Last night was one of the monthly wine tasting events put on by the Merida English Library (MEL). It is a fund raiser, and Tom is one of the coordinators for it. I somehow end up going to each one, as a dishwasher. There are typically 3 wines tasted with a botana selected to showcase the wine. In between each wine service there are 40+\- wine glasses that must be washed and dried. There is also set up and presentation of the botanas.
SOHO gallery was the location for last nights event. During the summer months, the hot and humid summer months we get different art gallery/studios, with air conditioning, to host the events. More comfortable for the guests, more exposure for the gallery. Win Win, eh matey!
Last night, maybe 20 minutes before starting time a monster storm blew in. So we knew people would be late, if they bothered at all. Then the power went out. Then the power came back on. Then there was no water. The guy the gallery uses for repairs rushed over, no clue why there was no water. Come to find out, as speculation and rumor has it, the city cut services to the area, for a time. So power is on, and water is restored, people are arriving and everything started only maybe 1/2 hour to 45 minutes late.
Once again it was a fabulous event, everyone had a good time, and the library added some coin to their treasure chest.
We got home about 1/4 of 10, and of course first thing is a walk in the garden with the dogs. We too suffered some damage during the storm. And as is typical my pictures don’t portray. Our damage is actually minimal, just requires a few hours of cleanup.
In the garden just outside my kitchen a large difenbachia was blown over and in turn knocked over a large stone bowl with a huge orchid, the decorative bluebird lights in the tree were also dislodged.
The drains on the patio were covered in fresh leaves ripped from the trees, and in the garden lots of smallish branches and limbs were down. The most disappointing is my 2 largest banana palms were blown over. Neither currently had bananas, but soon they would have. In fact the last big blow we had took out my largest banana that did have a large arm of bananas growing.
Ah well, life in the tropics! Yo Ho blow the men down!