Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Bye Bye, February Spring

by Maggie Sefton

Here are some more Ajijic photos.  Our favorite cafes have gardens and patios in the back.  Some have parrots and peacocks wandering about---and some of the most fluffy feathered roosters I've ever seen.  And they're the most polite birdie beggars.  Once fed, they walk away and find someone else.  :)  Those beautiful blue vining flowers are called Tumberia (I think) and they look like a kind of large morning glory.  At the top is the flock of pelicans, black-tipped wings, that are wintering in Ajijic on the lake.  They would be in that spot every morning when I took my walk.  

This has been a wonderful month in Ajijic, Mexico.  Moderate temps, sunny weather, and a picturesque friendly village town to explore.  Both Deb and I have been really productive while here-----writing every day.  But we made sure we had time to explore and enjoy the surroundings.  We’ve met so many Americans, Brits, and Canadians while here and have joined them for evening drinks and dinners and visiting their lovely homes. 

We were fascinated to find so many “Snowbirds” who’ve actually switched to full time residents.  Ajijic is an easy place to adjust to and relax. Surrounded by a range of the lovely green Sierra Madre mountains on three sides, Ajijic lies on the northern shore  of the picturesque Lake Chapala on the 4th side.

Both Deb and I will return to Winter climates when we leave this Friday, Februrary 28th.  Wisconsin is definitely a harsher winter than my experience in Colorado, but even so---it will be a BIG shock to our systems to adjust to cold weather once again. 

Below left---you'll see my favorite shady rooftop writing nook.  To the right is another terrace view of neighboring rooftops and some of the mountains.  

So----we’re enjoying the last few days and doing some out-of-town sightseeing.  We were in Guadalajara all day Sunday and Tuesday, we’ll be in two smaller villages in that vicinity that are known for their arts and crafts.  


Aurian said...

Wow a whole month in Mexico, that is amazing. And I sure can understand you two wanting to escape the harsh winter this year. It all looks lovely, and are you planning already to go back next year? I would dream of living in such a beautiful region.

Diane LaBrie Leverson said...

How wonderful for the both of you to be able to spend a month in such a lovely spot. Too bad you will have to return to such cold weather. Right now, I would go any place that is above 35.

Mary Jane Maffini said...

I envy you both your wonderful winter break and your productivity! Hope your re-entry is not too painful.



Maggie Sefton said...

Aurian----It has been a great opportunity to get away and write and write and write. But I kind of doubt we'll do it next year. There are too many demands for other expenses. I wish I could escape like that every year. At least we got to do it this year because we got a great price by booking a year early.

Maggie Sefton said...

Diane---I hear you. I'm hoping temps will start climbing in March. It was a great opportunity. I don't know when I'll be able to do that again, but it was a great chance to get away and write like crazy for a month.

Maggie Sefton said...

Thanks MJ. :) I'll let you know how the "re-entry" is going.