Tales of the Lecrin Valley

A personal view of life in an andalusian village.

Mid July, temperatures up to the high 30’s low 40’s, persianas closed until October and siestas a real necessity in the heat of the day.  Yesterday and old friend of mine and I were in Granada from about six in the evening and no-one else showed in the streets until the sun had gone down and the place became more bearable.  The last two weeks of July are always the hottest of the year, but in August it gets better as the sun starts to set earlier in the evening.  I do love the atmosphere now, as after dark all the villagers put their chairs out in the street and talk and socialise until the late hours.  Next month, those who live away in Barcelona or Madrid will be back for their summer holidays with their parents and the village comes to life, although parking is a problem with all the Barcelona taxis and the (rented?) Mercedes blocking the village. Then we have the chance to catch up on what has been going on and impromptu parties and get togethers abound. The Salerosa is bound to produce more surreal episodes and I will let you know as and when things happen. I was in there on Saturday with my friend who is here from Portland, Oregon, and he was a bit surprised when Antonio three rode his mule up to one of the outside tables at which we were sitting and Alejandra gave the mule a drink of wine from her glass. His sister then came out and gave us a bowl of wild boar cooked in wine and vinegar and a kilo or two of courgettes. Antonio had already given us about fifteen kilos of lemons. Land of plenty. Oh, and as always Antonio criticised my irrigation of our finca. It is impossible to do anything with my land without quadrophonic critiscism and advice, all of which contradict each other, so I nod sagely and do what seems the most sensible. Probably, with the ideosyncracies here in the valley, the best thing would be to do the most outlandish or nonsensical thing advised, but prudence must play its part.

Antonio Three on his mule in the bar

Antonio Three on his mule in the bar

Alejandra giving Antonio Three's mule a glass of wine

Alejandra giving Antonio Three's mule a glass of wine