Friday, November 26, 2021

Just out and about

Just spent 10 minutes going through comments removing people who probably didn't even read the blog. Selling stuff and hackers. I hope it discourages them when they are removed. They always wait a couple of days before they post. 

I think it was Wednesday we went across the street to eat dinner again. - I already cooked ONCE this week! Any way, there is a two person table right next to the windows that we like to sit at. Always has a great breeze coming in and great view of the sunsets. So these are from then. Just before the sun set.

On Tuesdays and Wednesdays Rafael the guitarist and singer we go to see in the Plazuela Machado plays at Torres. He was just setting up to get ready to play. We usually go around four thirty or five, so we are done before he begins as the people staying in the hotel fill the restaurant, as they should. Just had a chance to talk to him a little. 
The end of the sunset. 

By Thursday morningit was getting really cloudy with gray clouds out. 
Seemed to me like a good time to take a short walk.  The workers on this new building next door have really made a lot of progress on it. And all the dirt that was in the campground is gone and a concrete block wall has been built. 

I went out front to walk the new bicycle path for a short ways. Love these big beautiful trees growing in the  medium. 
Looks like this one suffered some hurricane damage.
The bike path had more walkers then bikes on it. 
It is really nice to walk on, lots of shade. 
A close up of the surface. I thought it was rubber pieces but on closer look I think it is pebbles covered by some sort of rubberized paint. Very smooth and comfortable to walk on. 
I did not go very far as the humidity was getting to me. The bike path goes from the Marina to the ocean at Cerritos. Back in the park the clouds were getting darker. No rain though. 
One corner of our patio and our flowers. 
The other corner. Today they have all perked up again. 
There are now 11 RVs in the park - I think for the winter. Thought there would be more by now. 
It is gloomy and trying to rain today. With rain forecast for Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning. So we will see if it does or doesn't. 


Thursday, November 25, 2021

Breakfast La Martina and visit to La Noria

Almost forgot what day it was

HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO EVERY ONE. 

On the spur of the moment yesterday we decided to take a road trip. Back again to La Martina restaurant for breakfast and then on to a quick drive through La Noria. We usually get early starts - well about nine o'clock early so we can enjoy the coolest time of the day. And not interrupt afternoon nap time. Him, not me so much. Well sometimes...The driveway into La Martina. The bougainvillea have really grown since last year and they are bloom spectacularly. So many different colors. 

These were only planted about three years ago and they too are growing like crazy. Completely cover the arches now. 
Didn't take many pictures as I think I've already taken pictures of every thing there is take them of. This must be an amazing place for a wedding. 
Haven't seen this plant before. 
And a new addition. Or else he has been quiet as I've never seen him before either. 
The back portion of the side yard. 
Leaving to get back on the road. Just liked all the colors here. 
A few more miles up the road and we came to La Noria's arch. The topes are new! It is funny the topes leading to the arch are real. The ones behind the arch are just painted stripes on the road. But they look real. 
This sign wasn't here the one time we drove to La Noria last year. It is in front of the plaza where every Sunday they have a big fair. 
Driving around town I think the church has been painted. We will return in the near future and stop and visit with friends and spend more time just wandering around. 
The only stop we made in town. Bill Needed to have some of his favorite tortillas. He says they are the best he's ever eaten. 
Back out through town. There seem to be more little stores than before. 
Laundry day. 
We took a side trip up the hill to visit with Tico the potter and see how he and his family have been since we last saw them over a year ago. This beautiful bougainvillea was in his neighbors yard. At least three different colored leaves on it.
Tico's potters wheel. Spins it by foot.
He took us out back to see the pottery he had fired the previous day in his kiln. 
The kiln behind Tico. 
Looking in to the top of the kiln. Most of these haven't been glazed. 
Showing us the ash for day before's fire. 
The neighbors burro. Very friendly 
Showing us one of his new planters. He and his family have been well and doing fine the last year. Very happy to know that. We will visit with him again when we come back. 
Then on home. A quick trip but a fun one. And so very glad to see life has somewhat returned to normal in La Noria. 
Did almost nothing today. 

Wednesday, November 24, 2021

Friends and errands

Continuing yesterdays outing. Walking back towards Plazuela Machado after having breakfast. There were two cruise ships in so lots of tours going on. The vendor was selling baskets, hats  and purses. But the group was listening to their guide. 
These are brave people. Don't think I'd want to be on one of these in Mazatl├ín's traffic. Besides that I'd probably just fall over. 
Finally got a good picture of these. The other night they didn't show up really well. The one on the left is UGLY. 
We were so glad to this old friend. Didn't see him last year, but then we weren't out and about much either. He is a strolling singer and guitar player. We've known him for years. Their standing joke is Bill pays him not to sing and play.
Beautiful old home. A couple of years ago we met the owner and he gave us a tour of the inside. Oh my it was lovely. Now there are some shops on the ground floor.
Walking towards the watchmaker. I think this building has been repainted. Looks good. 
Look at the grins on their faces. Problem with watch has been solved. It will be fixed and ready by next week. 
Then around the corner to Bill's favorite candy shop. The copper kettle is used to candy coat peanuts. He loves them. No cooking going on at this time. But he did buy a few packages that were cooked earlier. 
Lots and lots of yummy things for sale in here beside all kinds of candied nuts. The girls selling remember him and are always glad to see him. 
Not sure what this is.
Past the main plaza. 
To the Optician. Broke the frame on my glasses again, this time don't think it can be fixed. They are only about 25 years old! So will go back another day and pick out some new frames. 
Heading back towards the car. This ice cream stand has been in the same place run by the same family for over 80 years. 
Hanging gardens of Mazatlan. The sign was tied to the end of some branches that were hanging down from the top of a building. 
Looks like they have been growing for some time. You can see the sign by the car
 
Back in Willie on our way home. By then it was getting HOT out. Had enough of walking around. New painting on wall of this building. 
Newly painted crosswalk in Olas Altas. 
Oops! they are still painting crosswalks. No warning - just cars swerving into your lane. 
And on to home. Another beautiful day in Mazatlan. 
Last night I actually cooked dinner. First time since we left home...either been going out or eating salad. We had breaded chicken tenders and asparagus with mushrooms, cherry tomatoes and roasted peppers. Better than restaurant. 
Today we took another day trip.