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December you look like April

December 2nd, 2018

December you look like April

It is incredible. December is already there, people are rushing to the shopping malls, maybe some of them will enjoy a long weekend next week (December 6 and 8 are legal holidays in Spain, but I will have to work: I am a foreigner working with foreigners).
The last month of this year began with fantastic weather: blue sky, little wind. A bit cold perhaps, but we could eat outside though, like in March or April.
I enjoyed taking a picture of the coast from Benalmadena's harbour. You see a lot of concrete, but also our dear mountains that are a whole world and can be reached on foot.

Another finished Animal Alphabet Extinct animals

November 25th, 2018

Another finished Animal Alphabet Extinct animals

It was spring (end of May) when this Animal Alphabets challenge started and it is now finished short before December knocks at our door: all extinct animals from A to Z are drawn! As always, I learnt a lot performing this: I had never heard a word about most of those creatures before. There were a little bit too many dinosaurs for my taste, but it was fun reflecting about them as well.
I hope the next challenge will be dog or cat breeds, but this will depend on the results of the poll.

Here are my six favourites, followed by a collage with all of them. Enjoy!

http://chaniscreativespace.blogspot.com/2018/11/another-finished-animal-alphabet.html

Happy in the city

November 18th, 2018

Happy in the city

With several orange warnings for heavy rain and thunderstorm for our province today, we could not do much more than looking at the waves between two showers and enjoying the progress of our new pedestrian centre that will be ready quite soon (I will post some pictures when it is open, it will probably be December).
Eventually, towns everywhere in the world begin to realise that people are central, not cars. We humans need space to walk with our kids and dogs, to talk to our neighbours and look at the sky and birds.

http://chaniscreativespace.blogspot.com/2018/11/happy-in-city.html

Walking in the Parque de la Paloma in Benalmadena

November 13th, 2018

Walking in the Parque de la Paloma in Benalmadena

It was a bit chilly and grey, but we went for walk in beautiful Parque de la Paloma in Benalmadena, the neighbouring town. There are so many succulents there that you always discover something new: blooming or fruiting cacti, changing colours. If you are lucky, you may see a rabbit or peafowl between the plants, but it was not the case this time. Enjoy!

Sky and sea

November 5th, 2018

Sky and sea

Nothing more exciting at the moment than getting up very early to look at the sky and the sea with its fishing boats. I wish I could sit in front of it for hours, when dogs are still sleeping and before people around me begin to make noise with their phones, cars and other gadgets. I know many people do not like winter time; I love it.

http://chaniscreativespace.blogspot.com/2018/11/sky-and-sea.html

Sunny pool

October 21st, 2018

Sunny pool

Those days, we are quite lucky here at the coast. Tourists of different countries are enjoying short breaks and half term holidays here at the beach, mostly under the sun and with pleasant temperatures, while parts of our province (not even so far away) are in state of emergency, suffering severe floods. (We only have to struggle with the driftwood on the beach).
I notice that the end of the year is approaching rapidly now. Clients ask about my (not planned yet) winter holidays, and yesterday, I ordered self-made Xmas cards at Fine Art America and new calendars. As always, I prefer to be prepared on time than having to rush in December. ;-)

http://chaniscreativespace.blogspot.com/2018/10/sunny-pool.html

Cacti and flowers

October 9th, 2018

Cacti and flowers

A quick abstraction of some cacti and flowers I saw last weekend while we were walking in a protected area near the town of El Puerto de Santa Maria (province of Cadiz, Spain). We are generally in this area twice a year, in the autumn and spring, which are the best seasons to see some birds and enjoy the vegetation!

http://chaniscreativespace.blogspot.com/2018/10/cacti-and-flowers.html

Storm in the dunes

October 2nd, 2018

Storm in the dunes

A bit late (after a couple of very busy weeks, tons of work and a conference in Valencia where I have just come back from), here are the last pictures of the Netherlands, of my dearest Schoorlse duinen, Schoorl dunes (province North Holland).

N.B. For weeks already (once again), comments do not appear on my blog and the comments I put on some other blogs do not appear either. After browsing a bit, I see that the problem is not new, but I hoping that Google engineers will solve it quite soon. There is nothing more frustrating.

http://chaniscreativespace.blogspot.com/2018/10/storm-in-dunes.html

Texel a green beauty

September 23rd, 2018

Texel a green beauty

The island of Texel in the province North Holland, the biggest Wadden island north of the town of Den Helder, has many facets. I have always heard that more sheep than people live there (I do not know if it is true). Texel's colours are golden (the dunes), blue or grey (the sea, depending on the weather) and green (everything else).
About one third of the island is covered by a national park. Because of its marshy environment, the island is rich in birds: we say many of them, water birds, geese and birds of prey. If you plan to go there, it may be wise to go during the autumn or winter: some paths are only accessible from August 1st / September 1st to March 1st because of the breeding season.

Enjoy some impressions of my short stay there!

http://chaniscreativespace.blogspot.com/2018/09/texel-green-beauty.html

Texel a green beauty

September 23rd, 2018

Texel a green beauty

The island of Texel in the province North Holland, the biggest Wadden island north of the town of Den Helder, has many facets. I have always heard that more sheep than people live there (I do not know if it is true). Texel's colours are gold (the dunes), blue or grey (the sea, depending on the weather) and green (everything else).
About one third of the island is covered by a national park. Because of its marshy environment, the island is rich in birds: we say many of them, water birds, geese and birds of prey. If you plan to go there, it may be wise to go during the autumn or winter: some paths are only accessible from August 1st / September 1st to March 1st because of the breeding season.

Enjoy some impressions of my short stay there!

http://chaniscreativespace.blogspot.com/2018/09/texel-green-beauty.html

 

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