Hi There, I’m Laura and this was me when I ventured out on part of “life journeys” when I first moved to South America, this was taken in a part of the jungle Where there was gold and several native ethnic groups .

This was ONE of my backyards transformed into a palm garden! I felt impelled to create whatever oasis possible because of the environment I was surrounded by. It was very rustic, primitive and crude which of course, having backyards like this one, made it more enjoyable for me, while I carried on Humanitarian Aid Work!…

When I arrived from the jungle, which was over a 23 hour road trip to get here (another firepit tale…), the patio was in a very primative over grown state with weeds, riddled with garbage, there were lots of wasps nests full of wasps (which very experienced persons came and helped rid them ) , rove beetles…and other crawling creatures were rid from the backyard! The wasp’s sting was real nasty sting! Guess what was done to reduce swelling?…read on…

In the jungle,there were , the hairiest spiders I had ever seen ! One was let loose to hunt cockroaches in my kitchen and in the same region of the the jungle , tarantulas were everywhere! Once when I realized how the spiders camouflaged themselves, I knew how to identify them , since their venon was know to kill small prey. Climbing over fences was regular while doing Humanitary Aid Work ,so when I moved to the coastal regions , other spiders were welcome.

There were mosquitoes ,ants,and there very toxic insects ,the rove beetle that I worked around while on Humanitarian Aid Projects. Boy you sure didn’t want these little creatures on you or in your laundry or in your backyard! One time I saw eye level , on theclothes line ,it was tight rope walking all along the sheet! Like I said I saw lots of them and cases of people who had “whiplash”.This beetle is highly toxic more than cobra venon!

In the jungle,the Dynastes Hercules and rhinoceros beetles were common. Talk about strong beetles! I had the two species in the house and boy ,did they ever go into battle! When I first went in the jungle and a large jewel beetle landed before me , I was so excited to see something so beautiful!

Bats! I have never seen an albino bat like the one I saw one night,when I was in the jungle! It had a wing span of at least 2ft.When I tickled it’s belly , it started to pee! The only species that looked similar is this one , that I saw in the Pastaza region, was in thisNational Geographic .
to Vampire bats were the first thing I was warned about when I moved to the coast.

I was used of living among and adapted to whatever durinal or nocturnal crawling or flying creature ; for instance, the most scariesr flying grasshoppers often would trying to clutch on to you ! Watch out!

So, when I was doing Humanitarian Aid Work; I travelled to different projects which were in diverse regions. The Jungle,Mountains & Costal . Lots of fire pit & fire bowl tales to tell…) between the jungle creatues and costal, mountains , I got was around , knowing what each little creature did ,helped me to know how to co-habit in their environment!

Also when I first started out in jungle I was in area where there were a lot of Coral snakes! One morning after a nights rain, the road I was walking on had thesnakesonboth sides of the road.

So something like the ant’s sting like the bullet ant! Or what fatazo could do made me be aware since I travelled alot on Humanitarian Aid Projects regularily and I was familar with for how long would a certain reaction would last or to heal …, giant cockroaches and normal sized cockroaches, and rats!

So to make it better over time , I made wandering paths and I cultivated passion fruit, papayas, noni, badea,plantains and grapes were cultivated in different parts of the yard.

So, I gradually turned this backyard space into a little haven where Lupe (my Amazon parrot) would be protected from: the vultures, opossums, squirrels, roosters that were used for cockfights, other dogs, reptiles, cats and the neighbor’s kids throwing rocks at her…!


When I would go in my backyard , I’d use the time to write or draw my Amazon Parrot, the garden palms, or just sit by a my fire pit long into the evening, watching the glow of the coals.

My favorite part of the day in the backyard was when dusk was coming on and The yellow hues would accent all the green tones in the garden, enhancing the beauty of everything , including the sunsets that went with the nightly sounds. Some mountain people I went on horses where I lived in one part of the amazonia and guess what insectschirp did adding to it’s beauty Lupe and I bonded during those times.

I built Lupita the grass hut to protect her from the heavy torrential downpours of the rain and the blistering sun where she would have shade and could just goof around!

LUPE’S BIRDHOUSE: Material #1!

I used whatever materials that were on hand for the structure of the bird house and Lupe’s thatched roof was from one of the palms I planted. I got the palm at about 10 inches high and it grew to o towering at least to the second floor of the apartment!

Here in the picture in my backyard, the palm is still growing & it grew so high that it could to be seen from that city’s bridge! I told you I knew a trick to the growth success of my garden, of how abundantly everything grew. I’ll have make a fire and tell you how sometime of what was done and how it was acquired!

So now with online shopping people have facility to order and install whatever items they want to make their own oasis, whereas I got: my machete out & used my own palms, asked the neighbour across street for bamboo stocks.

I went to the river to collect driftwood for Lupe’s perches and worked with whatever else I had on hand to build that bird house! To checkout plans click here!

I also washed clothes by hand in the rivers or whatever other water source could be found for over 11 years ,so when a butterflies like these flopped by it sure made my day!


King was a protector dog, and was good at keeping things out of the yard, so we didn’t need a cat. In fact he was such a good hunter he killed over 260 rats and mice while we lived in this backyard! He developed a hatred for rats, opossums, and squirrels when we first moved in.

The rats were very aggressive ,just as King was and after several rats biting him on the nose and hanging off his lips, he soon became was very skilled at cracking the rats heads and killing them. The victory over killing a huge rat would be: to be thrown in the street for everything passing to run over it, so with the opossum. Same fate! If you want to know how the story went ,that would be another fire pit invite to sit around and share adventures and have a good laugh!

So if you would like to get an intake on what it would be like living in an rat invested environment . Read on here under the title RATS ! With Lupe the parrot 5 years senior of King , they were fighting for territorial rights, the things that would happen….Lots of firepit stories!!! Read on more….!

The benefit is after whatever effort that was been contributed to put into creating a personal oasis, where the person can enjoy the fruits of their labor by themselves or with others, it’s very inspiring!


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