Stuff we find

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Northern Soul Girl dances in Andalucia

More Stuff we find: A video shot in Brighton, UK, of a woman dancing should bring a smile to most people’s faces (unless you’re a miserable old git). The woman – Levanna McLean – has since hopped on a plane (or maybe boat) and recorded a new film dancing in a village in the province … Continue reading

Images of Órgiva

Here’s a montage of images taken in, or around, Órgiva. Only one or two have been used before on the blog. Check beneath the image to find out what they each are. Click on the image to open a hi-res version. (1) Benizalte, 16th century olive mill (2) Graffiti  (3) Ceramic mural of Órgiva (4) … Continue reading

Music we listened to in 2013

Music plays a big part in this ‘house’ – wherever that may be at any given time. We’d like to pretend we’ve increased our knowledge of the Notre Dame school of polyphony from the 12th century – but we listened to other stuff instead. Here are our favourite songs of the past year – old and … Continue reading

Andalucía in four minutes!

Here is a time-lapse film about Andalucía – basically a four minute fast/slow advert on the Canal Youtube oficial del Portal de Turismo. [Some of our blog followers wouldn’t ordinarily stumble across stuff like this – haven’t grown up Googling, you see…] The film features various cities (and dangling olives, obviously) and includes El Pimpi in Málaga … Continue reading

A pepper mill from Florence

M’s father ‘bought’ the mill from a restaurant – Trattorio Cammillo – in Florence in the late 1970s (for £20?), no doubt after a delicious meal and a glass or two of wine. It must have left the manager with a smile on his face – and the risotto must have been really good. Of all … Continue reading

Ernesto Lecuona – ‘Andalucia’

Cuban-born composer Ernesto Lecuona y Casado died around 50 years ago (August 6, 1895 – November 29, 1963). He wrote this wonderful piece of music in 1932. As it says here, he was often called the Gershwin of Cuba, was friendly with him and with the composer Maurice Ravel, who once called Lecuona’s Malagueña ‘more melodic … Continue reading

Chef gives Chris Stewart tons of garlic

Anyone who knows anything about this area – Las Alpujarras, and in particular Órgiva – will know about Chris Stewart. He’s the best-selling author of Driving Over Lemons: An Optimist in Andalucia and its sequels. The book details…oh, here’s the biography on his own website. It seems almost every expat we meet knows him (S once … Continue reading

El Camino del Rey – don’t look down

[Note: old post. The Camino del Rey is now open to the public.] It’s entirely possible to spend days watching videos – cute kittens, favourite bands, Michael Thomas’s goal against Liverpool in 1989 – and we never tire of these amazing films of El Camino del Rey – the King’s Walkway (sometimes El Caminito del Rey). … Continue reading

Songs about Spain – The Caves of Altamira

M grew up listening to the American group Steely Dan and always loved the song ‘The Caves of Altamira’ off their 1976 album, The Royal Scam. Only now, here in Spain, did curiosity lead us to find out where the caves are. And they couldn’t be further from where we live. It – the site … 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

Trolley research: results are in

It’s been a long old slog but today we can reveal the results of our Rolser shopping trolley research. Over the last three months we’ve stopped to speak to 800 people on the streets of Órgiva to ask them about their Rolsers – specifically, how full they are at any given time. Readers may recall … Continue reading

Sounds of Órgiva – market day

Thursday is market day here in Órgiva. We made this short (1 minute) recording of various sounds we came across last time we went. They range from the drinking fountain to barking dogs, via a didgeridoo. The market is well-known for its eclectic mix of local Spaniards, ex-pats and people living in nearby alternative lifestyle communities, … Continue reading

Spam, spam, spam, spam…

Ah, the joys of blogging and all that it entails. Like receiving spam. Luckily there are filters attached to the wheels and cogs of the blogging machine that help deal with it – basically they spoon out the dead flies from the soup, leaving messages from ‘real’ people – like a UK removals firm doing an…er…opinion survey … Continue reading

Paragliding towards Órgiva

No, we haven’t taken up a new hobby but we do love this video of a chap paragliding in Las Alpujarras. It’s worth watching the whole five-minute video to see how these guys and girls do their stuff, from taking off with no wind, adjusting their equipment to landing. From two minutes into the film you … Continue reading

Signs and adverts of Órgiva #3

Parts of Órgiva are a patchwork of bits of paper advertising all sorts of things. Here’s a new batch. If you need your chakras harmonising, a box of old Lego – oh, hang on, it’s a Buddhist centre – or want to learn Flamenco dancing, you’re in luck. Related posts:  Signs and adverts of Órgiva … Continue reading