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Since October 2023, we’ve been settled at home in Dauin with our daughter Jenny, her husband Gary, their son Emerson, and our granddaughter Fritzie, who attends college in Dumaguete.

This small studio, which was once the gardener’s accommodation, is currently our home. It is due to be extended this month with more space for us.

Gerlinda has brought her love for flowers and plants with her, though most of her collection remains at our old home in Cagayan de Oro. Here in Dauin, she is gradually expanding the assortment through propagation and new purchases, with plenty of space available for even more.

So long as there is the amihan blowing from northeast, some of the flowers can occupy the dive section, but once the dive season starts, the divers want their space back. Even the place for preparing the barbeques is occoupied by some young plants who needs shelter from the winds.

While larger ones now adorn the extended veranda. A towering tree, preserved when the property wall was built, serves as a makeshift planter for some plants nestled in old car tires filled with soil.

However, our house dogs have made it clear that they prefer their territory flowerbed-free, leading to a few unplanned rearrangements.

Yes, most visitors come from the other side through the gate. For visitiors coming by boat there is a mooring prepared for their entrance from the sea.

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Once again we made the journey from Cagayan de Oro to our daughter Jenny’s family.

Left behind are our dogs, cats and most of the flowers and decorative plants. However, a large number of cuttings went on the journey well packed in a large suitcase.

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Fortunately, no one at the security check at the harbour noticed the plants in the suitcase or looked over them.

The basin for the diving equipment was quickly converted into a watering place for the plants.

These now all have to be planted and cared for one after the other before they can take their place on the new veranda or elsewhere on the property.

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I have settled down on the veranda with my laptop with interesting views and can do my work there in peace.

It is a tranquil life in Dauin.

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Almost full moon right in front of the house. That was last night.

This morning started with thunder rumbling in the distance, a few small showers over the sea and thick clouds on the mountain side.

So the morning started without a walk, I had my first coffee straight away and Gerlinda got to work in her flower workshop behind the house.

I was then allowed to take a few of the heavy pots to some of the places for a test run.

Finally, some of Gerlinda’s tools from the flower workshop.

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