Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
Friday, April 11, 2008
- Crazy little February, windy March and rainy April make for a beautiful, flower-filled May.
- If you haven't seen the storks by San Blas (February 3) expect a year of snow.
- If March doesn't march, then April will be windy.
- April brings a thousand rains. And if the billy goat goes out for us, there'll be loads of rain. (?!?!?!) (Abril, lluvias mil. Y si nos sale cabrón, lluvias a mogollón )
- In August and January, don't sunbathe without a hat.
- Don't walk in August, or sail in December.
- September either takes out bridges or dries up streams.
- Light your fire at the beginning of November.
Sunday, April 06, 2008
to a different sort of place.
We didn't realise, when said train stopped beside a fence, that this was in fact Cercedilla Pueblo (two minutes up an olden-gauge track from Cercedilla - it's younger, and bigger, sister). I shot along the carriage to ask the driver's friend/brother/cousin if this was the station - just as the train started moving. It was. So they stopped the train and let us off, merely suggesting we be a bit quicker off the mark next time ...................... Coo!
So there we were in the middle of gorgeous nowhere - the foothills of the Guadarrama mountains, actually - in search of mountains, woods, and a complete absence of bright lights, noisy city.
We passed some handsome gardens on one side, and meadows with cattle and horses on the other. All the cows in Cercedilla have bells around their necks, which bongle constantly as they graze: it could drive you nuts because the sound carries, but it's so mellow and comfortable, that it seems to blend with all the other country noises. I liked it.
We had a stream for company at first.
Then the path started winding up, and up, in long shallow sweeps.
Though the most spectacular sights had to do with long decay and slow, steady regeneration.