Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Two Lanes

Two of Mesilla's tranquil lanes, reflecting the pleasant pace of life here.

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Friday, November 10, 2006

Pecans Yellowing

The pecans trees are just beginning to yellow. This is later than usual, which will delay the harvest, which usually begins in late October.

The pecans are hard to see unless you look closely.


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Thursday, November 09, 2006

Ironworks Unlimited

The best place in the Mesilla Valley to get custom metal work.

You won't find Ironworks Unlimited near the plaza. It's on a side road, but people who have been here awhile know where to find it. The owner does the work himself, and has been at this location since 1972.

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Sunday, November 05, 2006


Sitting on a wall, daydreaming in the Mesilla sun...


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Thursday, November 02, 2006

Making Adobe

Adobe is still made in Mesilla just as it was 150 years ago, with the exception that a machine is used to help mix and pour the mud.

First the dirt for the adobe is shoveled into a pile and mixed with straw.

Next water is added to the center of the pile and roughly mixed.

The mud is then shoveled into the mixing machine and mixed to the right texture. You can see the adobe building being repaired here.

The mud is poured into wooden forms that make bricks 10 x 14 inches in size.

The forms are removed and the bricks are not moved until they are dry. The drying process may take days.

Mesilla ordinances forbid the demolition of an adobe structure.


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