Thursday, June 30, 2011

No Golden Nose needed - Wines of the Contraviesa

No Golden Nose needed - Wines of the Contraviesa
Just up the road from our house!

Monday, June 27, 2011

Missed muddy Glastonbury? Come to Cáceres instead!

Fleadh in Spain?



Missed muddy Glastonbury? Come to Cáceres instead!

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Breaking bread in Zamora, Castile and León.

Breaking bread in Zamora, Castile and León.
A guide to the lovely region of Zamora, ooop north in Castile la Mancha. Where to go, what to see, where to say, what's on offer to eat! Have a read....

Friday, June 17, 2011

Prize Book Giveaway!!

On offer a Prize for Friday....a book entitled The 11:11 Code by Hilary Carter.
Ugijar convent

Set here in Las Alpujarras, Andalucia, the book (in English) is a TRUE tale of hidden secrets in an ancient Spanish Convent, in Ugijar.



Discoveries and insights experienced around the number 11.11 will take you on a journey of enlightenment and open your eyes to a new way of looking at the world.
Exploration of synchronicity, destiny and past lives...Knights Templar and past and present collide...

I have a few more copies available for sale at €5.99 + p&p if anyone else wants one. Stock limited.

So, to enter:
Add a comment telling me why you love Spain below this post....and that's it!
Good Luck!! ...and have a nice weekend everyone...


Thursday, June 16, 2011

and the weather is mostly...

sol, sol, sol.  Well, have a gander here Don't you just love the rainfall probability?!!  If you would like to feel some heat on your bones, book the lovely Casa Duende now free for July and 1st 2 weeks of August at the reduced rate for high season of only 325€ per week, for the whole property!

photos, Malaga June 2011







Friday, June 10, 2011

reasons for not-fitting-in

After 5 -and- a- bit years here in http://www.murtas.com and still in love with the place....sometimes I ponder on the factors that will always make us stand out as alien beings.  There are certain alterations we have already made to lifestyle, diet, opinions even....but still the nagging details that ensure that we will Never Fully Fit In. Are you an expat? What do you think?

  • My husband sweeps outside and cooks
  • I prefer my chicken from the butcher minus the head and feet
  • The blood and guts from anything go in the bin
  • My floors are disgustingly filthy
  • We do not have the high table/sofa/loud telly living room arrangement
  • I make a crap Russian Salad
  • My Tortilla is always flat
  • I drink at the Bar
  • I order at the Bar
  • I watch Football at the Bar
  • I wear black when no one has died
  • after 5 years, we still say please and thank you
  • after 5 years, the iron is still in a removals box*
  • I wear flip flops when the beach is miles away
  • I wear flip flops in Winter
  • My dogs live inside
  • I shouted at the Mayor
  • The cat chooses to sit on the fridge
  • We have yards of books, not ornaments
  • Instead of a Blessing, a Hand of Fatima hangs on the door
  • I cook with 'foreign' spices
  • We eat curry
  • We grow things that you cannot eat
I could go on....this list marks me out as La Irlandesa, but mostly I am just Carol or La Rubia - the Blonde Bint - and apart from our misdemeanors we are fairly well accepted....by the way, if you book the stunning Casa Duende, the floors will be shining!


*Re the iron- I did take it out once to iron on a transfer

Saturday, June 4, 2011

A good read

Blogs make a great read, like an enormous book of short stories always at your fingertips!  Put the kettle on and have a browse through this one http://www.kierstenrowland.com/ the photos are stunning too!

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

An A'kin fix for Panda Eyes

My monthly treat of My Pure - ly great gift arrived again, and it's officially true....good goods really do come in small packages!

In a few days I am another year older, and although I still feel 23, the eyes tell another tale!   Windows to the soul they might be, but sometimes they need a little renovation!

Tired eyes are all too quick to show up as dark and ringed and I was delighted to have the chance to try out A'kin Eye Gel a little miracle in a tube!


 The pump dispenser provided a squirt of creamy gel, no smell, non sticky, and thankfully really light - I have in the past spent large amounts of money on eye treatments that are just too heavy, but not this little wonder.  Easily applied, it sweeps under the eye to smooth away tiredness with just one application, relaxing the eye and absorbs instantly.

White Tea and Cornflower soothe and reduce any puffiness and Vitamin C and Esculin help to nourish and relax...sounds edible.  By the way Esculin is derived from the Horse Chestnut, well, you were wondering!

So whether you have hungover eyes, too much sun eyes, city polluted eyes, or just the wrong side of 40 eyes, treat yourself to this fab Eye Gel, competitively priced too at just 21.99 GBP, your eyes are worth it!  And while you're there browse the My Pure site, and read up on the My Pure Promise for more naturally good stuff!


Lots of nice gifts for Fathers day too!