Our company has left, closely followed by Dara...so what can we get up to?
17.02.2014 30 °C
The weekend was hot and quiet....lounging by the pool/beach and early morning walks down the beach to get fresh squeezed orange juice at the Chicxulub market.. On Sunday, I had created a lovely raw beet, carrot and jicama salad, which we were half way through, when the caretaker knocked at the door with three lovely yellow tail snapper fried up and ready for us to eat! Maria is such a hard worker and a sweet person....needless to say, we had such a delicious lunch.
We were asked to participate in a fund raiser for the Chicxulub Food Bank. The event was a combined meal, fashion show and raffle. Local artisans and restaurants donated the prizes which were raffled off and a local Merida clothing store supplied the clothes for the fashion show. What fun to be models in the show! There were over 100 people in attendance and with their support we managed to raise about $2000 for the cause...well it was actually about $1700 till Dara decided to go table to table offering to do ANYTHING to get more money. He even offered to strip if people would pay.......They said they would pay him to KEEP HIS CLOTHES ON , it was too hillarious!!!
There is such a unique group of people living and visiting this part of the Yucatan. Some of these people get together twice a month at Bamboo Beach Restaurant in Chicxulub for the Muelle Market (pier market in English). There are locals with fresh breads, chimichuri sauces, jams, homemade tamales, cheeses ect as well as snowbirds with jewlery, knitted items and clothing. Its tons of fun to see all the wares and also chat with old and new friends while browsing.
Friday morning Andrea and I walked down the beach to Chicxulub to help pack the grocery bags for the Food Bank "dispensa" that will take place tomorrow. About ten volunteers showed up to help pack the 89 bags which contain some basics...oil, salt, rice, beans, pasta, biscuits, sugar, milk and detergent. These bags are given to very needy families once per month which helps a little. If they have children, they also receive vitamins with their supplies. If anyone is interested in supporting a family for a year, it costs $75 and here is a list of what they get each month.
This is what 89 bags look like all ready to go! The restaurant, Bamboo Beach, is kind enough to allow us to use their space to assemble the bags and then store them overnight till the dispensa the next day.
Oh, and you never know who you are going to meet in Chicxulub!!! Maggie, Andrea and I hamming it up with a giant chili!!
I'm going to put this request out there.........The food bank is in the middle of preparing a summer program for the children of Chicxulub and are looking for a donation of a used (or new) projector that they can hook up to a computer and also for 1 or 2 microscopes. So, if you work for a company that might be upgrading their equipment sometime soon or if you have such a thing collecting dust in your basement we would love to be able to get it for them and will take care of getting it down here. The website for the food bank is www.foodbankchicxulub.com if you would like to check it out. They do offer a receipt for tax purposes. We are still knitting chemo hats for the children in the area and will try to post a picture sometime soon.
Thanks once again to Bonnie and France who sent hats down with me!
Day of the dispensa....Andrea all set up at the vitamin table to make sure the mums with children get their vitamins.
The line up waiting for the dispensa to start. The recipients are visited in their residences and interviewed before being added to the list.
Sharon receiving tabs from beer and drink cans from Charlie, owner of Bamboo Beach. The tabs are chrocheted into incredible purses by one of the local Chicxulub ladies who is in a tough economic situation and the proceeds of the sales help. So, if you drink beer or soft drinks with coloured tabs, please save them for us and we will get them to her!
Many of the local Progreso and Chicxulub restaurants had Valentines Day specials advertised, but we were invited to the home of our friends, John and Maggie, where John proceeded to cook dinner for the ladies....including another friend Janet....what a nice treat!
A few pictures of some wonderful flowers on our walk down there...
We've been alternating between relaxing by the water and keeping ourselves busy lately. This morning, I walked down the beach to a friends house to assist with some landscaping (which many of you know I love). Linda rents a cute house one sand road in from the beach; however when she rented it the back yard was overrun with castor bean plants which grow like weeds here. I think she said that an episode of LOST could have been filmed in the back yard which is enormous. We dug and shifted rocks from one place to another for a few hours before I hit the beach to head back home. Mid afternoon Andrea and I decided that a trip to the local bakery was in order.....come on......I did work lugging rocks for a few hours and Andrea did walk into Progreso and hump home some groceries! I use the term "bakery" loosely as this place does not resemble anything like a bakery in Canada. The young boys who run the bakery appear to be about 14 years old and burst into fits of nervous giggling when we go in....kind of like a bunch of school girls, but they are very sweet and make a great variety of delicious buns! (as Cathy and Mike can attest to!)
On the way back, in the Oxxo parking lot we came across the guy with the "Golden Nuts"...just had to take a picture..imagine driving around in that truck!