The Guadiana River

Guadiana River
The Guadiana River separates Extremadura and Andalucia (Spain) from Alentejo and Algarve (Portugal) and is a favourite area of ours. We stay on the Portuguese side right on the river banks and we go for hikes in the mountains and drinks in the local bar – what could be better?

Can one ever have enough sunset photos?

Sunset in Portugal
Well, let's find out!

Chickpea, Green Bean and Tuna Salad

Chickpea green bean salad
The Husband and I are on a reduced calorie diet (a version of the 5:2 diet which I will tell you about soooon) and are eating a lot more vegetarian meals and we LOVE this salad. We have it for lunch and this is enough for 4 people (and we are big eaters).

Sunset Boys

Joerg and Micha
Does this beautiful photograph need any explanations? It was our first day in Portugal with our friends Anja, Micha and Angela (no not, Ms Merkel!) and the sky was magnificent.

Torre del Mar, Andalusia, Spain

Torre del Mar
Torre is another firm favorite of ours on the Spanish coast. They have, however, fallen somewhat into our bad books as they no longer allow camper vans to park overnight in EMPTY car parks. Very silly is all I have to say – I will spend my Pesetas elsewhere then thank you very much.

La Redondela, Huelva, Spain

La Redondela
I have stopped greeting Spanish men on my walks as they seem to think I'm trying to pick them up! But really, I'm only trying to pick up the really good looking ones... No, I know only greet couples, but that can also be dodgy...

Lemon Teacake / Bread

Lemon Tea Cake
You met my friend Carola previously in the Beef Stew post and she returns today with yet another great recipe, this time for an English cake. This is so soft and juicy and keeps so well, you just have to love it.

The View from The Loo

The view from our toilet...
Why yes, I do actually know how to lower the tone... Actually, this was The Husbands idea as he seems to think that it's sheer luxury to go in places like this (and no that is not a grammatical error!)

The view from our kitchen
Though I do think the kitchen is nicer...


Our spot in Mojacar
We've been to Mojacar before and I did blog about it last year (you remember of course), but we like it so much we went back again this year. And we love it as much again this year. You can see Alex, our camper van, in the foreground - he's named after Alexander the Great, a name chosen by our wonderful friend Roger because of his enormous size – the van not Roger you silly person!

Carola makes Jamie's Beef Stew

(Today’s recipe: Beef Stew originally by Jamie Oliver)
Pauline's rabbit
It’s become a Christmas tradition that we have Beef Stew with the lovely Carola and family when we’re in Germany. This year she was in hospital so no stew – quel dommage! But at least she’s well again and she gave me the recipe for this deelicious meal. She always doubles the recipe, so instead of for 4-6 she makes for 12 and the 6 of us eat it all… The less said here, the better.