All in Good Spirit: Rum and Religion in the Lecrin Valley

It’s been a very “spiritual” few weeks all in all. No, I haven’t found God. I think I’m probably a lost cause on that front, but I remain slightly bewildered (and very impressed at the same time) with the devotion the Spanish still show towards their saints, village patrons (saints and religious notables), Dios, Jésus,…

Spain, get your animals “done”!

I love animals. And for this reason I am an advocate of getting your dogs and cats “done”. It’s the best thing for them for many reasons and it’s the responsible thing to do for the community. Yup, it’s a sensitive subject here – I’m not sure if it’s catholic, farming or moral values in…

I am officially in shorts: A dead guiri giveaway

I am officially in shorts! The weather has definitely turned in the last week or so and we’ve quickly transitioned from very chilly nights and still reasonably chilly days to being in mid twenties or so, hot and noticeably warmer in the evenings too. Which is lucky as I’d run out of yet another tonne…

The Alternative 42 Lessons Life Taught Me

I’ve just turned 42. Quite depressing on the one hand, but on the other I find myself at the beginning of a new phase in my life and am looking forward to what it will bring. But it’s also been a time of reflection. Recently pretty much everyone I know has gone through some sort…

Full of fruity goodness

Originally posted on The Lecrin Valley:
The Lecrin Valley is a wonderful place, rich in history and primarily an area devoted to fruit. All over the place you’ll find old and existing mills, factories for frutos secos (nuts) and of course citrus orchards and olive groves as far as the eye can see. Sadly over…

Almonds and Olives

Well I can’t quite believe it, but I haven’t actually got to write this blog for TWO whole months. Where has the time gone?  Rather than go back to everything that has pasado at Casa Callistemon in the last two months I will simply give a few highlights and a load of photos you can…

Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit

Life in the Lecrin Valley is trucking along, wetly. In fact it’s been the wettest Autumn on record.  It’s been peeing down for a month. On and off. This is not on!  I know I shouldn’t really complain, because it’s good for the plants, orchards etc etc, but it’s not what I ordered!  We have…

All About Aprons: Lala’s Lecrin Valley Fashion Show

When you set foot in the Lecrin Valley, you don’t immediately think fashion, but there’s a very talented designer here who has come up with some beautiful designs for jewellery and… aprons! Yes, aprons! Not the first thing that springs to mind when you think fashion, and Lala (aka Ema de Haro, a French born…

Firsts, Faux Pas, and Fake Boyfriends – Zac Effron Comes to Chite

It’s definitely autumn now with the mornings being that little bit chillier though still 30C by day! But it’s actually still dark at 7.30 in the morning which seems really weird, but fitting with the milestone we’ve passed this week being the Return To School – Volver al Cole and Fran’s first week of Spanish…