Friday, November 17, 2017

Friday 17th November 2017..........getting ready!!!

I knew when I went to bed last night that I had the start of a cold coming on and sure enough this morning woke to the sniffles...I usually get one of these once a year the timing is not good this time..........I had a tennis game scheduled for this afternoon but I felt it best to get a substitute and just take it easy today which is what I have done..that is if you call watching a live tennis match and then a live soccer game from England, taking it easy!!!

It is nice to have Little Bluey in the garage here so I can pack most things and it is safe......not taking too much as the weather should be good for me.....

The plan is to be on the road by 6 am for the long but good drive to Laredo and the border...I have an air bnb booked in Laredo and hope to be there late thing I did not take into consideration is that this weekend in Mexico is a holiday weekend, Revolution Day, so I would imagine the traffic close to Laredo and the bridge to cross will be busy but I have resigned myself to that fact and I shall just wait in line I have music food and drinks so no worries....

This is the route for tomorrow!!

A quick run down of my itinerary ..... Sunday drive from Laredo to Austin where I am booked into another airbnb in  an RV on a horse ranch!!!....I will stay there till Thursday(Thanksgiving Day) and then drive to San Antonio for another one night's stay in an air bnb close to my tennis partner, Carolyn's Daughter, Kirsten, who I hope to take out to dinner that day and pick up my Mexican permits and some items I ordered on Amazon......Friday I drive back to Laredo and stay in the same air bnb for 2 nights....on Saturday I shall walk across the border get all my documents and then Sunday morning early start the drive home.

In Austin I have an escorted hike into the Canyon Lake Gorge booked for Tuesday afternoon...and Wednesday going down town Austin to take in the famous BBQ's they have and also the music scene .... it is the music city of the USA....and then I have booked a live show at one of the theaters.......

Will do some hiking and exploring as this is an area I have not been to before!!!

Hopefully will have Internet so I can keep you informed of my travels....

A happy and safe weekend.....les

Yashi Kochi!!!

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Thursday 16th November 2017...A typical San Miguel day!!!

Starts with two hours of tennis under a blue and clear sky and lots of fun as usual.........home in time to watch another live tennis match from London and then do some serious trip planning for my road trip on Saturday and then into town for last minute chores....

Here are some scenes of down town and the workers!!!!

Check out the wires!!!

What about that blue sky!!!!

I like the look on his face....

The majority of the road work is done by hand not machines!!!!
The local store where I buy my candles and incense!!

I hope your day was a good one too!!!

Yashi Kochi!!!!

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Wednesday 15th November 2017....Sometimes...

when my day is really lovely but not too much action I like to look back and see what I did on this day in the past years....

This is my post from 2011...

Tuesday 15th November 2011………..already my schedule is getting busy!!!

Being as I am not allowed to start the blog by saying I had a great sleep and awoke to a sunny day I won’t……
I was in the Park by 8.20am for my morning power walk on the way back saw these kids in the street!!
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Just had time for breakfast and a shower and then off to meet Linda here
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for a Rotary meeting but before that I joined Linda in helping in just a small way a Pancake breakfast schedule to be held in two weeks…I then attended the Rotary meeting
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There was a very interesting guest speaker who educated us on the Mexican revolution!!!
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After this I went to Casar Hogar to meet with the volunteer director… I have volunteered to wash all the windows at the home an also do some painting!!!!  I know don't fall off your chair this boy painting!!!!
After the meeting I went to go see the girls
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I made it into silly face afternoon!!!
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You see you get to be silly when you loose all your hair!!!!
It was great to see the girls again!!
Next stop was
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where I bought these for a total of 65 pesos!!!!!!
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So getting my outside home looking nice!!
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2 of the 3 hummingbird feeders I have hung now if I only could stay home long enough to see if they are coming yet!!!
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There are 3 very nice clay courts here in the park an here is the owner’s son honing his skills!!!
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Hope you enjoyed that post!!!

I do miss the girlsl Paola and Dani and I also miss my RV, Ramona!!!!

Did go to poker this afternoon and had a great time winning 30  pesos!!!

Tonight it was my English class and as always a great class this time we quickly got off my lesson plan and just sat in a circle and talked about single parents, children, the Catholic church..I learned so much I hope they did!!

Yashi Kochi!!!!

Monday, November 13, 2017

Monday 13th November 2017....the three T's!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

T number one.........I was invited to play tennis this morning out at the swanky golf and tennis club is a wonderful club with a inspiring 18 hole golf course...

A beautiful lap pool

and 9 perfect clay courts...
I had a nice time here and good to play on different courts and also to have a ball boy!!!!

T number 2......

Came home had lunch and then settled down in front of my 43 inch TV and watched live tennis from London, the season ending tournament......what a way to spend and afternoon....

ATP Finals: Rafael Nadal ends season after defeat by David Goffin

World number one Rafael Nadal pulled out of the ATP Finals and brought an end to his season after defeat by Belgian seventh seed David Goffin in his opening round-robin match.
Nadal said before the tournament his knee was "not perfect" but fought hard before losing 7-6 (7-5) 6-7 (4-7) 6-4.
The Spaniard, 31, described it as a "miracle" that he took Goffin to three sets over two-and-a-half hours.
"I am off and the season is finished. I am really not ready to play," he said.
"I really fought a lot during the match knowing probably it was a big chance [that it would be] the last match of the season. It's about the pain and I cannot hold with enough power to keep playing."
Nadal is guaranteed to end the year as the world number one and will now concentrate on recuperation before preparing for the new season.
"The good thing is [the injury] is nothing new," he added.
"We hope to have the right rest, the right work and try to be ready for the beginning of the next season."

T number 3....

6.00 .pm and time for my English teaching these students..we had a great class in which they participate all the time.....

