Sad Thoughts, Happy Thoughts

24 Jul

Sometimes life throws you something unexpected, unwanted even. This last week has been like that. We were hit with sad news this week, news without too much hope regarding a beloved member of Big Man’s family.

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We cancelled our holiday, family comes first, and where there is life there is hope. I am sure you understand, most of us have been touched by ill-health and all that it brings within our circle of loved ones.

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Luckily we know that we have a big and loving family unit to help each other through these very difficult days. Through the darker days still to come. There is always light at the end of  the tunnel. It has been a good time for us though to reflect on what we have, what is good in our lives. Time to breath deeply of the mountain air and appreciate the good health that we have, to take a moment to remember not to take it for granted.

Let’s move away from these sad thoughts for a while, join us on a walk close to our nearest village as the sun is setting, it’s about 9pm, the heat of the day is a close memory, and the fresh night air is still a promise to be fulfilled.

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The sun sets on the little chain of mountains known here as “Los Pirineos del Sur” – the Pyrenees of the South. A little ambitious and grandiose, but we’re proud of our little mountains.

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We walk by the river bed which is dry now, but will be flowing with cold clear water in the winter months.

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We walk across the old bridge which is no longer used by carts or donkeys, but is so much prettier than the new tarmac one.

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A little look at the village before heading back to the car, and home. Bad days can also be good days. And every day brings the promise of a better one tomorrow.

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(Please excuse the washed out quality of the photos – I took them on my little camera and the light was fading. And apologies for not visiting you and commenting as much as usual, I hope you will understand).


34 Responses to “Sad Thoughts, Happy Thoughts”

  1. Mad Dog July 24, 2013 at 01:05 #

    I’m wishing you and all your family good health. I hope everything turns out for the best 🙂

  2. Natalia at Hot, Cheap & Easy July 24, 2013 at 03:01 #

    I wish you strength and hope at this time. Be well.

  3. Michelle July 24, 2013 at 03:53 #

    Keep walking. One foot in front of the other. Often that’s the best that one can do.

  4. Eha July 24, 2013 at 04:25 #

    Sometimes life puts you in a situation where the only way to survive is to take things minute by minute, hour by hour and day by day . . . and know that this too shall pass . . . shall think of you kindly . . .

  5. abrooke65 July 24, 2013 at 05:13 #

    Gorgeous pics. Thanks for sharing your walk with us. Strength to you and your family.

  6. Barbara Bamber | justasmidgen July 24, 2013 at 06:49 #

    I was so saddened to read your news tonight, your journey ahead will be a difficult one and I will pray that lovely walks like these continue to bring you peace. xx

  7. Barbara July 24, 2013 at 08:20 #

    So sorry to hear that you are facing a sad road for a while. I am sending lots of love and hope to you both. Bxx

  8. Danny & Sue July 24, 2013 at 08:26 #

    Thinking of you all, pictures very touching, brought back happy memories to us in your sadness. xxx

  9. Tandy July 24, 2013 at 08:55 #

    the washed out look is somewhat reflective of the post – I am so sad to read your news and I hope the time is not too painful xox

  10. Food,Photography & France July 24, 2013 at 09:24 #

    Thanks for the lovely, peaceful walk. All my best wishes to you and your family in this tough time.

  11. PendleStitches July 24, 2013 at 10:29 #

    I am so sorry to hear of your sad news. I hope knowing that in each corner of the world there is a friend for you and your family is some comfort at this difficult time.

  12. themateriallady July 24, 2013 at 10:43 #

    So sorry that life is sad at present. I hope you can all appreciate the strength that you will draw from that large, close family. Stay strong.

  13. thecompletecookbook July 24, 2013 at 10:43 #

    Sending you comforting and healing energy to you and Big Man all wrapped up in a warm hug.
    🙂 Mandy xo

  14. TBM July 24, 2013 at 11:16 #

    Thinking of you and your family.

  15. Bluejellybeans July 24, 2013 at 11:32 #

    Hola Tanya! Siento mucho que estéis pasando por estos malos y tristes momentos. Tienes razón, ahora la familia es lo primero. Un abrazo muy fuerte a big man y otro para ti. Muchos ánimos

  16. Karen July 24, 2013 at 12:51 #

    My thoughts are with you and Big Man. I wish you strength through the difficult time ahead.

  17. Promenade Claire July 24, 2013 at 13:22 #

    Love to you both
    I enjoyed your evening walk – I can see why you are there x

  18. cathyandchucky July 24, 2013 at 13:34 #

    Best wishes for the tough times ahead. Love lots and breath deeply of your gorgeous Andalucian air. Together you can face whatever the future throws at you and your loved ones and we, your blogosphere friends will be here for you xox

  19. mrszeg July 24, 2013 at 13:56 #

    Positive thoughts and strength to you and your family.

  20. spree July 24, 2013 at 14:26 #

    Tanya, I was saddened to hear what you and Big Man and the rest of the family are facing. For the sorrows that lie ahead, and for the love and peace you continue to find, may you be blessed. I’m thinking of you with care! so sorry…..

  21. Kathy July 24, 2013 at 15:14 #

    Thinking of you & your family. Thank you for sharing your beautiful landscapes as they embrace you.

  22. narf77 July 24, 2013 at 20:47 #

    Completely understand and hugs from Tasmania to both you and the big man XXXOOOXXX

  23. Charles July 24, 2013 at 23:03 #

    Sad times – and I just came over here from Charlie’s blog too :(. Wishing you both the best in this time, and very well said: “each day brings the promise of a better one tomorrow”. Take care of each other Chica!

  24. gardenfreshtomatoes July 25, 2013 at 12:57 #

    Thinking about you guys…take care of each other.

  25. hotlyspiced July 26, 2013 at 14:18 #

    I’m so sorry to hear you’re going through a difficult time. I do hope all is going as well as can be expected, given the circumstances xx

    • Chica Andaluza July 26, 2013 at 14:19 #

      Thank you Charlie – seems like a few of us are having a tough time right now 😦 It’s wonderful though to have all this supoprt from our blogging pals. Wishing you well too.

  26. The Seas Of Mintaka July 26, 2013 at 16:08 #

    Best wishes to you and your family, Tanya. But I hear they always say, there is always hope, and you never know what might happen.

  27. bitsandbreadcrumbs July 26, 2013 at 23:24 #

    Oh Tanya, I’m so sorry to read this news and sorry to be late in getting here. What a year. My thoughts are with you, Big Man and his family. They say if it doesn’t break you it makes you stronger and I’ve found this to be true. I’m so glad you both have a great support system there and I will hope and pray for the best outcome possible. Take good care.

  28. Rachel July 28, 2013 at 16:26 #

    Thinking of you and Big Man… love the photos and you…

  29. Marianne August 4, 2013 at 07:06 #

    Sorry to hear of your sad news, Tanya. Sending you good wishes.

  30. restlessjo August 6, 2013 at 15:56 #

    This is pretty much what I came looking for, Tanya. Keep hanging in there. You’re in our thoughts. 🙂

    • Chica Andaluza August 6, 2013 at 21:09 #

      Thank you Johanna…appreciate your thoughts and words.

  31. Calico Stretch August 16, 2013 at 12:09 #

    I am sorry to hear of your sad family news and hope wellness isn’t far away.

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