Casa Rosales

Casa Rosales

Sunday, 23 March 2014

Striding Out

The weather is just perfect now. Not too hot, but sunny. A fresh breeze that is energising and carries with it the glorious honeyed scent of almond blossom. It's almost a year since we moved ourselves into our new home - it seems both much longer ago and yet just a moment ago.




It's perfect weather for sitting outside reading the last Harry Potter novel.













Perfect for watching the full moon rise over the hill in the evening. (Even if photographing it is still a challenge!)









And having Pippin means a lot of lovely walks - twice a day - and I do most of them, so I'm very grateful the weather has been so good!



Today, I took two willing assistants and we decided to head for a pretty mound on a hill at a walkable distance away. It's visible in the middle of the picture.....








...and here it is close up. Very pretty, full of almond trees in blossom and a little 'oasis' of colour in amongst all the olives.







Setting Off....Ruy in slightly the wrong direction.


Arrived at the summit - time for a drink!

We passed several bee hives - wonder where we might find the honey...

We could see our house and so zoomed in - looks different from this angle - and I'm imagining a swimming pool where the trampoline is. Could be rather nice one day!

We were actually quite a distance away...ours is the house in the middle of the picture.

And doesn't Pip look healthy, happy and handsome.

We had another lovely walk this evening in another direction - but I forgot the camera. It's been one of those beautiful weekends that has seemed longer than usual, with more sunny moments and time to enjoy each other's company. Hope your's has been too.

I'm working up to another Annieversary post - not quite sure how it will look but I have another few days to think about it.


24 comments:

  1. Doesn't it all look wonderful!

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    1. It certainly can be, Harriet! Thanks. Axxx

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  2. Very beautiful, looks like a lovely walk, Pip is getting big! I agree about the weather, it's been nice this week and very enjoyable sitting in the sun and bright light stitching, knitting, crochet............. oh and planting seeds! enjoy your week.

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    1. Pippin is now up to 13.5kg...and still a long way to go. As long as the weather is good, taking him for a walk is no chore! Great light for crafting, isn't it? Enjoy your week too, Chrissie. Axxx

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    1. It was yesterday, B2B - Pippin was good too. Mostly... Axxx

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    1. A particularly lovely weekend, Anne - worth enjoying. Axxx

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  5. I can understand why you moved there! Our weather has changed back to typical March winds and rain, but I'm looking forward to summer walking weather.
    Sx

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    1. I think where you are will be pretty dramatic all year round, Ms S. But I hope you get lots and lots of lovely sunny summer walks.Axxx

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  6. It's very lovely there Annie. Pippin suddenly no longer looks like a puppy!

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    1. Another 3kgs on just now as we went to the vets again. She reckons he's 12/13 weeks and still has a lot of growing to do. He still has a puppyish run - we forget sometimes that he's still such a baby!
      Axxx

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  7. Pippin is certainly growing ! The walk look lovely, and although when we walked with you from the house, the sky looked somewhat greyer, it was easy for me to imagine walking along with you. Jxx

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    1. I sometimes take you with me, Janice - on new walks and in sunnier weather. I believe you enjoy it. Axxx

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  8. Almond trees - how beautiful! Still, at least we've got blackthorn and catkins this year - last year we were still deeply frozen in March.

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    1. I'm sure you have a much greater variety, Nilly - whatever the weather. I am always so pleased when the blossom comes out to break up the monotony of olive tree after olive tree. I love them but occasionally, it's possible to crave a blackthorn or catkin! Glad you're not frozen this year. Axxx

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  9. Helen Devries25 March 2014 01:20

    That soft colour of the almonds above the olives was just lovely....

    Pippin is going to be quite a hefty number when full grown, so all the work you are putting into training him now will be well worthwhile.

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    1. The colours are at their best just now - it doesn't last long but it is very lovely. And Pippin was another 3kgs up after the last trip to the vet's a fortnight ago. But he's now showing a few signs that he'll behave as he grows up. He's actually a pleasure to take on a walk as he keeps a close eye on me all the time. I think I shall feel safe with him around - wherever I go! Axxx

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  10. Such a lovely jaunt you, the kids, and Pippin took. I think I could stand on that rise and look down at your house for a very long time, Annie, imaging all sorts of delightful things (including a pool where the trampoline is). Enjoy this nice, sunny weather you are having.

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    1. Thank you Penny - I think we will be there again before very long. It's just twenty minutes or so and perfect for Pippin as he can be off the lead and scampering around as we go. And we have another lovely day again today, though there's a chill in the air and apparently it's very cold in other parts of Spain again...great walking weather though. It won't be long before it's too hot to enjoy it. Axxx

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  11. This time of year is a special time, and it certainly looks to be so with you. I can just imagine those soft greens of the Olive Trees offset against the delicate pink of the Almond Trees, not forgetting the baby blue of the sky.

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    1. You would capture those colours beautifully, Rosemary! It is very special and very typical of this part of the world. Best enjoyed 'live'! Axxx

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  12. That's a loooooong walk for a 3-4 mth old puppy! It's the hardest age I always think ... they are so active and seem ready for adult level activity but of course they are still a tad young for it. He looks like he's thriving though :)

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  13. Super photos of your gorgeous landscape and house, Annie. How lovely to have the weather warm enough to be outside in short sleeves. :-) Gosh, isn't Pip getting leggy! I love his perky ears and jaunty tail. :-)

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