Documenting the trials and tribulations of Doug Reid and Nancy Procter as they attempt to purchase and renovate a French "fixer-upper" in the foothills of the Pyrenees with new French power tools and a new language.
Friday, August 4, 2017
We've Moved to Guanajuato for August
We lucked out on this one. A few miles from the center of Guanajuato is this beautiful house. The English owners, from Phoenix, spend time here in the summer to escape the heat of the desert and just left a few days ago, leaving us in charge. We have a maid and gardener at our disposal. We constantly order them around without mercy.
This is the back porch area where we had drinks and dinner last night. Fergus is inspecting the plant life for traces of the owner's dogs.
The "front yard" has a beautifully cared for lawn inside a stone wall. There is a huge carriage door which just barely allows us to park the car inside the grounds. We are situated next door to a pool and racquet club and I thought I might be able to swim there in the mornings. We personally contacted the manager and she showed us the form we would need to fill out. Naturally it was in Spanish and probably would have taken most of the month to fill out, return and then wait for our references to be checked. Maybe next time. Our interview was conducted entirely in Spanish, except where my memory dredged up previously unknown words of French.
This is Carmen, our maid, with Nancy. Carmen speaks not a word of English, except "okay" and we speak a lot of Spanish, mostly without verbs. Amazingly, communication is not difficult. Carmen is a tiny little woman and besides being the maid, she also cooks traditional Mexican cuisine. We're going to arrange a night of, possibly, Chicken Mole ("mole" should have an accent mark to differentiate it from skin ailments, but I don't know how to add it, but it's a chocolate based sauce and it's pronounce moe-lay). It will be excellent.
Here's Fergus with his friend Whitey, who travelled with us all the way from Tucson. They are enjoying one of the living room areas. Neither one of them are allowed on the furniture. Good thing.
This is the dinning room with it's wonderful table made from an ancient Mexican wooden door. It resides in a sunken area which separates it fro the rest of the living room. So, needless to say, we are being spoiled for a month before we go back home. The weather has turned hot and dry for the highlands of Mexico, anyway. It might be getting up into the mid to high 80's and really cools off at night. We are expecting rain and cooler temperatures soon, but in any case, it's hotter 'n hell in Tucson. So, we're happy.