Take A Walk With Me Around My Village

I’m going for a walk around Canada del Real Tesoro or Estacion Cortes de la Frontera. It’s a lovely Monday morning. Got your sunglasses and walking shoes on?Β  Great !! Let’s go.

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My Rambo builders. Jose & Javi. Day 11. The hot water tank is going tomorrow. I'll be a dirty old man for a week or so !!
My Rambo builders. Jose & Javi. Day 11. The hot water tank is being removed tomorrow. I’ll be a dirty old man for a week or so !!


I am so sorry that I have not been visiting your posts recently. Building works, medical problems and resting causing me to cut my blogging time way back. Answering emails and comments are my priorities at this time. I do hope that normal service will resume in August. Thanks for putting up with me dear friends πŸ™‚


Ralph xox πŸ˜€


86 Comments on “Take A Walk With Me Around My Village

  1. oh good something to lust over! **for ME not for YOU

    about the walkabout though…i said to myself, “How the He..what if there is a fever and no medicine on the closed days!?!” Then I remembered where I grew up, and one is always prepared. Stores did not used to be open 24 hours a day πŸ™‚ (pardon my grammar lost on choppy comments)


    • I asked the builders to pose for me this afternoon as I knew you ladies would enjoy a photograph of them. Sorry Elisa, they are married, but good eye-candy for you. Ralph xox πŸ˜€


      • mmm visuals about crinkling the wrapper…don’t encourage me further

        I’d bat my eyelashes innocently now, but I don’t think it would fly.


      • Here is some more eye-candy for you ladies. The electricians/ plumbers who are here now.


  2. What fun! I realized how similar we Greeks are to Spanish people…
    So Friday everything is closed???
    I hope you are friends with the pharmacist so if, God forbid, you need something, you could call him!
    I didn’t understand what you wrote about “medical problems” and “resuming in August”?? Are you ok?? …I miss you already πŸ˜€


    • Hi my dear friend Pelly πŸ˜€ I would like to see a similar post about a Greek village for me to compare the two.
      No. The shops are open all week except for their siesta between 2pm and 5pm, closing Saturday afternoon and Sunday.
      This is our local village pharmacy. The main towns kilometres away have a rotary schedule of pharmacies at weekends and holidays.
      My medical problems are detailed in my other blog http://livinginspainalonewithparkinsonsdisease.com/
      At the moment I am so busy with real life issues that I have to spend less hours blogging which means I can’t do everything I used to. Bear with me. I’ll be a full time blogger again in the future.
      I hope you had fun shoots last weekend. I hope to see some of your work soon.
      Big hug. Ralph xox πŸ˜€


      • I send you all my positive energy and thoughts my dear Ralph!!!
        Don’t you worry about a thing… cause every little thing is gonna be all right!!
        The biggest hug and lots and lots of kisses********** πŸ˜€


      • You are so sweet and generous with your comment Pelly. Thank you soooo much. Love the kisses πŸ˜€ Ralph xoxox πŸ˜€


  3. Thank you for this virtual tour, Ralph! πŸ™‚ Hope you feel better soon.


    • You are so welcome dear Noora. I enjoyed being out and about today and being able to share the morning with you. Ralph xox πŸ˜€


  4. That was a lovely walk with you today Ralph! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚
    You are great & fun company!

    Your captions are HILARIOUS πŸ˜†

    Saludos y Abrazos xo


    • Saludos y Abrazos lovingly accepted RoSy πŸ˜€ I am so glad that you had fun my friend. Ralph xox πŸ˜€


  5. The journey with you was fun Ralph, but you made me run through it so fast I had to retrace our steps several times to see it all!


    • You don’t have to keep retracing your steps Linda. I hope this helps my friend.

      Place your cursor over the slideshow. You will see three black circles come up. Click on the centre one with the two vertical lines which will stop the slideshow (a triangle will appear). Then click either the left or right arrow to move to an adjacent picture, keep clicking to manually see all the photographs. Restart the slideshow clicking on the centre triangle.

      WP does run the slideshow quickly !! I am so pleased that you enjoyed it. Ralph xox πŸ˜€


  6. Thank you for the tour, it looks like everything has a slow pace, wished we had that here, everyone rushes everywhere……and thanks for thinking of us ladies by providing eye candy…..lol….


