100 Happy Days

100 Happy Days

More and more people have asked me lately: Are you not writing anymore? Yes, yes, I am!  Here I am! Although, in seeing that my last blog post was six months ago, it makes me sad and sorry to think I’ve neglected you so, dear blog. Thank you people because the more you have asked … Continue reading

When your nomadic ways get the better of you

When your nomadic ways get the better of you

nomad – definition:  noun [countable]  /ˈnəʊmæd/ someone who belongs to a group of people who move from place to place in order to find food and water for their animals or themselves someone who moves from place to place or who often changes jobs I’m neither in search of food or water, thank god things have not got that dire, nor am I one to often change jobs, a glance at my CV will tell you that I stick to mine for an average of two years at a time, but … Continue reading

A girl walks into an ice cream parlour…

A girl walks into an ice cream parlour…

A girl walks into an ice cream parlour and asks for a double-scoop ice cream.  The assistant looks at her waiting for her to choose her flavours.  “I’ll have triple chocolate chip and coconut brownie please”.  The shop assistant reaches for a tub.  “No, no,” says the girl, “I want the cunt”. That wasn’t the … Continue reading

Time I wrote a blog

Time I wrote a blog

If you have been wondering where I’d disappeared to in the past few months, think no more.  I’d like to reassure my one, maybe two subscribers out there (Hi Mum and Dad!), that I am indeed, still alive. That said, I’d also like to take a few minutes to tell you what I’ve been up … Continue reading

Winter road tripping and a happy New Year

Winter road tripping and a happy New Year

While just about all my friends in Cordoba deserted the city and took off home to their families for the festive season, I had about two seconds to feel sorry for myself.  And then I was off out of there too. I had an excellent Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, spent with an extremely welcoming … Continue reading

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!

I just wanted to say, no matter where you are in the world, have a very Merry Christmas. Santa came to see me in Spain today.  Look what he brought.  Old New Zealand two-cent coins!  Nothing like a bit of bronze Kowhai to adorn the ears.  Gracias Papa Noël! Take care all, enjoy family and … Continue reading

The Medieval Villages of Britany

The Medieval Villages of Britany

The Celtic region of Northwest France is home to many unique cultural components of France.  Among megalithic monuments, whose purpose still to this day remains subject to much speculation, the acclaimed author Chateaubriand and the famous explorer, Jacques Cartier, as well as remarkable scenery, such as the Pink Granite Coast, a rare form of rock … Continue reading

The Breton Far

The Breton Far

This stodgy custard cake is delicious for breakfast or dessert.  I encountered it while I was in Brittany and fell in love! Here is a recipe I picked up on a postcard while I was there. Ingredients 150g plain flour 2 cups whole milk 150g pitted prunes 100g castor sugar 3 eggs Pinch salt 1 … Continue reading

Reflections

Reflections

This day, one year ago, I arrived in Cordoba. My emotions feel far removed from that of the lone girl arriving in an unknown city – now that I sit here cosy in my flat, eating porridge and sipping tea.  Okay, so some things don’t change… I might live in Spain but you can’t take … Continue reading