Sunday, 5 July 2020

Dune landscape

Walking in the dune and forest landscape not far from here, trying to find some tranquillity, inspiration and answers so many questions...

Thursday, 18 June 2020

Back in Iznájar

Finally, we are now allowed to move between Andalusian provinces (not yet to travel to other parts of Spain - this will be possible from June 21). We went straightway to our beloved Iznájar, just on the other side of the provincial border, in Cordoba. 
Again, we enjoyed walking around the freshwater lake, looking at the olive orchards, discovering flowering artichokes and thistles. In the morning and evening, we had to hug our big friends ;-)

The lake of Iznájar

Flowering artichokes

Spending time with my friends

Saturday, 6 June 2020

Valle de Abdalajís

Slowly, we get back to more normality. We are now allowed to move within the province (schools and many shops are still closed, wearing a face mask is still a must in public transports and closed spaces, but anyway). Since we may not go further, we are forced to look for beauty here, which is a good thing: we discovered landscapes near a small town (50 km from here),Valle de Abdalajís, that we most probably would never have seen otherwise: thistle flowers, fields, soft hills. Enjoy!

Nicki enjoyed it there also...

Saturday, 16 May 2020

Garden gate

Like animals in a cage, we see nature around us but are still not allowed to leave our town (how long will this last? The situation gets more an more absurd every day: from Monday on, we will be allowed to meet with 10 friends at a bar terrace, but may still not walk in the nature alone or with the person you live with.) 

Of course, there are charming places in town as well, you only have to open your eyes. Yesterday, I found this abandoned garden gate.

Have you already thought about how animals must feel living in a cage day after day? If you feel bad at the moment because you have lost your freedom, at least, you have the power to open the cage of your parrot or canary bird and to give them the very best!

Friday, 8 May 2020

Warm evenings

Lockdown restrictions have been relaxed a bit since last Monday; we are now allowed to walk within a one-km radius from our homes (no more than two people together living under the same roof) and without distance restrictions for physical exercise (individually, only within our own municipality), between 6 to 10 a.m. or 8 to 11 p.m. 

Fortunately, we live near the beach, so that we can now breathe some fresh air (I think restrictions are so unfair for people living in ugly districts. Parks are still closed. This make no sense, but that's the way it is). 
Yesterday, it was windy warm but windy, the perfect weather for wave surfers. Enjoy!

Tuesday, 5 May 2020


Soon, we will be allowed to walk in the nature again. Hopefully. The nature is the only reason why I am here. It is almost summer; the spring has gone for ever, unnoticed by humans.


Friday, 1 May 2020

Living without freedom

Later, maybe, we will be able to read a lot about the impact of lockdown on mental health and economy. When the toxic measures that are now in force are relaxed, the newspapers will feed us with other statistics - about anxiety, depression, self-harm, suicide attempts, unemployment, short-time work, domestic violence, human right violations... 
Once is sure: no one will be the same again. Myself, I have been reflecting a lot about democracy, basic values and purpose in life. Some priorities have changed. The only thing I know is that I will be following my conscience, as always. But my future may be a different one, at another place, as I had imagined two months ago.