Although we spent our first two weeks in the Yucatan Peninsula, most of our holiday has been in the state of Jalisco. We came to Guadalajara, the capital, near the end of January, and moved on to Jocotepec on the first of February. Jocotepec is the westernmost of three or four communities along the north shore of Lake Chapala, one of the largest lakes in Mexico. Others (to the east of "Joco" include Ajijic, a village very popular with Canadian and American snow birds, San Antonio and Chapala. Joco is not at all popular with tourists, and is vey authentic. We rented a lovely place in a B&B villa named "Villa Los Dos B&B", owned and operated by Phyllis Porter Rauch. Perched on a hillside, with a view of the lake, this villa is set in a one-acre garden. The rooms are simply furnished, but the walls are covered by artwork. The paintings and prints on the wall are by Georg Rauch, Phyllis's late husband - a wonderful artist who is Austrian by birth and training, and Mexican by inspiration.
Our routine was very tranquil - with lots of time spent relaxing by the pool. But also very productive. I established my work table in a shaded patio next to the pool, and inspired by the colours and sights of the area, did a number of watercolours. Susan spent a lot of time working on her novel and accomplished a lot. There was still time for swimming, reading, relaxing and the odd trip into Joco for supplies or Ajijic for entertainment.
Below are some of the watercolours I did. I think there is a show there - somewhere
Tony Marinus Vander Voet