lunes, 5 de marzo de 2012

Viva Semana Blanca, BBQ´s and Dolphins !!

Yesterday heralded the end of the traditional Semana blanca, which literally means white week, and takes place after Andalucia day, which was on 28th February.  The children are off school, supposedly to go ski-ing at nearby Sierra Nevada, hence the holiday  being named after snow!   The week´s weather has been wonderfully warm and sunny though , with a spectacular thunder storm on Thursday night,  only wish my photography  was upto nightime composition!  Hmmm, only wish it was upto any kind of  decent composition - really!

For snow lovers,  the peaks of the Sierra Nevada can be seen shimmering  in the distance on the way to and from Colmenar. That´s close enough for us, as we just don´t do cold, but beautiful to admire from afar!

Last week´s holiday was yet another excuse to party- fiesta, with large family gatherings and  succulent smelling BBQ´s ........   so, not to be outdone,  we  topped the week off with a Sunday BBQ at Finca Manolo, just soaking up the sun and the views and the quiet............Funny we have been here for over ten Years, and there is always something new to delight in........ Yesterday,  as Trevor sipped his St Miguel and we reflected on the kindness of our Spanish neighbours, Pepe had just dropped off some home grown olive oil, straight from the press with a huge bag of oranges and lemons,  he suddenly said "go fetch your camera quick"  I jumped up expecting to see an eagle bigger than a plane or runaway wild boar, but rushing back camera in hand, he directed me to the mosaic dolphin undulating in our pool!  "Sue" he said in a suitably reverent tone, "just look at that dolphin, isn´t it beautiful?"

He was right of course, but we had been guilty, as one does of all things familiar, of just not seeing it anymore....  There is, no doubt, a moral there!

Until next time. Hasta luego!