On leaving home

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Curtain-making frenzy

We’re busily preparing our house in London for renting. Believe it or not, we’ve managed without curtains since we got new windows two years ago. But alas, tenants might feel differently. I’ve taught myself to make curtains with the help of the Reader’s Digest Complete DIY Manual and a YouTube video. After a few false … Continue reading

Joni Mitchell and phlegm

Following our post about the myriad jobs that need doing as part of our move to Spain, here’s a short film of ‘the ten years wall’.  It is…or was…a space in our London home containing the words and drawings of friends that had to be painted over. There is far older graffiti in this world but a … Continue reading

Things we miss about Órgiva

We’ll miss a ton of things when we’re in Spain. But here in London, this is what we miss about Órgiva now. 1.   stars – it’s often hard to see them in London and, County Wicklow aside, they’re the clearest ever 2.   morning walks 3.   el Molino  – with Wi-Fi which means football results can … Continue reading

If a job’s worth doing…

In preparing to go to Spain we have lists reminding us what we need to do. One, renting our property, is particularly challenging. It’s a never-ending ticker tape of fixing, painting and…well, just doing stuff. Some things we have to do, like getting a Gas Safety certificate, others we wish we didn’t have to – … Continue reading