Hi all ~ hope you got our last blog ~ somehow (perhaps operator error, hard as it is to believe) the date didn't get changed so the latest blog came up after the Christmas one so you may have to search for it (if you really want to!)
Anyway, the picture this time is of some Black-bellied Whistling Ducks ~ on the lookout!
So, since we last wrote, I (Elinor) have aged another year ~ now am actually and undeniably "in my 60s" I got spoiled with a pair of new binoculars which are so bright and clear it's amazing! The next day we went to a "50s and 60s" dance here and suddenly they played "happy Birthday Sweet 16" for me ~ Malcolm and I had to dance and others formed a circle dancing around us. They had a limbo contest (the pole was quite high so no-one got injured), a spot-dance, twisting and good old rock and roll.
We have done some more good birding ~ in this area there are so many World Birding sites that we have to come back to get to see them all.
Our golf lessons have finished and we even played one game yesterday (with some very tolerant people from here!!) and have signed up for a clinic and another game. Since we left our clubs at home we needed some to practice with ~ so, off to Salvation Army we went, out with a set of clubs in a bag ~ for $9.99
The landscape here is flat with thorn forest and some agriculture - vegetables and sugar cane. They were burning one of the cane fields last week and we had bits of ash blowing about. One good thing is that it is very flat so bicycling is easy ~ we went for the "breakfast ride" on Tuesday ~ rode about 16 miles, stopping for breakfast at a Mexican restaurant. There were 35 of us. They go every week but this was the first time for us.
Some friends who live in Victoria (who we met in Mexico) arrived last week and we have spent some time with them. A few days ago we went to Progresso, the Mexican town just over the border (you park and walk over the bridge). It is completely set up for us "Winter Texans" so we had fun shopping and having lunch.
I have been taking line-dancing lessons (yee-haw!) and on Thursday there was a dance on the patio by the pool of the development next door ~ fun for the dances I could remember!
I went to a T-shirt decorating class where we painted, cut, sprayed and sewed T-shirts and then at the next Margarita hour we did a flash showing them all!
Tess loves all the opportunities she has here to be off-leash and is doing well with heeling, coming , sitting at a distance. She still has her moments though ~ like today when she chewed through the vacuum cleaner electrical cord when we were both about a foot away!! She was invited to a birthday party ~ no, we didn't go!! We went and volunteered at a local no-kill shelter where we walked dogs and just gave them attention. Then came home and told Tess how lucky she is!
Well, that's about the news from here.
Hope you are well and enjoying time with loved ones.
Elinor and Malcolm