105 – The Drawer of Abandonment

It all began with “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix”.  In the school of wizardry, Hogwarts, the Room of Requirement is a magic room, which only appears when someone has real need of it, and in it can be found the thing that is most needed.  I have something very similar in my house.  The Cupboard of Requirement is a magic cupboard, apparently, which always contains the thing I most need.  Continue reading


104 – All the Language Points in One Place


A number of people have asked for all the Language Points to be drawn together into one reference document, as when they have gone to look something up they have had to scroll through endless posts looking for it.  So here they are.  I think I’ve captured them all.  I’ll leave it pinned to the top menu of “Favourite Posts” so it’s easy to find.  Hope that’s useful!  I have also added links back to the original posts. Continue reading

103 – The Kindness of Strangers

The kindness of strangers.  That’s the point about charity, isn’t it?  That you are giving to strangers, people you will never know.    When you do something nice for a friend, that’s not charity, that’s friendship.  But to give to strangers, that’s altogether different.  Like giving blood.  You give because you have something, and someone else needs it more than you do.  But you never see them, you never meet them. Continue reading


102 – An Overdose of Culture

It was Culture Week in Colmenar.  I have no idea what that means.  It’s an odd word, culture.  Can be off-putting to some.  Can mean completely different things to different people. Continue reading


101 – The Importance of Not Being Ernest

Who are we?  Those who are seeking the sun?  We who have packed up our belongings in one country, and unpacked them in another?  Los que buscan el sol. Continue reading