Thursday, October 27, 2011

Nearly Hallow´een again!

I cannot belive it! Mr Meldrew style she shouts. Nearly the end of October already - how time zooms in La Alpujarra!

The first year we were here in 2006, the then Directora of the school had a culture attack and decided to introduce a Hallow´een party to welcome the new Guiris - my kids.  A previously unheard of Pagan act for this good Catholic village...

And it was a great success with everyone getting a little silly and Stan going over the top with the flour and water prosthetics ensuring screams of delight from the kids and screams of fear from the old lady brigade who all went around crossing themselves and uttering oaths....

In the years since the school has always made an effort, and let´s face it, we like dressing up too and I do all the village kids make up....but instead of scary they all end up looking like mini Angelina Jolie´s...

This year Toñi is arranging something up at her Bar - I think I may have agreed to make Toffee Apples so expect me sticking to the keyboard next week.  That´s planned for Monday as the kids all have the next off due to All Saints day on Tuesday - not a day off for the 90´s girl band you heathens - a day to remember the dead...

Heavy rain this week, I should be at Spanish class now but I have only finished working - and the fire is blazing...I think maybe a glass of red instead. Saturday we have a party here for the other Extrañjeros who we meet twice weekly for class, beer and a chat....tomorrow is Cultural society meeting, and Sunday I just may do absolutely nothing...But for now the leg is cramped and the back requires the wooden back stretcher for 5 minutes...

Have a great weekend all.....x

Thanks to B0nes at Flickr for the pic!

A river journey through Galicia

A Spanish city visit

self catering in spain?

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

recipe for success?

Well, what do you think? Have you lived here a while? Do you mix, or are you an expat who goes home for Doctor, hairdresser and Bisto? Hmm?

Lots of times, I hear, I just can't do it.....learn the lingo that is...It's just too difficult.

Yep, it is. It takes time, effort, patience, pretending to be deaf - can you repeat that please - and going to the opening of an envelope.

I have dragged on my outdoor clothes in the middle of winter and succumbed to the order of the Bodega, attended 2 communions simultaneously - not a mean feat - called my Spanish neighbours when in trouble and generally fitted in to my little village.

Can't do it? Ha - rubbish.

Can you read?
Okay then, it's like saying - I can't cook.

I ask again - can you read? Then drag out that recipe book - if you follow it then you can read.And cook.

Spanish - or whatever language - is merely a recipe.

A gathering of ingredients - words.
A dash of verbs - a sprinkle of adjectives and well known phrases - I have got through an entire night of Claro, Sí, Vale...
But be might end up signing up to teaching English, having the village around for lunch, or agreeing to......what? me? eeek......

Friday, October 7, 2011

Fame and Fortune! At last!

Well, not quite, but Isobel made the papers on Saturday - peer closely, she's on the far right - unusual for us!! - and this was the show that the castanet crew put on for us during the recent Fiesta de San Miguel, last month.

culture vultures?

Excuse me, there may be some screaming whilst I pull my hair out in chunks....

For about a year now, a few of us have been trying to set up a Cultural society here in our village. We produce a quarterly newsletter and distribute it within the village, the aim is to share a little cultural awareness, given the rich history of the area - local and national - the fact that the origins of traditional music are born here, the local award winning wines and confectionery and all the rest of it. But it seems to be small in number, so yesterday we had a meeting, Reunion, with all invited...

A bakers dozen or so showed up - and literally - as most had made a cake or two or brought meringues (Murtas is famous for meringues and you will spot the La Murteña and El Mirto labels at the airport).

So, culture wasn't mentioned, much discussion was made about cake making, God- sorry I mean the local priest -called a meeting at the same time, and in short it was a waste of 3 hrs or so. But I now know I can use Tigre sachets - cheap as chips - in cake making instead of baking powder - expensive.

Disbanding for the evening, and probably for the near future, I came home a little deflated to find Isobel waving me over to my laptop and the sofa.
Pouring a G&T I sat down to find a kid from her nursery class in Newport peering directly up my nose and gazing at my double chin(s)...

I hate webcams.

But thank you Lord, and Carole and Peter for Portsmouth Gin. And cakes.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

My Pure Review

I have been putting this one off!

When I agreed to test and review the products from My Pure I intended to be honest and completely true about their results, and so far I have loved every single one. The company is dedicated to supplying beauty products that are organic, free from animal testing and packed with pure and natural ingredients - a winner on every level for me.

I was not blessed with lovely Irish hair - when you think of an Irish Colleen you might imagine lustrous locks, tresses of fiery red or ebony black, naturally coiled into springy ringlets. Er, no.

Years of mis-spent youth on beaches and grimy cities, experimenting with every colour under the rainbow, now years of bleaching and more sunshine of Andalucía have collaborated to produce the inside of a Crunchie with the style of a surfer - and that's after I have styled look at me first thing in the morning is enough to base a horror film on.

So, I like nice shampoo and conditioner, a must have for me...
This month I chose Living Nature shampoo and the matching conditioner, pictured and retailing at 14.99 GBP each - probably a little more than I would normally be willing to pay for hair products, but always worth it if they can calm down the bleached barnet.

Jojoba, wheatgerm oil, protection against the UVA rays that we are not in short supply of over here in Spain.

I hated them.

Can you read that?!
The shampoo felt as though I wanted to wash it out again, there was some sort of coating I just did not like, and no lather, but I guess if it's sulphate free that's ok.
The conditioner looks and feels more like a face cream or moisturiser...?! Thick and creamy and again did nothing for me. I persevered and dried and style my hair but it looked as though I had just been frying chips.
However, God loves a trier so I passed them round to the rest of the family and I hate to say we all felt the same.
My neighbour is next to get the treatment and I promise that if it's a favourable report then I shall amend this review to suit.....but, not for me....sorry! :(

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Parklife, naturally! In Andalucía

Parklife, naturally! In Andalucía
Wild stuff! Exploring the Natural Parks around my province, Andalucía