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Here’s what greeted us at the front door of our villa for the start of our week’s holiday in Nerja, Costa Del Sol. You can just imagine the scent as I exited the taxi! Datura, or possibly Brugmansia, I can’t tell.

The next morning, I went up on to the roof terrace. Here’s a close up of the view! I really love the terraces on the houses in Spain. Some have one on every side so you can chase the sun as it goes around the house….loads of container gardening opportunities! :)))

There were oranges growing in the garden, so I ‘stole’ one. It was a little tart but very refreshing. What a treat!

One of the Nerja Beaches – I think there were five. It’s a lovely, relatively unspoiled little town (only one large hotel that I saw), with heaps of restaurants and lovely craft and clothes shops. There is even an English sweetie shop, which couldn’t be resisted!

On the beach. It was amazing to see so many people swimming in what felt to me like a very cold Mediterranean Sea! The sand isn’t shell, it’s grit, so you get a great exfoliation on your feet! They clean it spotless every morning, which is lovely. I wish they could do that here!

The Spanish know a thing or two about a front door…..

This is in a little hillside village called Frigliana. It is ancient and has been inhabited since pre-history. There was once a castle here but it was destroyed, probably by the Crusaders who threw out all the Moorish people who used to live peacefully with the Catholic people here. It’s a tragic episode in history, but that was a long time ago now I guess…..sigh. Anyway, it is a gorgeous place and this gent. kindly let me take his picture. One of the best things about this holiday for me was the guitar playing which was everywhere…in the streets, in the hotels and restaurants and you could hear them being practiced in houses too. What a treat for me as the Spanish Guitar is my favourite instrument of all :))))))

The view from where we had our lunch in Frigliana.

Shady passage planting. Lots of people in Nerja and Frigliana have very little if any garden, but it certainly doesn’t stop them growing things, which is lovely!

Fishing boats on Nerja beach. Just like West Haven really, but with ‘warm’ sunshine! ;)

Walking to the Caves on a rainy day, we crossed a bridge and down below in the valley was this lovely little small holding with sheep, a horse, chickens and it’s very own caves.

I can’t even begin to show you the caves. Let’s just say, if you ever go to Nerja, don’t miss them!!!!

http://www.absoluteaxarquia.com/attractions/cavesnerja.html

The old coastal road crossing the same valley. There are lots of aqueducts like this (I think they are Roman) built to carry water down in to the gardens and farms. If you read Chris Stewart’s book ‘Driving Over Lemons’ which I highly recommend (its funny and fascinating), especially if you are in Andalucia, you learn a lot more about what it is like to live and farm in this environment.

Des Res? What do you think? Sure it needs some work, but with the mountains behind, farm land around and the sea views in front? Surely someone will nurse it back to life one day!

That’s about it! Hope you liked my holiday snaps! Here’s one last look at those amazing hillsides….

Adios! :)))

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Thanks for sharing those photos,K......makes me feel somewhat cold here!Lovely part of Spain.The sky looks so blue!Have the front doors given you any inspiration?LOL

30 Oct, 2012

 

Just what I needed a look at lovely holiday snaps, the plants and flowers look really lovely and the beautiful beaches and hills, delightful x

30 Oct, 2012

 

Looks like you had a lovely holiday, Karen.
Great set of pics ..
... stunning scenery and pretty flowers !
I hope you returned feeling relaxed and ready for gardening ;o)

30 Oct, 2012

 

what a beautiful blog Karen, I loved every photo you put on, glad you had a great time,

30 Oct, 2012

 

Wowee Karen . . . how lovely to be warm, and under that blue sky! Thanks for sharing your holiday: love those doors, and yes, I remember enjoying Driving Over Lemons, Chris Stewart does write memorably :)

30 Oct, 2012

 

What a beautiful place to take a holiday, I loved all the photos, I am sure this is where my sister goes (must check) I think the plant was a Brugmansia the perfume is very strong especially in the evenings.Thanks for showing us your holiday snaps.......

30 Oct, 2012

 

Hi Julia! Thank you. The doors were inspiring. Sadly we have a upvc job, exactly the same as all the other houses on the estate! I do my best with what I have! ;) x

Thank you Pam and Terra, it is always lovely to be home, and yes, lots of gardening has been done since our return!

