Sunday, February 25, 2018

My God! What have we done?

Are you awake? Yep. Can’t sleep. Me neither. Are you thinking what I’m thinking? Probably... My God! What have we done?

The rain in Spain …

Carolyn Emmett wonders if she'd bought a dream house or a nightmare

Bank book bonanza

Flashback to her childhood in the States as Caitlyn battles with an ATM in Seville

Ideas…

Something magical happened in the classroom today

Get hip to the puente

Caitlyn discovers the delights of the Spanish holiday weekend

The Calendar Girls coming to Andalucia?

Find your favourite recipes and get ready to get your kit off! Calliope is coming to town!

The Anniversary Gift

It’s our 26th wedding anniversary. “What would you like: flowers, chocolates, jewellery?” “How about we buy a house in Spain,” he said.

Calliope/Carolyn comparison

Calliope, the eldest and most distinguished of the nine Muses. Carolyn, the second eldest and only slightly distinguished of the six Hill offspring, is constantly thinking about writing eloquent, epic or heroic prose. Carolyn Emmett - or is Calliope? - introduces herself to Olive Press web site readers

Ben and Joan, Monty Jack and Big Ron

Three of the loveliest pueblos blancos of the Guadiaro valley in our part of Secret Andalucía are Montejaque, its neighbour Benaoján and the stunning jewel in the crown, Ronda. Whilst Big Ron can boast a wide range of amenities and is a great town, Monty Jack and Ben and Joan are quieter and slap bang in the middle of the most spectacular scenery you could wish to see

Bars galore in Andalucía!

Andalucía has more bars than any other region of Spain. But did you know that there are 53,046 of them down here in the south of the country? Overall Spain has over 300,000 bars and restaurants, which equates to approximately one bar for every 150 people. In our village here in the mountains there are 15 bars/restaurants for 1003 people – that’s one per 66.87 persons!

Let he who is without sin…

Bartie ponders the death penalty

From North Devon to South Spain in six decades – Part Three

After three decades of regular visits to Spain, it got to the millennium and 25 years of married life

From North Devon to South Spain in six decades – Part Two

The first night in San Sebastián (Guipúzcoa,) where I had arrived at the age of 20 to start my year abroad from university, had been an orgy of cheap wine, pintxos and music by Santana. This had led to the worst hangover of my life.

Clicking cameras in Córdoba

Hannah visits the Mezquita in the World Heritage city of Córdoba

From North Devon to South Spain in six decades – Part One

Well, it took nearly 60 years but I made it in the end! When I was born in 1950 I didn’t yet know that Spain was my destiny; when I was 17 I didn’t know that Spain was my destiny either. But by the age of 20, I knew.

I miss your rolls…

I can’t stop thinking about you. I keep imagining I see you through store windows. I ask for you all the time. I even thought I found you once, but it was just an imposter.

Turning off the lights

Bartie suggests an alternative to banning bullfighting

España and Cabra here we come…

We've arrived in Spain and made it to Cabra without incident. Cabra is what Europe looks like in movies: narrow streets, tallish buildings, people walking, plazas every few blocks with lots of old men sitting and chatting… It’s amazing.

Bean and gone

Bartie considers the merits of coffee a la Clooney

Toss of the Coín

Maximilian Bartie muses on the disadvantages of banning the burka

Living the High Life

Surviving Spain at 1,500 metres. A new Olive Press blog on life in Spain's highest village

After a fashion

Bartie takes a swipe at fashion choice and raises questions over economic migration

Maximilian Bartie

Maximilian Bartie considers pensioners during the economic downturn and fumes at the language in Marley and Me

Bartie’s back in town

After a two month sojourn in Thailand (nudge, nudge, wink, wink) Lord Bart is back with his usual enlightening musings on modern life

Scandal, gossip, inside info and more…!

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The Amputee – Issue 23

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