November 18, 2015

Adobe

Mission Courtyard

The early Mission buildings here were built out of adobe bricks.  Local mud, straw, and water were mixed and slapped into forms.   After drying in the sun, they were placed into walls and cemented together with more adobe mud.  According to Wikipedia, Adobe buildings were very long lasting in dry climates. 

The weather mavens all tell us that we are about to become a very wet climate.  The El Ninos are coming, they say, and this year they will be the worst ever.  Many historic buildings in California are threatened.  They will wash away back to mud and straw….something no one wants to see. 

Other sites around the world are also threatened.  Chan Chan, a World Heritage Site in Peru, has made arrangements with “Freedom National Culture Institute of Peru with contributions from the World Heritage Foundation - WHR, ICCROM, and GCI. The plan was approved by the Peruvian Government.” 

As far as my tentative research has explored, there is no comprehensive plan for the adobe Missions of Baja and Alta California.  While we all are being urged to buy flood insurance, having our water rates raised,  and told to stock up on foods and water, the string of historic California missions is threatened with melting.  


  • Himself:  ”I’m feeling better this morning; I think I’m going to live.”  No gym.  He’s not quite ready for prime time.
  • Herself:  Pool, books…and it’s time to clear the Christmas stuff away from the holiday books so they sell.  Got temporary crown. 
  • Reading:  Toodling along with VI Warshawski.
  • Gratitudes:  Sleeping wonderfully well in the truly cold nights.


  • 3 comments:

    1. The island where we live will submerge completely over the next century thanks to global warming. The impact on our world, as we know it, will be staggering I fear. Our grandchildren are inheriting a troubled world and a devastated environment. Let us hope there is the will to create a better future for everyone.

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    2. You would think there would be some kind protective coating they could put on the adobe to keep it from melting away in the rain. It's hard to imagine so much rain happening with all the drought in California right now.

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    3. You poor guys seem to either have drought or floods. Otherwise though, you live close paradise from what I can tell. Strange world.

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