I am getting ready for a road trip...My Mexican visa and car permit expire in a few days and the only way to get a new one is to leave the country so I am planning on leaving Saturday morning and driving to Laredo and then going to Austin for 4 days never been there before and going to do some hiking I have an airbnb booked in an RV on a horse ranch looks lovely and then back the following Sunday...I really like road trips!!!!

Yashi Kochi!!!

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Saturday 11th November 2017...a day to remember....

This is my post from 5 years ago and worth repeating!!

Sunday 11th November 2012…….Thank you!!!!!

A woman places a poppy at a makeshift memorial to Canadian soldiers killed in Afghanistan on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier following Remembrance Day ceremonies in Ottawa, Nov. 11, 2006. (Tom Hanson/The Canadian Press)
On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, Canadians and Britons are asked to pause in memory of the thousands of men and women who sacrificed their lives in military service.

Why the poppy?

The association between the poppy and war dates back to the Napoleonic wars, when a writer saw a field of poppies growing over the graves of fallen soldiers.
During the Battle of Ypres in 1915, Canadian Lt.-Col. John McCrae was inspired to write the poem In Flanders Fields on sighting the poppies growing beside a grave of a close friend who had died in battle.
The poem was a great inspiration in adopting the poppy as the Flower of Remembrance in Canada, France, the U.S, Britain and Commonwealth countries.
The first poppies were distributed in Canada in 1921.
Today the volunteer donations from the distribution of millions of poppies is an important source of revenue for the Royal Canadian Legion that goes toward helping ex-servicemen and women buy food, and obtain shelter and medical attention.
At public gatherings in Ottawa and around the country, Canadians pay tribute with two minutes of silence to the country's fallen soldiers from the First World War, the Second World War, the Korean War, the Afghanistan conflict and peacekeeping missions.

Also known as Veterans Day in the U.S.,
Remembrance Day was first held throughout the Commonwealth in 1919. It marks the armistice to end the First World War, which came into effect at 11 a.m. on Nov. 11, a year earlier.
It isn't a national holiday across Canada, but employees in federally regulated employees do get the day off. Several provinces and territories — including Alberta, British Columbia, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Northwest Territories, Nunavut, Prince Edward Island, Saskatchewan, and Yukon — do observe a statutory holiday.
Canada's military and the First World War
Two minutes before the armistice went into effect, at 10:58 a.m. on Nov. 11, 1918, Pte. George Lawrence Price was felled by a bullet. Price would become the final Commonwealth soldier — and the last of more than 66,000 Canadians — to be killed in the First World War
They died fighting at Vimy Ridge, Hill 70, Passchendaele and Ypres — battles remembered for atrocious conditions and Canadian valour. In Ypres, Canadian soldiers were exposed to German gas attacks, yet continued to fight, showing amazing tenacity and courage in the face of danger.
In many ways, the identity of the young country was forged on those bloody battlefields.
About 650,000 Canadians and Newfoundlanders (the province then still a colony of Britain) had served during the war, beginning in 1914. The last Canadian veteran of the conflict — John Babcock — died in February 2010 at the age of 109.
After Babcock's passing, the federal government announced that it would hold a national commemorative ceremony on April 9 to honour all Canadians and Newfoundlanders who served during the First World War.
Second World War
Wreath laid by a nephew at his uncle's grave at Canadian Cemetery No. 2 at Vimy Ridge..Between the declaration of the Second World War in September 1939 and the conflict's end in 1945, Canadians fought in Dieppe, Normandy, the North Atlantic, Hong Kong, during the liberation of Italy, and in many other important air, sea and land campaigns.
In total, more than one million men and women from Canada and Newfoundland served in the army, air force and navy. More than 47,000 did not come home.
Canadian troops played a crucial role — and made a mighty sacrifice — in the 1944 D-Day invasion and the Battle of Normandy, a major turning point in the war's Atlantic campaign. More than 5,000 were killed in the land invasion in France.
The Canadian Army went on to play a significant part in the liberation of the Netherlands, which ended in 1945. The Dutch, having suffered through an extremely harsh winter, enthusiastically greeted the Canadians and forged a strong friendship between the two countries that lasts to this day.

This morning I went to St.Paul's church for their Remembrance day service!!

 I really like that this is in both languages!!!!

I want to wish you all a safe, happy and healthy weekend...

Yashi Kochi!!!!

Friday, November 10, 2017

Friday 10th November 2017...a quick road trip!!!

Gracie and I took a last minute mini road trip..we left on Wednesday morning and it is exactly a 4 hour drive to

Google is a cooperative and very well run they have tried to retain the rustic look...great value and a place everyone should visit!!!

Into the mountains on the way there

There are 3 different hotels on the property but reservations are not taken so first come first served..we knew to go mid week as the weekends it gets really busy....we got a nice room for two settled in and then went to explore..

The river is an amazing color.....
Does the Pearson boy like waterfalls?????

Reminded me a tad of Plitvic Falls in Croatia!!!

This part of the river is sectioned off and trust me the water is warm heated by thermal springs!!!

Gracie has this section all to herself....

This view is 30 feet from the hotel room...
Gracie is in the middle here in a pool all to herself....

Here there is an entrance into the cave...
Looks so cool, not cold but great!!!

Do you think this adventurer will return from this cave?????
Of course he will....
Looking up....
Inside the cave..

This is truly a place to put on your bucket list if ever in this area...very well developed...the rooms and the restaurants are adequate and it is very peaceful during the week but not so I hear at weekends....

It was magical!!!!

Yashi Kochi!!!!!

Friday 17th November 2017..........getting ready!!!

I knew when I went to bed last night that I had the start of a cold coming on and sure enough this morning woke to the sniffles...I usually...