Out for a drive south of Chisinau, Moldova. Photo taken December 6, 2016.
Where are Kevin and Ruth right now? Purcari Winery, Republic of Moldova.

Where are they going next? Transnistria. The country that doesn't exist! Arrive December 8th.

Saturday, January 23, 2016

A fun day with new and old friends. And a puppy!

Peter and Shelagh came up to our spot outside the El Charco de Ignacio Botanical Gardens at about 10:00am yesterday morning, and we locked up Sherman and walked across the road to the entrance.

They've done quite a lot of work here since the last time we visited in December of 2012. And the price hasn't changed...still 40 pesos ($3.30 CAD).

Another beautiful blue sky day. A little chilly first thing in the morning, but the sun was quickly warming things up.

Ruth, on one of the paths in the garden.

These things are about two feet in diameter. Really pretty plants.

Guess who? Great shot Peter!

A great egret. Or at least a mediocre one.

Some type of heron?

Really enjoyable. Spent a couple of hours wandering around, and there are lot of paths through the garden. Our third time visiting, and still enjoy it. 

One of the paths leads to a mirador (lookout) over the city of San Miguel de Allende.

We took Peter and Shelagh with us and fired up Sherman to go down to the big Mega grocery store. Prices are slightly higher here than in some other places that we've been, but we still managed to spend almost 1,200 pesos ($96 CAD). Deal of the day? 24 bottles of Carta Blanca beer for 198 pesos ($15.85 CAD).

From there, we carried on along the western ring road and up past the north part of the city. Only a few kms outside of town is the San Ramon Hotel and Balneario. They have seventeen full hookup RV spots here, and our friends Paula and Jerry from Nova Scotia were spending a couple of days here. We haven't seen them since March 2014 and they left here this morning so it was nice to see them again. Lots of laughs for a short time together, and Peter and Shelagh got to meet them as well.

They have a beagle mom here with five pups. One of them left with Paula and Jerry this morning on their way to his new owners Barb and Sal in Valle de Juarez. So we'll be seeing "Barney" again there at the end of February.



Barney sure is a cute little guy, isn't he?

Sherman parked up at San Ramon. We haven't even had a chance to go exploring here, so we'll tell you more about it another day.

Called a taxi to get Peter and Shelagh back home, and asked the cab driver to snap a photo of us all before they left.

Jerry, Paula (holding Barney), Ruth, Kevin, Peter, and Shelagh.

A couple of doves in the tree above us.

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18 comments:

  1. Oh my gosh. I love that garden! A great way to spend time with new and old friends.

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    1. They have worked hard on the botanical garden and it is beautiful, a nice place to walk around. They also have some nice hiking trails on the other side of the little lake.

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  2. Looks like a young black-crowned night heron to me. For a minute there, I thought you might be adopting one of the pups.

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    1. I thought it might have been a night heron, just wasn't positive or what type. Thanks for the help, we can always count on you.

      Loved the puppies but we need to be realistic and know that it isn't in the cards at the moment, still too much traveling to do.

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  3. Glad you're enjoying Mexico this winter. We went to the 2nd Bloggerfest today, and your names were mentioned a few times; all good. You have lots of fans!

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    1. We are really enjoying our time here but sorry that we missed the Blogger Fest. Looks like they had another good turn out. Glad that you were able to make an appearance there again.

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  4. A really fun day indeed! Thanks for lunch, delicious.

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    1. The day was made better with the company that we had! :-)

      Glad you enjoyed the soup and drinks.

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  5. We really loved the El Chorco, we will go again before I we leave at the end of February. We sure enjoyed our trip In Sherman, it was fun. It was so nice to meet Jerry and Paula, aka caretaker of Barney! The sun is shining and we are nowhere near the horrendous storms hitting New York etc. Life is good and spending good times with new friends is even better.
    Cheers, Shelagh and Peter

    www.peterandshelagh.blogspot.com

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    1. I am sure you will have no trouble wandering around the gardens again, and see all kinds of different things on some of the paths that we missed. Remember you can get a nice hike in on the other side of the lake.

      Jerry and Paula were happy to meet you too! Barney may be getting a name change, if he does we will let you know what he new name will be.

      Yes, life is good! :-)

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  6. It is always good when someone else takes the puppy home:)

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    1. Yes, it is but I still love my time with just about any animal.

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  7. Beautiful series of photos! :)

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  8. And Barney will be happy to see you guys in Feb too! Hugs to you both.

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    1. We are looking forward to it Barb, and to seeing both you and Sal again. :-)

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  9. I'm so glad you were in the photo with the plants at the garden, Ruth. It shows how HUGE those plants are. I don't know how you resisted that puppy, that sure would have been difficult! I just love little beagles.

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    1. Grace, you would love this botanical garden, it is so full of different kinds of cactus and plants that all grow in Mexico. They have done a fantastic job on it and we always love to visit the gardens when are passing through the area.

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