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Okay everyone, this is another reminder that the annual “Paws for Thought” dinner is being held on the 11th of December at the Asador Restaurant located directly across from Super Sol on Avenida de Mediterráneo.

All profits are used for animal welfare.

More than 100 cats and dogs have been neutered or spayed since the start up and that is not all!  Monies are also spent on additional surgeries to restore sight, cure infections and much more.

Re-homing these animals is also high on the list of priority, and so far, they are doing fantastically well at this as well.  Great Work Ladies, and  see you on the 11th.

Reservations are required, so please contact Joanne James at 628 548 895 to book your seat.  Remember, last year this event sold out with everyone having had a wonderful time.  The cost of the ticket includes one raffle ticket for your chance to win one of the many fabulous prizes, additional tickets can be purchased on the night.  More than 50 tickets have already been sold already, so don’t miss your opportunity to get yours!

Please come out and support the fine work being done by Joanne and her team of Pussy Cat Angels.  Remember you can also stop by their little makeshift shop set up next to the post office each Monday between 10-1pm each week. All purchases are by donation only.  You decide what you can afford! Look for the  “Arnolds Removal”  sign next to the psot office.  Arnold generously donates this space to the Charity, so keep him in mind if you need something moved, he is a reliable chap and works fast and inexpensively!

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I took a little drive into the countryside ( el campo) yesterday to take some photos for the blog.. I hope you enjoy.

Clever crop irrigation to newly planted trees. Remind you of anything?

Could these just be ornate ancient irrigation pathways? It's a more reasonable explanation.

Top of the giant rock outcrop on the north side of the highway

 

Ruin with a view

Rear Window

From the kitchen.

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Okay so after Guadix and the cork forest it was on to Ronda followed by Gilbralter.  Our visit to Ronda was cut short due to the lack of parking anywhere down town, and there were large numbers of tourists.  Normally Ronda is too hot during the summer months to visit, so Sept thru April are usually good months to visit.  Here are our shots. There is lots to see there other than the gorge, like the Bull Ring..it either is the oldest in Spain or one of the oldest.. either way, it’s old..sorry no pics time was limited by the crowds.

Giving up and pulling over on the left to take photos..No parking here

Giving up and pulling over on the left to take photos..No parking here

Travelers and their dogs on the Gorge Bridge

Travelers and their dogs on the Gorge Bridge

Running to get that photo

Running to get that photo

Bottom of the Gorge

Bottom of the Gorge

part of the gorge in Ronda

part of the gorge in Ronda

Great iron works between the posts on the bridge. No jumpers here

Great iron works between the posts on the bridge. No jumpers here

da gorge at Ronda

da gorge at Ronda

gorgeous shot

gorgeous shot

The Ronda Parador overlooks the gorge

The Ronda Parador overlooks the gorge

The Parador

The Parador

a view from the bridge

a view from the bridge

A farm house still in use today.

A farm house still in use today.

A very Henry Moore like bronze statue down town Ronda

A very Henry Moore like bronze statue down town Ronda

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This is just a reminder that the Cruces de Mayo will be taking place on the 3rd of May in Salobrena, look for all the brightly decorated Crosses all over  town..Last year was just fantastic, you can get a full list of all the competitors and their locations at the tourist office or at the individual competitor sites.  The larger sites will set up a bar and all sites will accept small donations to help keep the tradition alive, but there is absolutely no pressure to donate.   The sites with bars, will party on into the night, some all night!  Unfortunately I cannot be there this year so to get an idea of what to expect, you can take a look at May 2008 to see some of the photos from last year.  Don’t miss this opportunity to mix with the locals and enjoy one of our annual fiesta days.

Please also note, that May the 1st is a bank holiday, and most of the shops will be closed.  It is May Day after all..

This is one of last years beautiful entries into the Cruces de Mayo Festival Competition.

Humildad Flamenca

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Click for a larger view. Enjoy. Tomorrow the stories and information.

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I have been remiss in my duties as of late. Actually, I have just been sick, it was either a bad chicken wing, or a bad reaction to antibiotics. I started taking them the day I had the chicken wing, so it’s all a mystery, I’m going back on them today so we shall see.  I was on them in the first place because I started growing a mini me on my shoulder. It could be my conscience manifesting itself, but the Dr says it’s more like a fatty cyst. It appears I have my own personal grease trap the size of a baseball. But enough about Me and MIni Me, here are some shots from around town.


Just a quick note for our friends down Frigliana way, which is just down the coast by the way and another very pretty little white washed village well worth the trip. Frigliana is hosting the 3rd annual 3Cultures Festival. There will be music presented on the 28th, 29th, 30th and 31st. As well, there will be Movies, Workshops, Artists, a street party, a 3 cultures street market, a Tapa Route, Conferences, and Exhibitions, and a Gastronomy Day, where you can try the foods from the 3 different cultures represented.

On the 28th at 11pm the wonderful Concha Buika will perform. Concha is from Mallorca, but her family is from Equatorial Guinea. She mixes funk, jazz flamenco and soul to create a unique sound. You can check her out on YouTube if you want to see what you will be missing. Here is one clip.

On the 29th at 11pm the world reknown Eliseo Parra will be performing his brand of Spanish Folk Music. He sings in Catalan, Basque, Castilian, and Galician. You can check him out on YouTube as well.. here is one clip

On the 30th, The Dhoad Gitanos of Rajastan will be performing at 11pm. The DGofRajastan hail from Indian province of Rajasthan, what many consider to be the original land of gypsies. Dhoad Gypsies wandered throughout the wild and wonderful Thar desert traveling from town to town entertaining Princes and their courtiers. You can check them out on YouTube.

On the 31st is the musical group called Klezmatica, I found their name on the web with the subtitle, the Jewish music of Eastern Europe, so should be pretty interesting.. You can find them on YouTube as well, but he quality of the recording is frustrating as it keeps stopping and starting.. You can try it here or you can go to this page and listen to them directly from the source. It is http://web2.nessmp3.com/bands/808/index.php

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I was taking pics in the garden today, absolutely everything is in bloom. This pampas grass is quite popular here and it grows wild everywhere too.

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