April 16, 2014

LOS PUEBLOS BLANCOS DE ANDALUCÍA ...

                Bouganvillea blooms here practically all year round in all colours ...




Linked to Alphabe-Thursday where ‘V’ is for Andalucía's white *v*illages (los pueblos blancos) ...


Casares
Gaucin
Algatocin
Ronda's Ponte Nueve

And, finally, thank you to all our dear readers who visited or commented.

Enjoy!


NORA & LOLA:)

April 9, 2014

EL TORCAL, ANDALUCIA ...

Linked to Alphabe-Thursday where ‘U’ is for *U*nusual El Torcal (Antequera, Andalucia, Spain) and its special rock formations like this "face": Anyone you recognise?

 










And, finally, thank you to all our dear readers who visited or commented.

Enjoy!

NORA & LOLA:)

                                

April 2, 2014

TREATS ...

Andalucia is famed for its Pottery 

                                  


                              which is often influenced by its Moorish past

                                      and sold in markets like here in Granada

                          and displayed on balconies and in courtyards everywhere

also in Granada ... The Alhambra 
                       Linked to Alphabe-Thursday where ‘T’ is for *T*reats like a piece of pottery 
                                     or favourite childhood *T*reats ...

Do you have a particular memory to share? I used to choose always the red Smartie to make my lips look red! Ooh, it was my favourite lippy at age five!

And, finally, thank you to all our dear readers who visited or commented.

Enjoy!

NORA & LOLA:)
                                


March 26, 2014

SPANISH SOFT FRUITS & SCREEN NURSES (LINK, SORT OF) ...

Soft fruits like strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, blackberries etc are cultivated practically all year round here in Southern Spain mainly, though not exclusively, in polytunnels and distributed across Europe 











                                                                 And those infamous polytunnels:
Linked to Alphabe-Thursday where our second ‘S’ is for *S*creen nurses like …


Hotlips (MASH)

Nurse Jackie

Kill Bill Vol 1

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest


An American Werewolf in London

Kathy Bates in Misery

Nurse Carol Hathaway

        ANY FAVORITE SCREEN NURSES HERE - OR OTHERS MEDICS ... 


And, finally, thank you to all our dear readers who visited or commented.

Enjoy!

NORA & LOLA:)


March 19, 2014

SPAIN'S ALMOND TREES ...






Almond trees were domesticated as far back as 3.000 BC and have been part of our local Mediterranean culture for millennia. Approximately 1.7 million tons of almonds are produced every year around the world. Spain is the second largest almond producer in the world (13% of annual production) after the United States (over 40 percent annually) and relies on Andalucia and Valencia as its main producing regions.
Almond trees add a special charm to the landscapes of Andalucia with their willowy wispy branches and delicate flowers. The largest populations of almond trees can be found in La Axarquia in Malaga Province, also about 22km inland from Marbella.

If you travel across southern Spain in the Spring while the almond trees are in full bloom (usually from late January until about mid March), you’ll see that some are white and others pink. The white blossoms produce sweet almonds while the pink ones produce the bitter variety. The latter contain cyanide which must be removed before consuming the extract of these nuts.


Enjoy!

Nora