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The Day of the Triffid: In Flower

I had a triffic day on Wednesday visiting Jaénapart from the fact that I forgot my camera that is and also the oldest tapas bar in Jaén that we were seeking was actually closed. Well, I suppose everybody is entitled to a day off even the owners of a bar that has been in the same […]

If ants are such busy workers, how come they find time to go to all the picnics?

I have an agreement with the ants in my garden. They keep out of my house and I leave them alone after all they do a good job of cleaning up dead insects and aerating the soil as they go about their business. On the whole they help to preserve our ecosystem. And if […]

A walk in the park

Or in my case a caminar en el campo. Within seconds of my front door is a track that skirts around my village through the olive groves. I walk this a route often, enjoying the tranquillity, wild flowers, rabbits, hares, birds and an occasional butterfly. I didn’t see a single soul in the groves. I like […]

The fascinator is dead… long live proper hats

If my little Sister can wear a fascinator then so can I wear a hat. I don’t normally do hats as it usually messes up my hair but it was my son’s wedding so it was the least that I could do on the 19th April, the first day of sunshine in England in 2013. This […]

Go Green

And please buy fresh carrots with the tops on, they are perfectly edible and can be used to make:Carrot Green PestoPlace a large bunch of washed greens in a whizzer together with a smaller bunch of flat leaf parsley. Combine extra virgin olive oil or extra virgin rapeseed works well, clove or two of […]

30 days to get my rippling 16 pack back

I have no excuse not to recover my sixteen pack. I walk but that’s not enough so after acquiring a bench and some (light) weights I have today set about pumping the neoprene in order to increase my cardiovascular capacity and general fitness as I seem to have developed a touch of asthma in older life. And […]

What are the colours of the Mediterranean flag?

It should be red, green and silver reflecting this healthy and simple salad of silver anchovies, home made grilled red peppers, a little red onion, lambs lettuce, lovely radish and ripe tomatoes. Finished off with a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil, a sprig of parsley and black pepper. All the produce is Spanish except the […]

When it is your birthday in December it’s best to celebrate it in Spain

My son and my future daughter-in-law visited me in December 2012 as part of his 30th birthday celebrations in Spain. They were only with me for a few days but we crammed a lot in. And when we weren’t walking then we were eating and drinking. Feliz 30 cumpleaños, Chris.Laguna Salobral viewed from the Via […]

The Via Verde Aceite de Jaén – Part I

The Vía Verde de Jaén is the old railway line which used to transport olive oil from Jaén to the coast, originally built between 1882 and 1893 which closed in 1985. It is close to where I live. The path is now asphalted or covered in packed grit covering 55km between Jaén and the Guadajoz […]

Everywhere is within walking distance if you have the time

I enjoy walking.  Madeira Levadas, The Langdale Pikes, Cairngorms, La Vía verde del Aceite de Jaén or meandering through the local countryside. Whilst living in Cumbria I’ve walked across Morecambe Bay many times with the Queen’s Guide to the Sands, Cedric Robinson, MBE raising money for charity. It is quite an experience and the route takes […]