Pomegranate

That I never get to eat due to birds, bugs and timing. Save

Fall Bouganvillea

Missing the garden…

Free roses

Isn’t it amazing? They grow and they’re free!

Shades of Green

After a lot of trial and error finally achieved the right shades of green for the den doors. Pretty pleased with my paint job too… Save

Fiesta time

A common sight (and sound) in any village of white paper garlands flapping in the wind during fiesta time.

Rear View Mirror 3

Sunday afternoon scooter outing.  Hot sun in the summertime.

Yellow butterflies

Minding my own business on a sunny afternoon when two butterflies appeared…

Abandoned: abandonado

How my garden probably feels when I leave it too long.

Flowering artichoke: alcachofa

Came back to a weed fest and one nice surprise in a lonely corner of the garden. Perhaps next year I’ll be here in time to eat one.

Jack English RIP

If you read the heartwarming story of Jack English’s inspiration for this New Year you’ll be saddened to hear he recently passed away. Here is his full life story, highlighting the simplicity of… Continue reading

Garden envy

Planted by my robust 80+ year old neighbour.  I find her hauling wood in the winter and hoeing like a trooper when preparing her garden for planting.  I can only look in wonder… Continue reading

Snail: Cargol

A typical mallorquin dish that is enjoyed by many.  I will eat most things but can say this is not on that list!

Flowering Quince

March is the month for flowering Quince.

Garden find: wild gladioli

The mystery of the green clumps in the garden has finally revealed itself. Perhaps I wasn’t here at the right time before or they just decided to come out this year.  Wild gladioli!… Continue reading

Rear View Mirror 2

A sunny winter scooter ride

Old Olive tree: olivera

Now THAT is on old olive tree!

Giant asparagus

This weird Day of the Triffids plant made me turn my scooter around to take a photo.  It looked like a giant asparagus and must have been 15 feet tall.   Some kind… Continue reading

The simplest recipe ever

Never having been a huge cauliflower fan this pasta sauce has changed my mind.  So simple to make. The quickest evening meal ever. Healthy and delicious too.  It looks like a rich cream… Continue reading

Rusted iron: hierro oxidado

A World of Interiors moment of found rusty objects in the basement, garage and outdoors.

Abandoned Distillery

All I thought was ‘nice signage’…. but actually stumbled upon a distillery with a history.  What a surprise to find a youtube video dedicated to this once famous enterprise (albeit all in Mallorquin).… Continue reading

New Year’s Inspiration 2016: Molt d’Anys

“You’ve got to have someplace to get away from this turmoil”.  Wise words from Jack English, 93 years old.  Watch this inspiring and charming video from Director/Producer Grace Jackson.  Contemplation and contentment. Two… Continue reading

Palm

The base of a palm tree frond (I think that’s the word).  Shows how tough a material it is!

Beautiful January sky

With my lemons in the foreground doing quite nicely this year.

Pomegranate: Granada

I am now the proud owner of 4 pomegranates off my tree.  Such an exciting moment that turned into a gruesome task, with red juice and seeds splattering everywhere.  The red juice stains…there… Continue reading

Black turkey: pavo

Thought this was probably a turkey as had never seen one before, and yes, it is a black turkey.   Turkeys come in all colours – who knew?  Known as ‘Black Spanish’ (or… Continue reading

Danger: peligro!

1970s man in suit – do not touch!

Palafrugell wander

Came across this hotel courtyard/bar at Hotel L’Estrella while wandering around Palafrugell this summer.  Pretty stylish 2 star.

Raixa Estate

A view of old cement tiles on the terrace. and beautiful marble tiles inside that look brand new(?).  Must ask next time.

Raixa Gardens

The Possessió de Raixa near Bunyola is a magnificent country estate famous for its Italian style villa and gardens developed by the Despuig family under their ownership from 1660 until the early 1900s.… Continue reading

Rear view mirror: espejo

Sometimes looking over your shoulder is good thing.

Grapevine 2

This is how grapevines are supposed to look. Ashamedly, here is how mine looks. I think I have a lot to learn.  At least there’s only one vine to contend with. Lucky that… Continue reading

No parking please

Aparcar = park a car.  Easy to remember.

Terracotta tiles

Cool tiles in entrance hall at hotel in Palafrugell, Costa Brava

Matching sheep

Sheared sienna sheep (cordero).

Red soil: tierra roja

An arresting sight of newly ploughed red soil. According to a 2010 study conducted by Spanish and American researchers the reddish soil in Mediterranean areas such as Majorca (Mallorca) and Sardinia is a… Continue reading

Surprise bird’s nest

Stumbled upon a surprise amongst the thorny rosehips.

What is a rosehip?

I’m the first to admit I know nothing about roses but I have heard of rosehip jam and I think that’s what is growing at the back of the garden. Super wary of… Continue reading

Lanzarote Cactus

Blast from the past!  Before smart phones when people used to carry ‘cameras’.  It was only around 10 years ago amazingly.  I must say my favourite cactus garden has to be in Lanzarote. … Continue reading

Cactus Garden – Cap Roig

Visiting the gardens after a scorching June & July meant less flowers but more cacti.  The cactus garden at Jardin de Cap Roig near Palafrugell is stunning.

Costa Brava – Cap Roig

An amazing garden in the Costa Brava near Girona with dramatic views over the ocean – Jardins de Cap Roig – 17 hectares of beauty and home to the annual Cap Roig music festival.… Continue reading

Fudgesicle recipe

Anyone who knows what a fudgsicle is will be as excited as I was to make these.  And they came out amazingly!  And they are non-dairy and healthy.  Super easy to make. Recipe… Continue reading

Map: Mapa

When did you last look at a map?  A paper map?  OK, it blows in the wind (especially on a scooter).  Gets ripped.  Hard to fold.  Doesn’t look cool. But there’s something about… Continue reading

Fiesta time

A common site during fiesta time. Catalan flag and paper streamers decorated towns.

Capers: Taperas

I was wondering what these white flowering clumps were growing between rows of trees. Capers! Neither fruit nor seed but the bud of a thorny, low growing flowering shrub. Caper picking is an… Continue reading

House: casa

Beautiful colour and striking textures against a bright blue sky.

Spot the lemons

Looking forward to a new crop in the winter.

Big pig!

Hairy happy pig (cerdo).

Pickle fail

I’m not going to lie – after a promising start my pickle experiment was a big fail.  After 24 hours you could strip car paint with those cucumbers. Maybe I did something wrong.… Continue reading

Fundacion Pilar i Joan Miró

Catalan artist Joan Miró said in 1938… My dream, once I am able to settle down somewhere, is to have a large studio, not so much for reasons of brightness, northern light, and… Continue reading

Jamón con melón

Simple and mouth watering, ham with melon.  No fuss on a sunny day.