57 – Two Campos – a Contrast

Rural life in Shaftesbury, Dorset – the farming is milk, cheese and meat.  Rural life in Colmenar, Málaga – the farming is almonds, olives, lemons, oranges, sunflowers, avocados, and honey. Continue reading

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54 – Going West

I headed west last week.  I didn’t like it.

Not far west, I stayed within Málaga province.  I’d already been further west and loved Huelva and Cadiz provinces – stunning coastline with some brilliant secluded beaches.  And since choosing to settle in the Axarquía region I’ve obviously explored east of Málaga.  But I had reached my ripe old age without ever visiting Marbella. Continue reading

53 – First-World Problems

“Oh you’re SOOoooo lucky!”   I get told that a lot.  Of course I know I’m lucky.   What’s more, I remind myself every day.  Probably every hour.   But it’s not because I live in two beautiful places and have the freedom to enjoy them.  It’s certainly not for the reasons most people mean when they say “Oh you’re SOOoooo lucky!” Continue reading

52 – Inter-Cambio and Getting to Grips with Grammar

It must be extraordinarily difficult to learn Spanish if you think you don’t like learning languages, or if you hate grammar, or don’t know what the English words are for different parts of speech.   I’m very fortunate to find that I genuinely enjoy the grammatical building blocks of a language, and I love practising and improving my Spanish. Continue reading