• Old Chestnuts

    Guests often enquire what Los Castaños means and, of course, it’s obvious once you get here – chestnut trees! (in Spanish the tree is masculine and the fruit feminine so the chestnuts themselves are called las castañas) The valley is…

  • (English) Pil Pil or ajillo

    Far be it from me, a stranger in a foreign land, to correct my Spanish hosts but many restaurants, particularly on the Costa del Sol, use the term pilpil incorrectly. Pil pil refers Up subtle for the cialis for men…

  • Escape Christmas 2014 Break

    Escape commercial Christmas breaks! And the work involved! All-inclusive price for our three-day best of the breaks! Once again we are offering our three day Christmas House Party featuring great food and superb wines in a peaceful atmosphere with a…

  • The Ocean Voyager and Me

    It is a thrilling moment when you first hold a manuscript that has turned miraculously into a book. This has been a long time in the making and what a relief it is as well as a source of pride….

  • Cartajima Bus service

    Thrilled to let all my followers, both potential and actual, know that, thanks to the arrival by bus today of guests from the UK intent upon using public transportation, we are now aware of a BUS SERVICE to Cartajima. This…

  • Ronda Market

    In common with most places in the “developed” world, Ronda’s market stopped functioning years ago once the supermarkets came to town selling convenience along with everything else. But sadly not quality. You cannot buy food produced locally in these nationwide…

  • Kenya Curry – Curious Case

    When planning our 2013 New Year’s Eve break I blithely thought a “Fireside Supper” sounded like fun for the day before the day before the end of the year, followed by a more formal dinner on The Eve itself. As…

  • The Pharmacist and the Mushrooms

    This is a strange tale of knowledge lost and found. Country people everywhere gather food from the wild and, given the desperate times Spain and Andalucia suffered during and after the Civil War, it is not surprising that the villagers…

  • Fame at Last, Part Two

    When a messenger came to the door of Los Castaños requesting a signature for a package, Silvia thought nothing of it and signed. It is a sad sign of our times that I instinctively kept as much distance as I…