Friday, September 30, 2022

Friday 30 th September 2022…delivery day!!

 Lynn, Reyes and I went out to deliver food parcels to some of the families located within town…..

This is one of the highlights of my week especially seeing the children all smiles when they receive some fruit or a book or a small article of clothing!!

As always you can contact me if you would like to donate in any shape or form….and thanks to everyone who has and continue to give so generously…….

Best wishes les

I now also have a Pay Pal account!!!

Stay safe and healthy!!

Yashi Kochi!!

Thursday, September 29, 2022

Thursday 29 th September 2022…The IPhone!!

 I really like the camera on my IPhone…took these pictures at tennis this morning….the clarity is amazing!!!!

Frida sent me this after I walked her today!!!!

I like this this….

Stay safe and healthy!!

Yashi Kochi!!

Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Wednesday 28 th September 2022..a quick day!!

 Wednesday is a busy day for me but an enjoyable one as well…

I started out with my training session which I think you know by now that I do not really care for but always glad when it is over and then I feel good about doing the hard work!!

From there straight to ♦️ ♣️ poker where I won another 200 pesos…….I then go and pick up Frida and we always love our time walking the streets she is so well behaved and a very pretty dog……

I just have time to come home get cleaned up and go back into Centro for my English class….it has been a month since I have been with my new students and already I see such a difference in their confidence I really enjoy them and the 90 minutes goes by very quickly….

Time  for my tea and cookies and watch my show!!

Stay safe and healthy!,

Yashi Kochi!!

Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Tuesday 27 th September 2022…well…

 Well……just one of those slow days when I enjoyed two hours of playing tennis, one hour of walking Frida and the rest of the time puttering around the house , the roof, messing with the plants on my steps, organizing my records for the Three kings toy drive and lo and behold it is 10pm……

Stay safe and healthy!!

Yashi Kochi!!

Monday, September 26, 2022

Monday 26 th September 2022…this day went by quickly!!

 just a busy but good day….there was no yoga class this morning my teacher is away for a couple of days but I did go and have an extra training session with Jessica and again a very hard workout……

happy to report the donations have started to come in and I went and picked up a couple in town before walking Frida…

To me this man needs to be on the beach somewhere….

My English class tonight was so great a full class and they are so eager to learn and ask questions, very happy with everyone of them….

Stay safe and healthy!!

Yashi Kochi!!

Sunday, September 25, 2022

Sunday 25 th September 2022…that time of year again!!

 Dias de los Reyes Magos:

As the Christmas season is fast approaching, I have again taken on the joyful task of organizing the Three Kings toy drive, as I have done for the last seven years.

As you may know, Three Kings Day in January is more important to the Mexican people than Christmas. This is the day that Mexican families exchange small gifts. Sadly, due to the extreme poverty of many children in the outlying areas receive little or nothing.

As a result of this community’s generosity, last year we were able to give a small gift to more than 1000 boys and girls in the campos near San Miguel de Allende! This year year the goal is gifts for 1100 children. This will require a great deal of generosity (some financial, some volunteer) by many people.

Where your money goes:

The boys from kindergarten to middle school all want a soccer ball. I am happy to say that I found a supplier two years ago in a nearby village where the balls are handmade by the residents of the village. The soccer balls are good quality and a good price. As a byproduct, it also greatly helps the people of the village. I plan to order 500 soccer balls, and they must be paid for by November 1st.

The older girls receive a lovely bag, filled with an  assortment of things: notebooks, colored pens, hair bows and ties, earrings, nail products, and gloves. The price is reasonable, and the girls have been very happy with their gift. The kindergarten girls will receive a bag of colorful toys and some useful items; gloves and socks for the winter.

We are very flexible, and if a girl prefers a soccer ball or a boy prefers the bag, there is no problem.

The toys are not wrapped, which saves on the work load, but more importantly creates no garbage. The school personnel seem particularly happy with this!


I am once again asking for cash donations. This is the best way to maximize our efforts to reach the goal of 1100 children and ensure the gifts are of equal value. This is not a charitable organization. No tax receipts will be issued, but I will keep a a list of all who donate (and the amounts) and will send you each a thank you and photos of the gift giving!

