Jottings from Andalusia

Here we go… We start early on Friday morning. Barely a snatch of sleep before up and out to meet the pitch blackness of night and a (far too) cheerful taxi radio. Four women sitting motionless in a cab whizzing on an empty motorway, stunned by the early onslaught of wakefulness. A surge of chat then sleepy silence. Airport … More Jottings from Andalusia

Feeling ridiculous

Feeling faintly ridiculous as I wrap my paprika in plentiful plastic bags, ready to be stuffed into my small suitcase. My tiny cabin bag contains fleeces, lots of layers, a head torch and an emergency blanket (my walking friends and I are not extreme hiking but we are a bunch of mums who have occasional slightly sensible thoughts about safety), and now into the case goes…. La … More Feeling ridiculous

Boots and Paprika

One pair of hiking boots (unworn). One tin of La Dalia Pimentón de la Vera (hot). These are not the ingredients for a recipe (entitled Paprika Hiking Boots Stew). These items are travel bound. My tin of paprika is taking a trip back to Spain at the end of this week, but not to its … More Boots and Paprika

Pressing Pause

Here I am hankering after far-off lands….dreaming of and planning a girls’ (women’s) hiking weekend near Seville later this month, seeing in the New Year in Madrid with my family, and a visit to Berlin in the Spring. It’s Monday. The end of a half-term holiday with the children. The two biggest boys gone back to school, but the … More Pressing Pause