Saturday, March 10, 2018

Cove in February

It was ten years ago that we were last in the Cove during high winter. I got back for the last 10 days in February and took a few photos. There was less ice and snow than the last time I was there, but it was cold enough to feel like winter, and there were multiple snowfalls.

The two photos below were when I first arrived.

Then a sequence from a few days later, during which time the ice largely disappeared from the Cove.

Then a few days later there was another fall of snow.

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".