Spain…Once Again


Last Saturday, we spent the afternoon at the house of friends of my daughter’s. I am still amazed at the beauty and size of this house. Truly it was more like the family compounds we saw in Mexico.


In addition to the carport seen here, there were three other buildings beside the main house.  To the left of the carport was the “bodega,” that served as a hangout for the kids.  Next to that was a pool house. On the other side of the pool was a guest house where the mom works on her dissertation.image

The kitchen of the main house was a traditional Spanish style, with tiled counters and blue stained built in cabinets.




Spain…Once Again

Things Spanish that catch my eye:

cafe on Sunday afternoon  lime citroen

Cafe on a Sunday afternoon………………….Citron Deux-Cheveaux

house villa horacia  Pat's tree

Interesting house in the neighborhood………..Pat’s favorite tree.

japanese chickens    Crazy Japanese chickens….

greyhounds Rescue greyhounds…


fruit 1

The most beautiful fruteria….

horse at sunset

Horse at sunset….

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Spain…Once Again

More views of Feria in Jerez


feria decor

coachmanCostume of a coachman

red ladySorry for the blur…I took the shot before I realized she was posing for me.


A long time ago, I recorded a song (composed by my cousin, Scott) with the lyrics:

“Enjoy what you’re doing when you’re doing it.

There’s something great in everything you do.”

For me, that’s the theme of Andalucia.  The people seem to savor whatever they’re doing, whether it’s having an espresso in a cafe, shooting the breeze with a friend on a street corner, or buying vegetables at the market.

Last night, at Juan’s Taberna, we watched the town perk up after the afternoon siesta.  The same old men sit on the bench on Calle Ancha.  I wonder how many times they’ve heard each other’s stories?  It’s a pleasant life here in Sanlucar.

Anna's rose

Spain…Once Again

Feria in Jerez de la Frontera

feria jerez1

The feria in Jerez is all about horses and dressing up–and also about drinking and dancing the sevillana.  There is a wide promenade in the fairgrounds where the horses parade.  Some are saddled, some pull carriages, but all are exquisite animals, braided and tasseled and shining.

Fairgoers can have their photographs taken with a horse, as above, or buy a ride in a carriage.  All along the promenade are the big booths called casetas where one can get drinks and tapas, or a meal, and dance.  Further along are the rides.  Here the noise is ear-shattering.

And of course, there’s food: churros y chocolate, tortilla de patatas, helado, and many variations of ham and sausage sandwiches.

Let me try to describe the most ingenious ride.  Four or five huge tubes of plastic float in a large pool of water.  They look almost like tubes of bubble wrap.  Kids go inside the tubes and run, like hamsters on a wheel.  The tube spins; the kids fall down.  Fun!

old spaniard on horse

This gentleman looked so very Spanish.  He reminded me of my ex-father-in-law.  Check out the stirrups.  After I took his picture, he did crack a smile.

On the way to the parking lot, we saw this couple heading into the feria.

feria jerez adios

Spain…Once Again

Wandering around Villa Horacia, where we are living, I noticed this tile on one of the houses:

abuela house

It really made me laugh. It also made me appreciate that the people who live here actually took the time to buy a tile and insert it in the wall of their house.

If homeowners choose a name for their house, maybe they order a tile made to display it.  So that would mean there are places–workshops or factories–that cater to this particular custom.  Here are some more:

It pleases me no end that the people of Sanlucar name their houses.  What a wonderful custom!

Spain…Once Again

trish house 1

This is the front yard of our current digs in Sanlucar.  Olive tree on one side and lemon tree in bloom on the other.  trish house 2

The same olive tree seen from the living room window.

Pat mercado

Here’s Pat with our handy “rolser” that we take to go to the nearby market.

bottle brush tree

I remember “bottle brush” bushes from my childhood in Los Angeles, but this tree was something new for me.

The days here in Sanlucar are rich and warm and slow.  The bread is too good, the produce colorful and tasty.  pat ice cream

And then there’s the ice cream…

Spain…Once Again

Prado del Rey   Part 3

shawl in window

As we strolled along a street in Prado del Rey, I snapped a photo of the shawl in this window.  Little did I know then that it was only a preview of the inspired decorations we’d see later.


After the show, we headed down into town for some food.  On the way were these nasturtiums.

But then!  The yarn bombing began.  First, the lampposts sported crocheted sweaters.  That was amusing, but nothing unusual.  However, the art flying overhead was captivating and gasp-worthy.

sailing quilt

What a fabulous idea, to put a quilt in the sky!

flying web

Or colored spiderwebs!


Or lacy umbrellas!

As the sun set, umbrellas swung above, and we found a noisy, busy tapas bar where we enjoyed drinks and delicacies.

prado evening

What a day!