Friday, 25 October 2013

Andalucia part 2

Alhama de Granada, set high up in the mountains. Such was its desirability that when the Moors lost it to the Spanish in 1482,  Abu Al-Hacen famously let out a lament of sorrow '¡Ay de mi Alhama!'  I felt a bit the same when it was time to leave.
Hibiscus in the grounds of the Hotel Vinuela where we went for a posh lunch.
In the afternoons, the first clue would be the sound of bells, and then they would appear, led by a goatherd. They are quite playful, fighting each other, bleating and occasionally almost jumping. Goat's cheese is a speciality in the area.
Beautiful ceramics. If I was coming back by car, I would be laden down with them.
Seems it's not just mad dogs and Englishmen out in the midday sun
The sun setting over our olive groves

Time for a trip indoors I think. Want a peek?



14 comments:

pastcaring said...

Well, I am very glad to see you did your homework, as set by that hard task mistress Vix, and picked up some vintage tat on your hols! Actually, your Senorita painting is rather lovely, not tat at all!
What a gorgeous place to stay, just perfect. You are looking most splendid in your colourful frock (what, no bikini shots?)
But where oh where was the pool boy? Lazing around and skiving, I'll be bound.
Your photos are so beautiful and really capture the flavour of Andalucia, all whitewash and warm stone against blue skies, goats and flowers, ceramics and cats, sunsets and cheese - delicious! xxxxx

Kylie said...

Once again I smiled the whole way through your vid. I don't think there's anyone in the whole wide world who says senorita as cutely as you! I could listen to you until the cows come home Tania!

Optimistic Existentialist said...

Oh I love the picture of the goatherd!! How neat.

Ivy Black said...

Beautiful. What a fab place and lovely to see you in 'action'...you'd make a terrific guide.
Have a great weekend.
xxxx

Vix said...

That villa is just gorgeous. I love it even more from the inside. Beams in the bathroom? That swanky master bedroom, the kitchen? I tell you, it's more luxurious than our house! You fell on your feet there.
Delighted to see that you picked up some vintage Spanish tat. I was chatting about it to a fellow enthusiast at the weekend and she'll be as thrilled as I am with your mission.
How cheap are those veg? What did you eat whilst Montalbano was on?
Loving the dress you're wearing & hope there's a part three! xxxx

Krista Gassib said...

Another video and more of you, yah! The inside is just as beautiful as those views! I love the casita and all the tat you picked up along the way. The señorita is gorgeous! I really think trips like this have a way of refreshing the mind body and soul! Now I want to go for a swim!
Xxxxooooo

Wendy said...

Your photos are gorgeous and I love part two! I could live there, listening to crickets in the evening, sipping on wine and not want for anything.

Miss Simmonds Says said...

I'm very jealous, it all looks so beautiful, the goats are wonderful, I've seen them on Sacramento's blog, they just don't seem to care what they do. Oh lovely late summer sun. Hope it was all beautiful xxx

joyatri said...

Ooh, the rustic coziness of the little house is perfection. My boyfriend and I are headed to Spain and Portugal next month, but it will be an urban holiday.

Sacramento Amate said...

wHAT A FABULOUS PLACE. tHEY HAVE KEPT THE RUSTIC CHARM WITH MODERN TOUCHES.
(don´t you hate it when you realised you have written it all in capital letter,ahhhhhhhh? )
I love your love for the place and how much you are enjoying it.
I live surrounded by olive trees and never think very much of it.
You voice is sooooooooooooo sewwt.
I hope you join us in orange or halloween, my dearest señorita.
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Van said...

Oh this is absolutely gorgeous! Would love to visit someday!

LIV said...

It looks like the perfect holiday retreat. Am not surprised you didn't want to leave senorita. You fit in v well xx

Helga! said...

FECK YOU'RE GORGEOUS!!!! I WANT TO GROPE YOU QUITE DESPERATELY!!!!!
Jaysus, I LOVE that house........OMG.........OMG OMG OMG......lets all go there together and quaff loads of Spanish wine and act like rampant lezzos!!!!
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Sara said...

These pictures are lovely, everything looks amazing; I so want to go on a vacation after seeing these pictures, I bet you had a great time and you look so beautiful, glowing really!
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