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Smoke got in our eyes

We got up early and headed for Las Barreras to the west of Órgiva, it’s where our walk to Lanjarón begins. The strong winds of yesterday had died down by this morning. It meant a thousand bonfires were lit in the valley, filling the air with smoke for as far as you could see. For a while the base … Continue reading

Órgiva from the air

A while back we mentioned this short 2007 film of Órgiva taken from the air. It’s great to see familiar buildings from above, including Órgiva’s church. If you know Órgiva well, pause the film at 18 seconds. The view is looking roughly north-eastwards over the town. The Rio Chico is in the foreground and the … Continue reading

Órgiva – Then and Now #5

The person who took the first photo could have been on their way to one of the ‘white villages’, maybe Pampaneira. It was taken on the steep main road, looking south-east over Órgiva. The bridge over the Rio Chico looks the same but the trees have grown and the sloping paths to the left of the … Continue reading

Órgiva – Then and Now #4

Like many towns, Órgiva is a mix of the old and new. Certain streets have beautiful, but dilapidated buildings, imprinted with decades of births, laughter, arguments…and deaths. The Barrio Alto (high quarter) is to the north of town and it’s lovely to stroll through its narrow streets. OK, it’s a bit rough around the edges – for … Continue reading

CBBH Photo Challenge: Pairs

These are our entries for Marianne’s (East of Málaga blog) CBBH Photo Challenge. The first one was taken on our trip to Lanjarón yesterday, as we waited for the bus back to Órgiva. The chairs were outside a block of rented apartments. Stepping inside the cool, dark hallway was like going back several decades. The … Continue reading

Órgiva – Then and Now #3

If you drive into Órgiva from the direction of Motril, this will be a familiar sight – the 2013 photograph that is. The old photograph – date unknown, but perhaps 100 years ago – was taken from roughly the same spot, just up from the old school. It shows a different town but with recognisable buildings, … Continue reading

Fruit from the garden (photo)

Last time we posted a picture of vegetables from Órgiva market. Here is some fruit picked from our garden including grapes, figs and pomegranates. We’ve counted just ten avocados on two trees so far – they should be ready to pick in a month’s time and then left to ripen for several days. We think … Continue reading

Órgiva – Then and Now #1

Old pictures of Órgiva compared with today’s scene. The first photograph shows Calle Doctor Fleming in 1950 – see our post about why it’s called this. The second is from roughly the same spot today. Standing in the middle of the road in 1950 you’d meet no harm, today it’s a little different. The building … Continue reading

Market vegetables (photo)

These were bought today at Órgiva’s weekly market. Chili con carne, salsa, ensalada y guacamole todos en el menú esta noche!

Grass (photo)

As you can imagine, the grass grows very quickly here in Spain, especially in the garden where the acequia waters flood the land each week. Here’s a photograph we took of some long grass in early evening sunlight.

Lanjarón’s former jewel

Yesterday we tweeted to Isabel Gallardo who works at Lanjarón’s tourist office. On several occasions we’ve walked passed a magnificent, but run-down, building on the road west out of town that goes to Granada. In fact, there are several buildings of note in this part of town, including Hotel España that the poet Lorca and … Continue reading

Eucalyptus leaves (photo)

Old door in Órgiva (photo)

We took this photograph on last Sunday’s stroll through the backstreets of Órgiva. It’s interesting to speculate what once lay behind it; a family home, a shop, stables or a bakery? Imagine being born in what was once the room the other side of it and returning years later to see just wasteland.

Sierra de Lújar sky (photo)

Eucalyptus tree damage (photo)

Eucalyptus trees are common in this area. They tower above everything casting mottled shadows. Some are dead – or dying – including these ones we photographed. They’ve been attacked by Eucalyptus Longhorned Borers. Healthier trees are more resistant to them but weaker trees under stress – maybe during very dry spells – are less so. Despite … Continue reading