I am pleased to report, Montezuma has had his revenge and gone back to Mexico. Not sure if he’s actually from Mexico, but I have always made the connection… maybe that’s the influence of Taco Bell’s reputation.
I have been testing my water by boiling, it’s okay to drink, so I have stopped buying my water.
Birthday week BBQs planned for Friday and Saturday, trying to do it green.
So far I have homemade pickled onions and beetroot. Today looks like it will be the day (no sun) to make chimichurri and sauerkraut. Cheaper and greener than buying.
I still have serving problem for Saturday. I don’t have many plates or eating tools.
It’s going to be a busy week.
But it’s fun to do it once a year.
Friday BBQ at the bar, and Saturday for the family.
Onward, this week’s CTWW is about listening.
This week, spend 15 minutes listening to the sounds in your area. You may wish to sit quietly in your home or out in nature. Perhaps you want to find out what noises you hear in a shopping mall or on a busy street. As you listen, try to hear the sounds of nature. Can you hear them or are they drowned out by man-made noise? The idea, this week, is to simply listen and identify sounds.
Our praça is not a very quiet place, we have quite a bit of traffic, and the kids playground is in front of the house, so any wildlife is scared away. There is also a casarão (big house) being built on the side street, alot of construction noise from that. I have a fox terrier, Mary Jane, on one side and another dog on the right, at times it’s dogs in stereo.
So we suffer from urban noise pollution.
But we do have some birds and bats.
One of them died and finished up in the rubbish collection. It’s the first time I have seen on of them apart from flitting through the trees at dusk.
The most common bird is the bem-ti-vi (great kiskadee – Pitangus sulphuratus) with it’s distinctive call, hence its name. Bem-ti-vi means nice-to-see-you.
Another common visitor to the praça is this little brown and white fellow.
Don’t know the name of this one. (see update)
We also have hummingbirds, and yesterday I heard parrots screeching overhead which is rare.
But I often sit in the praça just to observe, observing includes listening.
Very relaxing, and a pasttime that I recommend.
The bird is a freirinha (little nun) Arundicola leucocephala or viuvinha (little widow), goes by both names.
Having a beer at the botequim (bar) is educational.
Here’s a photo of our praça