The day after my significant birthday we packed a picnic and drove for an hour to get to El Torcal. According to my wee book 'El Torcal de Antequere Nature Reserve is the most important, most beautiful karmic phenomenon in Spain and the whole of Europe'. In the Jurassic period this was part of the sea and there are fossils to be found......the limestone material rose to an altitude of 1,300 - 1,400m and it's horizontal structure was maintained. With years and years and years and years of water erosion the most amazing sculptural structures have been formed, at certain angles and in certain lights you see all sorts of figures both human and animal, faces, towers and turrets! It's so spectacular, at times spooky and not unlike a film set!
Some very lifelike 'figures' here...one showing off and one in camouflage!
You can't help but wonder if Picasso had wandered here with sketchbook in hand!
Definite figure here...so far suggestions include an old lady shopping...and a gladiator! I'll leave you to make up your own mind!
I could go on....so amazing! Oh well, OK, one more....this one taken on the way back down the road and when I say down I mean down!
It's hard to believe that I've joined the 60s club! It was a lovely day, made more special by the arrival of Tom! sadly Peter couldn't make it but we will all celebrate together when we get back to the UK!
When I got up some little birthday elves had decorated the room......
It was a lovely sunny day so coffee on the terrace...
Then off to Frigliana for lunch....same restaurant as before!
But no serenade..!
More pottering about...
Then home for party time....
Fruit platter from lovely Carlotta.....with Tom unknowingly doing a photo bomb! Maybe I should have put it on my head!😄
I had a wonderful cake too, made by Midi and Joe....don't know where the photo has gone! Maybe it'll appear at a random date in the future of this blog!
I had a lovely day full of nice things, cards and lots and lots of greetings by email and messenger.
Thank you all! And now I intend to enjoy a year full of wonderful things...hope you can join me!
A lovely little hillside town just north of Nerja, very touristy but also very pretty with nice wee shops, cafe and restaurants! It was a hot day and we pottered around before lunch on a terrace overlooking the valley running down to the Mediteranian....we were serenaded too!
Lots of pretty doors and windows...
And mosaic paved streets...
It's a beautiful place full of pine trees and wild flowers, herbs...the pics don't really do it justice!
Looking down but up the valley!
We spent the afternoon in one of our favourite places the Paraje Naturale de Tedeja, an amazing drive through pine forest, with spectacular views and lots of excellent walking! It's on the side of the very high Maroma. As you enter the park there is a plastics recycling centre....you think you are completely in the wrong place but persevere! We came across these bales of waste...who knew it could be so lovely.? And what great colours!
I'm having problems with this post so will start a new one!
The first few days were dominated by a nasty cold which left me feeling unwell and somewhat at a low edge. But the weather was sunny during the day though very windy (of the Orkney variety) especially at night! However we managed some walking and driving about and generally reacquainting ourselves with the place and our chums!
Amazing old olive trees.
The almond trees are in full blossom!
Here I love the colour of the almond blossom and dark branches sitting infront of the bamboo!
And the hills look amazing!
We are staying in the same area as the last 2 years but a bit lower down the hill...we still have a view of Lake Vinuela and the house is situated in a small olive grove. It's a lovely location though the track is quite up and down, rough in places and bendy!
Our house...Casa Chica
Great shadows from the veranda shading....
...and great views from the veranda.
An evening cervesa! Y acietunas!
Two days in Malaga..
..at the Alcazaba
Definitely a niche!
In the streets...
From our hotel room.....Looking down Larios
For two weeks I've been trying to post with no luck and now Tom is here and it seems to be working...so posts to follow!