We are greeted by Lin, who owns the gardens along with her husband. Jane was lucky to have met them the previous evening at an informal gathering. Lin is originally from New Zealand. She and her husband purchased the property approximately 20 years ago. No one had lived on it for 60 years and it was jungle. The road I take on my walks did not exist, the property was only accessible from the water. They took machete's and created a path from the mangroves through the jungle to the top of the hill where they decided they would build their home. Initially they camped. Then the shell of the house was built and they lived in it, sleeping on a blow-up air mattress. Eventually the home was completed.
Around the covered patio Lin has hung some abandoned bird nests they have gathered. I quickly forget the name of the bird. The nests are built by the male. Once completed he calls for the females in the area. If a female likes the nest they mate and only have one chick who lives in the nest eight months before taking flight. The nest is then abandoned and the process begins again.
After chatting with Lin and the others on the tour for a bit Jane and I walk back to our condo building. We are very happy we took the tour and both of us are looking forward to cool showers!