Chile continues to rebuild from the 2010 earthquake (which we missed experiencing directly having that year left Chile for Argentina two weeks prior). These three projects give an idea of contemporary use of the ancient technique of adobe. Old adobe is removed from the walls and mixed with additional soil, fresh straw and water. The new mix you see was made for use inside, but the technique was exactly the same as that used for the building with the new exterior. Adobe takes about a week to make. We saw the first batches being made for the exterior project when we were first in Santa Cruz, a good six weeks earlier. The ceramic tiles of this building had also been carefully removed, the unbroken ones salvaged and then mixed with new ones and individually retired to the roof. I’ve also included the red finished exterior wall of the rebuilt downtown municipal complex, a project costing $6.3 million CDN and a beautiful example of the elegance of this building material. I only wish lighting conditions had made more photos of this project possible.


Sunny Rancagua

Season’s greetings

New Years Eve, 2012

En route to Talca

New home

The ocean

Our first empanadas

Ellas & Ellos


Lucretia et al.

Lolol, 6:00 pm

Houses, post earthquake

Señor Cyclist

Functional and directional chaos

Chez casa rodante

Lapostolle winery

Off-roading with the casa rodante

Favourite spot

Viu Manent


Summer church

Little wool shop

Juan y Medio

Beach talk

A fence and the ocean

We love things that start with S

Airing our laundry in public

The quake

What a night

Ovalle arts festival

The next stage

Commune with nature

A writer’s haven

Shopping trip


Thrashing grain, 2013

Invited for asado (barbecue)


Visiting the alpacas

Un-ending adventure

One-day wonder

We will leave this valley Wednesday


Brown toes

View from my desk

He’s done!


Questionable sanity, unquestionable heroics

Fish market

Good Friday, pt. l

Good Friday, pt. ll

Good Friday, pt. lll


Aguas Calientes

Hikes around the Aguas


Exploring Arequipa

Santa Catalina


Final post