Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Wednesday 30th August 2017...almost in !!!!

Spent a lot of the day over at my new casita doing "stuff"...I think tomorrow I shall be all moved in and I think it looks great!!!    ......so photos tomorrow!!!!

Managed to contribute 50 pesos to my poker buddies this afternoon!!!

Tonight I treated myself to this concert....

It was a very well performed concert and a good turn out...my small claim to fame is that I went to the same school as Joe he was a couple of years ahead of me but I do remember him....

As I write it has been raining for the last 7 hours so I doubt very much I will have tennis in the morning...oh well!!!!

Yashi Kochi!!!!

Monday, August 28, 2017

Monday 28th August 2017...a visit to the state capitol!!!

Went on a short day trip with Gracie to the state capitol Guanajuato...a beautiful European type student town...enjoy the vibrant photos!!!!

The panoramic view so many vibrant colors..

 The famous statue..
 The little cable car that takes you down to the town center..




It is an old mining town and still there are many tunnels that go under the city...not to be driven through in a motor home right Croft???? (a personal dig)


A beautiful day and a different town and feel from San Miguel!!!!

Yashi Kochi!!!!

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Sunday 27th August 2017....Texas!!!

During my ten years living in Bermuda I have seen and been through some horrid hurricanes and it cannot be stated more clearly how mother nature can be a ferocious being......

The images and stories all over the media portray a very bleak future for some families and homes...all so very sad!

We all need to give thanks for our health and our quality of life and give thoughts and blessings and hope of safety for all those going through such hard times right now!!!!!

Yashi Kochi!!!

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Thursday 24th August 2017....Casita Doris is on the move!!!

I have been really happy with renting Karen and Gregg's great casita on and off now for over 4 years they have been wonderful to me but now they need the casita for their family when they come to visit so I have been looking for a new casita and last week found the perfect place and I move in on the 1st September....it is about 8 minute walk away from where I am now so the location is great my new land  lady Jen is a really nice lady and the casita is in the grounds of Jen's main house....it is very bright and light and I have my own entrance...a roof top patio...washer and dryer and even a covered space for Little Bluey to stay....

Here are some photos and I will make a few small cosmetic changes but I think it will be a fabulous new home for me....

From the street lovely vibrant blue!!!

 My entrance...
 View from the garden to one of the two large windows...
 My own stairs to the roof..
 My space...
 and the view
 From the patio looking into the garden..
 The other big window..
 kitchen and den..
 I am going to take the black rack out...
 A nice bathroom..




 Inside looking out
 bed is located at the far end of the casita
 Notice the white table here...
 and now with it folded down....



 about 12 bright sky lights...


When I get some of my stuff on the walls and a few more touches will be wonderful!!!!

Yashi Kochi!!!!!!!!

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Wednesday 23 rd August 2017.....a great friend arrives!!!!


After poker this afternoon where I hasten to add I won 150 pesos I went to the central bus station and picked up my lovely friend Linda!!!!!

Linda  and her late husband Guy have been friends going on 15 years and they were the reason I first visited San Miguel......Linda is here on vacation for a couple of weeks and I always see her in Tucson when I am travelling!!!

After we got her settled into her boutique hotel we went out for dinner both of us having salads!!!

It will be lovely to connect again and do some fun stuff!!!!

Welcome home Linda!!!

Yashi Kochi!!!

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Monday 21st August 2017...a day trip to.....

Mineral de Pozos about a one hour drive from San Miguel...come along with Gracie and myself to this cool town....

