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Out of my comfort zone and onto the NW ridge of Tozal del Cartujo

This is my version of a day scrambling I had in the Sierra Nevada on the NW ridge of Tozal del Cartujo. Thankfully I was in the competent company of Richard, Felipe and Andrew, who all helped to keep me calm, make me laugh and make me feel confident. Yes I can do it.

The four of us on the chair lift on our way up

The four of us on the chair lift on our way up

The four of us met in Lanjaron and drove to the ski centre above Granada to catch the gondola to the middle station and then the chair lift to below Veleta (in July … Read the rest

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What night time visitors do we get in the garden?

Have you ever wondered what night time visitors you get in your garden? Well I did, I know we have them, they leave evidence behind, some more so than others! So I set up a camera trap that I’m lucky to have and hope never to have stolen.

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The original idea of having the camera trap was to locate where my Booted Eagle was nesting and attach it near there (obviously before nesting season so as not to disturb them), but that is still work in progress. In the meantime to learn how to use this I set it up … Read the rest

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Sunset – the ever changing colours of the sky over Lanjaron

As you know living here in the Alpujarras, the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains, we are often treated to spectacular sunsets over Lanjaron (the gateway to the Alpujarras). March 8th was one of those evenings that didn’t disappoint. I took so many photos I thought I would share some of the forever changing colours. I have collected photos of the skies here for quite a number of years, you can view them at this link.

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I even took a short video.

Why not come and see for yourself and maybe take a walk. Spring is the perfect … Read the rest

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On the trail of the Quebrantahuesos!

The Quebrantahuesos (bone breaker), Gypaetus barbatus, Bearded Vulture, Lammergeier, Lammergeyer or what ever you want to call it, is one of the rarest birds in Europe. Once upon a time it was a common bird in Andalucia, but thanks to poison, poaching and hunting the bird became extinct in Andalucia during the 80’s. This left a population only in the Pyrenees.

Lammergeier

Lammergeier


There has been a successful but slow (takes many years for these birds to reach maturity) re-introduction programme based in the Sierra Cazorla, you can read more about it here Gypaetus Foundation. The Bearded Vulture lives mainly … Read the rest

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Walking in the Sierra de Huetor

We are having a great week of walking so far, the weather has been warm and sunny and have had good company. The Sierra de Huetor is quiet, unspoilt and relatively unknown to foreign visitors to Andalucia

To read a little about the walk.

Here is a short video of our walk.

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Cucumber

Yes for those who know me know that I love cucumber and living in this part of Andalucia means you very rarely get the cucumbers that we are used to in the UK, so I decided to try and grow some! hmmmm this is what was found amongst the leaves this morning, my very first home grown cucumber, now it may look strange but it tastes ok and I look forward to more.

At least my strange looking cucumber has not been grown in artificial circumstances like the ones brought from the big supermarkets in the UK! They use plastic … Read the rest

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