Friday, July 21, 2017

Friday 21st July 2017...Catching up!!!!

I took a hammering at Poker on Wednesday my first loss in months...100 pesos back to eating tacos and beans!!!! Fortunate in between the showers to play tennis yesterday was good to be on the courts I always enjoyed those two hours...... Starting today for the next week is International Film festival...this year the host country is Canada and at many venues films are being shown all day and the cost of admission is free......today Gracie and i went to see a series of short films in two different locations....I must admit that a lot of them were very dark and some disturbing but some were quite entertaining..we will see lots more this week. This is also disturbing!!! Xanda, son of Cecil the lion, killed by hunter in Zimbabwe Xanda was reportedly shot on a trophy hunt Two years after Cecil the lion was killed by a trophy-hunter in Zimbabwe, prompting global outrage, his son has met a similar sad end. Xanda, a six-year-old lion with several young cubs, was shot dead on 7 July. He was killed just outside the Hwange National Park in northern Zimbabwe, close to where his father died. The lion had been fitted with an electronic tracking collar by Oxford University's Wildlife Conservation Research Unit (WildCRU). Dr Loveridge, a Senior Research Fellow with Oxford's Department of Zoology, secured the collar last October. "Xanda was one of these gorgeous Kalahari lions, with a big mane, big body, beautiful condition - a very, very lovely animal. Personally, I think it is sad that anyone wants to shoot a lion, but there are people who will pay money to do that," he said. The Oxford team are calling for a wider 5km (three-mile) "no-hunting zone" around the National Park. Sad inheritance: The much-loved Zimbabwean lion Cecil was killed in 2015 The BBC's Africa Correspondent, Andrew Harding, reports that at the age of six, Xanda was old enough to be legally targeted by big game hunters. These individuals, many from the US, UK and South Africa, pay tens of thousands of pounds for the deadly pursuit - thereby funding the staff who protect other wildlife. It is not yet clear who shot Xanda. A professional hunter is said to have reported the death to the authorities and returned the lion's collar. Lion kills girl of 10 as she goes to toilet When is hunting not poaching? How the internet descended on the man who killed Cecil the lion The killing comes two years after dentist Walter James Palmer, from Minnesota in the US, sparked an international outcry by killing Cecil, a 13-year-old lion who was a major tourist attraction in the area. His home and dentistry practice were targeted by protesters after his identity surfaced in the press. A picture shows stuffed animals left by protesters in the doorway of River Bluff Dental clinic, workplace of Walter James Palmer, in July Protesters left stuffed animals at Walter Palmer's dental practice after it emerged he had shot Cecil At the time it was reported that the lion had been shot with a bow and arrow and did not die immediately. He was followed for more than 40 hours before being shot with a rifle. Mr Palmer was believed to have paid $50,000 (£32,000) to hunt a lion in Zimbabwe's largest game reserve. I hope the weekend is a good one for you where ever you are.... Yashi Kochi!!!!

Monday, July 17, 2017

Monday 17 July 2017...........Musings......

The sun finally came out this weekend and I was able to play tennis on Saturday morning and yesterday was lovely also today up till now 5.00 pm the skies have darkened and the rain is about to come down...... I have had trouble trying to write this blog as I was not able to access the New Post on Blogger...I tried all sorts of help lines without success but just now I did something I have to admit I do not know what but I think this will post!!!! Enjoyed watching Roger win another Grand slam yesterday from Wimbledon....
Hope you all have a super week best wishes.... Yashi Kochi!!!!

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Thursday 13th July 2017.....you may be inclined

to ask me what I am doing writing a blog at 9.30 am on a Thursday morning???

The answer would be I am doing the same thing I was doing last Tuesday morning at 9.30 am!!!!!!!



Which is???




NOT PLAYING TENNIS!!!!!!!!

All I will say is that little word....rain!!!!


Yesterday again the winning ways continue at poker with an 80 pesos victory!!!!


Gracie and I are going to my favorite thing tonight.....it is called Play readers...and a group of local performers who read a play.... tonight the play is called Motor Trade written by the famous Canadian play wright Norm Foster...all his productions I have seen have been really funny and  well acted...so it should be a good evening even better when I tell you the cost of admission is only 20 pesos ..work it out in your currency!!

Yashi Kochi!!

Sunday, July 09, 2017

Sunday 9th July 2017...another Tennis Slam!!!

Today was the 5th Tennis slam that I have organized and at 1 pm 12 players met at the courts..this theme was for Independence 4th July event and so everyone was informed they must wear red, white and blue!!!!

I usually take a lot more group photos do not know what happened this time, sorry!!

Here is Debra and Jenny, who won the prize for best dressed!!!


Diane and Mathew....
 Yours truly brightly attired!!

Unfortunately after only two hours of tennis the heavens opened and the rain poured down and we had to abandon the rest of the matches but at the time.....Jenny and Steve were ahead  on points and were awarded the first prize.......they wanted trophies I was told at the last slam...so I unselfishly awarded both Jenny and Steve each one of my old soccer trophies from like 20 years ago!!!







We had fun and it is always good to get on the courts and have some fun and socialize...next slam September to celebrate Mexican Independence day!!!

Yashi Kochi!!!!

Thursday, July 06, 2017

Thursday 6th July 2017.......Hallelujah!!!!!!

Well I have not lost at poker since I came back and yesterday the winning streak was kept alive albeit only 20 pesos!!!!!!!!

You may not recognize these photos!!!!!!!








Yes the rain stopped briefly and tennis was on again  this morning....two great hours and it felt so good!!!!


Yashi Kochi!!!!

Wednesday, July 05, 2017

Wednesday 5th July 2017...and again!!!!!!!

A belated Happy 4th of July to all my USA readers!!!!!

Gracie and I went to a local bar for a celebration but to be frank it was not worth the money!!!..

A lot of people were there the food ran out and what was left was not very tasty...the music was so so and then the heavens opened and this huge hail storm came through...we both looked at each other and wished we had stayed home...I guess the saving grace may be we won the first raffle prize....a steak and wine at the bar, not sure we will use that.....when we got home the power was out all night!!!!

Anyway all is well and wet this morning....I have to rest now to be alert for my poker afternoon.....

Yashi Kochi!!!!

Tuesday, July 04, 2017

Monday 3rd July 2017....Cannot be a bad day when a waterfall appears!!!

With all the heavy rains the last few days I decided to hike to the Botanical gardens to check to see if the water was going over the dam.......what do you think???

I forgot my camera so these shots are taken with my smart phone a first for me!!!



 Just amazing to think that about 9 weeks ago this was the scene here!!!!!


A huge difference!!!!

 My lunch view!!!!

 I had to cross over the dam and only one way way off with the socks and shoes!!!!
A round trip of 7 wonderful miles!!!!!

Yashi Kochi!!!!

Friday 21st July 2017...Catching up!!!!

I took a hammering at Poker on Wednesday my first loss in months...100 pesos back to eating tacos and beans!!!! Fortunate in between the sh...