Sunday, 18 November 2018

Happy in the city

With several orange warnings for heavy rain and thunderstorm for our province today, we could not do much more than looking at the waves between two showers and enjoying the progress of our new pedestrian centre that will be ready quite soon (I will post some pictures when it is open, it will probably be December). 
Eventually, towns everywhere in the world begin to realise that people are central, not cars. We humans need space to walk with our kids and dogs, to talk to our neighbours and look at the sky and birds.

Tuesday, 13 November 2018

Walking in the Parque de la Paloma in Benalmadena

It was a bit chilly and grey, but we went for walk in beautiful Parque de la Paloma in Benalmadena, the neighbouring town. There are so many succulents there that you always discover something new: blooming or fruiting cacti, changing colours. If you are lucky, you may see a rabbit or peafowl between the plants, but it was not the case this time. Enjoy!

Sunday, 4 November 2018

Sky and sea

Nothing more exciting at the moment than getting up very early to look at the sky and the sea with its fishing boats. I wish I could sit in front of it for hours, when dogs are still sleeping and before people around me begin to make noise with their phones, cars and other gadgets. I know many people do not like winter time; I love it. 

Sunday, 21 October 2018

Sunny pool

Those days, we are quite lucky here at the coast. Tourists of different countries are enjoying short breaks and half term holidays here at the beach, mostly under the sun and with pleasant temperatures, while parts of our province (not even so far away) are in state of emergency, suffering severe floods. (We only have to struggle with the driftwood on the beach).
I notice that the end of the year is approaching rapidly now. Clients ask about my (not planned yet) winter holidays, and yesterday, I ordered self-made Xmas cards at Fine Art America and new calendars. As always, I prefer to be prepared on time than having to rush in December. ;-)

Monday, 15 October 2018

Beach after the storm

That is our beach after the storm. Beautiful, but a bit scary. 

Tuesday, 9 October 2018

Cacti and flowers

A quick abstraction of some cacti and flowers I saw last weekend while we were walking in a protected area near the town of El Puerto de Santa Maria (province of Cadiz, Spain). We are generally in this area twice a year, in the autumn and spring, which are the best seasons to see some birds and enjoy the vegetation!  

Tuesday, 2 October 2018

Storm in the dunes

A bit late (after a couple of very busy weeks, tons of work and a conference in Valencia where I have just come back from), here are the last pictures of the Netherlands, of my dearest Schoorlse duinen, Schoorl dunes (province North Holland).

N.B. For weeks already (once again), comments do not appear on my blog and the comments I put on some other blogs do not appear either. After browsing a bit, I see that the problem is not new, but I hoping that Google engineers will solve it quite soon. There is nothing more frustrating.

This was just before a storm that was not announced, with thunder and hail. We had to walk back about one hour and a half without any shelter. But it was a unique scenery.

That is how it looks like with good weather.  If you are lucky, you may meet birds of prey, wild horses and Highland cattle in this landscape.