December 9th, 2017
December again. Daylight is scarce and the icy wind reminds me that another year is almost over. At the moment, everything is a rush. Everything must be performed, bought, controlled, sent or paid before end of this year. It we weren't able to perform, buy, control, send or pay in January as well. ;-)
November 29th, 2017
There are plenty of white towns or villages ("pueblos blancos", so called because of their whitewashed walls) in Andalusia, Southern Spain.
At the Costa del Sol, many tourists use to take the bus to Mijas, which is a nice day trip but you need to drive a bit further to discover more authentic Andalusian villages. Frigiliana, Vejer de la Frontera, Grazalema and Ubrique are beautiful. Or, nearer if you are based in Malaga, Almogia or Casares, for example. Remember to wear comfortable walking shoes (there are generally a lot of steps and/or steep streets there) and a jumper: it is always colder than on the coast, and sometimes also wetter.
November 26th, 2017
Hard to believe that this year will be over in a few weeks. We are still waiting for some rain that has not come yet. At least, temperatures are dropping at night, but during the day, this autumn is still warmer than many German summers ;-)
November 16th, 2017
During the summer months, flocks of people come to Southern Spain in search of sun, sea, good food and cheap alcohol, but autumn is certainly a better season to discover Andalusia.
At the moment, the sun is still shining so that you can eat chestnuts on the beach without hundreds of people around you (and even swim if you are brave), hike, look for mushrooms and enjoy the flourishing hedges and shrubs with strong colours.
November 6th, 2017
November is there: days are becoming shorter. Little by little, this year is coming to its end (it is time to buy a new calendar and to order Xmas cards), and a new Animal Alphabet is beginning today on Twitter, with "Audrey II" for letter A! The location for #TAE2018 has been announced. It will take place in April in Canberra, Australia!
October 26th, 2017
The Spanish town of El Puerto de Santa Maria is a magic place, with its ferry to Cadiz, its smell of salty water, mud and old buildings that would need an urgent refurbishment, its countless restaurants and bars...
Walking along the river Guadalete as it was low tide, I came to a place where generations of fishermen have been throwing old nets, ropes and other material. The incredible beauty of those rotting nets in the twilight was astonishing: perfect abstract art made by nature. And, yes, I saw some crabs and rats too.
October 19th, 2017
Yesterday, we got our first autumn rain here in Southern Spain. Not enough water to fill the water reservoirs, of course, but in this dry country, every drop is welcome. Our home mountain will certainly get a bit greener soon, and sheep and goats will enjoy to find some more food.
October 14th, 2017
Time is flying. The Animal Alphabet with endangered animals that we began in April on Twitter is now finished! As always, it was fun, I learned a lot about creatures whose name I even did not know!
Here a collage with the result (A-Z), and my five favourites. Enjoy!
October 3rd, 2017
When holidays are over, only pictures and memories remain.
I was impressed by the small town of Warendorf (Westphalia, Germany), the "town of horses" well known for its stud farm, with well-preserved historic centre. Although I have been studying many years in Muenster, which is nearby, I never had the opportunity of visiting it - shame on me!
I found some interesting doors to add to my Doors gallery on Fine Art America. Here are two of them:
September 27th, 2017
Just back from holidays, my head is full of pictures, impressions and ideas. :-)
We had no good weather in the Netherlands and Germany, so our first action was to purchase some rubber boots. With them, we were at least able to explore the nature around us.
During those rainy days, I found some fascinating mushrooms there (I have posted two pictures of my dog Nicki to give an idea of their height).