Category Archives: Just Living

The sound of moving water

The sound of moving water, waves & waterfalls, are proven to de-stress the mind
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Meet our neighbours…

Our local goats, on their way to some tasty grass.
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These are the views we see every day

I just wanted to share this photo with you, because the difference about living here is that popping out for a pint of milk takes your breath away.

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Don’t miss a minute of sunshine

There are 12 hours of sunshine here, every day in the summer in Southern Spain.
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October in the valley

October is a month of ripe fruit, fattening olives and a second-blooming of flowers. All the pot plants flower through into winter, lasting all year with a bit of tender care. Geraniums all-year round is a treat I didn’t expect when we first moved here. The mint has got a new burst of energy too. All around the valley, fruit is ripening, going over and falling… the birds love it, and we love it too as it gives us a chance to see birds we would not normally spot.

5 to remember
engordante – fattening
todo el año – all-year round
no esperaba – I didn’t expect
también – too/also
que no haría normalmente – we would not normally

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September in the valley

What does September mean to me? A crisp bite of apple, blue sky every day, golden weeds blowing in the warm breeze, more tomatoes than we know what to do with, hot sun and deep shadows, new growth sprouting from the most improbable places. In England, September brings the first breath of autumn. Here in the valley, September is my favourite month… still green, still verdant, sunshine warm on my skin, and tomato salad.

5 to remember
¿qué? – what?
aquí – here
improbable – improbable/unlikely
todavía – still/yet/as yet
verdeante – verdant

A day of two halves

Some days we can have had all kinds of weather in one day. In the morning, strong February sunshine coupled with a breeze to dry the earth after last night’s shower. We don’t complain at the overnight rain, it is welcome rain for the farmers. Driving through the olive grove, half a dozen pied wagtails bounced ahead of me, scattering and re-forming in their group as if waiting for me to reach them before bouncing ahead again up the track. Why don’t they scatter to the side, between the trees, where I will not follow? hail1 27-2-16Then the afternoon. First the odd white cloud, then grey clouds, then dark grey clouds, more wind and a distant rumble of thunder. Dark enough to make us turn on the lights inside the house. Then the hail arrived, only the second time I have seen hail here. Hailstones as big as sultanas, bouncing off the terrace, sinking into the water of the pool, nestling into the folds of potted aloe vera.

After ten minutes of hail, the valley looks as if it has been dusted with snow and the sky is as dark as night. There is a breather between the first and second hailstorms, then the clouds pass and the sun re-appears. For a while, the valley has a split personality: dark at one end, sunny at the other. Half an hour later it is as if it never happened, 90% of the hail has melted. Just the odd white sultana remains, nestled in a cold corner; evidence of the multiple personalities of today’s weather. That evening, the sunset was the colour of Seville oranges.

5 to remember
todo tipo de – all kinds of
excepto – except
media docena – half a dozen
un estruendo – a rumble
el granizo – the hailstones