Romeria 2014: The Horses

A few years ago there was some kind of incident on the beach involving horses, their riders and alcohol.  Following that the town hall decided to banish the horses from the mix.  They were given their own area away from the crowds and they were not allowed back for about 3 years.  Because of this, each year fewer and fewer riders bothered to bring their horses down and it really did have a profound affect on the overall atmosphere of the Romeria.  It’s a  different Romeria without horses.    After much pleading and promises, deals were made and the horses were allowed back into the mix.  I for one am happy, life has been brought back to the party.

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Romeria 2014 is now just a fond memory.  The weather was fantastic and everyone had a great time.  Up first, the kids.

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Romeria 2014 Sunday October 5th

It is that time of year again.  The Romeria or Pilgrimage that honors our Patron Saint Rosaria will take place this Sunday commencing at 11am.  For those already here, a program can be obtained from the tourist office, or a digital copy may be downloaded from the Tourism Salobreña Facebook page.

It is a large booklet, lots of information and photos.  The pertinent information regarding times and activities starts about about page 58, so keep scrolling if you have downloaded the pdf file.


The day will be loaded with traditional costumes, decorated wagons, horses doing dressage, lots of food and music.  Don’t miss the biggest party on the coast.  If you wish to see photos from previous years, check out the archives for Oct for any of the previous 7 years.


This photo was takin in 2009.

This photo was takin in 2009.

Dancing in the Rain

I know, I know, it’s been a while.  It was mainly camera related, but the new camera is finally here so I am back and raring to go!

Yesterday, although there was plenty of rain, the show did go on.. Latvian dancers led by Olga Zitluhaina  took to the stage in our Amphitheater to perform some really uplifting contemporary dance routines.  Anna told me that they normally winter in Crimea, but with all the problems there, they decided to give Southern Spain a try, and aren’t we glad that they did.  Here are a few pics from the afternoon show.



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Anna Novikova

Anna Novikova

Anna Novikova

Anna Novikova

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Then the rain came

Then the rain came

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Oh to be young and beautiful again.

Oh to be young and beautiful again.

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Reminder: The first annual Candlelight Walk on behalf of Acompalia this FridayMarch 21 at 18.30hr
The theme for the Candlelight Walk is:
Everything passes and everything stays,
Our fate is to pass away,
But as we pass, we make paths
Paths in the sea ’Andalusian poet Antonio Machada
Meet at the park in front of Cale Verde II Urbanisation  at the eastern end of the Salobrena promenade. 
Everyone will receive a candle on which they can write  the name of someone they wish to remember. Well walk from there to El Penon rock as the sun sets (walk app. 20 mins).  There will be a few words of remembrance on the rock for those who have passed on, and we will make a path of candlelight for them on the sea.
This will be followed by  drinks and tapas on the terrace  at El Penon restaurant and music by the popular Alpujarran group La Ley de Murphy
Donation on behalf of Acompalia 7 including candle, drink, tapas and music  

Well the new year has arrived and with it has come some beautiful warm sunny days.  I have always said that the first two weeks of January are the best for good weather in the winter time.  We have had very little rain this past fall and winter so far, with only one good rainfall so far which occurred on the 24th of December.

Lots of succulents are blooming, as is the Cape Honeysuckle (seen below), and the birds that return each winter are here as well.. lots of red starts, great tits and even a flock of storks have been seen by me this week.  I must go birding soon.  The almond trees will be in bloom soon as well.  All the best for another great year for everyone.  Just a few pics from the week. Enjoy


Flock of storks soaring above the Monte as seen from Casa Hannah

Snow on the mountains

Snow on the mountains

The big orange wall in Motril, Cape Honeysuckle

The big orange wall in Motril, Cape Honeysuckle

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Automatic lettuce planter, which I have never seen used here before or anywhere else for that matter.

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Automatic Lettuce planter with workers filling in the spots missed.


Close up of the workers filling in the blanks.

Potatoes popping their heads up out of the black plastic.

Potatoes popping their heads up out of the black plastic.