    • Hi Annie and welcome πŸ˜€ Generally things are a lot slower here but I am lucky with your eye-candy as they are very fast workers …… and you can read into that whatever you like πŸ˜‰ Ralph xox πŸ˜€


  7. loved taking a walk with you, what a wonderful stroll. The best part? your commentary! Excellent and full of humor. lifted my day, thanks Ralph, been sitting indoors, and I felt like I had a bit of Spanish sun today
    namaste dirty old man…who behaved himself on our walk πŸ˜‰


    • You were great company on the walk this morning my dear friend πŸ˜‰ So glad that your need for a lift was fulfilled. I must have been ill to have behaved myself πŸ˜‰ Have a lovely week Roxie. Ralph xox πŸ˜€


  8. I loved following you around the village, what a great place and introduction to all the people who live and work there. Is there a second part? you should do this again!


    • Maybe I should do this again sometime. I have some ideas for seasonal antics that the locals get up to. Just got to catch them at it.
      Happy Tuesday !! Ralph xox πŸ˜€


  9. Enjoyed the tour. πŸ™‚ Lucky I’m a speed reader. (kidding!)
    Looks lovely there Ralph. Feels like it’s a bit slow paced, yet a real friendly place where everyone looks out for one another?


    • It’s lucky I am a speed typist (kidding!). I am soooooo slow. πŸ˜₯

      Generally we do look out for one another and I have heard many wonderful stories of locals helping us expats.

      I see you didn’t change anything in my blog or throw anything out my dear friend Tracy. Thankyou, thank you, thank you !! πŸ˜‰ Ralph xox πŸ˜€


  10. Nice tour Ralph. Where’s the Pub? I need a drink after that.


    • I left the pubs out Frank or else this slideshow would have ended up upside down, inside out and photos of my feet. Take care. Ralph πŸ˜€


  11. I love to ‘walk out’ with you Ralph. It’s lovely when you are able to visit us but when you are not calling we can imagine you enjoying a leisurely stroll through your neighbourhood, enjoying smiles and sunshine.


    • Thanks for coming with me Gallivanta. I do hope that I can find time to visit your blog. I have been out and about twice today. I think summer may have arrived as it’s so hot today. I hope you are having a lovely week my friend. Ralph xox πŸ˜€


      • My blog is in a go slow phase. Have had visitors and other happenings taking place so no quiet time to write.


      • I understand too well. I find that all I can do at the moment is blog in fits and starts, gaps in my real life πŸ™‚


  12. Such a very lovely small village you live in. I like it. I hope your house work gets done soon and your health is restored to normal. Take care πŸ™‚


    • I think I may have photographed some of the better parts of the village YC and I am glad that you enjoyed the slideshow. There are 4 workmen here today and they are really getting on with the work. I have to see my case doctor tomorrow at Ronda Hospital. I will just have to wait and see what she says. Ralph xox πŸ˜€


      • Well I have some good news YC. After the battery of tests I had been through the hospital has found nothing abnormal with me. (go on !! say it !!) πŸ˜‰ I am a perfect specimen of a man πŸ˜‰ …. I am still under the Neurologist (she likes it that way πŸ˜‰ ) for nerve tests and adjustment of the tablets I am taking. I will see her in November. So I am pleased as punch that physically I am okay. πŸ˜€


  13. This is really good. Did I not suggest the walk.as well as some other people I think. When you had no idea what to do? Lots to see there. I think it is lovely where you live.

    Something you should do daily- walk. Loved the slide show. I am not feeling so good either and I thought I was better but have been having bad allergy problems again. Oh well- what the hell.:-)

    Yvonne xox


    • I am so sorry to hear that you are not feeling to good Yvonne. And I pray that you are healed soon.

      I am happy that you enjoyed the little tour of the village. Ralph xox πŸ˜€


      • Thank you Ralph. I need those prayers and I pray for you as well. Do you smoke? I smoked a little but nicotine was like poison to me and I think one of the things that has contributed to me being so ill. There are several things that all fell into place along with stress which took me down. It is a slow road to heal- some ok days and then some days of utter fatigue and depression- afraid that I will die before I have certain things accomplished.


