Thank you to everyone who has left comments or e-mailed me and offered prayers and encouragement regarding my Mother. It means so very much to me and to all my family. My mother continues in a delicate and critical condition at this time, and while we have seen some minor improvements in the past few days, there is still a long way to go.
Today, thanks to the generosity of the Uncle of one of my co-workers in Arizona, who lives near here, I was able to get away for the afternoon into the mountains.
First we stopped for a look at his lovely mountain home and gardens with enormous hedges of hydrangea and fuchsias.
It is the dry season here, so I understand that it isn't as green and lush as it is during the rainy season, but it is still lovely! And though it is "dry" it was a misty afternoon ~ just not raining as it does in the rainy season!
We took a walk down into the forest ~ everything covered with many varieties of moss and fern. Those steps are steep and the rope handrail a complete necessity!
The view into the forest is amazing ~ so green and lush.
Every horizontal surface turns into a garden for a host of other plants, even if it's just a tree limb growing across the path.
Lower on the mountainsides, there are fields of coffee, some with a natural bio-diverse shade cover of native trees, some with artificial covers ~ tents that cover entire hillsides and others such as these where the coffee is allowed to enjoy the full sunlight. It was a lovely break.
It has been so heartening to find unexpected new friends in a country far from home during a time of trouble. God has been so good to us.