BIG (unrelated to garden) NEWS!
I am now, as of last Monday, officially a Big Sister through Big Brothers Big Sisters! :-)
Usually when being "matched" with a Little through Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS), a Big & Little match is set up by the staff at BBBS using the information obtained in your interviews based on interests and similarities expressed by both parties. However, my Little and I are unique in that we have known each other for almost 8 years through the after school program I manage. She started with us at age 5 and, now that she's 13 and in Middle School, has "aged" out of our program.
Las Golondrinas is a living, historic museum in a rural farming valley on the south side of town. It's original incarnation was an a stopping place on the Camino Rael, the path from Mexico City to Santa Fe. Many existing historic buildings have been restored and authentic structures have been erected on existing foundations. The whole encampment sits on 200 acres and is like a little slice of heaven. There are multiple structures strew over the property, many garden plots (full of corn, chile, squash...), goats and sheep. There are abandoned pens that one can imagine housing chickens or pigs. There is a horse drawn wagon on which you can tour the property (we just walked) and a couple of acequias that must be crossed (luckily, the caretakers have built and maintained a few bridges as well). Fresh bread from the orno is served with honey-butter and or freshly harvested and roasted green chile and the employees are dressed like they are stuck in the 1700s.
It was a good day, and a good reminder about what's really important in the grand scheme of things. I am very excited about our future time together :-)