Casa Rosales

Casa Rosales

Tuesday, 7 May 2013

And there was the day....gone!

A sheep pace of life
It's a strange phenomenon that since we've moved to the countryside, it seems as though time has slowed down. I rarely feel as rushed and busy as I did when we lived in town. I'm living at a pace to hear the birds sing and watch the clouds move across the sky. I really do feel the gentle movement of the earth beneath my feet. As our house faces south and it's a long thin building, we get the full sensation of the sun on its east to west path. However, we seem to reach 10pm each evening without ever knowing how it got so late!

We still have no television and no one seems to miss it, but we don't get the reminders of time that programmes used to give us and as the evenings stay light, it comes as a bit of a shock that it's time the children were in bed and another day is almost over.







Looking backwards, though, we seem to be fitting a lot into our days. Romy and Ruy have been on school trips. They've been to Granada to the Alhambra and the gardens of the Generalife, which will be especially wonderful at this time of year and they both also went to a concert in the Manuel de Falla Concert Hall. Romy went last week and had a wonderful day and Ruy went last Friday. During last week, Romy's class had been putting on a series of plays for the younger children. Romy was a cat in her play and we were invited to go and watch.



It was lovely, with the little infant children joining in and having a great time. The performance was held in the art room and I was most impressed with the displays and snapped away with my phone camera - so the quality of the photos isn't that good but there's no doubting the quality of the art!


Love the birds playing a duet!








I've been taking some beautiful walks with Darwin - the countryside here is something very special. Unlike much of this region, not all the land is given over to olives. We have a lot of other trees and plants around too. And Villalobos is in a gorgeous valley - very lush at the moment - with lots of water running in rivers and small streams. We've picked a very lovely place.

(Photos taken again with my phone...they're not bad but not good!)








Hawthorn bushes blooming as they should in May.

Gorgeous daisies but can't work out why my feet are there if I took the photo myself? They look too far away....


How I love poppies.....I really do.






And tomorrow, I can show it to my mum!


Yes, as soon as we found the house, she booked a flight to come and visit. I can hardly wait. Despite having lived here such a short time myself, I have really enjoyed looking at it all as if with her eyes too - deciding what to show her when she arrives. She'll be glad to sit in our garden and take a long earned rest too. She might just be persuaded to put her green fingers to use - or at least advise. Anyway - I know her visit will also fly past too, but quality time it will certainly be.




A clematis ready to impress









I saved this beauty for last - hasn't this been a magnificent tree. I wonder how old it is?

24 comments:

  1. This really was the right place for you, wasn't it.

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  2. As I was reading this, I was thinking exactly the same as Helen. Fate has finally matched up you and Casa Rosales

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    1. It certainly feels right, Annie. Axxx

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  3. You have landed in the most wonderful place ... happy days :)

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    1. I don't think I've done it justice yet, Annie. We are certainly having some very happy days! Axxx

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  4. What a calming blog this was to read.I lived in the countryside until i was 18---i clearly remember how events held in other nearby villages started when everyone had arrived!! There was no set start times or finish times.Enjoy it all Annie.

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    1. Thank you Maria; we're looking forward to the weekend's festivities - not sure how calm they'll be but certain to be interesting.
      Axxx

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  5. The happiness you feel in finding the right place for you, absolutely shines through in your blog posts Annie.

    Your photos are always really good, even with the phone.

    Enjoy the precious time with your Mum xx

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    1. Thank you Ayak! It's all still sinking in - and that in itself is a lovely feeling.
      I'm snatching a few moments to catch up here but otherwise, there is much nattering and chattering going on. Good stuff.
      Axxx

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  6. By my reckoning your mum should have arrived yesterday. I hope you are both having a wonderful time. You know she's going to love it, and then she'll be able to think of you, in situ, loving it too. Jxxxxxx

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    1. Quite right, Janice. We met Mum at 9 o'clock last night and only stopped talking to sleep. Of course she loves it, in fact, she is most impressed at our luck in finding just what we were hoping for. It's going to be a very nice few days...
      Axxx

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  7. You've found your little piece of paradise, Annie, and now you can have such fun sharing it with your mother. I bet she loves it! As far as TV is concerned, you might feel the lack in the long winter evenings, but I wouldn't bother with it before then, if at all. :-)

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    1. I know my mum thinks we've found a most perfect little spot - she seems almost as in love with it all as we do.
      TV? We will definitely wait til winter!
      Thanks,
      Axxx

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  8. Lovely spot you have chosen. It's amazing how the time flies by especially the evenings, nice to enjoy the peace of a balming evening. Enjoy your Mum's visit

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    1. We do rather like it, Chrissie! You'd think that the slower pace of life would make everything seem to last longer but strangely, it doesn't! My mum is enjoying the rest though. Axxx

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  9. Such a beautiful set of images! Your new home looks like bliss. I hope you are enjoying your time with your Mom. Have a wonderful weekend!!

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    1. Thank you Elizabeth. Henny would like it here too...
      Having a lovely time with Mum and looking forward to a fiesta-filled weekend.
      Axxx

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  10. It sounds like you've found a little bit of paradise Annie, your mum has much to look forward to when she arrives...........enjoy spending time with your mum, precious memories are sure to be made.
    Kim xx

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    1. We are so happy here, Kim, and it's still sinking in that this really is our home now. My mum thinks it's wonderful and we're having a lovely time together - you are quite right about precious memories. Axxx

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  11. It all looks so beautiful and peaceful, and the countryside looks amazing. I hope you enjoy showing it all to your Mum when she visits.
    And how great that nobody seems to miss the tv - long may that last!
    Gill xx

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    1. It seems to get more lovely every day, Gill. And my mum is quite bowled over with it all - we're having a great time doing very little apart from enjoying the countryside and each other's company.
      Sh...don't mention tv! We're not missing it at all but I'm sure if we started talking about it, we might think we do.
      Axxx

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  12. Beautiful and I love poppies, too. A hawthorne bush sounds so romantic, for some reason. I enjoyed your pictures here.

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    1. The wild flowers have been incredible - and so very, very lovely, Penny. I agree that hawthorne has very romantic connotations somehow. Thank you for your comments, Axxx

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