• Fame at last

    As my loyal followers will know from previous postings of a personal nature, I foolishly went to sea when I was young. Once there, I spent several years on it, in it, surrounded by it, even washing in it and…

  • Shawarma in Farajan

    An exciting new restaurant – well, really just a bar with food but none the less thrilling for all that – has opened in Farajan, two villages along from Cartajima in the Alto Genal. We try to keep up with…

  • Griffon vulture, one of Nature’s garbage disposal units

    Not just eagles capture our admiring gaze as they soar gracefully over Los Castanos. In greater numbers we see griffon vultures, the largest European bird with a wingspan up to 9 feet. We frequently see griffons in the air, rising…

  • Gambas al ajillo

    This is a short video about how to make an incredibly simple but fantastically tasty dish that would grace any meal. Suitable for a first course, part of a tapa spread, or a snacky meal. Served with crusty French bread…

  • All about almonds

    This blogpost will be of interest to lovers of: almonds, food anthropology, and etymology. The almonds are just out in the Alto Genal valley, their gentle white and pink flowers contrasting sharply with the wiry bare branches of the figtrees….

  • Free Hot Water

    On a late November morning, as soon as the sun rose and cast low rays onto Cartajima, the temperature in the new solar pipes rose 10 degrees in just a few minutes. Not bad technology! Unlike previous solar experiments, cobbled…

  • 1492 and all that

    1492 is just another number but also a year redolent of change, not just in Spain but globally. In this year, in the small Andalucian town of Santa Fe, near Granada, occurred two momentous historical moments. You will pass by…

  • Breakfast in Andalucia

    Breakfast in Andalucia – sounds like the title of a Hemingway novel! We were on the hunt for the perfect photograph of Ronda – an image that would capture the magnificence of this ancient settlement. Having scoped out the best…

  • The black bulls of Spain

    The Spanish stereotype once embodied the fearsome Duke of Alva, the grotesque Franco, the horrendous Inquisition. But times change and Spain is now all about flamenco and flounces, Carmen and castanets, bravado and bulls. Both the bravado and the bulls…

  • A picnic with Jesus

    The Andalucians specialise in combining the sacred with the secular.  A quintessential example of this phenomenon is Cartajima’s annual romeria, a picnic with Jesus, which was celebrated yesterday. The original inference of romeria was a pilgrimage to Rome which was,…