Saturday, February 17, 2018

Centro Thursday afternoon.

Here it is Saturday and I'm still working on Thursday. After getting home from our trip to La Noria and Puerta de Canoas we went to the Centro Historico. Driving towards one of the parking lots. All of the streets in this area have been repaved. All of the sidewalks have been widened and repaved and new trees put in. Looking very pretty here. Now the buildings are starring to get painted.
The parking lot was beyond full but the manager let us in anyway. Sure hope that black truck to the left of us doesn't have to leave. This is the first year since we've been coming to this lot that the artwork - graffiti - has not been redone.
I posted a picture of this building the other day when they were painting it but that picture did not do the YELLOW justice. I have never seen such a yellow yellow on a buildin. 
The lower half of this building has been in the process of being updated. All the coving was redone and all defects plastered. It used to be the color of the upper half. Don't know if it is finished now or if this is just a base coat. Rather a bland color for here. 
We were walking towards the watchmaker when we passed this building. It has been one of my favorite buildings here - it is empty. When we first came here  years ago it was a pale blue. Then it was painted yellow - since last week it now looks like this. Not sure I like the colors. They are kind of dull looking. 
One of the doors on the side of the building. 
Heading towards the watchmaker, these buildings have also been repainted in last couple of weeks. 
OMG the watchmakers  business and home have also been repainted. But notice on the blue roof, the missing plaster has not been replaced, nor was it painted...
Not a good picture but this is the color it used to be. 
Going in to finally pick up his watches - got both and both are now like new again. A bucket of paint? or a bucket of colored water? Couldn't really tell without sticking my finger in it. 
Then we walked up to drop my computer glasses off at the opticians, need new lenses without scratches. 
By then we were all hungry. Went to the Plazuela Machado to eat at Beach Burger now the Machado Grill and it was CLOSED!?!?!? Guess they were recuperating from Carnaval.
So we went up to the bakery for lunch - again outdoor dining. This is my lasagna and salad.
Bill got a pizza - it has pears and prosciutto on it. He ate the whole thing.
Walking back to the car we stopped to listen to this bank in the Plaza. 

We were glad to get home and sit down. BUT... we still had plans to go out to dinner with a couple camped behind us. They were leaving in the morning so we went to Ponchos for a send off safe dinner. 
I didn't eat the next day. Too full. 

Friday, February 16, 2018

A Really fun and different day.

Yesterday we were busy most of the day. And had three big meals out. Not going to do or eat anything today except try to finish this post.
It was a beautiful day yesterday. Lots of blue sky and nice breeze and in town in the low 80's.
The guy who is going to work on the graphic on the RV was supposed to come at 8 a.m. but he was called away on an emergency so we had to whole day with nothing to do. 
So we got a hold of John and Jackie and decided to go to La Noria. But first Bill and I had breakfast at Torres - John and Jackie are staying there but had already eaten. I had a big, for me, breakfast of eggs, homefries, bacon and toast and part of Bill's fruit plate. Stuffed. 
We met up with them and hopped in car. Our first detour was through the little town of Habal. It's on the free road just before the east turn to La Noria. We haven't been through this town in 2 or 3 years. Firs thing we noticed - the main road in had been newly paved. 
Some info about the little town.  I only translated what I thought was necessary. There are approximately 1200 people living in El Habal. there are 356 houses. Of those 99,67% have electricity, 97,32% have city water, 94,98% have bathrooms, 65,89% radio, 97,66% television, 94,98% refrigerador, 76,25% washers,  42,14% autom√≥vil,  15,38% una computadora personal, 42,81% landline telephone,  55,18% tel√©fono celular, y 11,71% Internet.
The fruit/vegetable truck delivering.
Some one spent a lot of time painting this wall. 
From all the home we passed I'd estimate 75% of them had some kind of tribute to the Virgin of Guadalupe on their front porch. Statues and paintings.
One of the little shops in someones front room/garage where they make tortillas.
A mural of Mexican movie stars on the front of a small store. Mexican except for John Wayne down in the corner. 
When we passed this house the last time we were here they were butchering a big steer here on the front porch. I was too surprised to pick up my camera!
Seems like all the main streets have been paved. This used to be really rough and rutted dirt. Lots of dips, we are just coming off one and heading to another one. 
Leaving there we continued on to La Noria. Saw some orange cones in the road so knew we had to watch for someone trimming the weeds alongside the road with his machete. And here he is. He has got quite a bit done since first time we saw him a lot closer to La Noria. 
 As I said, a beautiful day for a short trip. Inland, this area, the temperatures were about 10 degrees hotter than the RV park in Mazatlan. Up to 89 and it was still morning.
Our friend Roberto's leather shop. See the concrete columns on the roof. It will eventually be an upstairs restaurant.
 Around the corner to the left is the opening into the courtyard where the construction is taking place. It will be two floors with a courtyard. Not sure what else, but we were told it would seat 300. Seems like a large project to me.
 Looking into the courtyard. The enclosed area on the bottom left of the back wall used to be where the towns butcher shop was. Somewhere back in time I took pictures of it. 
 From there we crossed the street to Antonio's leather shop. We went out behind it where these old structures are. They are well over 100 years old and at one time were barracks for the army. During one of the revolutions or invasions.
Looking inside one of the rooms. Very old ceiling/roof.
 The outside wall, can't really tell it from the picture but is is buckled and wavy instead of straight.
Working on part of a saddle. 
 The best picture I could get of the stitching. 
 A very old horse yoke. See the kittens sleeping by it. 
 Deer legs drying in the sun. Didn't ask, don't want to know.
 Leaving La Noria, a pretty yellow tree in bloom. 
On to Puerta de Canoas to see the dancing horses and get some candy. Many times we've stopped at this small training facility for the beautiful "dancing horses" of Mexico. The horses are trained here then go home to their owners. Isn't he a beauty. 
 We got to see this one. Took a couple of videos of the two horses that danced for us. 
 Isn't he pretty. 
Turn up you speakers for the music and the sounds of the barnyard. 

From here we went to the delicious candy factory. Actually the front room of a home. Bill waiting for us to go inside. This home is over 200 years old. The father of the lady who makes the candy used to make wagons for sale. Like the one behind Bill. Eventually pickups took their place. 
 Some of the candy in the pots and some shaped and hardening.
The candy is made in the kitchen behind the open door. The son of the candy maker.
 For the first time here we visited a little cheese factory. It is the white building up the hill. The candy maker's husband told Bill we should go visit it. It is quite a bit smaller than the one in El Quelite.
 The whey draining off into a filter then it is put into the buckets.
 The inside. The curds are in the plastic crates lined with cheese cloth. 
Showing us the finished product. 
And this was only half of our day. From here we went into the Centro Historico to do errands and eat lunch. Save that until tomorrow as today we are doing nothing.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Busy Day

We had a great and busy day today. I'm too tired to sort pictures so will post for today tomorrow morning.