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Gypsy Rose Lee has to strip again

I am SO excited about moving to our little mountain village in Spain at the end of March

A gold shower?

With all the walls in place, Calliope was able to make interior design decisions at the new house

Wir sprechen Deutsch in Montejaque!

I was spending my first Christmas in Montejaque. When we went out for a few drinks, we got a proper linguistic shock - everyone was speaking German!

Spätzle auf Spanisch

Benaoján and Montejaque are 'German' villages in the Serranía de Ronda

Back to the drawing board

A compromise was reached. Now everyone can sunbathe naked

“Rain, rain, go away… ”

Paul Whitelock contemplates the wet weather last winter and this, and the Spanish origins of the nursery rhyme "Rain, rain, go away...!"

Spanish property: A profit on paper

‘Recession’ should be a four-letter word; will we ever profit from our Spanish property investments?

What’s in a name?

Big Basura Day and interior design decisions for Montejaque's Carolyn Emmett

Our renovations perturbed the locals

Why did we remove the brown and blue mosaic tiles and paint the wall ‘magnolia’ instead?

The rain in Spain …

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

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!

Spanish defeat Napolean’s army

Re-creation of the 1810 battle between the Spanish and French on the bridge over the River Gaduares. Picture special by Karl Smallman

A cook’s tour of Ronda

Over the last few years Ronda has become increasingly popular for lovers of good food

No socks for me!

Paul Whitelock on why he loves Montejaque

The great Andalucian Exodus

Left battered, bruised and in economic ruin after the Spanish Civil War, millions of Andalucians sought a better life in northern Europe, write Andrew Pearce and Paul Whitelock

Cat killer on the loose in Andalucian village

EXCLUSIVE by Andrew Pearce and Paul Whitelock: Sleepy mountain enclave shocked by spate of pet deaths

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