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Rancho Maria Teresa: Valle de Guadalupe

hotel Rancho MT

Last week I had the good fortune to spend five days in the Rancho Maria Teresa, a hotel, restaurant and vineyard in the heart of Valle de Guadalupe, Baja California – the main wine-producing area in Mexico. As Mexican wines stop being a joke and increasingly hold their own in competitions with more well-known wine-producing countries, this area is gaining prominence as a tourist destination, centered around the Ruta Del Vino. Continue reading

Hanging around at the Día Internacional del Árbol

reforestación con manos

Photo courtesy of Sergio 'Tapiro' Velasco

Last Saturday 11th July was the International Day of the Tree – I think this sounds and reads better in Spanish – el Día Internacional del Árbol. The Patronato del Nevado – which is a civil society organization that shares the management of the  National Park of the Volcano Nevado de Colima with SEDER (the Secretary for Rural Development in the state of Jalisco) – organized an event high up in the National Park to celebrate this day, as they have done every year for the past five years.

I have written about the National Park before on this blog. Once with an emphasis on the conservation work that is being done there, and another time with a focus on the challenges of the management of the park, created by having a dual management structure.

This time, I want to write about the event organized to celebrate the International Day of the Tree, with some observations about cultural differences relating to time and my reflections on them. Continue reading

Update: one wedding and an urban hydrogen car

Luke&Sally in car

I am now back in Mexico. This is my first post since May 23rd. Since then, I have been in England for five weeks, principally to attend my older son’s wedding in Devon, just east of Kingsbridge, which was a truly marvellous event, and was blessed by bright sunshine, fresh light sea breezes and the wonderful South Devon countryside. I cannot resist including the photo above from the wedding.

Whilst I was in England, on June 16th, I also attended the launch of Riversimple’s urban hydrogen car on the Terrace of Somerset House.

Somerset House

Entrance to the Terrace at Somerset House

Riversimple is the brainchild of Hugo Spowers. I first met Hugo about ten years ago when I was working as a facilitator of courses at Schumacher College. Hugo attended a number of courses at Schumacher including ‘The Web of Life’ with Fritjof Capra, ‘The Ecology of Commerce’ with Paul Hawken, Karl-Henrik Robert and Jonathon Porritt, and a ‘Business and Sustainability’ Programme with Amory Lovins. This is the kind of inspired, relevant education many people should receive, and it had quite an impact on Hugo. Continue reading