Friday, November 30, 2018

Starting to rethink the rest of the year.

Did make it out to the grocery store a couple of times this week. The Christmas trees are already for sale in Soriana.
 Had to pull the chairs under the awning. Got some really heavy rain afternoon and over night. Construction never stopped though. Kept the dust down from the construction.
 Went to breakfast after the sky started to clear up. Most of the clouds were now south of us. Notice the difference in the color of the water where the clouds were still heavy.

 Back home. They are putting the cement for the retaining wall in. This machine groans like I would think a cow in labor would sound. Loud moaning and groaning when the cement is pumping,
 Standing up on the forms guiding the cement in. 

As soon as I come inside the blackbirds take over the bread/fruit tree.
The magpie jays showed up for a few minutes, there are three of them. 
What a regal looking bird. 
Our very light pink bougainvillea is getting some color.
The first one with the bright yellow tail to show up. But it was only him/her. 
A couple of lonely pink flowers are hanging on to life. Soon they will be ripped up. 
Wow he is a big colorful one. Guess he came from the field when the machinery got over to this part. 

Starting to take down the palm trees and clean up the rubbish right behind us. Won't be long before the dump trucks and graders are here. Everything inside is so dusty but doesn't help to clean it. Just ends up the same in a few hours. 
Part of the finished retaining wall on the north side of the park. 
All these trees will soon be gone. Progress!
First he digs around the roots then pushes them over. 
Kind of a pretty sunrise this morning. 
We had a really busy day today, will share it tomorrow. Went to a new bakery!

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Visits from the auto mechanics.

We've had two days, Monday and Tuesday, of staying more or less home. Had the oil and filters changed on both Jeep and RV. Also an extra battery installed in the RV and the wiring for Bill's silly horn in the Jeep fixed. 
And surprise surprise it is raining here. Been raining since about 3:00. At times heavy. Made it a lot cooler but really humid sticky. Forecast for today, Wednesday, is 40% rain too. And it sure looks like it. 8:00 a.m. and it is still almost dark out. 
A couple of the pretty birds that are starting to show up. But unless I sit out there the darn Grackles show up and strip every thing including the peels of the oranges. 

 Our garden continues to grow. All the bougainvilleas now have color on them. We have two of the deep pink, one a pale pink/white and the other a beautiful salmon color. Hibiscus still have lots of buds on them. 
 The salmon colored one. 

Our home away from home. The dead tree is the bread/fruit tree. 
 Had an interesting sunset the other night. Not too much color but lots of texture.  
 Pablo, the mechanic changing the oil and filter in the Jeep. We bring the oil and filters with us. 
 Think he was on the phone here, but wanted the picture of our banana plant. It is growing like a weed.  
 His helper, Jamie, changing oil on the RV. It is nice to have them come to us when something needs to be done. 
 Work continues next door. At least they are putting up a screening material on the chain link fence. Hopefully it will help keep some of the dust down. 

But it does block our view of what is going on.  We can now just hear the machinery, not see what it is doing. 
 The other side of the fence. Finally got the big root out and moved. Now beginning to trench for the retaining wall. 
Unless it clears up a lot we'll probably be home most of today too. At least there is a soccer game on. 

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Tianguis in La Noria

Every Sunday there is a Tianguis in La Noria in the central plaza. This is a new thing for them. It started about four months ago. So we decided we'd go.
What is a Tianguis you ask? Well it is kind of an open air market or bazaar - we call them flea markets or swap meets. It is held on certain market days in a town or neighborhood. In rural areas many traditional types of merchandise are sold, such as agriculture supplies, hand crafted items and local food. 
But first we had to get there. There was some kind of bicycle event going on - everyone in the state of Sinaloa who had a bicycle was on the road heading towards La Noria. Bunches and bunches of them.
We would get around one group and then come up on to another group. With the narrow road and it curves and hills it was a challenge to get safely around them. 
 The first sign for the restaurant we were going to. 
 The turn off to the restaurant as well as the distillery and the zip lines.
 After we ate - see yesterday's blog - we continued on into La Noria. No more bicycles, no idea where they went. This is a small town, about 1100 people and around 300 homes. Its's been around since 1565. It was founded because of mining in the area. Now it is known for it leather work. This is one of the leather shops. 
 Bill inside talking to the owners. Catching up on what we missed over the summer. They make sandals, purses, belts, saddles and machete sheaths. I've taken lots of pictures of this place in the past. 

 I headed for the plaza across the street. We were told the Tianguis was from 10:00 to 2:00. We got there about 10:30 - much to early. Next time we go it will be about noon. That's where it started to get busy. Vendors - mostly food - around the edges and tables to eat or rest at in the center.
 From the stage area looking towards the gazebo.
 A display of the form for saddles. The one on the left is polished. Two different types of horns. The two on the left are more traditional.
 The distillery had a display and tequila for sale.
 All kinds of food, all homemade. From dulce de leche to tamales. Lots of pastries. 
 She had some really good looking stuff. I recognized salsa and shredded beef. She was also going to make tortillas. 
 We walked back to our friends leather shop. Caught them having lunch. Roberto's wife Jessie was there. She is the manager of the distillery. 
 A trampoline for the kids. Good thing it had a net around it. A couple of boys were giving it a work out.
Hum..guess there was going to be music later. They were warming up. Sounded pretty good. 

Sitting and watching. And discussing world problems
 A set up for kids to paint little ceramic forms.
 This is also a good gathering place to talk to neighbors and friends for out of town. More and more cars and people were showing up as time passed. 
 She got a dirty look every time another older passed this bench. She finally got the hint and left.
 Starting to fill up and people beginning to eat. Lots of talking and laughter.
 I like her scarf.
 Oh, oh the rest of the band has arrived. 
 I'm not real fond of the music.
There are more members then I realized.  
It was getting hot so we left a little after noon. Next time we go we will arrive a little after noon. 
A dog getting a drink from the aqueduct.
And even more food. Looks like they are expecting a lot more people. 

Headed home. A fun and busy morning. No bicycles on the way back. 
News Break - I actually cooked dinner last night. First cooking in 33 days! Not going to be a habit.