Anado McLaughlin Mosaic Artist Studio & Home

Today Bill and I traveled with our new friends, Joyce and ReAnn, to Anado’s studio, galleries and home located about 30 minutes outside San Miguel de Allende in a neighborhood called Cieneguita. I have to honestly say it was one of the most extraordinary places I’ve ever seen. Anado and his partner, Richard, are artists who create, along with their helpers the most incredible mosaics. Here are just a few of my favorite photos from the day. Enjoy!

Fabrica la Aurora, San Miguel de Allende

Bill and I went out to Fabrica la Aurora yesterday. It’s an old fabric mill that has been converted to shops and art galleries. Most galleries won’t let you take photos inside their shops so here are a few photos of the grounds. It’s quite pretty and the galleries are stunning.

Rain and Thunderstorms in San Miguel

We’ve had several thunderstorms the past couple of days and the forecast is for more so I thought I go around the house and snap some photos of all the beautiful flowers that grow on the property. Enjoy!

More Parades in SMA

Bill and I drove into town last night for dinner. After dinner we walked up to the El Jardin to watch a small parade.

The Celebration Continues

Celebrating Independence Day in SMA is a big deal. According to history, Allende entered SMA and went to Narcisco de la Canal’s home to ask him to hand over the city to the insurgents. De la Canal refused to open the door the first time so Allende went to former city hall building and demanded the Spanish hand over the village. Allende went back to Canal’s home. Allende convinced de la Canal to go back to the city hall building (Consistorial House) with him and demand that the town be given over to them. The insurgents entered SMA and the Spanish agreed to give city hall to Allende, de la Canal and the insurgents. On September 17, 1810, the first city council was formed in SMA.
Bill and I took Juliet into to town today and found El Jardin filled with school children in uniform, marching bands and politicians.

Independence Day

Bill and I went into town on Friday night for the beginning of the Independence celebration. We went to El Jardin and it was packed with people so we went to a little piano bar, Johnny’s, away from the crowd and listened to some live music. It was a fun little place and just a hole-in-the-wall. We stayed until about 10pm and tried to catch a cab, but most of them were full. We finally caught a cab after about 20 minutes and on the way out of town folks were still piling in. It was a fun evening!

Breakfast in San Miguel de Allende

This morning Bill and I finally got into el centro. We had breakfast with Barbara (our guardian angel of Mexico) and her friend, Nora. While we were there we met some caballeros preparing for a festival this afternoon. The town is decorated with green, red and white Mexican flags on every street. This weekend is the big celebration so I hope to get some more photos of the festivities.
On our way into town we pass this bed hanging from a tree adjacent to the corn fields. I guess that after someone tends to the corn fields they need a little rest.
When we got home we let the animals out. I got a nice photo of Juliet and a beautiful butterfly that visited our yard.

San Miguel de Allende Adventure

Well, it’s been quite an adventure. Bill and I drove from Palm Springs to San Miguel de Allende in three days with five animals. Much to our surprise, all the animals did very well on the trip. In fact, they probably did better than we did. We’re still a little tired from the drive, but we’re getting settled into our new place just outside of SMA.

The home we have rented is about four miles south of town and up in the hills. We’re very close to “living off the grid.” We use solar power and rain water. Fortunately, the home is well-equipped and we have internet connection so we’re not completely removed.

We did have one big surprise on our second day here. A 3-foot rattlesnake made it’s way out of the jungle to our front door. Bill hates snakes!!! Thankfully, our caretakers managed to capture the unwelcome guest and take it back up into the jungle. We hope it’s the last we see of it.

Otherwise, it’s been a wonderful adventure and we look forward to discovering our new surroundings. The photos I’ve included in this post are of the view we have from the house and a little welcome visitor sunning himself above the vegetable garden.