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Walking to Ugíjar

In Mairena, Spain, Walks & Hikes by Jamie1 Comment

Every morning while Susan and I are sipping coffee and waiting for sunrise, the street lights of the white villages beckon us from the coastal mountain range across the valley.  The largest village, in the …

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Castañas Asadas or Roasted Chestnuts

In Gentle Food, Mairena, Spain by SusanLeave a Comment

We’re all familiar with the December classic that begins, “Chestnuts roasting on an open fire…”  Funny thing, I didn’t know the song is titled “The Christmas Song,” neither did I realize that roasting chestnuts was …

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Morning coffee

In Growing our Souls by Jamie6 Comments

I was on my second cup of coffee at the Starbucks in downtown Corvallis Oregon when I noticed a cute woman walking a pair of dogs.  It was Friday morning the day after Thanksgiving. That …

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Granadas (Pomegranates) in Granada Province ES

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Pomegranate season is officially over in the Alpujarra.  When we arrived in late October we had only a couple of weeks to get our fill of these extraordinary fruits.  Most of the beautiful fall foliage …

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Ashes to the Universe

In Growing our Souls by JamieLeave a Comment

“Old friends cannot be created out of hand… For years we plant the seed, we feel ourselves rich; and then come other years when time does its work and our plantation is made sparse and …

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Tranquil the Whole Day Through

In Growing our Souls, Mairena, Spain by JamieLeave a Comment

Our casita here in Mairena has a south facing terrace.  It’s a pleasant place.  I especially enjoy watching as clouds across the valley arise, linger for a while, and then fade. The quiet spectacle always …

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1st Impressions: Mairena, an Alpujarran Pueblo

In Mairena, Spain by Susan6 Comments

We’ve been in Mairena Spain for just over a week having arrived a few hours before the borders closed between the autonomous communities in yet another attempt to control the pandemic.  This tiny village has …

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Joy is Good Enough

In Growing our Souls, Valencia, Spain by Susan10 Comments

With time looking both more precious due to the pandemic and more endless during the recent lockdown,  I decided to take up a new activity: oil painting.  It was actually round three for me. Once …

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Vitamin D and Me

In Gentle Food by Susan8 Comments

I’ve been reading a lot about the relationship of Vitamin D and Covid-19 complications in the news.  I imagine you have too.  I think it all got started when Dr. Fauci (the director of the …

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My One Year Yoga Challenge – Halfway

In Yoga by Susan1 Comment

I’ve spent the last six months dabbling in the world of yoga. I’ve sought out different online courses, delved into a variety of yoga styles, and observed how my mind and body responded and adapted …

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“Start Where You Are Today”

In Outdoor Workouts, Valencia, Spain by Jamie6 Comments

First thing each morning Susan and I head out to the Royal Gardens.  A morning walk with exercise is our favorite activity of the day.  This morning, though, we were each feeling creaky and sore.  …