After two years away, I stepped back into life in Alamos, Sonora, Mexico as if I had left last week. I am renting again from Diane Carpenter, at Numero Nueve, Loma de Guadalupe. She and her staff, Rigo and Sylvia, are kind, generous, and cheerful. Each day is filled with a variety of activities: Benefits for local children y animales; photography, impromptu parties and cultural fiestas, breakfasts, lunches and dinners with old and new friends; gringo get-togethers, walks around town and into the countryside; Mexican food from street vendors and restaurants such as Terracotta, on the terrace overlooking the Plaza de Armas. The days are flying by.
Looking out my front door.
My casita, a separate ‘little house,’ built on top of the kitchen of the main house, a 17th century Spanish mansion, below.
Roof garden outside my door, with raised bed planted with chard. I sit in this chair for morning coffee, overlooking Alamos.
More raised beds of vegetables from which I pick an assortment daily for a green drink.
Swimming pool just down the steps from my casita. Entrance to property is on the far right corner.
Stairway down to plaza at entrance to main house.
Glimpse of my front porch in foreground; and another view of pool and front entrance.
More rooftop raised vegetable beds. The Alamos Garden Club is coming for a tour on Tuesday. Diane has a special soil mixture of dirt, cow/horse manure, and sand.
Cascarones at the Carnaval de Alamos. Children and teens smash eggshells with confetti in them on prospective ‘novios’ and people they like. Here Donna and two local girls smash eggs on each other. The girls carry bags of the decorated filled shells. Hundreds of people are in the plaza for this; there’s a band playing, girls dancing, and food vendors surrounding all. Each evening throughout the year the plaza is filled with families and people socializing.
Roosters are everywhere and crow anytime, night or day. This handsome fellow lives in the lane to my place. He has quite a harem.
Chica and pug at Las Tianguas, the Sunday market where hundreds of people from the countryside bus in to shop for food and goods.
World famous Music Festival wind instrument concert inside the ancient church.
An announcer on the Plaza for the Music Festival events.
Jaime, leading Mario the goat, around town. Mario may be ‘se vende’ (for sale).
Shrimp tostada at a street vendor’s for about $2. Muy delicioso!
My host, Diane Carpenter, and a neighbor, Bengta Wolsing, dressed up for Los Comadres Fashion Show and Auction, a gringo benefit.
Cows roaming the bush, spotted on a walk we took just outside the town.
View from a new rooftop cafe at Hotel Colonial, where we’ll be staging the first Alamos Book Fair, a benefit for Los Amigos de Educacion Scholarship fund, on February 20.
Donna and I with a young boy on stilts who was walking around town (on cobblestones too!) as part of the entertainment during the Music Festival.
Paul Molyneaux, an American author with homes in Maine and Mexico. He comes here to write too, and I’m sure he’s getting more done than I am.
Too much fun!
Busy day today: this morning, chocolate chip cookies and coffee at BK and Donna’s house, a meeting about publishing their Alamos Tourist Guidebook; Tuesday a lunch at Louise’s rancho (a several hundred year old tequila factory – now in ruins) with six other women, and a massage at 5 p.m. ($26 US/300 pesos for one hour); lunch with Diane, Bengta and Donna on Wednesday; Thursday I’m assisting Diane at a local elementary school, where we’re putting on a cooking demo for children in the English class – showing them how to make a sandwich, soup, and peanut butter cookies; Friday, Donna and I take a guided tour to an Indian village for an ancient ceremony and out again on Saturday to another village for a native Indian street fair, returning in time for another scholarship benefit.
The weather has been a perfect combination of balmy, sunny, hot, cool, cloudy, and never too much of anything.
Asi es la vida! Hasta luego!