Flowers of Aloe plant

Flowers of Aloe plant

Beautiful banana with it's flower.

Beautiful banana with it’s flower.


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Christmas on Calle Rosario

Christmas on Calle Rosario


A long way up.

A long way up.

Daisy Luther

If you had a business selling something that made you well over a hundred billion dollars per year, would you take steps to eradicate the need for your business? Or would you make every effort for that money continue rolling in?

Take cancer, for example. Don’t let all the media hype about “The Cure” fool you. No one who is in a position to do so wants to end cancer because they are all making a killing on the big business of treatment, while ordinary people go broke, suffer horribly, and die.

There will never be a “cure” brought to market because there just isn’t enough profit in eradicating the disease entirely. There will never be a governing body that protects consumers from being subjected to known carcinogens, because that, too, will stop the cash from rolling in. A great deal of research is covered up and many potential cures are ignored and discredited because there is far more money in perpetuating illness than in curing it. In 2012, the reported spending on cancer treatment was 124.6 billion dollars. Blood money.


The Grim Statistics

Just the word “cancer” sends a frisson of fear down the spine of the most stalwart optimist. Terrifyingly, almost one in two people will get the dreaded disease, and the numbers are only getting worse. Here are some quick stats for background:

  • Nearly half of all Americans will develop cancer in their lifetime. (source) Quick math tells us that is an astonishing 157 million victims.

  • Over half a million people in America died of cancer in 2012. (source)

  • In 2011, cancer was the #1 cause of death in the Western world, and #2 in developing countries. (source)

  • Cancer is the #1 cause of childhood death in the United States. (source)

This is a fairly recent increase. A hundred years ago, the number was far different. At that time, 1 in 33 people was stricken with the disease. And despite billions of dollars being spent to find “the cure”, the World Health Organization predicts that deaths from cancer will DOUBLE by the year 2030.

It’s being normalized. The news is full of photos of babies who are missing an eye, of beautiful bald children who have lost their hair to chemo, and of people who have had to have body parts removed in order to survive a few more years. But cancer is NOT normal. It isn’t something that “just happens.” Researchers know the things that cause cancer. Government protection agencies do, too, but they do nothing to limit these toxins in the marketplace.


Because, cancer is big business and those who are profiting have great financial interest in seeing the deadly trend continue to increase.

Poisoned for Profit

So what has changed? How did we go from a 3% chance of contracting cancer to a 41% chance?

It’s the advent of Big Pharma, Big Agri and Big Business. They are getting rich off of poisoning Americans through the manufacture of toxic elements that we are exposed to on a daily basis.

Unless you live in a bubble and have no contact with manufactured items, outside air, or the sun, you are exposed to a staggering number of known and suspected carcinogens every day. (Check out THIS LIST to see the known and suspected carcinogens that are readily available in the United States.)

The statistics support that the cumulative build up of all these different toxins in the human body eventually results in cancer in many people.

First, the manufacturers and the “food” producers profit when we buy their poisoned goods.

Then the medical system and pharmaceutical companies profit when we become ill and must fight cancer.

The drugs alone can cost over $100,000 per year, and that is on top of exorbitant costs for radiation, chemotherapy, and physicians’ bills. In the United States, cancer is the #1 most expensive “per person” illness to treat. (source)

Why would those who profit want to prevent cancer when 95.5 BILLION DOLLARS PER YEAR is spent on treating it? There is a vested interest in this increase in illness and the people benefiting from it have no intention of reducing the cases of cancer.

Don’t Count on Obamacare

Don’t look to Obamacare to be the saving grace of cancer victims, either. With this type of government-controlled medicine, budgets will be strictly adhered to and the decisions on how to proceed and what will be paid for will NOT be in the hands of the ill person. Treatments, medications, and funds will be strictly allocated through what many people are referring to as “death panels.”

Furthermore, Obamacare only covers 60% of your medical costs in most cases (after a hefty deductible) and none of your medication is covered. If you don’t have $50,000 or more kicking around for your co-pay, you will be out of luck, despite diligently paying your worthless monthly premiums.

