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! ?