We took another two-mile walk this morning, to the back of the valley near our casa.
Ecuador is a major exporter of roses. In our area there are numerous rose plantations. Here's a departing one of them, loaded up for the market.
The local road was muddy, but we found a dry path for about a mile before we had to turn around. The weather was threatening and the road ahead of us would have required boots.
On our way back we met a woman walking with her five cows. I asked if I could take one picture of her (puedo tomar una photo, por favor?) [for those of you who speak Spanish, don't tell me if I said something really awful or totally incomprehensible] and she said yes, for a dollar!
I'm going to keep working on my Rosetta Stone Spanish course. It's five parts, with four sections in each part. I only got to part 2, section 2 before we came to Ecuador, and it has been marginally adequate for buying things we need and getting around. But there's a woman named Aida - she's the wife of the driver who brought us to San Pablo from Quito - and she's been friendly. I would like to speak Spanish well enough to communicate with her. She'd make a good friend, I think, if we come back here again. We saw Aida yesterday, and she gave us a flower for Valentine's Day. We set it in the sun and it blossomed for us.