• A Fihsy Business

    My friend, Penny, was wandering in Ronda the other day and spotted this intriguing sign: What sort of massage? As I make it my business to keep my readers abreast of local activities and opportunities, we made appointments and gave…

  • 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…

  • Geocaching in the Alto Genal

    Despite living in a peaceful bubble far from the maddening multitude, we make an effort to keep up with world events as well as what’s hip n’ doody in the real world outside Cartajima. I was therefore taken by surprise…

  • 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…

  • The Eden in my backyard

    We are fortunate to have an EDEN in our backyard! Just a few kilometres down the road from Cartajima is the Sierra de las Nieves, the snowy peaks, which has been named a European Destination of Excellence. 100,000 hectares of…

  • 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…