Sunday....a day of rest....especially in Mexico.
The world seems to stop...and everyone spends time with family, friends, paseando....relajeando.
Wild Greens: Mizuna, Swiss Chard and Lamb's Quarter
We've been harvesting and finding wild food during our travels. These greens yielded a beautiful saute which our bodies crave.
First Harvest - Zucchini
Our lote's first harvest...these humongous zucchini...which I will turn into Zucchini Bread (once I figure out differences in elevation, degrees Fahrenheit v.s. Centigrade, my new oven).
Life is amazing....just when you think you've figured out your environment, you run into a place like the Historic Archives of Chapala, which sat on the same corner all this time and which I had not noticed until recently.
Historic Archives of Chapala: this nineteenth century building served as the Mayor´s office until 1998. Today it houses the Municipal Historic Archives, founded by the initiative of Professor Armando Hermosillo. It is one of the richest archives in documents in Jalisco.
Historic Archive Entrance
Archive Work Never Ends
Seal: City of Chapala
(Notice the chapulin - grasshopper, fishing nets, small ceremonial ceramic vessel
holding an Ojo de Dios)
Harmony of Elements: Sun, Earth, Water, Wind
Professor Armando Hermosillo, Founder
On Sundays, the town takes to the shore....relaxing, playing, exploring.
Our local balloon animal-makin' payaso
People of the 3rd Age
Smiling local with fountain
Ice Cream Sunday
Happy local on the Malecon
We live in Mexico’s western mountain range, the Sierra Madre Occidentál. And as a result are surrounded by beautiful elevation changes throughout Chapala, which afford us vistas and stairways such as this one. The bird's eye view apartment at the top of the stairs is an artist studio...one I wish I had for my painting.
Music in the parque
Our vendors come in all shapes and sizes. Here a strolling, blind songstress
gifts us with her melody.
In Mexico, all ages play together...well
Our lovely Ribera
Sunsets here are magical...the light changes...ultra violets take center stage
and the mood slows a bit...yet left with plenty of life for the day is not done.
Being market day in Jocotepec, we ventured out to score some locally grown food. The mercado yielded freshly grown and harvested corn, tomatoes, onions, garlic, avocados. We also stocked up on much needed grains: lentils, frijoles, avena. And to top it off we also found small fish for our lot's rain catchment system.
Our shopping done and eyes sated, we headed back to Chapala. On the way one HAS to travel through San Juan Cosala and pass the seafood restaurant row there. And as is usually the case, one HAS to stop at one of the many, delicious eateries for comida...which we gladly did.
We chose Las Olas.
Aside from resting your dogs and having breathtaking views of the lake, you were also treated to a cornucopia of food choices. We ordered guacamole, green salads to start and Shrimp Stuffed Chile Rellenos and Stuffed Lenguado for our entrees.
Shrimp Stuffed Lenguado (fish)
The presentation was only second to the taste!
I had been itching to get back to Mezcala, to work on my friend Santiago's farm. It is harvest time so Santiago, his son Ivan and I headed east to their lake front rancho. The journey is filled with spectacular vistas, rivaling those of the French Riviera or Malibu coastline.
We arrived in Mezcala at the end of their Fiestas Patronales and the rockets/cohuetes were still being launched and heard throughout the area, creating smoke clouds. Santiago said the local lore believed rockets kept the rains away....something that we definitely did not want to occur...
we need the rain for our crops.
Fco. preparing for the day's work
Ejotes - harvest for the day
Butter Nut Squash
Ivan with his catch
I told Ivan that Brad needed some small fish for our rain catchment container at the lote. Immediately Ivan was on the job...and managed to hand catch a baby Tilapia, which he deposited in a plastic bottle.
Santiago and his bounty
Our plants are happy, relatively pest free (knock on my head) and growing!
We've arranged to have the fencing completed around the property so that cows and horses don't wander in and eat all of the food.
Our lot uses rain water which we also catch/harvest during this time of year. One of the challenges was to keep the mosquito larvae in check...so we found that adding fish to the water supply accomplishes this task efficiently.
We've also added fingerlings to our fountain at home...and find
that we can all live harmoniously
From my Rinconcito de Amor to yours....I wish you only the best.