Where did all these Canucks come from....
When up at El Charco the other day Fred noticed a talk on wildflowers scheduled for today. On closer inspection, the speaker was David Tarrant, who had been host of CBC’s Canadian Gardening out of the UBC Botanical garden for many years. Seems David has retired to SM 8 years and is a great support of El Charco.
The morning started off with a quick response to the garbage collector’s bell at 8 a.m. Chicken scraps in the garbage had to go. A quick run down (thank goodness) to the end of the street to find a truck with a fellow in the back taking bags of people’s garbage. It had been down to 2 degrees last night so there was a bit of grumbling about it being ‘frio’. Definitely.
Donning our polar fleece we headed up the hill to El Charco Botanical Garden. Hill was still there. We arrived to be greeted by David Tarrant and then by Pam, an American who moved to Victoria from Hawaii but couldn’t get through immigration so she had to sell her Victoria home so her next choice was San Miguel. About 40 people showed up for the talk, looking very much like a garden club anywhere. The slides showed an amazing transformation of the landscape with the summer rains. Fields of pink cosmos and orange marigolds, orchids, flowering cactus, of course, and large and small colourful flowers. The landscape went from brown with a bit of green cacti to green with splashes of colour. There’s even a fern that curls up and is brown when dry and opens up to green with the rain. David Tarrant is a very entertaining and informative speaker. We really enjoyed it. The garden was too tempting so we went off for a little stroll along the lake and took in the quiet, the birds, and the cacti along the way.
Back downhill to home for lunch and then down to town to find some veggies and to the library to find out about a tour they were offering. Alas…closes at 2 p.m. on Saturday. Onward to the market. It starts out with tourist stuff and then morphs into a food, fruits, veggies, chicken feet (what do you do with chicken feet? Our chicken came with all the usual parts, neck, heart, etc and feet but at the market you could buy just the feet), tripe, meat, and fruits and veggies. Apparently the bakeries run from 6 a.m. until noon.
Stocked with avocados, cactus leaves, platanos, and garlic, we headed down to the main square to see what was going on a Saturday afternoon. It was busy with hat, ice cream and balloon sellers, families just sitting, and in the background music. The early signs of a wedding were appearing so we hung around to watch. It seemed to be a big affair with the women arriving in elaborate dresses in peach, silver and black. Fred armed with his telephoto so as not to be intrusive, captured some lovely shots of the proceedings. It took quite a while for it all to get organized and then after all those in fancy dress were sprinkled with holy water they headed into the church.
Back up the hill to home, to watch the sunset and figure out how to cook cactus leafs.