Sometimes Working with What We Have Can Lead to Beautiful Things

 Do what you can, with what you have, where you are. 

~ Theodore Roosevelt ~

Life under construction, aren’t we and our surroundings a work in progress?   While I’ve been using what we have and been busy baking bread, making yogurt, doing house maintenance and working on my 30 Day Challenge, SU has actually been constructing things around the house.

In the last six weeks he’s built a retaining wall to keep the soil slipping from our higher ground into the neighbor’s yard and we’ve planted additional Mast Trees to form a hedge between the properties.  In the front SU has built a retaining wall to keep the dirt from washing away in the heavy rain and to keep the water flowing away from the front and reduce maintenance he’s concreted and curbed the ditch.  Everything has turned out beautifully and he’s especially proud of the front.   The construction of the locally sourced rock took several days and then mesh, concrete and rebar were used to hold the wall in place.

The extra sand and rocks required to complete these two jobs has now been used and removed and we’re able to park further up the driveway once again.  Until the next construction project in the campo…


Rock wall in place.


Our neighbor was having her fence built at the same time.  Those bricks are part of what went into the base. 4

The neighbors bricks lined up after the concrete base was put in. 5

Our finished retaining wall on the side of the house.  SU put the smaller posts in so the neighbor could weld her fence posts on  and extend her fence.  She decided to only go to the corner of our fence, SU will cut the posts down and put more solar lights in. 6

Another picture of the ditch with the curb in place. 7 8

The finished product! 9 10

We’ve had to cut back our beautiful papaya tree that gave us so much fruit because it had stopped producing.  It will hopefully spring up again to produce more. 11 12 13


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10 Responses to Sometimes Working with What We Have Can Lead to Beautiful Things

  1. Carol says:

    OMG! SU has done an outstanding job! I am so impressed that he gets an idea and just goes to work at it….with outstanding results! Way to go….

    • indacampo says:

      Yes, it took a while although he would have barreled through except for the rainy days. It did come out nice didn’t it? 🙂

  2. danjan66 says:

    Wow, looking good you guys! Dan and I can’t wait to get there and put our green thumbs to the test in Panama 🙂

    • indacampo says:

      The best part is being able to work at it full time instead of just on “holidays” or weekends. 🙂

  3. tombseekers says:

    Very nice! Lots of work but it looks great

  4. The rock wall looks smashing!

  5. Kris says:

    It’s a beautiful thing! You have some great improvements on your property, and a husband with projects to keep him busy. What a good thing all around.

    • indacampo says:

      LOL! We think we’ll never run out of things to do and luckily we have the time to do them. 🙂

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