One day around two weeks ago, the seasons decided it was time to change. Not a lot of transition, unlike New Zealand where the change from summer to autumn brings brilliant colours from rusty oranges to ochre reds to the trees and gradually morning frosts begin to build and along comes winter.
In Pluma, it feels like there are two seasons, hot and sunny and humid and rainy. The hot season is from March until June. Days are hot, but living in the mountains has its benefits and most days the sky fills with clouds that bring a cool reprieve from the heat.
So, the change of season is upon us and not only is the land and many houses, receiving up to 50mm of rain per day, we are also surrounded by constant, thick cloud that seeps through the window screens and under the doors and fills our home with misty cloud around 5pm each day, making it hard to see as far as the courtyard outside our house (and it’s my favourite part of the day).
It is also a time when, along with first heavy rains, come ants. Large ants that fall from the sky for only around three days a year and provide the community a time of festivity. These Chicatana ants are huge and taste delicious, either fried up with garlic and lime or made into a spicy salsa. What a delicacy!
Along with the change of weather, a feeling of change is in the air for The Lucy Foundation in this special town of Pluma Hidalgo. We are excited to be looking for new land to continue our project. This time of year is perfect for planting and taking advantage of hydrated soil and cooler days. Along with possible new land, we are excited to have new people come on board with our project; experts that are willing to give their time and knowledge to assist some of the family members in this project.
Leslie Yerington is a teacher and reading recovery tutor, who has recently spent time giving Ryan and I Spanish lessons and acted as our personal translator at workshops. Leslie has observed Jose Gabriel during workshops and other project work and is optimistic that Jose has the ability to read and write. Leslie has offered her time and skills to have one-on-one literacy lessons with Jose. We are really excited about this development.
Change is upon us and although we know that this rainy season is set to last another six months, we will embrace all the changes, challenges and beauty it gives the land, people of Pluma Hidalgo and us.
– Jess & Ryan, Field Directors TLF
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