|Cheers on Noche Buena, Christmas Eve|
With the distinct feeling that there have been more peaks than troughs in 2014 and that we're happy to climb mountains in 2015.
Barney McGrew survived the axe this Christmas some of you may be glad to know. I can't promise he will live to a ripe old age but for now, he's one happy chappy, though he may have noticed that one of his two 'friends' has disappeared - but this was a mercy killing as one of the two cockerels had a damaged leg and he couldn't support himself properly. FR did a good job of dispatching and cooking him and we wimps were none the wiser as to exactly how the dinner arrived on the table that day.
Christmas Day was enjoyed by all, with presents, good food and games.
Mateo still half asleep....
|Christmas Day - no turkey!|
And on the whole, it has been a very quiet Christmas and New Year but we've played Uno, Cluedo, Charades and other silly games with gusto.
|And when the temperature drops outside, we're cosy indoors. |
I guess I should really have positioned my cushions before taking this one, I do apologise...
The weather has been beautifully crisp, blue and clear apart from the one day that Ruy went to his Archery club up in the mountains to the north of Granada. It was SOOOO cold and damp and horrible that day that I don't know how he managed to even lift his arms, never mind win prizes in the fun competitions they had that day. But he walked off with some good wins including a hand crafted leather arm protector that he'll have forever and with which he was very pleased.
We went into Granada a couple of times and yesterday on our way home, we drove up to a little 'Ermita' or Hermitage which we have intended visiting for some time. It's perched high up on a peak to the west of Granada above an area of quarries. It was spectacular, no other word for it. And odd to find an ostrich or two there too....
|Looking west towards Alcala la Real - which isn't visible but is somewhere behind the odd looking set of mountains.|
|Looking south-east towards Granada and the Sierra Nevada|
|This very inclined rock must once have laid flat on the sea bed. We didn't find any fossils but we did see a few fossil hunters....|
|The lovely Ermita Tres Juanes - we'll have to return when it's open for a visit.|
|Looking to the north and to part of the quarry works that are in the area.|
And of course, there have been lots of sunny walks with Pip and time to reflect on the year that has passed and to think about the year ahead. And whilst I no longer make resolutions, I think I will definitely be trying to keep up with my blog and those of my blogging friends in 2015 - I've been rather lax recently and miss reading what people are doing. And with that thought in my head, I shall publish and move one....whilst still Being Here, of course!
Happy New Year - may it be a good one.
Happy New Year, Annie!!!ReplyDelete
And to you too, Ms S. Have a good one. AxxxDelete
I'm glad that the turkey escaped his fate....it would be like eating Monty!ReplyDelete
Looking forward to reading posts which 'may contain nuts' in the months to come.
Not absolutely sure I should tell you this, but instead of Barney on Christmas Day, we had lamb.....Delete
Thank you Helen! Axxx
The mountain views are spectacular Annie, and the views from inside Casa Rosales are just as wonderful. I have exactly the same view about blogging ....I've been so lax about it...reading, and writing...and I miss it.ReplyDelete
Happy new Year to you all. xxxx
Yes, I'm really pleased at how those outdoor photos came out, which I took on my phone - they do capture how amazing it was up there! And the lovely and warm tones indoors too.Delete
What I would really like is to come and celebrate your birthday with you but unfortunately, it's the week I will be starting work again and the weekend before I am visiting Sam in Scotland with Romy....:-(
Happy New Year to you too.
Happy New Year, Annie.ReplyDelete
A wonderful post to get you started with keeping us up to date with happenings at Casa Rosales.
The mountain pics are stunning against the brilliant blue sky.
Love the labels xx
Hello Gaynor and a Happy New Year to you too.Delete
I'm pleased with the photos too and all is well here.
Glad you like my labels - I do enjoy doing them!
Happy New year, Annie.ReplyDelete
Your family, sights, adventures are always fun to see - and I LOVE your outfit. I, too, hang on to clothes and accessories, many from TJMaxx, forever. Best in 2015.
Hello and Happy New Year to you, Penny!Delete
Thank you for your kind words...and another fan of TK or TJ Maxx. I hang on to too much I think but always with good intentions...one day, they'll fit me again!!
Happy New Year, Annie!ReplyDelete
So fun to look at your photos! What a lovely family and it sounds like you had a wonderful Christmas and New Years celebration. You live in such a gorgeous area!
Thank you Holly - and the same to you too! Glad you like where we live - we do feel very lucky. AxxxDelete
What lovely family photos! And your house is a super mix of Spanish and cosy English - how clever of you to have created such a welcoming home so quickly!ReplyDelete
Thank you Nilly - Happy New Year to you.Delete
Delighted that you like the look of our house - we've been so busy with the outside that the inside has just sort of 'emerged' and it feels as though we've always been here. Axxx
Fantastic scenery. If you were the sort of person who positioned cushions before taking photos, I probably wouldn't still be reading your blog.ReplyDelete
(ps I was in TKMax yesterday)
You made me laugh with this comment Annie! Thank you - I am so glad you're still reading. I shall resist any impulses to tidy up before I photograph just to be sure I don't put you off in the future! AxxxDelete
What a splendid post to start the new year, Annie. I love your photos of the spectacular scenery that surrounds you and the cosy happy family snaps of your Christmas fun. Games amnd charades and trips out sound like the perfect way to celebrate.ReplyDelete
As for blogging, I'm continually playing catch-up as typing takes so long with one hand. Sigh...
Thank you Perpetua! Like you, looking at our surrounding landscape gives me great satisfaction and considerable awe. And we love playing games too.Delete
I hope you'll be blogging with less hassle now - good exercise for that damaged hand of yours. Take care.
Happy New Year!ReplyDelete
You live surrounded by amazing landscapes don't you, it must be most inspiring x
Happy New Year to you, Annie. Yes, I have very bruised arms as I spent so much time pinching myself!! AxxxReplyDelete