Arm update....was great to get some sun on the mending arm and swimming. I am now in intensive physio therapy....painful but if I do this now it should come back....maybe to 100%!
The following photos are a few memories from a great month on the beach....
Our casa we rent from Esmeralda and some sites around us. Her father still runs the coco plantation that surrounds us. The land has been in the family for many generations and Esmeralda has 10 siblings.
|Esmeralda and me...we have become good friends despite the language barrier.|
|connect with the tamale lady|
|buy fish 4 doors down off the fisherman....very fresh!|
|our friend Zolly's eam home in the sun|
|our next door neighbour|
|abandoned airstream...the gringo just never came back|
|left his car as well|
|rent your board although Arnt brings his own two boards|
|Esmeralda's daughter got married on the beach|
|horse rides from the local cowboys|
|fisherman waiting for the truck to pick up their catch|
|family party usually with lobster & tacos...we also get invited|
|the coconuts are cut for their water and mixed with whiskey....the flesh is also eaten...its like custard|
We have a few vendors come by but they are very respectful of our space.
|pork rinds and ice cream|
|our final feast with our neighbours .... some of these surfers have been doing it for 50 years|
|The boys of the family come by for food and music|
|we are offered turtle eggs but refuse politely|
|Kevin and Arnt getting all arty with multiple cameras|
|Arnt kicking back reading Surfers Journal|
|modelling our surf T shirt|
|This is what Lee and Phil do|
|This is what Kevin does|
THE FISHING SCENE
|the whole family is involved in the netting of small fish off the beach|
|Arnt showed them how to toss the fish to the cormorants...nice catch!|
|purse net fishing|
|purse net fishing|
|purse net fishing|
|the pongas fish by hand lines|
|Jack Cravalie..yum yum|
|he caught about 3 of these but let them all go...good fighters....this one we just found dead on the beach|
|we sent this pic to Rob as a jokc..dorado is.too big and fast for fly fishing gear...we bought it|
THE LOCAL MARKET
|beans are important for the local cuisine|
The Casa Blanca is a house I photograph every year as I love its roof as it reminds me of Fiji. Lee and Phil stayed there for 10 days and we got to enjoy dinners by Augustina and she also gave us cooking lessons. Swam in the pool, watched surf videos and of course margaritas at sunset....
|coconuts are everywhere|
|Kevin's welcome dinner|
|the house comes with lots of surfboards|
|this one will do|
Lee and Phil hosted Arnt's birthday dinner made by Augustina
We did a few day trips to towns south of us....Troncones and Zihuatanejo.
|not sure if they are walking this mattress home or looking for their car|
|all about the butt apparently|
|pinatas for every occasion|
|Xmas dinner at Present Moments|
|family walk in Troncones|
|nice hotel in Troncones|
|beautiful local weavings|
|giant steak in Troncones|
|late night shopping with Phil|
|love the light show for the corner store|
The animals we photographed and it was also a very sexy time for some....between us we saw turtles, snakes, geckos, dogs, pigs, birds and bees mating.
|went to a turtle release...it is all volunteer work as government has not banned turtle egg eating|
|the eggs are moved to a nursery, hatched and released|
Here is the cooking lesson....chile rellenos and tortillas. We bought a tortilla press and will be practicing.
|stuff with potatoe & local cheese|
|ready for dipping in egg batter|
|once fried place in sauce|
|corn tortilla dough|
|roll in balls, flatten in tortilla press|
|there is an art to getting them off the press and onto the pan|
|can you guess which are ours?|
|thanks Augustina we will make this at home for sure!|
Celebrating New Years at our casa......
|Mark and Julie from Texas|
|Kevin and Valerie from Vancouver, Renata from Palm Springs|
|Zolley and Renata from Palm Springs|
|Lee and Phil from Vancouver|
|we made it to midnight!|
HAPPY 2014 EVERYONE!