Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Tuesday 11th December 2018....market day!!!

Boy it was cold driving to tennis this morning even had to wear my gloves!!!!


Great two hours on the courts!!!


After lunch Gracie and I went up to the big Tuesday market where we found a stall and we purchased lots of great little goodies for the 100 kindergarten girls....I will pick them up next week and find a nice Xmas bag to put them all in..we also bought each kinder girl a nice pair of gloves and a pair of socks!!!






Apart from all the registered children that will receive a gift, the number now is 597, there are always many smaller children who come with their Mothers and we like to have a little something for them..so we also bought 70 pairs of these!!!






Can you believe the cost of each pair of socks was 5 yes 5 pesos!!!


After Christmas I will have a small work party get all the bags sorted and packed!!!


It was a fun afternoon....


Going now for my regular Tuesday Country fried chicken and mashed potatoes!!!


Yashi Kochi!!!!

Sunday, December 09, 2018

Sunday 9th December 2018....party time!!

A quiet morning just reading outside in the lovely ☀️!!!


This afternoon Gracie and were invited to a very nice Christmas party...






A wonderful casa, very interesting and fun people.......fabulous food and plenty of it....






There was a fun gift exchange and then a piñata!!






So really now the build up to the holidays start for me tomorrow and also on Wednesday my very special friends Paula and Jerry will be in town for a week staying in their RV...good times are planned!!


Stay tuned !!


Yashi Kochi!!!

Saturday, December 08, 2018

Saturday 8th December 2018...a day of rest!!!

Had a great two hours on the tennis court this morning under blue and sunny skies......

Went over to the organic Saturday market for a few items and then home for the day...

Caught up on many things and managed to get a spread sheet done on all the folks who have so generously donated to the Three Kings toy drive and almost got the numbers of children completed...looks alike there will be toys for at least 550 children!!!

Have  a great  weekend......

Yashi Kochi!!

Friday, December 07, 2018

Friday 7th December 2018.....a fun filled day!!

What a day!!


Gracie and I went to the four schools that we will be delivering gifts to on January 4th...they are all located in the Campo and it was such a treat to see the kids in the class rooms and how they accepted us and talked to us and always smiling!!!


Gracie was my translator and she did a wonderful job.....the Principal of every school we’re thrilled we are coming out to deliver a gift and when we told them the gifts would not be wrapped so no garbage they were thrilled about that.


Outside one of the schools this little gal was goat herding.....she got a little gift!!!









So now I have the final numbers of all the schools with the exception of the numbers of kindergarten kids from one school which I hope to get over the weekend.


I will take time this weekend to sort the numbers out...the times of arrival at each school.......it is all coming together!!!!!


Tonight I went to one of the lovely churches in town to listen to this concert!!






It was packed and it really was a wonderful evening of Christmas music which I always enjoy!!!


Now onto the weekend!!!


Yashi Kochi!!

Thursday, December 06, 2018

Thursday 6th December 2018......fun day!!!

One of those rare Thursday mornings when I was not scheduled for tennis...so took it easy this morning before heading out to collect another 1000 pesos donation for the kids....


An update on that project is that all the 350 soccer balls have been paid for...also the 200 purses for the girls are covered...now I just need the funds to get a small gift for each of the kinder girls, the numbers I will get tomorrow.


I have some more pledges of donations to come in so I am pretty confident that everything will be paid for and a total of around 550 kids will receive a gift!!!!


This afternoon I went here to go hiking...






It is a beautifully run property..50 pesos admission and you could spend almost all day walking the different paths and seeing all that nature provides!!


Great views....











In the rainy season this dam overflows and the waterfalls into the canyon are amazing!!









Then around the middle of March in the dry season they have an annual concert in the canyon which I always and it as an amazing venue for a concert!!









This pipe used to transport the water down to the old mill!!









And then the views of the town are lovely!!




















Tonight I went to a local hotel where there was a meeting organized by a local security group on safety in and around SMA.


It was very well attended and an interesting meeting with lots of information!!


Yashi Kochi!!

Thursday 6th December 2018......fun day!!!

One of those rare Thursday mornings when I was not scheduled for tennis...so took it easy this morning before heading out to collect another 1000 pesos donation for the kids....


An update on that project is that all the 350 soccer balls have been paid for...also the 200 purses for the girls are covered...now I just need the funds to get a small gift for each of the kinder girls, the numbers I will get tomorrow.


I have some more pledges of donations to come in so I am pretty confident that everything will be paid for and a total of around 550 kids will receive a gift!!!!


This afternoon I went here to go hiking...






It is a beautifully run property..50 pesos admission and you could spend almost all day walking the different paths and seeing all that nature provides!!


Great views....











In the rainy season this dam overflows and the waterfalls into the canyon are amazing!!









Then around the middle of March in the dry season they have an annual concert in the canyon which I always and it as an amazing venue for a concert!!









This pipe used to transport the water down to the old mill!!









And then the views of the town are lovely!!




















Tonight I went to a local hotel where there was a meeting organized by a local security group on safety in and around SMA.


It was very well attended and an interesting meeting with lots of information!!


Yashi Kochi!!

Wednesday, December 05, 2018

Wednesday 5th December 2018.....just a day!!!

Aaron changed my gym session from this afternoon to 8.30 am this morning which is better for me as I don’t have to rush around this afternoon..but it is only for today.....another good session this time we worked on my upper body!!!  I am beginning to see a difference!!






Did some chores in Centro and then went to the restaurant to meet the poker guys!!!

Always have fun and I kept up the winning streak......OK it was only ten pesos..but a win is a win!!


Had a light dinner and then off to my English class....around this time the attendance goes down and only my two young male students, Adal and Saul showed up...


I decided to take them on a walk about..we left the school and I told them we were in England and no matter who they saw only English to be spoken!!


I first took them and showed them the gym where I go to....and then showed them the gate that leads into the Tennis courts and then off to San Antonio church where they have a lovely nat scene set up







And a gorgeous 🎄 tree...








We then went inside the church and they told me what all the different things in the church meant.






Outside we met a couple of my friends and I got them to ask my friends qu for a few minutes.....and then off to see the hotel lobby of the Real de Minas which is beautifully decorated!!


I think they enjoyed themselves and it was something different for them!!


Now showered and have a little snack and going to watch a movie!!!!


Yashi Kochi!!!

Tuesday 11th December 2018....market day!!!

Boy it was cold driving to tennis this morning even had to wear my gloves!!!! Great two hours on the courts!!! After lunch Gracie and I ...