Category Archives: Nature

Otoño..with fungi

Spectacular colour this Autumn in the Fuenfría valley..it’s good to be able to get out and live it. There are years, usually the hot and dry ones, when the oaks (los rebollos) go from green to brown without any fuss. … Continue reading

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It ain’t easy..

It’s not easy..to have fun..while wrapped up in a global pandemic ..but it can be done. 2019-20, the year of Covid, was also Tino’s eleventh year of life. And it wasn’t easy, a truly horrendous Winter and then almost three … Continue reading

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Summer in Spain.. life goes on!

Life goes on, indeed it does..at least for those who have not died. After the worst Winter in my later adult life, and a Spring frozen in paralysis, the Summer has amounted to a return to really living, a return … Continue reading

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Desolation..and skiing

It’s tempting to say that none of us have known such desolation..even the oldest among us..in a century of ongoing human life. But it’s hardly true. At the very least, the global devastation and desolation wrought by the conflict of … Continue reading

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2019-2020, warm Winter of death

As a portent, the death of Blanca Fernández Ochoa at the end of last Summer wasn’t the best. No better were the fires that burned in Guadarrama over the Summer. In November we had surprisingly good snowfall – see the … Continue reading

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Peñalara, easy hard-snow climbing

It’s weird..after late November and early December with the Sierra covered in snow..to arrive at Cotos in early January to find not a patch, not a shred of the white stuff. The mountains are apparently snowless. Washed clean by the … Continue reading

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So..it’s back to Autumn

Like i said..it was too good to be true. Winter starting in November in Sierra de Guadarrama..that’s something that belongs to the past. I guess you could say that it was a false start, at best. And it was good … Continue reading

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Autumn..in Cotos, 2019

Autumn in Guadarrama..once upon a time you would have expected snow from early November onward, but not any more. Or if snow does fall – and it does – you expect it to be quickly frazzled by the sun beating … Continue reading

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Winter?!

A little bit hard to believe..and too good to be true..but, for the moment, yes, it looks like Winter..and it’s only mid-November!

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Otoño!

Autumn has arrived..with its magic of fallen leaves.

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