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Summer in Éireann..agus in Árainn

Our trip to Ireland this Summer started in Gleann Dá Loch (anglicized as Glendalough), the Valley of the Two Lakes..and its monastic settlement and surrounding hills and mountains. When we arrived the country was still recovering from one of the … Continue reading

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From Winter to Summer..

A thing that never ceases to amaze me is the transmogrification of landscapes by snow. Walking on a Summer trail with brush over a meter high in furious yellow bloom all round, i find myself thinking.. but did i really … Continue reading

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The Puricelli trail – el camino Puricelli

There are many celebrated trails in the central Guadarrama area, but surely one of those you must begin with is el camino Puricelli – the Puricelli trail. It starts in Cercedilla, right out of the train station, and meanders up … Continue reading

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The Shower of the Germans – La Ducha de los Alemanes

The heavy rainfall of recent weeks, combined with the thaw as the snow gradually disappears from the Sierra, has meant that the streams and rivers of Guadarrama bound down from the mountains replete and teeming with water. Water is the … Continue reading

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Big snow

There’s a proverb in French which says: L’hiver n’est pas bâtard, s’il ne vient tôt il vient tard. It means something like: Winter is not a half-baked thing, if it doesn’t come early it’ll come late. It certainly didn’t come … Continue reading

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What’s so great about getting back to Nature?

At the recent Paris conference (some would say “historic Paris conference”..we shall see) a slogan was born..and may indeed live to mark history. We are not fighting for Nature, we are Nature defending itself. This catchy phrase begs a couple … Continue reading

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Flying our kite!

So what’s my six-year-old son doing..standing in the middle of this high open meadow known as Collado de los Amigos or Raso Hornilla? ..on a sunny windy Winter’s day in the shadow of Siete Picos (known in the past as … Continue reading

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