Prevention: Your Only Defense

Avoiding carcinogens as diligently as possible is your best defense against becoming the “1 in 3″, but it isn’t easy. Furthermore, you’ll be considered an “extremist” or a “kook” by those around you who have buried their heads in the sand.

Basically, a spending day in the Western world is a like spending a day running a gauntlet of toxins and carcinogens. Big Pharma, Big Agri and Big Business are getting rich off of poisoning Americans.

There are steps you can take to limit your exposure but be prepared for many people to consider your actions extreme. Very few people are committed enough to their health and the health of their family to do the research required to identify the dangers around them and then go against the current to avoid those perils. (source)

Since most of us don’t live in a bubble, we will be subjected to some of these toxins – they’re impossible to avoid entirely. However, you can limit your exposure by taking the following steps to reduce your exposure to everyday poisons. (This list is expanded from the article, “The Great American Cancer Cluster” with permission from The Daily Sheeple.)

  • Purchase organic foods as often as possible. GMOs and pesticides are proven carcinogens.

  • Load your plate with colorful antioxidants. Opt for organic versions of foods like berries, colorful veggies, dark chocolate, and coffee, to name a few, are loaded with powerful, cancer-fighting antioxidants and will boost your immune system against other types of illness and disease as well.

  • Avoid processed foods. Many of the additives and preservatives featured abundantly in North America are banned in other countries precisely because of the health risks they represent.

  • Select non-toxic cookware. Nonstick cookware contains Teflon and perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), which emit at least toxic gases within 5 minutes of heating up that nonstick pan. Once the pans become scratched, toxic particles are leached directly into the food you’re preparing. Aluminum cookware is also potentially toxic. Cast iron, ceramic, glass, and clay are all better cookware options.

  • Don’t smoke.

  • Consume alcohol only in moderation.

  • Limit the use of plastic in your home. BPA or Bisphenol-A are petrochemical plastics that are a major component of many water bottles, lines the inside of canned goods, and makes up the hard material of many reusable food containers, including some brands of baby bottles. They leach cancer causing endocrine disruptors into food, especially if the food is hot. Use glass containers whenever possible.

  • Select personal care products that do not contain petrochemicals. Many cosmetics and other health and beauty aids contain petrochemicals. The danger of this is their byproduct, 1,4-dioxane, a proven carcinogen. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency classifies dioxane as a probable human carcinogen California state law has classified dioxane to cause cancer. Animal studies in rats suggest that the greatest health risk is associated with inhalation of vapors. Avoid the following ingredients:

  • Paraffin Wax

  • Mineral Oil

  • Toluene

  • Benzene

  • Phenoxyethanol

  • Anything with PEG (polyethylene glycol)

  • Anything ending in ‘eth’ indicates that it required ethylene oxide (a petrochemical) to produce e.g. myreth, oleth, laureth, ceteareth

  • Anything with DEA (diethanolamine) or MEA (ethanolamine)

  • Butanol and any word with ‘butyl’ – butyl alcohol, butylparaben, butylene glycol

  • Ethanol and word with ‘ethyl’ – ethyl alcohol, ethylene glycol, ethylene dichloride, EDTA (ethylene-diamine-tetracetatic acid), ethylhexylglycerin

  • Any word with “propyl” – isopropyl alcohol, propylene glycol, propylalcohol, cocamidopropyl betaine

  • Methanol and any word with ‘methyl’ – methyl alcohol, methylparaben, methylcellulose

  • Parfum or fragrance – 95% of chemicals used in fragrance are from petroleum


  • Opt for natural, biodegradable food grade cleaning products. According to the website Natural Pure Organics, the average household contains up to 25 gallons of toxic materials, most of which are in cleaning products. When you use these cleaners, they linger in the air and on the surfaces, increasing your exposure to carcinogens as you inhale the toxins into your lungs or absorb them through your skin.

  • Avoid artificial sweeteners. Aspartame, for example, is a known carcinogen that breaks down into formaldehyde in the human body.

