Feliz Navidad y Feliz Año Nuevo!

      Here in Spain, the Christmas and the New Year celebrations are slightly different those in the England. 22nd December – The day of the draw for the national Christmas lottery –  El gordo (the fat one). The draw goes on for most of the day, with many winning tickets and prizes varying […]

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Our first olive harvest!

It would seem that quality extra virgin olive oil is super healthy and, probably the healthiest fat in the world! Here’s why…   Protects Heart Health. Helps Fight Cancer. Helps with Weight Loss and Obesity Prevention. Supports Brain Health. Fights Mood Disorders and Depression. Great for Boosting Skin Health. Can Help Prevent or Treat Diabetes. […]

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Serón, Almeria

      So, there has to be a plus side to doing a 3rd year of level 1 at our Spanish lessons apart from revision! Yes, we are invited on the ‘school’ trips organized by the Casa de la Cultura in Antas. To date we have visited Cape Palos, La Manga, Murcia and last week Serón. […]

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10 things that’ve made us happy!

  We thought we would take a great idea from our god-daughter Rosie’s blog ‘Cider with Rosie’ and list 10 things that made us happy this month. Fame at last! If you would like to visit aplaceinthesun.com and hit the tab ‘news and features’ you will see our smiley faces as they have featured our […]

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Moros y Cristianos Fiestas

  Summer is finally here in Spain and the fiestas are in full swing with the ‘Moors and Christians’. This is the key fiesta in Mojacar and having been told how good it is, we went on the final day and were not disappointed. It was fabulous! Here is the history bit… It is to remember […]

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Two years on…

It has been two years since moving to our cortijo here in Los Chopos and we thought that we would take time out to reflect on the good, the bad and downright mad!   ‘Manana’ means tomorrow or more likely, ‘possibly tomorrow or possibly not’. ‘Let’s have a cafe con leche’ means let’s sit and […]

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Another gem discovered!

  We have discovered the Secret Garden and Mo­roc­can Tea House, Casa Mor­isca at Crevillente.     The owner, whose dream was to bring a little piece of Morocco to Spain, moved from Granada and began by buying a piece of land which had a small house and as the story goes one palm tree. […]

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Chilled to the End

  This month’s blog is a very personal account of our dog, Freddie, who has sadly passed away at the grand old age of thirteen. If you are not a dog lover then you may find this account a tad boring but for those of you who are, and understand how dogs with their unconditional […]

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Every picture tells a story…

Believe it or not, we do actually get ‘seasons’ here in Spain, although a bit mixed up. In the autumn the plants come back to life after a long hot summer and the desert becomes green again. Never expected to take this photo! We had sleet but fortunately Los Chopos was just below the snow […]

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My recreational drug!

Finally, after months of saying ‘when I get time I would love to… ’ I confess I have an addiction! I attend a great little art class in beautiful Bedar which is a typical Andalucian village set in the hillside with stunning views out to the Mediterranean.  What more could I need to inspire me […]

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