You are welcome to join us the day of delivery and see the excited faces of the children as they receive their gifts by a ‘King’.

If you do not live in San Miguel please email me and I will give instructions how to get your donation to me.

Thank you,

Les Pearson

Stay safe and healthy!!

Yashi Koshi!!!

Saturday, September 24, 2022

Saturday 24 th September 2022…this and that!!

 this and that!!!

See what I got for my casita…love it!!!

Smart guy in England….

i use this word quite a bit….

Cute lady!!!

Stay safe and healthy!,

Yashi Kochi!!

Friday, September 23, 2022

Friday 23 rd September 2022….a fond farewell!!!

 Tears were flowing at Casita Doris this evening!!!!


Federer has won 20 Grand Slam singles titles and spent a total of 310 weeks as world number one

A tearful Roger Federer waved goodbye to professional tennis after teaming up with fellow great Rafael Nadal on an emotional night at the Laver Cup.

The 41-year-old received a long ovation after walking off court for the final time as he retired as a professional.

The Swiss, who won 20 Grand Slam singles titles, is considered one of the best players in tennis history.

"It's been a wonderful day. I'm happy, not sad. It feels great to be here. I'm happy I made it through," he said.

Federer cried as he hugged Nadal and other players, then took acclaim from the thousands of fans who chanted his name at the O2 Arena in London.

Nadal also could not hold back the tears. The 36-year-old Spaniard cried as he sat alongside Federer while the pair listened to British singer Ellie Goulding, who rounded off a memorable night with a performance.

Federer and Nadal - for so long rivals at the top of the men's game - joined forces to play doubles against American pair Jack Sock and Frances Tiafoe in the annual team event between Europe and the rest of the world.

Despite Federer not having played competitively for over a year, the veteran duo pushed Sock and Tiafoe before losing 4-6 7-6 (7-2) 11-9 as Team World levelled at 2-2 at the end of play on the opening day.

Federer and Nadal - affectionately nicknamed 'Fedal' - almost won it. The pair had a match point at 9-8 in the decider, but Federer could only lunge for a forehand which he pushed into the net.

The defeat brought the former world number one's 25-year professional career to a close after his 1,750th competitive match across singles and doubles.

"It's been the perfect journey. I'd do it all again," said Federer as tried to hold back tears during his on-court speech.

Federer throws the retirement celebration he wanted

Federer's career had long been on the downward slope, having battled a knee injury for the past two years and needing three operations in a bid to overcome the problem.

He had not played a competitive match since losing to Poland's Hubert Hurkacz in the quarter-finals at Wimbledon last year.

Despite being restricted to only three of the 11 Grand Slams staged since the start of 2020, he hoped as recently as July he would still be able to return to the major tournaments.

But, after a scan brought further bad news, Federer announced last week he was going to retire because his "body's message lately has been clear".

Federer had talked about throwing a party to mark his final match, saying he wanted the occasion to be fun and not funereal.

As he wished, there was a celebratory atmosphere in the 17,500-capacity arena.

Watched by his wife Mirka, their four children, plus his parents Robert and Lynette, Federer's every move was greeted with cheers containing a mixture of euphoria and empathy.

The family joined him on court afterwards during a poignant celebration, which saw many more tears and Federer hoisted aloft by his fellow players.

"Everyone's here, the boys and girls. My wife has been so supportive. She could have stopped me a long, long time ago but she didn't," said Federer.

"She kept me going and allowed me to play, so it's amazing - thank you."

The presence of several tennis legends including Rod Laver, along with celebrities including Hollywood actor Hugh Grant and Vogue editor Anna Wintour, added to the occasion.

Current world number ones, Carlos Alcaraz and Iga Swiatek, tweeted their range of emotions as they watched the match on the television, as did Federer's Swiss Davis Cup team-mate Stan Wawrinka.

A truly remarkable man, Father, husband, tennis play and role model and I have been fortunate to see him play live maybe six times now!!!

Stay safe and healthy!!

Yashi Kochi!

Thursday, September 22, 2022

Thursday 22 d September 2022…tennis to teaching!!

 today was a gorgeous sunny mellow day and it started on the tennis  court for two hours…..

