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Came across this little guy sat on an old tree branch yesterday above Lanjaron in the Alpujarras. Cute aint he? Dont ask me for the type, sex or even latin name. I dont have a clue. He’s just an OWL! click to enlarge
Fifteen thousand visitors a year visit the Lanjaron Spa Baths. It is hoped to grow by up to 20 percent next year with the addition of a new 4 star hotel adjacent to the baths.
The World Health Organization has recognized Lanjaron as one of the places with the greatest longevity on the planet. It is indeed the quality of its waters - together with the climate, the pure mountain air and the Mediterranean diet - that allows many of its citizens to live for longer than average lives.
Some of the best images are sometimes those found on dull, ordinary days. From my experience the picture postcard shots are never the ones to live too long in the memory. These photos were taken by my partner, Kiersten this morning as the mists cleared after 3 days of rain. You can see more of her landscape and wildlife photography by visiting her blog.
In particular, my favourite, is this one with the sunlight catching the town.
Took this shot this morning on our return from a Walking and Scrambling trip to Mallorca. Our Air Berlin flight from Palma de Mallorca passed right over the Alpujarras and Lanjaron. Conditions were very clear. The town can be seen, together with the water bottling plant and the wind turbines towards the Valle de Lecrin.
The motorway from Granada to Motril can be seen running down the left hand side.
Yes it’s true. We had a good day’s skiing yesterday in the Sierra Nevada with our dogs, Bruno (leonberger) and Khumbu (siberian husky).
We parked at the Hoya de la Mora above the ski town of Pradollano and made the 45 minute traverse on a good road and track towards the middle ski station area called, Borreguiles. Just before arriving we found some old ski pistes still intact, so decided to follow these uphill.
39 years on and the song “Working Class Hero” still has meaning, possibly even more so these days. Written by legend John Lennon and made a hit by Marianne Faithfull in 1979 it is a take on the class split of the 1940s and 1950s, and of the 1960s in which John Lennon was famous.
The song appears to tell the story of someone growing up in the working class. Acccording to Lennon in an interview with Rolling Stone magazine in December 1970, it is about working class individuals being processed into the middle classes, into the machine.
Yes, 44 years is a long time, as long suffering England fans will vouch for. They are not far behind, as its 42 years since they last won anything!
Our Bavarian friend, Herbert, still smiling! Anyway, Spain deservedly won Euro 2008 last night beating the dogged Germans 1-0. We were in our local bar in Lanjaron, the Flower Bar. As you can imagine the whole place went mad!