Up My Road

28 Jul

Sometimes it´s good to look at the world through another person´s eyes.  Last week my (almost) 16 year old god-daughter Maddy and her mum came to stay.

Apart from sunning ourselves, eating, drinking and chatting, we took time out most evenings to take my two dogs Luna and Alfi for a walk.  No need to get in a car to drive somewhere, just a step outside the front door and the footpath awaits. For any keen walkers out there, the famous GR7 footpath which starts in Tarifa (the southernmost tip of Spain) and finishes in Bulgaria, goes right past our house.  We just tackle a little piece of it, but the views, even just walking a couple of kilometres are spectacular.

I thought you might like to share some of them with me, through Maddy´s eyes.  Enjoy!

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35 Responses to “Up My Road”

  1. fatisrecipes July 28, 2011 at 08:01 #


    Thanks for sharing. 😀

  2. TheDorsetFinca July 28, 2011 at 08:10 #

    The scenery is beautiful, so glad we got to see it. Do you regularly see any interesting animals or birds?

    • chicaandaluza July 28, 2011 at 12:01 #

      We get quite a lot of birds of prey (I´m not very good at remembering which) and last week we saw a family of wild mountain goats (are think they´re called Ibis here in Spain) way up on high in the distance. In the colder months you can sometimes run across a wild boar who is generally more frightened of us than we are of him, plus the usual goats, sheep, butterflies, swallows….it´s gorgeous but I rarely take my camera. Must get into the habit of doing this!

  3. chaiselongue1 July 28, 2011 at 08:13 #

    What a wonderful walk and beautiful photos of the scenery, evening light and shadows. Olive trees are always so beautiful, especially old ones like these.

    • chicaandaluza July 28, 2011 at 11:58 #

      We have some really old ones in our little olive grove too – must take some snaps soon! We have a couple of walk options so we´re very lucky!

  4. Tandy July 28, 2011 at 09:20 #

    we also have two little white ones – the puppy has a tail, but Patch was docked! So nice to be able to walk with them from home 🙂

    • chicaandaluza July 28, 2011 at 11:56 #

      Ours are rescue dogs – both now just over a year old…we love them!

  5. Rachel July 28, 2011 at 14:41 #

    I didn’t know that there were GRs in Spain. I’ve walked parts of some in France. There they are marked withpaint (a bar of white over a bar of red) on rocks, trees, and sometimes even houses. I told my French friends that I was going to dress up for Halloween as a GR – and I did, back here in TX, wore a white tee-shirt over a pair of red shorts. No one got it… but I giggled to myself all night.

    You are lucky… living the dream indeed! Beautiful photos! Do you ever see those giant storks? I saw them flying, carrying sticks almost the size of my arm to make their nests. Amazing!

    • chicaandaluza July 28, 2011 at 16:31 #

      I´d have got the fancy dress!! We have one of those red and white signs as the entry to our track. And yes, I have seen the storks, saw loads of them once driving up through Spain on our way to the UK and loads of nests. it´s amazing indeed 🙂

      • Rachel July 28, 2011 at 21:04 #

        They thought I was dressed as a swimming pool guard… what can I say!? 🙂

        If you ever catch those storks on camera, send us a pic, please? Love your photos…

      • chicaandaluza July 28, 2011 at 23:04 #

        Hee, hee! Will look out for those storks for you!

  6. Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide July 28, 2011 at 14:59 #

    Awesome and look at the fancy slideshow!

  7. thecompletecookbook July 28, 2011 at 16:01 #

    Loved seeing Maddy’s pictures of “up-your-road”. Great post to end my day on.
    🙂 Mandy

    • chicaandaluza July 28, 2011 at 16:27 #

      She´s a very talented artist, and has a great eye for taking photos too!

  8. spicegirlfla July 28, 2011 at 20:59 #

    What a fun slideshow of beautiful photos! I love the dog pics playfully going along on your walk! I have two dogs, brother and sister, and their funny interactions with each other always has me laughing!

    • chicaandaluza July 28, 2011 at 23:04 #

      Ours were both stray puppies but we got them within 6 months of each other so they are like brother and sister…and they have us in stitches too! You can´t be down for long with pups around 🙂

  9. Karen July 28, 2011 at 23:46 #

    Was that a dried artichoke I saw in one of the photos? Love the slide show…thank you for letting us see your world.

    • chicaandaluza July 29, 2011 at 09:32 #

      They´re not edible artichokes, but come from the same family. There is a time when they are a gorgeous bright purple before they dry. Glad you enjoyed the photos!

  10. ambrosiana July 28, 2011 at 23:46 #

    The slidehow is beautiful!!! I loved the shadows picture..very creative!!!! This is such a cute post!!!!

    • chicaandaluza July 29, 2011 at 09:33 #

      Aaah – I have a very talented god daughter! Glad you enjoyed the photos 🙂

  11. TBM July 29, 2011 at 02:17 #

    Lovely photos…I love your dogs!

    • chicaandaluza July 29, 2011 at 09:34 #

      The dogs are still quite puppy-ish (despite being over a year old) and are so entertaining. We love walking them, but we have to wait until it´s cool to do it!

  12. bitsandbreadcrumbs July 29, 2011 at 05:09 #

    Beautiful, beautiful place that you live. Thank you for sharing.

  13. foodblogandthedog July 29, 2011 at 19:00 #

    Your dogs are cute! I’m loving the slideshow too, how on earth? When I am walking with Rufus I always wish I had one of those books I had when I was little. Where you tick off all the birds, flowers and insects you’ve seen and you learn about them and what they’re called. I have no idea, mostly! That walk looks amazing, and my sundried tomatoes are fab, thank you!!

    • chicaandaluza July 30, 2011 at 01:03 #

      Aaah – thanks! Your Rufus is pretty cute too. As for the slideshow, JamieAnne at A Dash of Domestic has a fantastic post which explains all. Hope you can figure it out, but if not let me know and I´ll try to explain as well as she does! Glad the sun dried tomatoes worked out – I´ve just come home from dinner at a local restaurant and left some tomatoes slowly roasting from your recipe while we were out. They smell and look wonderful and I have an exciting idea for tomorrrow!

  14. JamieAnne July 30, 2011 at 07:39 #

    Beautiful. Such cute pups! It makes me miss my dog.

    • chicaandaluza July 30, 2011 at 10:10 #

      Aah – I think homes really need dogs and children…you do have two lovely children though, and I´m sure they´re more fun!

  15. thefooddoctor July 31, 2011 at 07:04 #

    Wow! truely AMAZING

    • chicaandaluza July 31, 2011 at 08:39 #

      It is lovely, but we don´t take it for granted. Hope we never do!

  16. ....RaeDi August 3, 2011 at 01:09 #

    Thank you for sharing, the pictures are beautiful. Now when I visit your blog I have a mental picture of where you live, lovely….RaeDi

    • chicaandaluza August 3, 2011 at 09:14 #

      We´re so lucky to have this literally on our doorstep. We don´t take it for granted, hope we never do.

  17. Maulana Angga February 20, 2015 at 08:21 #

    What a wonderful walk and beautiful photos of the scenery. you’re a great writer!

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