Our gardener, jardinero, is Guillermo He is Marcela's father. His favorite thing to do is trim the plants and the wall hedges. He climbs up a ladder with an electric hedge clipper and goes to town. This yard is very large and is filled with lots and lots of plants. I'll be working with him on not trimming all the plants into squares; we need to let some of them grow freely so that the flowers can bloom. He doesn't speak English and my Spanish is very limited, but we pantomime well enough. It's scary watching him climb up and hand on with one hand while swinging the cutter with the other. He's at the age where he should be in a rocking chair with his drink, but there is no social security or retirement plans for most people here in Mexico. They have to work until they can't. Aren't we lucky!
This is our 19th move. We think it might be our last before we go to a special center for care. Until then we intend to enjoy each moment!
Gary and Carol are now part of the San Juan Cosala community. On August 7th, 2012 they changed their life style quite dramatically. Rather than living in a secure, gated gringo community, they are living in the center of the upper village of San Juan Cosala. It had to be fate that put a taco stand right across the street! As the only full time expats in the neighborhood, it means learning more Spanish and enjoying a real community.