Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Iglesia San Jose de Copala

From a couple of days ago when we were in Copala.
One of the interesting things in Copala is the old church. It was built between 1740 - 48. For some reason I thought it was built in the late 1500's. Luckily there has been some upkeep done on it throughout the years so we can still enjoy it. 
As you come up the main road and turn right towards the plaza it draws your attention immediately. 
A statue on the upper right hand corner. There is a tree growing out of the rocks right below it. 
Going in through the old big heavy front doors. Have to step up carefully.  

Up above the door way is a figure of half a man looking down at the entrance. There are several legends about why he is there. 
One is "The face of the devil was built into the wall above the entrance so that children would throw rocks at the devil as a show of defiance or hatred of the devil. This was done so often that today the face isn’t recognizable". Another legend - the one I like - is " When a bride walks through the door is she isn't a virgin he will spit on her." Better hope it wasn't a humid day when they got married. And another is - he was built there to keep the devil out. Take your pick.
Inside the small room just to the left of the entrance was open for the first time. The baptismal font was in it. Also this very pretty onyx window. 
Under the window stood a beheaded statue. Somewhat like the ones in Concordia. Guess the French army was here too. 
A look at the altar. I've read that the gold is gold leaf but don't know. I think more likely gold paint. But it is a very unusual design, never seen anything like it before.
A closer look at the intricate background. 
Also interesting ceiling.  There were a couple of strings of colored lights still up. 
Some images along the walls. 
The pulpit.
Back outside walking around the church. One of the side walls. They are very thick. 
Looking down at part of the town from the walkway around the church.There are so many trees and plants it is hard to see all the homes.
View from the other side.
The back of the church. Can see where there have been some repairs.
The side of the church, from the back it is the right side. The whole doors are open on both sides. In front just the small section of the doors is open. Lots of frilly work around the doors.
Looking towards the front to the bell tower.

Notice the chunk missing on the top of the bell tower? Some plants growing out of it too. Hardy plants. All the detailed work around it. All of it done over 280 years ago. 
See the chunk laying on the ground. That must have made a heck of a racket when it came down. Makes you walk at the far edge of the path. 
Heading down the worn stone steps into the small but pretty plaza. 
More to come about the town of Copala in later blogs. 
Bill woke up feeling better today guess a good home cooked meal and the Pepto is working. So now he is out driving the workers crazy. We also have the mechanic here working on the Jeep. And spent the afternoon at the dentist - Good to be home watching TV

Monday, January 27, 2020

Repainting the RV

Bill got up this morning and felt a little better, but still with the upset stomach. So you will notice he is not outside bothering the workers as he would be if he felt good. Aren't they lucky.
Yep we are getting the RV repainted. Remember when we first got it done in January of 2018  Click here to check it out.  There are several blogs on the painting saga. This was the first day the painting started. When we wanted gold paint and got chartreuse instead. Eventually the painter took it to his shop to paint it and we stayed in a hotel. 
Well unfortunately the gold and maroon paint has faded and the clear coat is flaking off. Part Bills fault and part painters fault and a lot of Las Vegas sunshine thrown in too. This time the correct paint will be used and the correct clear coat. It is my understanding the whole house of the RV will be repainted. NOT the cab with the mural. But I might be wrong. Bill did tell me they will be using the same colors and paint as just used on the Jeep.
This is the drivers side of the RV. The side the sun hits fully when we are here in Mexico and when it is parked in storage in Las Vegas. Notice all the color is GONE.
And the clear coat is flaking off. Can see it by the window.  
 The graphic to the right under the window used to be maroon. All that is left of the color is in the shade under the window. 
 This part used to be gold, can barely see the color under the light. 
 The passenger side still has some color but it too is fading.

 So this morning the workers showed up to take off the clear coat on the whole body/house part of the RV. Scaffolding and not sure what the tank is. 
Slowly scraping all the clear coat off. 
As I went out to take the picture I noticed one of our transplanted hibiscus was blooming. Beautiful!
 Scaffolding going up.

 Using a single edge razor blade. Almost done with this side. 
Well day one is done. Whats next? Don't know - will find out tomorrow. Also have mechanic coming for Jeep tomorrow to try to figure out why the windshield washer doesn't work. 
Cooked dinner tonight and got some Pepto and we both feel almost human again. 

Sunday, January 26, 2020

African tulip tree grows anywhere and everywhere here.

Been a little under the weather for a bit, no running around so am going back over older photos. We were walking around Centro a while ago and stopped to look in through the windows of this old building. On the outside it is nicely painted but inside just a few walls standing and no roof which lets the sun and rain nourish several plants. 
A flowering vine of some sort.
An African tulip tree. For years I thought this was a mimosa tree, but yesterday when looking up the flower I discovered I was wrong. Growing inside one of the rooms. 
It is so big it has reached out over the building. 
A close up of the flower. I took this picture at La Marina restaurant. 

Nothing to do with the flower but I like it. On a building across the street from the one with the tree inside it. 

There are so many interesting things around here it is hard to know where to look and extra hard to cull out the pictures.