Monthly Archives: February 2015

Steve the spider and other friends

At this time of year, the light and airy bedroom facing the Med (rather unfairly referred to as the laundry room) can be a lovely cosy place to go and sit, even meditate, as it is either warmed by the woodburner … Continue reading

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Poste haste

I think I’ve written before about the curious nature of the Spanish postal system.  The British concept of tailored post codes for small, specific areas doesn’t apply here.  Instead, the main towns have just one post code each.  Our province … Continue reading

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Nodding acquaintances

“If we are looking for insurance against want and oppression, we will find it only in our neighbours’ prosperity and goodwill and, beyond that, in the good health of our worldly places, our homelands. If we were sincerely looking for … Continue reading

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Winds of change

“I have seen many storms in my life.  Most storms have caught me by surprise, so I had to learn very quickly to look further and understand that I am not capable of controlling the weather, to exercise the art … Continue reading

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The mackerel Mediterranean

“The Mediterranean has the colour of mackerel, changeable I mean.  You don’t always know whether it is green or violet, you can’t even say it’s blue, because the next moment the changing reflection has taken on a tint of rose … Continue reading

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Processionaries on the rise

On our return from the UK a few weeks back it was quite a surprise to find that the processionary caterpillars had sneaked in and adorned most of our young pine trees with their silky tents; they managed to get … Continue reading

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