It’s summer!

After a promising week in February where the thermometer reached 21°C one Monday afternoon, the next few months were filled with a deluge of rain. This wasn't really something to complain about, as it meant that early garden experimentation never required the use of a hose. Until about ten days ago, when the thermometer shot …

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The many countries of Spain

"As you cross the border, you know you're in Asturias" We have friends who have bought property at the foot of a mountain range known as the Picos de Europa in Asturias, northern Spain.  We like Asturias, and as they said, you know you're in Asturias the minute you cross the border.  Unlike neighbouring Cantabria, …

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In Search of the Soplao

"Where are you going, Alex?" Alex stops to catch his breath. "They call it the Soplao." Astraes, deeply impressed opens his eyes wide.  Hesitating at first, he eventually declares, "I wanna go with you." "Only pirates can go." "I wanna be a pirate.  I can be a pirate, I's Cap'n Khal." "Cap'n Khal's a girl," …

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