My wife and I have been off the grid these last two weeks touring southern Texas and dipping across the Mexican border, enjoying the sunny warm 80F days, birds, butterflies and TexMex lifestyle. We're visiting old haunts, which reminds me of the year of my oesophageal cancer, chemo~radiotherapy and surgery back in 2015. Determined to get well again we got on a plane soon after my operation to come here, to South Padre Island, where I'm writing this newsletter now, looking out across the bay of Mexico. Pelicans are wheeling overhead looking for mullet in the surf, an osprey just glided by, with sandpipers busily darting about on the white powdery sands looking for snacks, it's a rare sight.
Back in 2015, whilst it was a grim situation, getting away was an important part of my recovery, if not just for a short break or weekend rest bite. I asked Nick if would it be ok to fly just 12 weeks after surgery, and he said why not. A friend suggested it'd be medicinal, and she was right. Ok flying isn't necessary to get well! But taking a little time out, going somewhere nice for a short break is uplifting, if not a little liberating, after us all having been through so much.
Here in Texas the subtropical climate is a perfect environment for incredibly beautiful and exotic birds and butterflies, so here's just a couple of many snaps from this week, a pair of Gulf Fritillary butterflies and the impressive Crested Caracara bird of prey. If this is medicine, I like it!