We spend our winters in Mexico. It is a country of wide diversity and interesting culture. Despite the bad press it has these days we love everything what Mexico has to offer. This region has wonderful spring like weather all year round. The house we are staying in this winter is own by lovely Mexican couple from Guadalajara and as I understand it, it is their weekend summer house. It sits right on the shores of the Lake , has marvellous views of it and the mountains behind. Views quite similar to our spot on the Island. The house has completely different character and feel than the ones we stayed in previous years. This is very spacious house in very Mexican style with exposed bricks and wrought iron.
This “wright-up” is for us to remember this place in years to come.
But first the lake. It is a wonderful lake to look at and great for wildlife and bird watching but I would not go swim in it . It’s known to be very polluted . Nevertheless, we can see Mexican kids and fishermen wading in it.
It is also good place for kayaking
Lake can be very calm and peaceful
or quite angry…. as seen from our terrace
Serene and romantic
provider of food for fishermen and their families
We love to watch how they interact with the fishermen who happily share their small catch with them
Dramatic cloudscapes and beautiful sunsets are very common and are a major attraction for me.
The House itself is spacious and comfortable, embellished with many antiques and interesting Mexican artifacts
Main entrance with ambiance lighting above the door and a little shrine of Lady Guadalupe
Dining room with interesting furniture in Spanish colonial style and setting for 12 people with dramatic centerpiece.
And dramatic chandelier
Spanish Influence- carved credenza
These 4 fellows have to hold corners of a large table. Every corner represent different warrior. There are several credenzas around the house in the same motive
Beautiful mirror with cooper frame.
A mirror on the bedroom wing wall with carved wood frame
Charming kitchen…Mexican style. Kitchens in Mexican houses are very small ( by North American standards) This has all sorts of dishes to entertain a large amount of people
kitchen gas stove
The gas oven worked fine
Some interesting artifacts
St Francis in an enclave in the hallway.
An old trunk
Fireplace in the living room.
It would be nice to use it on cold evenings but we could not because I am allergic to smoke ( in addition to many other things).
Spanish warrior on top of the fireplace
Bedroom wing with wide hallway and an interesting entrance.
The house has multiple bedrooms and can accommodate a large family… or two
Bathrooms are uncharacteristically modern. All of them in almost same style.
Dining on the terrace. There are other tables on the terrace and seating for about 20 people. Mexicans have large families and adore celebrations. Of course there are only 2 of us.
The other side of terrace has 2 smaller round tables with leather tops and multiple chairs called equipales. This kind of furniture is very popular and originating here in state of Jalisco (together with tequila and mariachis music)
Looking inside from terrace at dusk
This is a front drive and a carport.
The front wall is covered with Pyrostegia venusta
This lovely Brugmansia was blooming repeatedly with about a months in between the blooms
Back of the house . There is a spacious grass in upper area close to the house and Federal land close to the lake which all lakefront house owners must have permission to be able to use it.
Up close view with African tulip tree blooming and mountains behind.
Few interesting trees in our back are Allspice, Lychee and Delonix regia.
Allspice tree blooming
Beautiful form of a Lychee tree
And because I like to garden here are some other notable plants in the yard
Bird of paradise (Stelitzia reginae),
And our pets:
Mr. Rooster comes to visit every day
So does Mr.Taco, the lizard
This winter feel little cooler. Definitely not a swim suit weather…… maybe because we are right at the lake.
Hummingbird feeders loved by orioles.
That ‘s it for this winter.
Queens palms at sunset above