Monday, June 26, 2017

Monday 26th June 2017....Sunday hike!!!

Yesterday around 11 am Gracie and I and the two dogs Einstein and Scout took of for a little road trip to La Joya which is on the road to QTO and about 45 minutes away it is a beautiful drive high into the mountains by a  series of winding roads until you get to the entrance where you pay 15 pesos and it is actually a camp site in the woods very lovely......

We let the dogs roam free and they enjoyed that...

This was funny because on the way back we met this group of scouts and they loved the dogs but they heard us calling Scout to come back and they thought that was a funny can catch Scout on the far right behind the kids!!!

 saw this boy on the village back to the highway!!!
 Back in SMA one of the narrow busy streets leading to the Jardin!!!
 and an interesting shop window!!
I am afraid my winning ways in Scrabble and cards has left me I now owe Gracie 4 dinners...she does not know  it yet but that means 4 street taco stands!!!!!

Yashi Kochi!!!!

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Thursday 22nd June 2017............simple!!!

Weather wise every day is virtually the same around 78 degrees cooling off a little in the evenings....the sky a vibrant mix of white and blues!!!

Played another two hours of great tennis this is such a wonderful way to start the day we play from 9 am to 11 am....great friends and great exercise!!!

I went again to Joe's for my 30 minute work out on the Power he put me through the wringer a really hard session but enjoyable especially afterwards when he weighed me and I am so happy I am back to 177 pounds, my fighting weight!!!

Ashley fresh of her victory at her first Pro tennis event quickly moved south to Baton Rouge where she is playing in another similar event and today she won a great match against a 29 year old woman from Montenegro who has won thousands of dollars and played nearly 500 games on tour, she is now in to the quarter finals and plays the No.1 seed tomorrow, she is doing so well and again I tell you she is only 17 years old!!!

Last night I reported that I was too modest to tell the score of the scrabble games with Gracie now I must tell the truth it was not modesty but shame....we have been playing cards and scrabble the last few evenings and as always I throw in a small challenge with dinners on the line for the winners....well I honestly tell you that between the two  different games I now owe Gracie three dinners.......I may need to come out of retirement to pay my gaming losses!!!

Yashi Kochi!!!!

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Wednesday 21st June 2017...Summer solstice!!!!

The summer solstice is upon us: 7 things to know about the longest day of the year

Why do we have a summer solstice, anyway?

Monday, June 19, 2017

Monday 19th June 2017...a trip down memory lane!!!!

Do you want to know what i did on this day three years ago???

I thought you might.....

Here goes!!!!!!

When I left you last night I was in the arm chair in front of a 52 inch TV watching Spain get humiliated in soccer...they have been the powerhouse of soccer for the last few years but I think it is time for change. When I checked in yesterday afternoon i noticed a family behind me waiting to check in they were a really nice looking family Mum and Dad and a daughter about 17 years old.....they looked to be upper class and friendly. As I was watching the game last night the Dad came and sat on a chair next to me he spoke perfect English and the daughter was at the table and she appeared to be engrossed in making leather wrist the goals went in against Spain the groans got louder and then just before the game ended the daughter came up to me and gave me this  and said in perfect English"Now you have an angel to watch over you on the way" Not often I am overcome and at a loss for words but this was one of those times....I just stood up said thank you so very much and she pecked me on the cheek. I know I shall never see this young lady again but to me her act was one of pure love and to come from someone so beautiful and innocent.....where ever you are and where ever you go I hope your life is blessed. The game soon ended with Spain virtually eliminated from the World cup and many Spanish faces will be long today. Had another really great sleep and I was soaking in the tub at 6.30 am this leg felt much better but i could just feel a little tweak I am so glad I spent a lot of time icing it last night. I went down to breakfast and oh my goodness what a spread everything and I sat and gorged myself looking out at the wonderful ocean and some food found it's way into my lunch box...this was a very classy and lovely treat for me. I have been thinking about not staying in hostels and what it means in the long run and the observations I have far I am the oldest person I have seen on the Camino most are 30 -40 years younger and I guess some of them are on a budget so they stay in hostels and I know some just enjoy the camaraderie of hostel life but for me I do need to get a good nights sleep to complete this journey and having a bath tub sure helps so I am not feeling guilty about where I stay...I am sure this journey can be done which ever you want to do it!! I had my leg taped and I was on the road by 9am and I felt easy you get up put on your shoes and go out and walk!!! The first few km were dreadful on this highway  I saw this guy from a distance and he was waving his arm up and down in a very military like fashion and I thought boy he is doing a great job and as I got closer his graceful swinging of the flag continued till I got closer and realized why HE IS NOT REAL!!!!!! This is what the real worker does!!  OK some history here......about 15 years ago when I first met Linda and Guy I also met in the same Mexican town Stella,her daughter Caron and Caron's two young sons...we all formed a bond that is still going strong today and we usually manage to get together once a you know Stella came to SMA 2 days before I left and stayed for three weeks in my Casita and Caron and her Husband John are going to stay in my Casita for the month of July(how nice).....anyway Caron e mailed me and told me that when she and her Mum and her sister Pauline who is Ashley the tennis player's Mum(still with me??) walked the Camino last year they stayed in a hostel near to where I was walking so this morning i passed by the hostel  went in and spoke to the man and asked to look through the guest book and who did I find????  Glad to say soon off that nasty highway and onto coastal paths easier on my leg and being by the ocean good therapy enjoy the photos!!!!  For those pilgrims who do not stay in hotels. This is the town Llanes that I am heading for.  I walked through town and found a nice hotel for me to stay in for 35 Euros!!! by know you all know the routine when I get to a room in this order take a photo get some milk and have tea get the laundry done get some ice for my leg have a snooze and then go for a walk around town this is not one of the more impressive towns but still pleasant. In town I met up with the Irish girl from yesterday and we chatted and she told such a funny story of what happened to her today..she decided to take a short cut through a field not knowing there were cows and a bull over the hill and she is terrified of bulls so when she saw this bull she just froze got out her phone and texted her Dad and asked him if bulls were OK if they were with cows and funny can you imagine!!! Came back and let me tell you that bathtub is a perfect fit!!! It is now almost 7 pm and time to post this and then go into this fancy restaurant and treat myself  and then go here for a big game tonight England V Uruguay!!!  and at half time come to the room make tea and eat this!!!!! This one is for you Ms.Scholey!!!  I walked at a slower pace today and my leg is OK still a bit of a tweak but well iced and bandaged and I am fine..I have been on the Way now two weeks and with 24 km today cracked the 400 km mark today 406...a couple of more days and I shall be half way through. Spain crowned a new King today but i saw not one celebration anywhere just glum soccer faces!!! I miss this kid hope she is doing well!! Hope you are doing OK Eliza I think in two days I shall have a day off..miss you on the way you are my hero!! Things I learned today Humility!!!!!!! My body is so good to me. Did I mention I have great friends!! Yashi Kochi!!!!

