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Eat out in La Sierra de Cádiz; Prado del Rey

Eat out in La Sierra de Cádiz; Prado del Rey

It’s hard not to eat out well in the province of Cádiz and Prado del Rey is no exception. This small town has an amazing range of gastronomic delights, local wines, an ecological farm and its own salt mine dating from Roman times. The busy high street is packed with bars and excellent restaurants and there’s a wonderful ambiente (atmosphere), especially on Friday evenings and weekends. In this post, I am going to tell you about Venta Rosario, a roadside…

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Eat out in La Sierra de Cádiz; Benaocaz

Eat out in La Sierra de Cádiz; Benaocaz

So, for me a healthy approach is an important part of good writing and good, home-cooked food forms a part of that approach. When we take our retreat guests out for dinner, we look for places that use local products, cater for dietary requirements and provide good service. Benaocaz is home to two of my favourite restaurants. Nestled in the mountains on the road from Ubrique to Grazalema, Benaocaz has a long tradition of producing cheese, cured meats and leather…

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Book choice: 5 great books that take you places

Book choice: 5 great books that take you places

Do you love reading books that take you places? Read on to find five fabulous book choices that will transport you to different countries, eras and cultures. Books that take you places The Wind from the East – Almudena Grandes Set in Andalusia in the South West of Spain this book takes you on a journey into the lives of two strangers who are both escaping their past. It’s a fascinating insight into the lives of the characters Juan Olmedo…

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How a Problogger content sprint reignited my interest in blogging

How a Problogger content sprint reignited my interest in blogging

My blog had been off track for a while due to a lack of energy and a heavy workload. I knew that if I was to continue blogging, I needed to take action. So, when the email from Problogger popped into my in-box with news about a ‘content’ sprint, I checked it out. The reasons Darren Rowse, creator of Problogger, gave for setting up the content sprint resonated with me. I have been following Problogger since I started this blog…

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New year, new stationery

New year, new stationery

As a writer, new stationery is always welcome. As much as possible, I like to buy sustainable stationery, dairies and notebooks that either support charities, local artisans or are eco-friendly and Fairtrade. Surprisingly, this is often inexpensive and can be much better value than buying mainstream. Living vibrantly calendar This year, I decided to kick-start the year with a beautifully painted calendar by Bristol-based artist, Fleur Barnfather. Each month comes with a stunning copy of one of Fleur’s paintings, an…

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Eco-camping in Devon; a weekend at an eco-campsite

Eco-camping in Devon; a weekend at an eco-campsite

A weekend at an eco-camping retreat This summer I went to Tiverton for a weekend of eco-camping in Devon at Coombe Farm. Never having visited an eco-camping retreat in the UK before, I wasn’t sure what to expect. Narrow country lanes led us to the entrance of Combe Farm and a spectacular view across the countryside. From there, a steep hill took us down to a parking area where we were able to park and forget about the car for…

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Costa de La Luz; Laid-back luxury in Los Caños de Meca

Costa de La Luz; Laid-back luxury in Los Caños de Meca

Los Caños de Meca Picture a Mediterranean pine forest, a clear blue sky and a long, sandy beach.  A laid-back type of place where you don’t have to worry much about anything. Welcome to Los Caños de Meca, one of the hidden gems on the Costa de La Luz. Wild coastline Called ‘Los Caños’ for short, this small coastal village is a not far from Tarifa. Off the beaten track, it’s a one road hamlet with a wild unspoilt coastline…

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Traditions in Spain: Torrijas with Meloja – Eggy bread at Easter

Traditions in Spain: Torrijas with Meloja – Eggy bread at Easter

Easter traditions I first included this recipe for Torrijas – a sweet version of French toast or eggy-bread – in an article about Easter traditions in Spain. To read the whole article click here. To make your own torrijas follow this easy recipe and invite your friends and family round to enjoy a Spanish-style Easter treat. How to make Torrijas I’ve been told the trick is to use day old bread and whole milk. In Chipiona (in the province of…

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From Me to You – letter writing with a difference

From Me to You – letter writing with a difference

Alison and Brian, the facilitators for the workshop From Me to You, got stuck in Bristol’s infamous traffic congestion on the way to the venue. While that may have sent many in to states of anger, impatience or nerves, Alison and Brian arrived with an air of serenity about them that made it difficult to believe they had actually crossed Bristol in rush hour. I was struck by the aura of contentment and peacefulness that surrounded them throughout the workshop….

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Writing tips: Freedom, Vanilla, Customers and Story: 4 things that changed my perspective on branding for my blog

Writing tips: Freedom, Vanilla, Customers and Story: 4 things that changed my perspective on branding for my blog

  Over the last few years, whilst being self-employed, I have struggled with building a client profile and in the process, I’ve become allergic to the word “niche”. I don’t know how many times I’ve wished it would go out of fashion. It’s not that I don’t understand the concepts. I totally get it. As a teacher, I specialised in my subjects with learners coming to me to gain the skills required to pass specific examinations. I just couldn’t apply…

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