Thank you Yorks, Sheila and Snoop! :)))) Did I say we had three days of almost solid rain? but I am choosing not to remember them!

Angela, you will be right. The Brugmansia smelled of lemons from a distance and the perfume got heavier and thicker as you came closer to the plant. It was terrific! No scent at all during the day, but the bees love it!

30 Oct, 2012

 

I feel quite refreshed , Karen , thank you .
It is a lovely area , we love Spain anyway ; really ought to learn the lingo !
I can't get enough of those books like "Driving over Lemons ". (What's that about living vicariously ?)

30 Oct, 2012

 

Thanks Driad. I think one of the good things about that book is it really opens your mind to the realities of that lifestyle. I certainly don't want to do that! :) There's a price to be paid for everything isn't there.....and I'm quite fond of my central heating and can manage quite well without scorpions stinging me while I sleep!

30 Oct, 2012

 

My brother went to Kefalonia at the same time as you went to Spain, and they had three days solid rain, with severe thunder storms which took out their electricity!! so you were not alone.

30 Oct, 2012

 

A beautiful part of the world - thanks for sharing your pictures with us Karen - the sight of sun warmed me up :)
Dont you think these places always look immaculate - I love that little des res. What a super little project!

30 Oct, 2012

 

Just beautiful Karen, loved it! Aren't the colours so vivid, and like Scottish says, everywhere looks so well cared for. That's a stunning Brugmansia on the first pic......yes read Driving over Lemons, now that did bring back some memories...lol! When I read you'd pinched that orange,it reminded me of driving through an orange grove, and stopping to pick up an orange from the ground. I was busy chatting and peeling, then felt these sharp pin pricks, it was covered in huge ants....that taught me a lesson..lol! Yes love the Spanish guitar too, of course down in the south it's much more flamenco than north. One of my fave pieces of music is Rodriguez Music of the Mountains.....hauntingly beautiful....:))

30 Oct, 2012

 

I've got to add this place to my list of places to go on hols. It looks absolutely fabulous. I bet you didn't want to leave! My OH has now set himself a challenge to get his Brugmansia to look as stunning as the one in your first pic...some chance!
Thanks for sharing your holiday with us..I'm totally jealous.

30 Oct, 2012

 

What a lovely blog much better than a holiday brochure !!

30 Oct, 2012

 

So glad you enjoyed your holidays over in Spain - in spite of 3 days of rain! I loved your pictures, too! Some remind me of where we used to live, in the centre of the country.

That Brugmansia is lovely! It looks to be over 2 metres tall!

We will be going to Spain shortly as well to meet our first Spanish grandchild! Our youngest boy's wife is going to give birth to their first child during November. We'll be going over for the big occasion! :-)) We don't expect it to be very "warm" in fact it's very likely that it will be a LOT colder than here. The town after all is in the centre of the country & 1,000m (+3,000ft) above sea level.

30 Oct, 2012

 

What a beautiful place, Karen. I loved the front doors. I have a postcard of West Haven that looks just like your picture!!! I hope the holiday set you up for the winter!

30 Oct, 2012

 

Thanks A, the weather is weird all over the world isn't it?

Scottish, the Spanish are renowned for their immaculate homes so I hear. They certainly take great pride in their front door spaces! I fear that cottage was abandoned after they built the new road right in front of it :(

Glad you liked it Janey! :)

Waddy, you'll love it! I hope you do go!

Thanks Kidsgran, I'm glad you liked the blog.

Balcony, that sounds really exciting....you came back to UK and left your family in Spain? Oh well, It gives you lots of reasons to go back! :))

Thank you Melchi...I don't know about setting me up for the winter....time will tell I guess! At the moment I don't feel ready to face it much, although I do love the autumn when it's not too cold!

Thanks everyone! x

30 Oct, 2012

 

Thankyou Karen I enjoyed seeing your photo`s, love all the greenery in the alleys and around the doorways and your scenic views are sights to yearn for on a cold dark night......

30 Oct, 2012

 

Good to have you home again Karen, but oh that must have been hard to walk away from! Stunning photos as always of a beautiful location..Hope you had a great time away my friend..\0/x

31 Oct, 2012

 

Sounds like you've fallen in love with the country just as we did? The next step is moving here ........ Up for it? :o)

31 Oct, 2012

 

Nariz, it is a thought. We are still harbouring a plan for a 'winter holiday home', but we may favour the Canaries for the warmer weather. It may never happen, and it won't be for four years at least, but we'll see......

