Travel

Cave Dwellings of Benalua

The Cave Dwellings of Benalua

In the book “South of Granada” the author, Gerald Brenan writes about the troglodytes of Guadix, a murderous community of bandits found in the desert around Guadix, preying on the hapless traveller.  Ever since I read the book I’ve been meaning to check the area out – after all he was in Andalusia in […]

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Explore Andalucia

  The first phase of the Explore Andalucia project is complete, we’ve had a year renting the Cortijo, it has gone very well, people love it as much as we do! Sergio and Celia have done a fantastic job of keeping the visitors happy and looked after, and now that […]

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Portmeirion

Photographing Portmeirion

A trip to Portmeirion has been on the cards ever since I finished watching “The Prisoner” back in 1968. The village was designed and built by Sir Clough Williams-Ellis between 1925 and 1975 in the style of an Italian village – rumoured to be Portofino. Normally, Portmeirion is packed with […]

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Sunshine and Rain - La Taha

Exploring Andalucia – La Taha

The weather so far this trip has been changeable to say the least! We headed off in the morning to Trevelez, the (second) highest village in Spain at 1486 metres above sea level. The village is famous for its air cured hams and the marketplace is amply furnished with shops selling […]

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Bubion from Capileira

White Villages of the Alpujarras

Taking a break from the apparently endless procession of jobs getting the house ready for rental this summer I decided to take a break from the hard work, take my camera and get to know some of the local villages. The white villages of the southern Alpujarras have an interesting […]

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O Seil Ling

O Sei Ling – Place of Clear Light

We climbed and we climbed..   “O Sei Ling” or “Place of Clear Light” is a Buddhist retreat 1600 metres above sea level, a couple of miles from the house in Orgiva. It sits 5 km up a vertiginous dirt track wide enough for only one vehicle with no barriers […]

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Orgiva

Tilting at Windmills

The first day, in the desert sun…We’ve just driven from Ironbridge to Orgiva, Southern Spain. 1500 miles in three days, including a detour on day two to see our friends Alice and Jo, who run an excellent gite in the Dordogne.   On the third day, we woke up in […]

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Tar Tunnels, Ironbridge Gorge

Tar Tunnels, Ironbridge Gorge

Today was the last day that the Ironbridge Gorge Museums would be open until March. I thought it would be a good opportunity to get up early and investigate the Tar Tunnels, a man made construction running 1000 yards into the hill at Coalport in the Ironbridge Gorge.   I’d […]

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Hill Farming in the Alpujarras

The Real Tough Guys

I just got back from a week in the Alpujarras, ostensibly working on the house, but finding time to do a bit of photography as well. The Alpujarras are as different from the Costa del Sol as the Earth is from the Moon. January in the mountains is an experience […]

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Orgiva

Casa de Almendras

Casa de Almendras, photographed here in the condition we took it over, is a cortijo in the foothills of the Alpujarras, a little way out of Orgiva. There is a garden of oranges, lemons, figs and of course almonds! Its taken us three failed attempts and ten months to identify […]

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