We gave gifts and celebrated our arrival.
One set of gifts continues a "pen-pal" relationship from friends of Nancy S. introducing Alicia´s daughter Jasmin Lisbeth, 3 years old, to their own little daughter of the same age with the gift of a very well made stuffed Moose. Lisbeth loves it, put a leash on it and drug it around, used it for a ball, tossing it in the air. Definitely a hit.
|Lisbet with her Moose|
|golf ball sized hail last September broke through the skylights|
We also gave away the LED lights that travelled all around Peru last year, never to arrive on Taquile, but promised to family members, and packaged and labeled. Everyone is happy to receive them. One gift is the Solar Hot Pot donated by S.H.E., Solar Household Energy thanks to Louise Meyer. We are to keep a record of use. It has, so far, boiled water, cooked beets, roasted potatoes, boiled soaked dry corn. It is rainy season, so uses are limited.
|efficient Super Bright LED light strips|
We also placed equipment into the store of Eufrasia and Delfin to sell. The LED light strips from Super Bright LEDs give 690 lumens for 7.5watts and can light a big room or allow fine weaving detail work under good light. The 100 watt inverters sold out in less than an hour. The charge controllers sold out within a few days. We still have a few battery indicators. They can serve as human charge controllers, warning people to disconnect their batteries if full on a sunny day. I am shocked by the number of people who run their systems without charge controllers, since an over charged battery can blow up. Wish we had brought more.
|boat of Elias in progress|
|view from the top of Mulcina, Taquile Island|
|Volley Ball in the yard|
|Mayor Zenon and Florentino, officers of Taquile|
|Showing LED lights in Taquile City Hall|
|Snowcapped peaks across Lake Titicaca|
|New sports field on Taquile|
|detailed Taquile weaving|
|Taquile view to an arch|
|Oh dear, direct tv on Taquile|
|Hot water is nice|
|The hike to the top of Mulcina, Taquile|
|Visiting Chilean jugglers|
|Fredy is guide, interpreting Taquile clothing|
|Solar water pumping on Taquile Island|
|The beach on Taquile|
|Ivan makes sand bowls with water on the beach|
|High tech/low tech: solar panel on thatched roof with rubber wash basin|
|ancient wooden door lock|
|Clever climbs a rock|