I think the sun is frying my brain - I'm having a really hard time sitting down at my computer and focussing on writing! Let's just call it 'writer's block' and not make any reference whatsover to gin and tonics, margaritas and sunshine, shall we?
We've had a number of different guests staying here now - all very nice people - so it's been very enjoyable. As of today we have six people staying overnight, but it's the calm before the storm. As of April 1st we will be full - and we have no idea exactly how many people will be crammed into each unit! (So long as they make do with the usual quantity of linens that we supply, I don't really care. Sue said to just "ignore it"! It's going to be interesting...........! Everyone along the beach is warning us about what a zoo it's going to be, and telling us to bring in our beach chairs, brollys, etc. I've also moved the loungers on the rooftop terrace back out of sight, so that we don't get someone eye-balling them through the day and thinking it would be a great place to crash overnight!
As it's so quiet along the beach at the moment at any given time we can see a game of bocce or soccer going on, and we have joined in with bocce a couple of times now. Lots of good restaurants here and we've availed ourselves of them frequently, but I am also making shrimp cocktails (Mexican style - with cilantro for Bruce) and guacamole and the like at 'home' - plus there's a terrific 'deli' here that is owned and operated by a guy from Langdale, BC. He goes to Costco in Puerto Vallarta then comes back and divides his loot into small containers for those people who are only here for a short time. It's a terrific service and I make a lot of use of it for cooking at home. There's a restaurant right next door to us - Figaro's -that is excellent and we only have to fall out of our place on to the beach and onto his terrace. The owner is Italian and he has sourced some '43' liqueur for us (my absolute favourite!) and is bringing in a bottle for us tomorrow. Yum yum! There are two more restaurants exactly opposite us - one is called Jesus, Maria y Jose (Jesus, Mary and Joseph). We are in a terrific location on the best part of the beach!
I've been to Manzanillo, Melaque and Barra de Navidad with Sue now (different days). She's looking for highbrow stuff like curtains and blinds - I've been on a hunt for the cheapest, largest supply of toilet paper that I can get in before the hairy hoards descend on us! I ran into Rick Cranston in Melaque - he was standing out on the street talking to some people when I spotted him. (Gabriolans will know who he is - others don't need to worry about it.)
Bruce has successfully taken his first phone reservation (luckily, Canadians) and checked in some guests and is starting to get into it now. He's done some minor plumbing and electrical repairs around the place, but isn't getting too excited about it. I told him he'll get a lot more out of this experience if he fully engages in the process and I think he's warming up to it a bit more now.
We stepped out of a restaurant night before last and heard some incredibly good blues music happening (harmonica in particular), so we stopped into Palapa Joe's for a drink and to listen for a while. Go figure: the big screen tv had a Canucks game on! We even got in half a dance!
Well, considering I didn't think I had it in me to write anything at the moment, I think I've gone on long enough now. Time to make dinner - with some of those wonderful, huge shrimp we can get here! Mmmmmmmmmmmm!