I then went out into the country and enjoyed a short hike and lunch and seeing the horses……

Came back and took Frida for a great walk around the back streets and finished my day by going to teach my English class…I had eight students and we just sat in a circle and asked each other questions it was fun and some good stories told….

Now ready for my tea and slice of carrot cake and my new show!!

stay safe and healthy!!

Yashi Kochi!!

Wednesday, September 21, 2022

Wednesday 21 st September 2022…this and that!!

 Wednesday morning and I walked up to Centro to go to the bank and heard the sounds of mariachi music and took this photo..obviously the young couple had hired them for a photo shoot….there is always something going on in the Jardin!!!

I then went to poker♣️ this afternoon and you will not be surprised  I was a winner yet again this time 200 pesos….

After Tom and I left for the beach I dropped some of my clothes off at the laundry around the corner…..I always do my own laundry but this time I was pressed for time and this afternoon I picked up my package…look how they fold everything …in the there is two bed sheets as well and all for 70 pesos!!

I had my English class tonight I have nine students and they are all so keen to learn, ask questions and I was thrilled tonight that all of them had done a pay it forward that I asked them to do sometime during the week….this is a weekly thing that I will get them to do and some of the stories were very moving…because of privacy issues I cannot put photos of them on my blog or FB page!!!

If anyone subscribes to Britbox I have just started watching Shetland and it is really great!!

Stay safe and healthy!!

Yashi Kochi!!

Tuesday, September 20, 2022

Tuesday 20 th September 2022….The Jardin!!

 This afternoon before I met with my students Martha and Iliana I went and sat for about 45 minutes in the Jardin and just thought about stuff and realized yet again how blessed I am with everything in my life…, health, friends, children and to be here in this special place!!!

Stay safe and healthy!!

Yashi  Kochi!!!

Monday, September 19, 2022

Monday 19 th September 2022…Not good!!


A powerful earthquake has rocked Mexico's western coast on the same day the country marked the anniversaries of two devastating quakes which killed thousands of people.

The 7.6 magnitude quake hit the coastal states of Michoacan and Colima shortly after 13:00 local time (18:00 GMT).

So far, one person is known to have been killed, officials said.

But on Monday night, US officials issued a tsunami warning for parts of Mexico's western coastline.

The US Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre said that waves reaching up to 3m (up to 9ft) above the tide level could hit coastal areas overnight.

The tremors originated at a depth of 15km (9.32 miles), near the town of La Placita de Morelos.

A mandatory evacuation order was issued in Mexico City after the quake, but Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum said that so far there had been no reports of damage.

It came just an hour after the city had held emergency disaster drills. Local resident Karina Suare told the AFP news agency that the strong shakes "felt terrible".

President Andrés Manuel López Obrador tweeted that he had spoken with Michoacan's Governor Alfredo Ramirez Bedolla and been assured that there were only reports of "material damage" to the region.

Earlier, Mr López Obrador had taken part in a flag raising ceremony to commemorate the victims of two previous deadly earthquakes.

In 1985, tremors with a magnitude of 8.0 hit the capital, Mexico City. Thousands of people were killed, with wide-ranging estimates of the final toll. Hundreds of buildings collapsed and the event is said to have caused between $3bn and $4bn (£2.6bn and £3.5bn) worth of damage.

And in 2017, some 370 people were killed in the city of Puebla in central Mexico after it was rocked by a 7.1 magnitude quake, which also saw more than 40 buildings collapse.

Ernesto Lanzetta, a local business owner in Mexico City, eluded to the conspicuous nature of the date, telling Reuters news agency that "there's something about the 19th".

Stay safe and healthy!!🇲🇽🇲🇽🇲🇽🇲🇽🇲🇽🇲🇽

Yashi Kochi!!

Sunday, September 18, 2022

Sunday 18 th September 2022….walkabouts!!!

 Tom’s Dad was married yesterday afternoon and it looks like it was a special wonderful occasion!!

Today come on a walking tour with me first out into the country and then with Frida…..

Blessed to live in such a gorgeous town….

Stay safe and healthy!!

Yashi Kochi!!

Thursday 5 th January 2023…it was a great run!!!

 This was my first ever blog post back in November of 2006!!! With just a couple of days off I have written a blog every day since and I hav...