The Tuxtlas are home to hundreds, if not thousands of types of animals.. With the camera that good friends from The Netherlands shipped over I've been taking pictures of the smaller ones in and around the lot.
We finally have a camera again.. So here are some random shots of a walk we made last week to the spring of our local river.
With no alarm clock left ticking, David and I are pleased to wake to the cock-a-doodle-do of our rooster here in playa hermosa, Veracruz, Mexico. We have been growing roots here for more than a year and not just our own roots but those of many trees, fruits and vegetables. It has been in keeping with the many successes and failures that we can count on in life. When we first bought land here, I got right to planting each and every seed I could get my hands on. Not really as easy as that. I have very slowly been learning about the different ways and times for planting here in a tropical climate. we have had to stifle our dreams of onions and learn to grow chives (and lots of them). potato planting failures have I many. We have since switched to local potatoes; tarro root (that's malanga to the mexicans), yuca, the tuber of a bush that grows here with such ease and sweet potato or camote as we say here. Our neighbours are liquido (pecticide) happy, spraying it on everything from veggies to dogs to trees and cows. Yuck! I hate that stuff. I would rather have one worm infested "clean" tomato then a bushel of sparkly, poisoned tomatoes. So we share with the ants, caterpillars and beetles but we have so many butterflies and bees buzzing around, the loss doesn't sting quite so much and slowly but surely we are starting to take a few things from garden to kitchen, that's my favourite part!
David and I have always had much to say about the love and generosity of the Mexican people. During our bike trip we were shocked by the kindness of our neighbours to the south, now that they actually are our neighbours we like them a little less. Hehe. David calls Mexico the land of opportunists, we all had a laugh about that until we actually were met with the dishonesty that we had yet to see in this wonderful country. As you may know, David and I purchased a small lot of land here in Playa Hermosa. Filled with the love of our fellow man we paid the seller the full asking price in cash and signed some forms with the local government. We have been slowly processing the paper work since then, confident that our signed,fingerprinted and stamped forms were sufficient to hold us over until we have all of the needed paperwork to process the title with. Our reality check came almost exactly a year after we arrived here. The younger brother of the man we bought the land off of asked us over to his house, this was the first sign of trouble. Long story short the brother of the seller is trying to extort money from us. Saying things like "the seller though he was only selling 50m x13m to you and not the 50m x15m that he sold." We stood strong for what is right and true and the brother seems to have backed down but now we sit waiting for what could come next. We are still processing a permission to buy this land as we are foreigners and will have to have that form before we can process the title. Ughhh!! How I hate this dishonesty. We have been living here with much freedom and growing steadily but this is definitely impeding our progress. So that has been my rant. David and I have decided to fight for the land but we have agreed not to worry about it. Worst case scenario; the seller steals the land and the buildings we have built, the gardens and trees we have planted and the money we have already paid. But then we will truly be free! We have agreed that if it comes down to a dreaded eviction we will grab our panniers, what we can stuff in them and little milo and we're on another great adventure. Or maybe you all want to come down here and have a good ol'fashioned riot. Hehe
We'll keep you posted. Much love, hannah
David and Hannah - cyclists extraordinaire