My “View” is not just of Jaltemba Bay, although it is very captivating with its striking sunsets. My home in Mexico is near the small town of El Tonino, which is just north of La Peñita and a 4.9km drive up the mountainside from Highway 200. Casa Vista Pacifica provides me a birds-eye view for kilometers from all around the casa. When I turn my back on the Bay, I see the towns of Lima de Abajo, Las Varas and beyond up into the mountains. In the early mornings just before the sun comes over the mountains, the countryside is draped in low hanging cloud, like a snugly nighttime blanket tucked into the valleys and low areas that is only removed once the sun begins its daytime routine. When the sky colour changes from a soft blue-gray to a peachy pink tint, it heralds the arrival of the big hot burning ball of light we call Sol. In the evenings, especially during holidays, I see a steady stream of vehicular traffic lights coming down out of those dark mountains – the drivers must be so happy to see the lights of Las Varas after descending in the dark and on the twisting and winding Highway 200 for the previous 20 kms or so!

The lights in the towns wink out, and the sounds of the waves that crash onto the shores of La Colonia…

and Playa Naranjo are taken over by the sounds of trucks and traffic as people take to the roads to start their day.

I start my day at dawn, with a cup of coffee in hand that has a scoop of Mexican chocolate in it, sitting in my sling chair beside the hummingbird feeders. The little jewels fly by my head without a care in the world except to get to the feeders for that first sweet sip. I too, enjoy my first sweet sip of the morning out-of-doors. I contemplate the waking of the world around me, and murmur something to the birds, the dogs, the cat or my husband. Perhaps it is about what plans maybe happening that day or my husband’s latest project. Then, with an empty coffee cup in hand, I just sit and watch…

To read Part 1 of My Ever-Changing View, please click here.

About the Author: Tosia Archer spends her winter living near El Tonino (a 20 minute drive north from La Peñita) along with her husband David and their Mexican adopted pets: dogs Agua Chili Bob and Momz, and their cat Blanca. They all travel south together by truck from Fenelon Falls, Ontario, Canada each fall and return there to work each spring. She enjoys photographing local wildlife and flowers,  then rendering what she has seen into watercolour art. She volunteers with JBAR  and J.E.E.P. ,and is a member of the Guayabitos Artists Collective and Writers Who Love Mexico.

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