Friday, March 10, 2017

Cleaning the well on the coffee land

After three years of much higher rainfall than usual, the well on the coffee land had silted up pretty badly.

When we built the well we kept the wall of the well as low as possible, to make it easier to get the water out by bucket. But the high rainfall flooded the area around the well on a regular basis and allowed silt to seep in.

During the past month we started building the wall of the well higher. It still needs to be plastered inside and out, and sealed up with a waterproofing compound. Meantime, the well needed cleaning.

It is not a deep well, so with the help of a 6 foot step ladder it was easy enough to bucket the water and silt out, one bucket load at a time. It took just a little over an hour to do the job.

Hopefully, by tomorrow the well will have filled again, with nice clear water.

Here are some photos of the process. And we put a few short video clips on youtube. They are at:
Well cleaning #1 ; Well cleaning #2 ; Well cleaning #3 .

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Christmas in Mexico City

It was a very quiet Christmas this year. We stayed in the City rather than going over to the house, where there is always work waiting.

There were two main events. On Christmas day we ventured into the centro of Coyoacan and attended an afternoon mass, and walked around the centro, stopping at the nacimiento and spending some time sitting in the park..

The following day we hopped on one of the very comfortable CDMX (new branding for Mexico City) eco buses, and followed the western perimeter of the city to the Comercial Santa Fe, which remains to date the largest shopping mall in Latin America. It is situated high above Mexico City off the road to Toluca. We were amazed at the number of new roadways and tunnels that have been built since we first arrived here, and were once again stunned by the scale and scope of this wonderful town. The Santa Fe area is where many of the multinational corporations with a presence in Mexico have their head offices. From vantage points near to upscale Santa Fe it is possible to look over to some of the poorest areas of the metropolis, capturing at a glance much of what some 1970s development theorists referred to as "combined and uneven development".

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Sunsets at Bottle Cove

The past couple of nights have brought quite spectacular sunsets looking out across the sea toward Quebec through the entrance to Bottle Cove. Both nights there were plenty of people taking photos from the shoreline as well as from up on Sunset Rock. This summer it seems to have become something of a 'thing' to photograph the sunsets out here, and after seeing so many people doing it we decided we might see what all the fuss was about. The sun sets behind the cliffs, so we don't actually see the sun set from our place. It requires all of a 200 metre trek around the base of the Cove. Well worth the effort.

The two 'performances' were very different and it should be obvious below where the sunset of 24 July gives way to that of 25 July. Last night's one was especially fine. 

Needless to say, there was never any prospect of getting three in a row, and today was cloudy and gave way to rain late afternoon. We didn;t have proper filters for photographing the scenes, so what we have here are pix shot with a 40-150mm lens on an Olympic Pen SLR camera and a Samsung Galaxy S5 phone.