      • I have smoked for 50 years Yvonne. Not the same cigarette I must say πŸ˜‰ I gave up manufactured cigarettes about 30 years ago and I roll plain tobacco, which is a useful measure of my hands. There are times when there is no way I can roll a cigarette by hand, but when I am okay I may roll half a dozen. My chest Xray is clear and I have never had a cough since giving up manufactured cigarettes. I never smoke indoors as I hate the smell of old cigarette smoke and it discolours walls and ceilings. My doctor in Ronda hospital always gives me a resigned smile when she asks how my smoking is going and I reply with an it’s okay thank you πŸ˜€

        I am sure you will pick up and accomplish those certain things. Chin up and it’s a lovely day, enjoy it πŸ˜€


  14. Thank you for the tour, Ralph! Your photos are beautiful! Please don’t worry about us; take care of yourself and get some rest. xoxo


    • No rest today Rene as there so much going on in the apartment. The water was cut off before I got up., Luckily I had some water in the kettle for a coffee. The cold water should be back on this evening. So it’s going to be a cold shower for me tonight …… aaargh!! No hot water until the solar water panel and tank is installed which could take a few days. Ralph xox πŸ˜€


      • The cold water has just been turned on. Kettle is boiling again and the cats have now got fresh water πŸ˜€ It’s the shower I’m worried about !! πŸ˜₯


  15. Greetings Ralph! A most splendid slideshow. I found the controls so I could read it to Smiling Toad nearby. It is a beautiflul area. Much of it looks very peaceful and quiet. Hope you feel better soon. I am under a little cold and not feeling great, but love your post. Like the captions with your charming humor. Sirfelion


    • There is nothing worse than feeling under the weather Sir. I hope it clears up soon.
      I am pleased that both you and AJ got through the slideshow okay. It was a perfect day for a walk. Had two today !! Take care. Ralph πŸ˜€


  16. Thanks for your kindnesses to walk around with you Ralph :D. Enjoy your time during your building works, medical problems, etc. Take care


    • Your comment is especially welcome my friend Yessie. One can only enjoy the mess the builders make, to be upset is a waste of time. Have a lovely week. Ralph xox πŸ˜€


  17. What a lovely walk, when I visit we have to do it together, it looks great and such nice friendly people everywhere….. well when the shops are open.
    Danny was excited, he has never seen Spanish wild teddybears…..he loves them. He is having his first big appearance on Thursday as we have Teddy bears’ picnic in school, and every one has to bring their teddy, including me! He is already excited.
    I wish you all the best with the builders and your health as best as it goes together, rest and take care Ralph! Love Ute x


    • About this time of day or early morning are the best time to go for walks in the summer, dear Ute, as it gets so hot midday. The locals are all friendly and helpful and don’t mind if you call on them at a reasonable time.

      El Manni and El Danni I am sure would be pleased to meet Danny. I have no idea how they will get on. There’s the language problem as well πŸ˜‰

      Thank you so much for you caring words. From one messy apartment to another I hope you have yours sorted now. Love and hugs. Ralph xox πŸ˜€


  18. You are living in paradise, Ralph! Frank’s question: ‘Where’s the Pub?’ is really great!!! See you later, Ralph πŸ™‚


    • I will do a post on our local pubs at the end of July during the Feria (village party) if I am sober enough πŸ˜‰

      Yes. See you later Wanda my friend. Ralph xox πŸ˜€


  19. You are so clever, Ralph, loved the stroll around the village… apart from people in the shops, there didn’t seem to be many bodies on the streets – was it siesta time ????
    from curious, otherwise known as Violetta


    • When the heat of summer is upon the village it is very quiet during the day and the villagers all come out in the cooler evenings. Thank you for your lovely comment Victoria it is so welcome. Ralph xox πŸ˜€


  20. What a lovely walk. I needed that, thanks.
    Have a lovely week. πŸ˜€


    • I needed your company Katie, but you did tire me out πŸ˜‰ Happy Tuesday !! Ralph xox πŸ˜€


  21. Such a beautiful walk, MFR. I’m always trailing behind. So sorry. I’ll run and catch up. I had to wait for the train to go by. Then I spotted an place to have ice cream, that you forgot to include. You forgot to include the best eye candy – #1 Ralph . OH well, next time. Enjoy your cold shower tonight. It should feel good after two long walks in the heat. Sponge baths work if you don’t want to get squirted with cold water! Lots of love to you MFR. xoxoxoxxoxoxox but, only if you take your bath, like a good boy. P.S. Manny whispered in my ear, “If I go see Ute, will she take me with her and Danny to got see El Manni and El Danni?” I guess that’s more of a question to ask Ute, but thought you might want to get prepared for an extra visitor. πŸ™‚ You can’t smoke around him, though – even outside. πŸ™‚ xoxox


    • Come on MVBF Marsha ! Hurry up ! That was a near miss with the train. I thought you were a goner, but you’re okay thank heavens. Whew ! You do get my heart racing sometimes. We had an ice cream while we waited for you.

