Monthly Archives: February 2014

Altamira cave may admit visitors again

“You can’t die without seeing this” The headline in the El Pais article today quotes one of the five visitors allowed into the Unesco World Heritage Site at Altamira in northern Spain, to contemplate the prehistoric ceiling paintings, created during … Continue reading

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Downhill from here

At the Font de Partagat on the north side of the Aitana ridge on Sunday 23rd February, Carl’s wife Cait took this photo of we two intrepid explorers setting off to conquer the mountain tracks from the top of the … Continue reading

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The Flight into Egypt

Hat tip to The Muniment Room for reminder of this lost Catholic feast of The Flight into Egypt, 17th February, and its collect: “O God, the protector of those that hope in Thee, who didst will to deliver thy only-begotten … Continue reading

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Of friendship and almond blossom

It is 27 degrees again here in Finestrat, as it was yesterday.  I have just walked Matilde and Rubí and we have done a tour of the almond blossom, which is filling the whole hillside with its sweet scent . … Continue reading

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Inheriting a cool seventy million

To blow away the cobwebs I went out into the highest landscape in these parts, the Sierra de Aitana yesterday. It is from that ridge that I took the name for my youngest donkey, sweet Aitana – and it is … Continue reading

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The mysterious empathy of donkeys

I will not mention here the long and complicated family history which led to one of the most devastating weeks of my life, but suffice to say that this week I was stabbed in the back from beyond the grave. … Continue reading

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