Tag Archives: Expats in Andalucia

Days of rain and mellow fruitfulness

Where I live in southern Spain, autumn is not heralded by the changing colours of leaves on the trees – almost all trees hereabouts are evergreen – pines, olives, avocados and citrus.  Only the almonds lose their leaves in a … Continue reading

Posted in A view of life, Camino de la Lana, Camino de Santiago de Compostela, Camino Invierno, Camino Olvidado | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 22 Comments

Time to start making plans…

Well, the countdown has begun! Only five weeks until the new adventure starts. I have decided to travel to Madrid by train, which is a little more expensive than flying, but with much less hanging around. I am taking the … Continue reading

Posted in A view of life, Camino de Madrid, Camino de Santiago de Compostela, Camino del Salvador, Camino Fisterra, Camino Primitivo | Tagged , , , , , , , | 60 Comments

A week of variety

Last week was the start of my new eating regime (not vegan after all, as I am reliable informed that one cannot be a part-time vegan). I had great fun researching interesting recipes for my plant-based diet and have enjoyed … Continue reading

Posted in A view of life, Expats in andalucia | Tagged , , , , , , , | 12 Comments

Local trio join forces for fundraising ‘triathlon’

Actually each of us independently organised our own event, but it just happened that they culminated at the same time…and I couldn’t resist the headline! As you will know, I have recently completed my latest camino walk and whilst I … Continue reading

Posted in A view of life, Camino assessments and reflections, Camino de Santiago de Compostela | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

A downhill stroll – priceless!

Let’s walk from Frigiliana to Nerja she said. That sounded easy, Nerja is on the coast and Frigiliana is around 7 kms inland and uphill, so I would be a partaking of a relaxing stroll downhill for a couple of … Continue reading

Posted in A view of life, Expats in andalucia | Tagged , , , , , , , | 13 Comments

They’ll see me coming in this…

We’ve had some very stormy weather here the last few days. Yesterday, gale-force winds were whipping around the mountain almost taking control of your movements, pushing you along from behind or almost stopping you in your tracks. There was even … Continue reading

Posted in A view of life, Camino de Santiago de Compostela, Expats in andalucia, Preparations | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 24 Comments

too close for comfort

Panic is not an emotion we would choose to experience too often and I have had more than my fair share in the last couple of weeks. The first time my pulse started racing was in the early hours of … Continue reading

Posted in A view of life | Tagged , , | 29 Comments

Cooperating in Cómpeta

I made a lovely walk before christmas and had planned to write a post about it (one of the many unwritten posts) – I had even thought of a title – “a well rounded day” as, not only was the … Continue reading

Posted in A view of life, Expats in andalucia | Tagged , , , , , , , | 26 Comments

A meander around Málaga

No trepidation was involved in my latest adventure…a round trip with my daughter Ella, taking in Málaga, Seville and Jerez de la Frontera. We were disappointed that a pre-Christmas family gathering here in Cómpeta couldn’t after all take place, but … Continue reading

Posted in A view of life, Expats in andalucia | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 17 Comments

Noche del Vino XXXIX

Each 15 August sees the return of Cómpeta’s annual fiesta ‘Noche del Vino’. Always a very special event, it was made even better this year by the visit of my daughter and grandson, and of course my son-in-law, for a … Continue reading

Posted in A view of life, Expats in andalucia | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 25 Comments

Cómpeta Rocks

Last night (Friday 8 August) saw the return of Cómpeta Rocks, a very successful musical extravaganza in support of two local charities. Last year’s inaugural event raised over 1,800 euros which was shared by cancer hospice CUDECA and animal charity … Continue reading

Posted in A view of life, Expats in andalucia | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 25 Comments

Shhh…….can you keep a secret?

We were a little tired this morning (Sunday) following an extremely late night at the Cómpeta feria (actually very tired and a little jaded after getting to bed at 4:00 am and our animal alarm going off at 7:00 am). … Continue reading

Posted in A view of life, Animals, Expats in andalucia | Tagged , , , , , , , | 21 Comments

Green shoots of recovery

I’ve been into the fire-ravaged natural park a few times over the three weeks since we were evacuated from our village celebrations – see here for that story. It still smells of bonfire but looks somehow hauntingly beautiful. Some of … Continue reading

Posted in A view of life, Expats in andalucia, Horse riding in the mountains of andalucia | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 9 Comments

Hung out to dry

We took a trip down the mountain to the coast today. We have been considering a new phone/internet service for some time (months, actually) and finally got around to doing something about it – or not, as it turns out. … Continue reading

Posted in A view of life, Expats in andalucia | Tagged , , , , | 5 Comments

If I Had a Hammer

If you could learn a trade — say carpentry, electrical work, roofing, landscaping, plumbing, flooring, drywall — you name it — what skill(s) would you love to have in your back pocket? There are actually loads of new skills I … Continue reading

Posted in A view of life, Expats in andalucia | Tagged , , , , , , | 16 Comments