WG not VVG
I always thought StLuke was a walking library. Proof.
This looks like an interesting read KatieThe last book I read was The case against Perfume by Kate Grenville. If your puzzled at the rising number of people with autoimmune disorders, or the increase in Parkinson's then read this book and you will never feel the same way about your aftershave/perfume again.. It is pretty shocking what goes into these scents...chemicals..that often haven't been tested for safety but nobody wants to talk about it because it's a multi million dollar industry.
Fatso looks in need of a little tlcI’m reading this one...almost done.
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The title is the translated name of the Rio de las Trampas, actually more of a stream, that (still) feeds every plot of land in an old Hispanic farming village in the Sangre de Christo mountains of New Mexico. The true-life friendship story mostly focuses on how Jacobo Romero (an old farmer of Mexican Indian/Spanish heritage) taught two young “gringos” - Bill (the writer of the book) and Alex (the book’s photographer) - the fine art of ditch irrigation.
Yep....that’s the “plot.”
Here’s Jacobo with his wife Eloisa.
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Weirdly, I found out about the book through a house listing on Zillow. The sale was actually for two 175 year old adobe houses for the price of one. There was a picture in the book to confirm the listing...and showed that the one in the foreground was Jacobo’s home and the other belonged to his brother, Juan.
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In another picture in the listing, you can see the ditch running through the property. It’s a lush site, filled with pretty flowers. At one point more recently, they say “famed gardener” Sarah Hammond lived here. She’s googable. You’d think she would have renovated the old place and knocked the rustic charm out of it...but no...it still looks fairly primitive. Nice to see the Romero’s “fancy new fangled stove” (an upgrade from a pot on a fire) still standing there. They called it “Fatso.”
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These are the kinds of “romantic” southwestern houses I’m usually drawn to, but boring practicality has its way of killing those dreams. Oh well. At least I’m enjoying the book because it’s the only way I’m going to ever “be” in New Mexico until the covid crap ends.
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