Certain workers trapped in a mining facility at the Ex Hacienda de Santa Brígida in the town of Mineral de Pozos in Guanajuato claimed that a light appeared mysteriously in the darkness and signaled an escape route. Then, when the last mine of this town closed in 1927, there was no magic light that would save Mineral de Pozos and soon became one of the ghost towns derived from mining.
In its time of greatest prosperity, that is, in the last part of the eighteenth century and the beginning of the nineteenth, Mineral de Pozos came to be considered as the most important mining community of the state, due to the abundant extraction of copper, silver, gold , Bronze, mercury and aluminum that was made there. Everything was said and satisfactions for the inhabitants of the town, until, according to a certain legend, due to the conflicts of the Cristeros, the priest of Mineral de Wells was assassinated. Since then, a curse seemed to fall on the site and as the mines flooded, people had to emigrate to other parts of Mexico. It is estimated that of 70,000 inhabitants, after this debacle, only 200 were left and a site in ruins.
Fortunately 1982 began an attempt to recover Mineral de Pozos, to be included in the National Treasury program. Since then people have begun to return and today the town has 4,000 inhabitants. Whoever wanders today through this recently-named Pueblo Magico, stands a bohemian atmosphere of cobbled streets, old buildings full of anecdotes, art galleries, typical gastronomy and pre-Hispanic instruments. Because of its suggestive projection of national and international visitors, some people think that Mineral de Pozos has the potential to transform into the following San Miguel de Allende, by equating it with attractions and tourism potential.



Everywhere are the ruins showing up perfectly against the vibrant blue sky!!


I am sure on the weekends the town is a lot more alive with tourists but today very quiet but also very clean and tidy!!
Loved this old gal!!!



The inside of the main church although simple is spectacularly beautiful!!

Just outside of town is a small Lavender farm which is open to the public...

After a really nice lunch we went a bit into the country to see some of the old ruins of the Haciendas....


We watched for the eclipse but saw nothing......

A nice day out and a big change from the busy streets of San Miguel!!!

Yashi Kochi!!!

Monday, August 21, 2017

Monday 21st August 2017...a special day for history making!!!!



In Mexico you will see the solar eclipse of August 21, 2017

There will be a total solar eclipse in August 2017
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On August 21 there will be a total solar eclipse and will be partially visible in Mexico and northern South America.
The eclipse can be seen totally in the United States, is the first of its kind to be recorded in this country in the last 70 years. Although in 1972 there was one that could be seen in Canada and in 1991 another that could be seen from Baja California Sur, in the United States it had not been possible to appreciate one of total way.
In Mexico we can appreciate it in a partial way. It will not be until 2024 that Mexico can see a total eclipse of the sun (although it will only be seen in all its splendor in the north of the country).
The eclipse of August 21, 2017 will produce a small "night" of almost three minutes, will last 2:41 at its peak, which will be in the state of Illinois. Although the maximum night will be in Carbondale (Illinois), the entire American Midwest will have a lapse of darkness.
In Mexico, the eclipse can be seen in all the states of the republic, only with different degrees of partiality.
50% -70%: Baja California, Sonora, Coahuila, Chihuahua, Nuevo León.
25% -50%: Tamaulipas, Baja California Sur, Sinaloa, Nayarit, Jalisco, Colima, Zacatecas, Durango, San Luis Potosí, Aguascalientes, Guanajuato, Querétaro, Veracruz, Hidalgo, Puebla, Tlaxcala, Mexico City, Mexico City, Tabasco, Chiapas, Campeche, Yucatan, Quintana Roo.
5% -25%: Colima, Morelia, Guerrero, Oaxaca.
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Precautions

Remember that it is dangerous to look directly at the sun during a solar eclipse, to appreciate it is recommended to use special lenses.
You should never try to see an eclipse with binoculars, telescopes, any type of glasses, sunglasses, smoked glass, polarized filters or exposed color films. None of these instruments will adequately protect your eyes.
Although you can see the eclipse with these instruments (because they block the spectrum of visible light), nothing will help you block the invisible light that is causing damage to your eyes.
In order to use your telescope, camera or binoculars you will have to use a special sunscreen (they have to be of the exact make and model of your instruments because if the filter does not fit or if used improperly there may be permanent damage to your eyes).

Yashi Kochi!!!

Friday, August 18, 2017

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Wednesday 16th August 2017...how does your garden grow and a survey!!!!

Well my garden or to be more exact plant is growing!!!!!!!


From about 1971 till 1985 I had long black hair and a black beard....then one fateful evening I had a bet on my hockey team the Edmonton Oilers and they happened to lose the game and I had to shave my beard off!!!!

Right away I did not like my face and so I immediately started to grow it back again except in came in grey!!!!!!!!  So I became clean shaven...

That is until 10 days ago!!!!!!!




So join the survey..what do you think stay or go!!!!!

Yashi Kochi!!!

Sunday 10th December 2017......the big FIRE!!!!

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