  • Refuse vaccines. Many vaccines contain formaldehyde and mercury, both of which are known carcinogens. By the age of two, if a child has received all of the recommended vaccines, he or she has received 2,370 times the “allowable safe limit” for mercury (if there is such a thing as a safe level of poison). The HPV vaccine can actually increase the risk of reproductive cancer. The polio vaccinemost recently came under fire for its cancer-causing ingredients. (Learn more about the cancer causing ingredients in vaccines HERE.)

  • Avoid tap water. If you have municipal water, drink it at the risk of ingesting loads of toxins. First, there is the willful addition of sodium fluoride, a pesticide which is labeled as “deadly to humans.” Not only has the consumption of fluoride been linked to cancer, but it also lowers IQs, causes infertility, and causes hardening of the arteries. Then there is the addition of chlorine, which is used to kill bacteria that could make us sick. Unfortunately, according to Dr. Michael J. Plewa, a genetic toxicology expert at the University of Illinois, chlorinated water is carcinogenic. “Individuals who consume chlorinated drinking water have an elevated risk of cancer of the bladder, stomach, pancreas, kidney and rectum as well as Hodgkin’s and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.”

  • Maintain a healthy body weight. Obesity has been linked to increased risks of cancers of the esophagus, breast, endometrium, uterus, colon and rectum, kidney, pancreas, thyroid, and gallbladder.

  • Exercise daily.

The mindboggling thing is that those who strictly avoiding carcinogens and toxins are labeled “crazy” or “hysterical”. I can’t tell you how many times I have watched people roll their eyes or scoff when I refuse to partake in things that are hazardous. Somehow, drinking water from my own BPA-free water bottle is considered to be “extreme”. Not taking my children to McDonald’s or feeding them hot-dogs and Doritos is “mean”. Making our body care products and cleaning products from wholesome, non-toxic ingredients is “silly”.

I believe that knowingly ingesting toxic ingredients is “crazy”. I believe that rubbing carcinogens on my body or spraying them around my house is “ridiculous”. I think that having poison injected into my defenseless children or feeding it to them on a colorful plate is “mean”.

Never forget that the bottom line is profit. Don’t expect the FDA or the EPA to step in. They’ve proven time and again that their purpose is to serve the interests of Big Business, not the consumers.

Cancer represents big money to the pharmaceutical companies and the health industry. They do NOT have a vested interest in prevention. So, maybe, just maybe, subjecting your body to the tender mercies of Big Pharma and the AMA and lining their already loaded pockets is just a little bit sillier than taking steps to avoid illness altogether.

This article is dedicated to some beloved people in my life, one of whom fought it and won and the other who is fighting the good fight and will not go quietly… much love to SD and JS, and all who are touched by this icy finger.

Daisy Luther is a freelance writer and editor. Her website, The Organic Prepper, offers information on healthy prepping, including premium nutritional choices, general wellness and non-tech solutions.

SOURCE: The Organic Prepper

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I went for one of my rides into the campo yesterday,  I do that whenever I am stressed or frustrated, and it always relaxes me.  At the moment, the Níspero fruit trees are in blossom.  These are actually a pretty high maintenance type of tree, as are the Chirimoya.  With the Níspero, the tree produces huge numbers of flowers witch have to be culled in order to not over burden the tree.  You will see in these photos, that they some bud stems  have indeed been cut away leaving a more manageable amount of fruit for the tree to handle.





You can see in this photo where 2 or three flower stocks have been cut away and only a small stub remains

The smaller trees in this orchard are the N´spero, the others are Chirimoya.

The smaller trees in this orchard are the N´spero, the others are Chirimoya.


November Skies.

What’s not to like about winter in southern Spain.  All of these photos were taken within a 2 hour time period.










Just a reminder, the car boot sale is a go.  Please be sure to stop by the Acompalia table to have a look, table is located just inside the gate.  Acompalia is the association trying to get a hospice built on government supplied land in Motril.  Any help would be appreciated.

For more information about Acompalia, please see their website https://www.acompalia.org/




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