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Sunday 18th June 2017...Happy Father's Day!!!

Want to extend a wonderful warm congratulations to all dad's out there, are all amazing have a special day!!!

A special thanks to my Dad he was a great man who loved his sons!!!

 - Día de los Locos. This wild and woolly festival is pure San Miguel. It happens no place else in Mexico in this form. It always takes place on the Sunday closest to June 13 since it is related to St. Anthony. Though the flamboyant procession rocks through town to the (very loud) beat of amped-up music, and the costumes and masks of politicians, actors, cartoon characters and monsters would seem to be totally secular, this complex festival has deep religious roots.
San Antonio is, among other things, the saint you beseech to find anything lost, from a wristwatch to a dog to a lover. Today's festivities are all about giving thanks for having found them. As they shimmy, shake and stamp their feet aboard their truckbed floats and throw fistfuls of candy at the crowds like Mardi Gras revelers, the participants are actually taking part in a rather profound religious celebration.
The day begins with a mass at the San Antonio church, where a tent is set up in the plaza to handle the crowds. From there the string of marchers, floats and dancers heads to the centro, tossing several hundred kilos of candy at the crowd along the way. It has the distinct feel of Carnaval or Mardi Gras. Crowds are dense so if you make your way to the center, don't expect to get out again until the parade is well and truly over. For many, this the favorite June event in San Miguel de Allende

I have never seen this parade and believe me when they say the town is packed and it is crazy..IT IS!!!!

Ashley completed the tournament and this afternoon won the the Final match in under 2 hours 6-3 7-6 and won her first Pro circuit tournament..way to go girl!!!!!

Yashi Kochi!!!!

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Saturday 17th June 2017...Ashley updateIII

After another tense and long match Ashley beat another older competitor with over 500 match games under her belt and prevailed and is now in her first Final!!!!

She is amazing well done!!!

my tennis this morning was not even in the same hemisphere but we old boys enjoyed our two hours on court and even managed a shot or two that we termed "remarkable".

The weather continues to be very warm and nice  and life is good.....almost been back two weeks and feels like I never left up to all my old tricks!!!

Gracie and I spend a lot of time together and last night we went out with some of her friends to a very nice Mexican was a good time and glad to meet some of her friends......Gracie is lovely!!

Wish all the Father's out there a special wonderful day tomorrow!!!

Yashi Kochi!!!!

Friday, June 16, 2017

Friday 16th June 2017........this and that!!!!

Some pearls of wisdom here!!!

Gas Pump Wisdom
A Johannesburg, South Africa filling station has become quite a landmark with its daily #PetrolPumpWisdom – uplifting quotes written on a chalkboard.  Some motorists say they deliberately travel this route just to read the quote which brightens their day.
Here’s a selection:
The lady behind this wonderful initiative at Hutton Hyde Park is Alison Billett.
She told SAPeople: “We inherited the board from the previous owner, Dick Hutton, when we bought the filling station from him almost 20 years ago.
“We continued the tradition and it has become a landmark – more so now that it’s on social media!
“Not a day goes by when I don’t get a call or a visit from someone to tell me how much they appreciate the message – it seems that every day there’s something that just speaks to what is going on in someone’s life and that inspires or motivates them.
“Having people come and tell me their stories and how the quote helped them in some small way is what motivates me to keep writing!
“We use a variety of quotations – some are topical, some are funny, some are inspirational, some even reflect what is going on in my life that day!
“Different things appeal to different people...
“The boards were spotted by a motivational speaker from the UK, Geoff Ramm, when he was driving by one day and he was so taken by them he included a piece about them in his book!
“The boards have appeared many times in newspapers and magazines and been spoken about on radio stations all over the world. 9GAG has re-tweeted them a few times too!”
Bob 95 FM in the USA recently posted Alison’s “Rest in Peace” quote which has now been shared over a quarter of a million times around the world!
“Probably the most reaction we got from members of the public was after Madiba’s passing away – we just covered the boards with big black cloths...”

Ashley just completed her quarter final singles match and today she won a huge three and a half hour marathon against a 23 year old player ranked 500 in the world and is now into her first ever semi final....way to go!!!!!!

Yashi Kochi!!!!

Monday 26th June 2017....Sunday hike!!!

Yesterday around 11 am Gracie and I and the two dogs Einstein and Scout took of for a little road trip to La Joya which is on the road to QT...