama but hadn’t had the pleasure of meeting her until we found ourselves in the middle of nowhere together.
She started a knitting group in Boquete Panama that meets weekly. The ladies use donated yarn to knit warm blankets, booties and hats for the Ngobe Bugle indian babies. Over the years her group has grown and grown to include not only expats from the states but also Panamanian ladies and their children. Brandy’s group have knitted and donated several hundred blankets now to the very poor all over the Comarca.
Yarn is very hard to come by in Panama. And when you do find it it can be very expensive. Each time I visit Panama I always stuff all the extra spaces in my luggage with yarn to take to Brandy and her group. On my most recent trip last week I took yarn that I purchased as well as yarn that my friend Weezie donated. I was lucky enough to be in town when the ladies met. I gave to them A Bag Full of yarn and they in turn gave me a heart filled with Joy.