Senor and Linda Lou have been in Pueblo Alamos, Sonora, Mexico for 10 years.
Every day brings a new discovery.
They are still working on the casa............Senor says, it won't be long.........but Linda Lou says, it won't be long until what..............stay tuned to find out what's next.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Dia de La Independencia in Alamos

 Independence Day arrived on the heels of  'el grito' from the new mayor of Alamos, and a colorful midnight fireworks show. The grito is 'the cry' for independence from Spanish rule, first made in 1810, on September 16, by the religious leader, Father Miguel Hidalgo. This proclomation began the war by Mexico, for independence, which lasted against Spain for another eleven years. Each town in Mexico has its own celebration, its own ceremony and its own proclamation for freedom. Ours coincides this year with a new government and a new mayor.

We have never stayed awake long enough to make it to 'el grito', but every year the fireworks wake us and we watch the display from the portal. Then it is always hard to get back to sleep because now, the fiesta really begins.

This is the 5th Independence parade I have shown you and by now, you are probably used to the marching school children, the drums and bugles that practice for weeks before the parade, the horses and the gallant white hat men, the balloons and candies, and the festivities that erupt at dawn and continue through out the day.

So Senor and I chose a new street from which to watch the parade, to take our photos, so you can see a little more of Alamos and a small portion of its captivating beauty.

Although the photo above is basically a blur, that is really what it was. A blur of skirts and sombreros to finish the Palacio festivities for the new mayor.

Below the drummers are spaced far apart from the rest of their school mates and their trr-i-ip, trr-i-ip, trr-i-ip echoed through the narrow street, setting the perfect stage for their classmates who followed behind with their festive ribbons. This street, Juarez, has beautiful views of the Palacio, the church steeple, the dome and then the mountains behind.

After the parade we celebrated Independence Day by eating at our favorite carne asada stall in the morning. Then a little gamisa cake, a kind of twinkie sized cake, topped with strawberries, cream and dark chocolate, then a few walks around town, and a quick trip to the arroyo where the tecate stands and music arenas were being set up. Late in the afternoon, after a short siesta, we returned to town where we caught the last of the new mayors inauguration and the performances in the Palacio and then we ate at yet another of our favorite taco stalls.
nothing fancy...............nothing late.................nothing too big...........walked back home..............listened to the street parties and the music from the arroyo for awhile........went to bed early because Monday morning was supposed to be a big work day here........................

No Humberto.
So, Senor went and mixed the cement and poured all morning, working alone on the area below...........the game room as we now call it. I like that, the game room. The niches in the wall will hold our games and one day we will have a nice round table in there and This room will be on the back side of the kitchen wall, accessible by a short hallway that will go to the guest room/ library, a bathroom and the game room. A french door will open to the portal.
So, there you have the days, yesterday and today. And I suppose one of these days I will be into a blogging sort of mind and I will tell you more. For now I have to go, Senor is playing bridge and I have finally figured out how to work the dvd player...........going to watch 'the curse of the black pearl'....................
linda lou


Brenda Maas said...

Sounds like you had a good time.
We met someone at the INM office this morning who was picking up her new card on her way back to Alamos from Tucson.
She told me that you have a lovely singing voice and so I think you should post a video of you showing your yard and singing something so I can hear you sing.
Have a good day.
Ewwww I hate those word verify things.

Linda Lou and Senor, Too said...

Oh, no, do I have word verifying things? I hate those, too. How do I get rid of them (if I have them?)
How funny!
Okay, who did you meet? Yes, I sing here with a man who plays the mandolin. We have a blast. I have a 12 string guitar but don't play it because the neck is too big, so I just sing harmony for him. He is really good. It is blue grass and folk. LL

Brenda Maas said...

Hi, sorry don't know the ladies name, we didn't exchange names lol. All I know is that she applied for her new permit on her way up to Tucson about 3 weeks ago and then picked it up yesterday on her way back to Alamos.
Short, slim, blonde lady.

Yes, you have word verifier. Blogger seems to have done it automatically a while back and unless people look inside their blog settings they don't know unless someone tells them. I happened to read it somewhere and checked mine and sure enough there it was. GRRRR hate those things.

How to shut if off:

ON your blogger dashboard, go to Settings, then click on Posts and Comments and then look and see if the YES is showing beside "show word verifier" if it is you can either click it to NO or leave it at YES, up to you.

I hate it because 1/2 the time I can't read the things. GRRRR

Have a good day.

Linda Lou and Senor, Too said...

My word verification has been turned off, thanks to brenda for letting me know Blogger had stuck it in there and telling me how to turn it off.

Barb said...

I love your games room. It's going to look fantastic when it's finished.

Chiming in my thanks to Brenda on how to check for, and get rid of, the word verification.

Brenda Maas said...

Glad I could help.

Linda Lou and Senor, Too said...

hi Barb,
Thanks, we think the game room is going to great also. It will get used a lot for bridge, I imagine!