As I recover slowly but surely (each day brings more normalcy to my gait) I can’t help but get outside to take in the beauty and the unique qualities of this place. I have been enjoying walks around the yard, and the farm, and even took a bike ride into the town of Gonzales yesterday.

It has been suggested that a bicycle might be the way to proceed on my journey, but I would prefer to walk if at all possible. There’s something about the natural pace and upright movement of walking that appeals to me. It also seems the only proper means of travel for a Pilgrim. I’m researching the few rolling packs I’ve been able to find, such as the Mono Walker, the Dixon Roller Pack, and the Trail Mate. The Bob Revolution Stroller is another contender. Any comments or suggestions are welcome! Lightening my back pack even more by doing away with my cooking utensils and stove is another possibility.

Here at the house the flora and fauna are domesticated and planted by the design of the homeowners. There’s an Incense Cedar in the front yard, and a Eucalyptus on the side, planted, Rob says, by his great, great grandfather. That it isn’t taller than it is is most likely due to the winds that blow up this valley most of the year round. I’m surprised there aren’t more wind mills like this one near town (sorry it’s so hard to see . It’s white, at center, in the distance.)

The garden is popping with color right about now, with Wisteria, Lilacs, Roses and Bearded Iris vying for attention.

I got a lot of satisfaction from helping these lilacs show themselves off:

Besides the two cats, there is Annie, the Australian Shepherd mix, who is quiet, sweet and appreciative of my company, and I of hers:

Besides the flora that has been planted, there are wild species of course, a couple of which I have harvested for cooking. I found a wonderful patch of Stinging Nettles behind the hundred year old chicken coop, from which I made a delicious soup.

And today I harvested two perfect Nopal sections from the tangle of Nopales that grow between the west border of the compound and the vegetable fields beyond.

I chatted in Spanish with a man who was weeding along the perimeter of the fields about the tenderness of the newer nopales. He suggested serving them with retried beans and onions. Will do! ?



14 thoughts on “Slowly but Surely

  1. Loving all your pictures….such a perfect pairing with your words. You have an eye for the still shots. Hopefully you’ll be “back on the road again” (to quote Willie Nelson).

  2. Hi Diane! Yes, when the time is right. Thanks for reading! ♥️

  3. Jody. I love your writing, and the journal content. It makes me wish I was with you. This blog let’s me see the beauty around us through your eyes. You are a gift. Hugs and love. Bonnie

  4. Thank you for providing the photos along with your observations. I am learning with every post! The Nopales look like a cactus that I am unfamiliar with. Sante… your meal will be delicious!

    1. ? Thanks for following with me, Mary! You are my oldest friend!

  5. The lilacs are beautiful. Looks like some really beautiful country and you are paying homage to it all by your wonderful descriptions and photos. The animals too look charming and content. Glad to know you are healing.

  6. Such beauty, the wisteria and nopal leaves. Such tranquility, the setting with animals and countryside. Such wisdom, the combination of nopalitos con cebolla y frijoles refritos 🙂 yummmm. Lots of love to you Jody.

  7. Jody- I agree with all the posts- your photography & writing are really stunning- you are sharing a voice with us that you did not have the space for- now that you are on this journey- voices from with-in are
    blossoming-your ankle will heal !!

    1. I’m more comfortable sharing from the solitude of my phone, perhaps, than in the center of a group of people. ?

  8. I love reading about your adventures/experiences in your travels, Jody. And seeing the photos. You make the tender nopales, and the stinging nettle sound so sumptuous, without even saying so.

    1. Oh my goodness! Jody created the most wonderful stinging nettle pesto while she was on the farm with us.

  9. I am loving everything I read about your trip. Praying for your healing continually
    Thank you so much for keep us informed and for keeping such a positive attitude.
    Love you,

  10. I just found out as I caught up with your blog that your ankle went awry! Oh my! How are you doing now? Walking on an injured ankle does not make for good healing it seems to me. But you are blessed with caring people and divine interventions. Lessons you didn’t take into consideration I imagine. Your writing is quite good and your photos too. Just get better soon and listen to your body. I don’t have to tell you, but do listen. It is surly tryibg to tell you something.

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