Tales of the Lecrin Valley

A personal view of life in an andalusian village.

The first of June and this is the first chance I’ve had to sit down and write anything for ages.  And that is because there is peace in the office as there is a meeting going on with reference to our new on-line travel website.  (As much peace, that is, as can be had with four Spanish women brainstorming.)  At times there is a benefit in being a bit Mutt ‘n Jeff.  We are going to call the new part of the business “Sabika” which is the name of the hill on which the Alhambra is built.  As we consider ourselves part of Granada if not Granadinos, (except for Maria Jose of course,) the title seemed apt and the photo on the front of the website is of the Alhambra.

Brainstorming stops for a photo shoot

Brainstorming stops for a photo shoot

Sabika website

Sabika website

Summer has started with a vengeance and it will not be long before the air-con will be on in the office.  Four people and all the electrical equipment create a lot of heat.  Maria Jose, Lidia and I went out one evening for a ride around the mountains with Juan and his son from Palmali and his horses.  It was a lovely evening and the horses all behaved themselves, although that would probably be a moot point as far as Maria Jose is concerned.  Her horse seemed to want to tip-toe along the edges of every cliff or drop we came across causing her to produce the most unusual sounds.  We retired to the Salerosa afterwards and hada few calming drinks.  Carmen and I also had a lovely dinner in the Salerosa with friends of ours.  Alejandra opened for a private dinner and what a dinner it was.  She specialises in sea food and we had a feast.  We also had a meal with friends in La Loma, a house and apartments situated high on a hill above Melegis and overlooking the lake.  It was the night of a full moon and the reflection on the lake was fantastic.  The owners, Thierry and Mariana  only open for private parties for between six and fourteen people and the food was again great.  Somewhere else to eat in the valley is always welcome and these two venues are highly recommended.  My sister and her husband were also here for a week in May, doing their usual trip around Spain visiting Paradores and staying with us for a week in the middle of their trip.  They disembarked in Santander in their Porsche Boxster expecting open-top driving through Spain and drove straight into a blizzard.  We had reports as they drove south of needing five layers of clothing but luckily the weather was dry here if not too hot, which allowed us to do quite a bit of walking in the valley.  They are both avid walkers and we did a couple of walks I had been looking forward to doing but had never had the excuse.  These were from Pinos del Valley along the tree line to Saleres and from Niguelas following the GR7 through the valley to Saleres.

And that is about all that has happened lately.  Except that Spain has just been downgraded to AA+ rating and that VAT is going up to 18% from 1st July.  Austerity measures are needed here in Spain but Mr Shoemaker seems unwilling to take the bull (in the form of the unions) by the horns and do what needs doing in the way of labour reforms.  Lackaday, keep booking our houses, please.  You are really missing something if you have not yet savoured the pleasures of the Lecrin Valley, especially in spring and early summer.