31 Oct, 2012

 

I enjoyed your holiday pictures so much Karen, The Brugmansia is a dream , blue skies beautiful beaches, scenery,wonderfully planted passage ways and the bonus of the Spanish Guitar music, so atmospheric! and I must get to read "Driving over Lemons";0))

31 Oct, 2012

 

Lovely photos Karen, Frigiliana looks wonderful and reminds me of many happy hols in that area. The wooden front door looks a little like your fairy door!

31 Oct, 2012

 

:O) so it does! lol Thanks ladies! :)

31 Oct, 2012

 

Lovely blog Karen, been to Nerja and Frigiliana myself and loved every minute of the stay. The caves were amazing weren't they?The Spanish little courtyards behind iron gates also amaze me it surprising what you can do with sometimes with so little space. Did you get to ride in the one of the horse drawn carriages they have there, quite expensive if i remember! Love the flower picture at the end you ought to have worn for your photo :))))))

1 Nov, 2012

 

Ah Gralew, thanks, nice to know that you've enjoyed it too! No, my OH not keen on splashing out for romantic gestures of any kind....he's scottish....;) xx

1 Nov, 2012

 

I had to get down on one knee Karen !! took me ages to persuade him, think he' got some scottish blood in him, it was worth it :)xx

1 Nov, 2012

 

lol! ;)

2 Nov, 2012

 

What a beautiful place, Karen and a nice end to the year before our winter begins. i've got to say this and I know I may have said this before but you are my friends double and she is called Karen as well. How weird is that! Thanks for sharing these with us.

2 Nov, 2012

 

I could be leading a double life Rose ;)

2 Nov, 2012

 

I enjoyed reading all about your holiday, Karen. Have never visited Spain, and never will now, but the photos and descriptions really brought that area to life for me.
Thank you.

Our ex-evacuee and her two cousins discovered Lloret de Mar when it was a tiny fishing village, fell in love with it, and visited so often they were honoured by the Mayor at a special ceremony. The poor family they first lodged with ended up owning many hotels, restaurants and large shops in the place. A little land can go a long way!

3 Nov, 2012

 

Wow, what an amazing story Eirlys. Yes, it's never a bad thing to own a bit of land is it. I believe that many people are now trying to buy up agricultural land as investment, presumably because in 25 years time (according to an agriculturist friend of mine) we will no longer be able to feed ourselves, so land to grow food on will be very precious then.

3 Nov, 2012

 

Fabulous pics Karen, I almost felt I was there. Thanks for showing them to us:-)

3 Nov, 2012

 

You're welcome BA. Thank you:)

4 Nov, 2012

 

Hahaa!

4 Nov, 2012

 

Karen my wife & I came to the UK nearly 12 years ago - we had to flee the nest - though strictly speaking our oldest, a girl, had got married to a Spanish lad & our youngest boy was going out with the girl he married about 6 years ago. Only our middle boy was still at home without "ties".

We moved to the UK & in less than a year our daughter followed us, after divorcing her husband. We had expected our 2nd child to follow us but he never did. Our two boys continued to live in our flat till the youngest got his own & later married. Now he is expecting his first child to be born this month. We will be going over to see her - our first Spanish granddaughter!

Our daughter has given us 2 grandchildren, a girl, now 5 years old & a boy almost 2 years old.

4 Nov, 2012

 

gosh Balcony! what an interesting 'journey' you've been on! Congratulations on all your lovely grandchildren. I hope to be a grandparent myself one day! :))

5 Nov, 2012

 

We bought a place in Jimena de la Frontera , one of the white villages , and lived in Sottogrande whilst we fixed the place up . OH was so unhappy that we came home and sold it ! It hasn't put us off haveing lovely holidays in Spain though .
Balcony ,you are doing well in the grandparent department !

5 Nov, 2012

 

Sorry to hear that OH was so unhappy there Driad. Still, sometimes you have to find out what you really 'don't' want don't you? :) Glad you still enjoy your holidays.

5 Nov, 2012

 

lovely place karen, i love the inspoiled areas of spain, so much nicer, love the windows and doorways to lined with plants, looks great :o))

7 Nov, 2012

 

You would love it San :)

7 Nov, 2012

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