For the benefit of those not familiar with the geology of the region, the Yucatan Peninsula is a large karst plain that was, in the distant past, underwater. Now that it is above water level, the limestone, marl, and gypsum provide for good drainage. "Newly" exposed caves have collapsed over time. If they collapse into the water table, these holes are called 'cenotes', if above the water table and the bottoms fill with dirt such that they can collect rainwater/surface water they are called 'hoyas' or 'agujeros', Villages throughout the Yucatan were built around these various water sources.
About 65 Million years ago, a rather large asteroid hit the northwest edge of the Yucatan peninsula. This is the infamous K-T Mass Extinction Event that supposedly wiped out about 70% of the species of life on earth...including the dinosaurs. Special cameras reveal the scars of the Chixulub Crater and the heavier material thrown out by the impact created much of the Yucatan peninsula we we know it today.
In our small section of the peninsula, beneath the thin veneer of grass and dirt there are rocks. Enormous rocks, medium rocks, small rocks, and pebbles galore. There is never any standing water after a rain as it all flows nicely between the rocks to wherever water goes...probably into the bay less than two short blocks away. I've posted a few extra pictures today so you can appreciate the small rock collection we have. Ever been to norther New England in the USofA? Rock walls around farms and even between fields on a farm? It's like that here. Lots of rock walls. No need to be a geologist to appreciate!
Also in the pictures is a before/after set of a couple of areas around the yard. I had the help of Oscar for a half day last week to move a lot of the wood, odd bits of metal, and even a sturdy hawser (rope) all taking up space and with no possible future except in a burn pile somewhere. The metal will be sold for scrap,the wood has found a new home at a neighbor's and the hawser is awaiting the trash truck. Meanwhile, the yard is looking neat and clean.
Aiding in all of this hauling is a sturdy truck. For the price of a starter motor, I now have a loaner vehicle that will move all the construction debris hidden in various piles and corners. Yes, our landlord and previous tenants never took anything to the dump so digging anywhere around here will get you a rock or piece of broken tile, maybe some glass, chunks of block, cut-off ends of metal or plastic pipe, a kid's half-rotten sneaker,... "Don't dig!", you say? Well, one need not dig very far for, like the rocks that grow from the depths of the karst plain, the odds and ends remnants of construction eventually show themselves. Besides, Wifey wants another garden plot and it's quite obvious that pile will release many "treasures".
The dogs were very excited by the "new" truck. Khan especially likes to go for rides when he can, always riding shotgun to keep an eye on things. He also takes great pleasure in having something new in the yard to guard. Annie doesn't seem to mind being pushed to the back so the whole back bench is just for her. She's happy to sit in the middle looking through the windshield unless running to one side or the other to see what's passing by. Local folk get a kick seeing animals in the cab though none attempt to get very close - a good thing that.
In other news, the weekend was a dry one - literally - during two days of State-wide elections. Elections are scheduled for weekends when fewer people are working. The downside is there are no alcohol sales in stores or restaurants so as to keep things on an even keel. Not that it helped everywhere as these elections, as many others, had their share of "events". Thankfully none around here that we've heard of.
No special recipe this week though truth be told there were some outstanding meals like the Pasta Alfredo. I gained a pound just making the Alfredo Sauce...melting butter in cream then adding cheese...how decadent!