Tales of the Lecrin Valley

A personal view of life in an andalusian village.

The new bar has opened in Saleres, only on Saturdays and Sundays but this is a welcome change from having to go to Restabal.  It is being run by an Italian girl, Alejandra, who is doing a good job of it.  It opened the day of the Saleres festival and was very well patronised, even with a free bar outside.  On the Sunday there was the official opening which was crowded.  Free belly pork, migas and sausage and sardines were laid on and it went on ´til late.

The fiesta was as noisy as usual and lasted ´til all hours, there was free paella laid on on the Sunday and as the weather was fantastic it was well attended by locals and visitors alike.  It was a good chance to catch up on things with those who live away but come back for August and fiestas.

We spent Saturday afternoon with Toñi and her family in their house, bumping our gums and drinking and eating.  Most convivial.  Noticeably absent were Antonio and Chon Two, whose nine-year-old daughter died on the day of the fiesta some years ago.  They prefer to go to the campo and get away from the festivities, which is understandable.

And that is it for November.  The weather has finally broken and we have had some rain.  The temperature has dropped considerably, with good snow on the mountains and the central heating is on.  It will soon be time to light the fire and batten down ´til April.

  1. There’s nothing like “free” to get the customers in, Ron, and it sounds as if Saleres has got a winner there in Alejandra. I hope that people continue to frequent the bar, because that is the only way she will be able to continue her business.

    Seeing as it is December already, I wish Alejandra and the good inhabitants of Salereas a Merry Christmas and a Prosperous New Year.