Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Parque Natural Municipal - Part III

















I promise this is the last post on the park. The last of this series, anyway. This place is so massive, it was easy to make three posts out of it. 

The park has a small food and drink area where you can purchase P I C O L E (we're going to need massive assistance for the withdrawals if we ever give it up). You can also purchase chips, other small bagged snacks, sodas, water, and they just started selling rice and tropeiro. We haven't tried that yet as I like to take the kids home for lunch and then the inevitable nap. Praise be to the nap lords. The picole is a little expensive, starting at R$2.50. For reference, the street venders' prices start at R$1. 

There is a building that is supposed to house some type of educational center for the kids, but it's been closed every time we've visited. I hope we can check it out at some point, but in Brazil I've learned not to hold my breath.

One of my favorite little spots in the park is a garden area that they've recently expanded. It started with a paved floor featuring an overhead structure and mosquito nets completely encompassing the area. I didn't get any great photos in there, but I think it's supposed to demonstrate all the different plants that can be grown here and what they can be grown in. Some of the pots are actually tires, soda bottles, and old crates. 

I've been trying to get a small garden up and growing at our house, but when I created one behind our house, the lizards and mice ate everything. I have an idea to create a container garden on the third floor patio. However, that's been delayed by a lack of containers and dirt. It's actually quite difficult to grow anything here because the soil is almost completely sand. (Which I discovered doing this nifty little composition test.) We can purchase soil, but I've put it off as there always seems something more important to purchase. Looking at you, food. The economy is god awful right now. Rest assured, when our little garden is up and running, I'll document it all on here. For now I just visit the park and look longingly at their neat and bountiful display.

These sprouted in our compost area - can't wait to see what they are!

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