Monday, January 25, 2010
Ginny and I out on Lake Bannook. the ice is about 16 inches thick so you could drive a car out on the Lake.
We went out to get some groceries from Super Store and decided to cut across the Lake.
Don standing on the lake with our Condo unit in the background. For a virtual tour of our home click on this link for YouTube.
View of the City of Dartmouth from the middle of the lake.
Ginny on the Lake. My Snow Angel.
Another view from the middle Lake Bannook. This lake is full of canoes,kayaks and pleasure boats most times of the year. Now just the fool hardy.
View of the Walking Trail behind our Building.
View of the lake through the Trees at the back of our building.
Just in case it isn't cold enough for you else where. Wish we were back at the Dreams Tulum in Mexico.
Posted by The Old Tarf at 5:21 AM
Monday, January 18, 2010
Here are some pictures of the Mayan Ruins built around 1600 years ago at Tulum Mexico along the Sea Coast.
the Site covered a very large area.
This is Temple supposed to be dedicated to Kukulcan. His relief is on the side of temple.
Ginny under the tree of life.
View of the Beach. Showing the height of the complex.
Another view from the beach. Showing the Temple of the Winds
Ginny and I with a view of the Entrance to the ruins.
View of the Horizon and at the very back of the picture, picture of the Hotel we stayed at.
Posted by The Old Tarf at 8:38 AM
The worst thing of us going to Mexico. Would had to, have been the Malaria Pills (Chloroquine). The after taste is very bitter and stays with you for what seems like hours. We had to take these 1 week prior and each week while there and for 4 weeks afterwards. Ginny is always amazed that I just take pills the hard way swallow them straight down with nothing to help them down.
Of all the useless things I can remember one of them is my Aunt Martha's Farm down in the Prescott Area of Ontario. I used to get sent there every summer when I was smaller. I hated it no running water, chamber pots and had to listen too Horrible Gospel Music all the time the old style Twangy, Nasal Country and Western stuff. I slept out on a sofa or mattress in the Hallway upstairs.
She used to give us all Cod Liver Oil Pills everyday. I had to chew my pills in those days as I could not swallow anything down. The taste was vile and made me gag each and every time. I remember managing to swallow the pills whole at Aunt Martha's
one summer. As I was so proud of myself I proceeded to swallow most of the bottle contents at the same time. I needed the chamber pot after that for a few days and I had to sleep out in the barn in the Hay Loft as well.
How do you manage to take your Medicine. ( Oh no " Spoonful of Sugar Helps the Medicine goes down") AGHHHHHHHHHH, Help me "The Sound of Music" has attacked my brain. It is the most hateful film of all time. It is worse than Water Torture.
I saw that film 138 plus times as I worked in the Cinema when it first came out. I had the flipping film memorized and it still haunts me after all these years. I cannot get rid of the tune. Oh the horror of it all.
Down the Hatch. Open Wide.
Posted by The Old Tarf at 3:00 AM
Thursday, January 14, 2010
"Art Cafe Crepe" across from one of the Dolphin Ponds. You can sit under the umbrellas and watch the world go by.
Ginny along the boardwalk of the Marina in Puerto Aventuras. Just in front of Pacal's Cafe.
One of the high points of our visit to Puerto Aventuras was walking around the small community down along the Marina.
There are condos of every shape and size and Boats up and down the Canals. There are of course Shop, Cafes,Restaurants,Dolphin Centre and "The Art Cafe Crepe".
I do apologize Pascal that my computer key board is in English and not French. This is a wonderful place to sit have a light lunch or drink fancy coffees and watch the dolphins leap and play along the wharf.
Mother Dolphin with baby.
Enjoy some stimulating conversation with the Gravel Family who are from Quebec by the way. While basking in the sunshine and warm temperatures. Unlike what we are experiencing here in Nova Scotia at the moment. (wish we were back down south)
Weather conditions as of today here in Dartmouth.
If you are a bit more adventurous you can go swimming with the Dolphins right in the centre of the town. I do recommend that you take the time to stop and sample the coffee and the Crepes at the Art Cafe Crepe. They serve real Canadian Maple Syrup with the Crepes and of course Ice Cream. The Art work they sell there from local artists and the handicrafts are top notch. So please check it out if you are in the area. Well worth the visit. See you next time.
Posted by The Old Tarf at 4:57 AM
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
Picture of the xtabentun flower.
Here we are on our last night at the Dreams Puerto Adventuras in the El Patio Restaurant in front of the centre piece which is a tree with lights and hand blown glass red hearts and red rain drops.
Xtabentun is a flower that grows in the Yucatan, Mexico. This is an anise flavored liquor with honey from the Xtabentun. Another marvel from the Mayan world.
Here is our waiter Elucid starting to mix the flaming spirits constisting of Xtabentun and Coffee liquor. He starts by lighting a burner on a table and heating the glass in the flame. then he puts the heated end in a mixture of sugar and lime juice and then pours in Mexican coffee and adds Xtabentun and then Coconut Ice cream. He then takes a large metal spoon and gravy boat and heats them over the flame. He then takes a goodly amount of coffee liquor and Xtabentun and heats the liquid first then. As it heats it bursts into flame and he slowly pours the liquids back and forth from the spoon to the sauce contain. At the next to last moment puts more Xtabentun in and then -pours the flaming liquid unto the Coconut Ice cream in the glass.
You drink it while it is still partial alight. AHHHHHHHHH, Heavenly. Nice way to top off an Evening Meal on the shores of the Caribbean Ocean
Posted by The Old Tarf at 5:06 AM
Monday, January 4, 2010
Patches our beloved Pet and Friend of over 18 years was called home today. I found her a small bedraggled, wet bundle of fur underneath our car at a Lodge meeting many years ago. At the time we had 3 other cats and a dog. Ginny gave me a sour look as I showed her what I had found at the roadside. I picked her up and she chose us and not the other way around. She has been a constant friend and companion ever since. Our lives have sadly changed today and not in the short term for the better.
Patches made our House a Home and a certain warmth and love has gone out of our lives.
We will miss you Baby Girl and will always think of you when ever we say Bacon ,open Tinned Milk or see little Calico Kittens or Cats. You will be greatly missed but never forgotten. May you find everything you love to do with your Goddess Bastet, who has taken you in her arms to look after you now.
Posted by The Old Tarf at 9:59 AM