Sunday, December 28, 2008


Host & Party Games Organiser

From left to right: Ian, Lin, Kathy, Karen, Ginny, Me, Alec, Mary, Ed, Marget & Udo

Christmas Eve - It was my eldest daughter Sophie’s 20th Birthday! My little baby has suddenly become a young woman! Where have all the years gone?

We also picked up our close friends Karen & Eddie, who are staying with us over Christmas, from Jerez Airport following their morning flight from Stansted.

Christmas Day - We were invited to join our newly found friends Ian and Kathy for Christmas Lunch at the Hotel Molino del Puente, located on the outskirts of Ronda. This Hotel is owned by an English couple, Elaine and Ian who have converted a derelict 18th Century Olive Oil and Flour Mill into a beautiful Country House Hotel. Website address:

We were a party of twelve, Ian and Kathy, their son Alex, Ian’s stepmother Mary, Nigel & Ginny Cobb, Udo and Marget (German friends of Ian & Kathy) and the four of us.

Nigel & Ian looking terribly gay!!

Upon arrival at the Hotel we were offered a champagne cocktail followed by the Christmas Day Lunch Menu as follows:-

Tomato and Coriander Soup
Roasted Red Pepper stuffed with minced lamb, served with mint yoghurt

Marinated Fresh Salmon

Roast Turkey with all the trimmings

Christmas Pudding and Mince Pies

Coffee & Chocolates

After lunch we all took part in a variety of party games organised by Ian and ‘all in all’ had a fantastic time and a very memorable day, as you can see from the photographs.

Friday, December 26, 2008


Church Santa Maria la Mayor in the Plaza Duquesa de Parcent

A selection of photographs featuring the Christmas Street Decorations in the City Centre of Ronda this winter, which are quite spectacular......

The famous RondeƱo restaurant 'Pedro Romero' opposite the bull ring on the Virgen de la Paz. The walls are covered with memorabilia from the bull fights and include photographs of Orson Wells and Ernest Hemingway, who were frequent diners there.


A view of Gibraltar from the Spanish mainland

One of the many tanker ships that can be seen on 'The Strait of Gibraltar' that connects the Atlantic Ocean to the Mediterranean Sea.

Who would have ever thought that ‘Supermarket Shopping’ would be considered a treat, but that is exactly what it turned out to be for us last week!

With the pound collapsing against the euro, we decided we would take a trip down to Gibraltar and take the opportunity of stocking up on our groceries that we were able to pay for in sterling.

It took us about an hour and half to get there and being the week before Christmas it was fairly busy. We headed straight for the ‘Morrisons’ super store that is located just on the outskirts of the city centre!

Well, we were like two kids in a candy store!! It had been the first time we had shopped in an English supermarket for nearly 2 years and it was so exciting to be able to buy so many of our favourite items, which obviously we can’t buy locally. Sharwoods sauces, Ambrosia Custard, Carrs Water Biscuits, Soreen Plum Loaf and English Pork Sausages just to name a few………

When we arrived at the check-out with our huge trolley laden with goodies, we had spent much more than we had intended and when we were offered ‘cash-back’ it was all too much for us!!! Petrol and Diesel is also much cheaper in Gibraltar than on mainland Spain, so we took the opportunity of filling up our Discovery before heading home.

On the way back, we popped into to see Barrie and Jeanne (Lin’s brother and sister-in-law) at their apartment in Mirafloras, where they are staying over Christmas, so it was a perfect end to a perfect day……….

Thursday, December 4, 2008


The Sierra de Grazalema

The Sierra de Grazalema at sunrise

The 1st December and winter has arrived in Ronda with a dramatic drop in temperature and the first snowfalls of the year!

The stunning mountain range of Grazalema which is set in 52000 hectares of natural park and stands at 1654 metres above sea level

With winter approaching we decided to install two wood burning stoves! As you can see from the photographs, the installation wasn’t as easy as we first thought. We had to virtually demolish the entire fire breast to remove the open fire cassette, but the upheaval was all worthwhile as the new stove is working brilliantly. As it’s fully enclosed with two front opening doors, it allows us the opportunity of running it 24 hours a day, so the house is constantly heated!

Installation of new wood burning stove - November 2008

Original Fireplace - March 2006