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Saturday
Apr072012

Before Easter - Lemontree Beach

The Saturday before Easter Sunday is a time for Family. The beach houses are typically owned by families and at Easter time the families get together before Church... for food, for warmth and for fun. The water temperature today must be over 85 degrees ion the shallows. As you can see no swell. The beaches here are all natural which means that they are narrow but shaded by overhanging trees. They are perfect for walking, a quick soak and some lounging. It is something of a tradition that family groups will float together in the water. The parents/aunts and uncles/grandparents can be enjoying an adult beverage and chatting while the children dart in and out. This is a vision of innocence. A kind of innocence that is precious.

Wednesday
Apr042012

An Ice-cream Wednesday... Mmmmm

 

A few days ago we had a taste for Ice-cream. No not the stuff that comes from the market... but for the nostalgia of the ice-cream truck... with the music. Today It showed up. Going nice and slow. Staffed by a grandmother (pictured above) her daughter (not pictured) and her grand-daughter (pictured). We had a taste for a Banana Split and a cup of vanilla with chocolate sauce. As we were completing our purchases a group of visiting teens came up... got in line.  A bit of a wait for one. Ah the impatience of youth.

What a wonderful way to glide into the late afternoon.

Monday
Apr022012

Lemontree Sunset

Several days ago I was sitting quietly as the day ended. The evening crept up, it became quieter and the air softer. Now wnen we think of sunset we usually think about the drama of the sun setting, the colors the fire. But sometimes the realy pleasure is in just waiting for 20 or thirty minutes after the sun has set. As the world begins change. This after sunset can be subtle and most calming.

Monday
May312010

Break in the Storm, Rincon Puerto Rico

For the past several days all of the Caribbean and some of Central America has been under the influence of an enormous front which stretched from Honduras, over the islands of the Caribbean and out into the Atlantic Ocean. There have been periods of intense rain, followed by a clearing... but the sky's have remained gray. This is remarkable as the usual pattern at this time of year is for showers in the afternoon and brilliant blue sky's in the morning and later afternoon.

Never mind, the guests at the Lemontree for this Memorial Day weekend enjoyed the break from the sun. Some just watched the sky show from their terraces and took their leisure. Others went on excursions to some of the small towns in the interior bringing back enormous baskets of mangoes and wonderful huge flowers. Like these Lobster Claws.

Today, the front has pushed on and the weather is back to its more predictable "tropical paradise" self.

Monday
May172010

Dia de Logros

This Saturday was a milestone. At the Francisco Lopez Cruz Foundation where Bella and I study music, it was Dia de Logros or Day of Accomplishments. Bella has reached the halfway point in her study of the Cuatro and I completed a third term of Bongo. On this day, students present a concert and Bella played with her Cuatro class a Puerto Rican favorite, Alma Boricua and the audience was singing and cheering along with the song. She also played with Taller Orchestra and they played these well known Puerto Rican songs Preciosa, Dime and Campinatas de Cristal. Pictured above, obviously in high spirits, Bella is tuning up and ready to go. She is wearing her very red shirt! Each instructor decides on a color of shirt and her cuatro class selected RED! The day lasted from about 2:00 p.m. until well after dark. After a summer of practicing on our own, formal classes begin again in late August.

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