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Donkey for sale (78 miles on the clock)

Where we come from, people sell old cars, ice-cream makers, bicycles, keep-fit equipment and so on. When we were first in Orgiva we saw this advert in the local Tabac near the church. This sweet burrito (‘little donkey’) is looking for a home.  So if you know someone… By the way, if you’re a smoker you … Continue reading

Snakes alive…and dead

In our combined nine decades on this planet only S had seen a snake in the wild – in the sea in Thailand. Its head was erect out of the water – having a good look around. In Spain, we’ve already spotted three – two on a walk from Órgiva to Lanjarón and a squashed False Smooth … Continue reading

South from Granada – by Gerald Brenan (book)

South from Granada was written by Gerald Brenan, an Anglo-Irish writer on the fringes of the Bloomsbury set. After fighting in the First World War he looked for somewhere he could live cheaply on his army pension and found Yegen, a tiny remote village in the Alpujarras. The book is about his experience of living … Continue reading

Driving over Lemons – by Chris Stewart (book)

This book inspired our first trip to Órgiva. It’s about an English sheep shearer (and Genesis’ original drummer) who moved to a rundown farmhouse in Las Alpujarras in the 1980s. He makes his living farming sheep – and wrote about adventures with new  friends and neighbours. It’s a lovely book, highly-recommended. It’s the first in a … Continue reading