WHEN WE built the Hacienda 14 years ago, we installed a motion-activated light out in the carport. When we drive in at night, it illuminates a nice section of the yard.
It goes out after three minutes.
Alas, that light only exists when we arrive from the street. When we walk out of the house toward the carport at night, there is total blackness on moonless evenings.
You can’t even see the sidewalk.
Now, after all these years of stumbling around in the dark out there, I hired an electrician who installed another motion-activated light just where you see it in the photo.
I am a slow learner. Perhaps a bit stupid.
Now, when we exit the downstairs veranda heading thataway, the light flicks on, and the path ahead is unmistakable.
There to the rear where you see a raised stone-and-concrete semicircle is where there was a humongous stand of banana trees. I had them removed two years ago.
Hanging on the wall is a big ceramic frog. That’s aloe vera to the left, and a towering nopal tree to the right with a big maguey in the nearer, right, foreground.
Looks a little spooky at night.
I’m really proud of the new light and wonder why the Devil I didn’t install it over a decade ago.
There’s another motion-activated light in the Garden Patio out back if you’re ever thinking of sneaking in here.