Somewhere South of Granada


#Travel #Alpujarras

You just might consider this to be the most boring video in the world. Depending on your point of view you may well be correct.

But, on my early morning journey to work in Trevelez a while ago I filmed the whole one hour journey through the Alpujarra with my dashcam.

It's a beautiful journey, thankfully condensed here to just a viewable 13 minutes. The sun is shining, the Alpujarra hills are gleaming and the road ahead is clear. Don't think I met another car going my way. We passed through the sleepy white villages of Pitres, Portugos and Busquistar and through open hillsides with far reaching views. Across the Mediterranean we could see the hills of Morocco.

In my former life it used to take me 50 minutes through rush hour traffic to reach my office 6 miles away. Usually it was raining as I waited, frustrated in the traffic queues. How life has changed for the better!

#Weather #Alpujarras

We have been keeping weather records at our house since 2006. Records to end of 2018 were collected by our Davis Pro Weather Station. Records since 1st January 2019 were collected by our Weatherflow Station. They form an interesting history of weather events in Lanjaron and the Alpujarras.

The previous “high” was in July 2017 when we reached 41.7C. Today we have been closely watching the rise in temperature and late this afternoon we beat our record. Highest recorded temperature since 2006 is now officially 42.1C!

High 14th August 2021

Snapshot from the Weather Station 14th August 2021

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Record of Highs since 2006

Record of Highs since 2006

#Clouds #Alpujarras

Some moody stuff happening in the skies this morning

Moody clouds

#Alpujarras #AlpujarraNomads #Walking #Video

A lovely morning walk through several local villages and surrounding countryside in this beautiful area of the Alpujarra on the “Ruta Medieval”

Villages – Mecina Fondales, Mecina, Fondales, Ferreirola, Busquistar, Portugos, Pitres

Between Fondales and Ferreirola

Village ancient architecture

Route map – click to expand

Route map

#Walking #Video #Alpujarras

A beautiful winter walk in the Sierra de Contraviesa starting and ending at the Haza del Lino and taking in Cerro Salchicha 1545m. Superb views across to the snow clad peaks of the Sierra Nevada. And of course, colourful Almond Blossom all over the place!


Elevation, Ascent and Distance

Elevation and distance chart

#Walking #Video #Alpujarras

Short video (<1min) showing a walk above the Alpujarra town of Lanjarón following the line of the gushing waters of the Mezquerina Acequia. No need for music, just the beautiful sound of the running water!


Elevation, Ascent and Distance

Elevation and distance chart

#Alpujarras #Nature

Quiet day today. Lovely weather and very unseasonal. My wife happens to be a big fan of orchids, so here's a photo of a giant orchid that I took on the dog walk this morning with the town of Lanjarón behind.

Giant Orchid

#Alpujarras #misc

The thinking man

Sometimes it's good to just sit and do nothing. Today dawned a dull day, not the inspiring sort of day that brought me here in the first place some 19 years ago. A UK sort of day, I guess.

I took a break from our dog walk to just sit and think. About nothing. Sat like the proverbial “Thinking Man” I listened to the dulcet sounds of the acequia flowing alongside. Over the other side of the valley, the Sierra de Lijar were wreathed in gray cloud.

Corunavirus lockdowns, lying governments, homeless people, hungry children and of course, stupid Brexit were totally forgotten. The mind was cleared.

After some time I was rejoined by my happy dogs and they splashed and played in the gushing waters. Kiersten arrived a short time after and we all made our way home for a warming cup of coffee with Baileys.

Life should be and can be so simple.

#Alpujarras #Weather

Most of the time the weather here is very benign. High pressure systems can last for months. Occasionally though bad weather can hit. And when it does, it usually hits hard.

High winds last night with gusts over 60kph (one of 70kph) displaced our porch roof and dispersed our garden furniture to all corners.

Garden furniture all over the place