      I had my cold shower but not a full on spray for 10 minutes, more like fits and starts. I may do a post on having a cold shower πŸ˜‰

      Manny is very welcome to come to Spain with Ute. I may teach Manny to smoke, party and chase the senoritas. πŸ˜‰ Ralph xox πŸ˜€


      • NOOOOOOOOOOOO You may NOT teach Manny to smoke. The smell can’t be washed out of his fur with a cold shower, or even a warm fuzzy bath, like he enjoys so much. I think he wants to go see Ute to take a bath with all her bears, and play in the water! That’s HIS idea of a party – no clothes and plenty of water and suds! hahaha

        I like the idea of your post on taking a cold shower. Did you have a party there like Manny would have loved? Did you do it after another long HOT walk? Then it MIGHT feel good.

        BTW the ice cream there is awesome. I had chocolate, vanilla and caramel mixed together. What did you have?

        This is becoming a post in itself! bye bye, dear Ralph. Thanks for the nice walk/run to keep up. Must be the long legs! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ xoxoxox


      • Okay. No smoking. Maybe he would like the beer or a glass of red wine followed by a wikky (Spanish for whisky). He’s getting to be a big boy now as he is learning to drive your Prius so he should party and chase the senoritas. I didn’t see any objection to those two pursuits. He seems to enjoy baths but not alone. Goodness knows what would happen if Manny, Danny, El Manni and El Danni had a teddy bear bath together. πŸ˜€

        I wonder if Manny, Danny and Ute would like to go to the top of the Rock of Gibraltar and see the apes and play on the cannons ?

        I had coffee ice cream with chocolate and mint. πŸ˜€


  22. Dear friend Ralph,

    Thank you for sharing pictures of your village. What a good idea to show your blogger friends where you live.

    I hope you feel better soon.



    • Hi Nancy πŸ˜€ I am so overwhelmed with the reaction of this tour of mine and your comment must be near the top of the list. Thank you so much my dear friend. Ralph xox πŸ˜€


  23. Loved to visit your village even if we didn’t could get a drink together πŸ™‚ You know everyone isn’t it nice even the teddy-bears hahaha, you are very lucky to live in a lovely village like this. And about the shower, you can even fill some bottles and take a shower in your garden……..or maybe knock the door by your next neighbors ! πŸ™‚


    • Yes. A drink would have been lovely. It’s your thought of having one with me which is so nice Shiro πŸ˜€

      I could step out into the field behind my apartment, my friend, bottles in hand, a towel round my waist and splatter myself onto the ground 3 floors down πŸ˜‰

      My neighbour, Toni, next floor down has offered me her hot shower. Do I accept the offer? or have a cold shower to cool me down? Decisions. Decisions πŸ˜€ Ralph xox πŸ˜€


      • Yes because I think you are a very nice person with beautiful humor ( I think you can let me always laugh ). No I think You have to accept the offer of Toni, it can be a nice opportunity to know her better ! The cold shower you can take always after …..hahaha πŸ™‚


  24. Thanks for the walkabout Ralph. It is lovely to see where you live. As for the dirty old man comment “for a week or so”…hmmm. Seems to me this little character flaw (just kidding) has been a lifetime in the making. πŸ˜‰ On a more serious note, hope all is well on the health front.


    • πŸ˜† LOL LuAnn, but so true πŸ˜€ I am okay as you can see in my comment to YC here. Ralph xox πŸ˜€


    • Yes Julita my friend. I thought it was a fun idea to post a picture of the builders here πŸ˜‰ I hope you enjoyed it. Ralph xox πŸ˜€


    • Hi Jane and welcome. I am so pleased that you enjoyed the tour and thank you for your lovely comment. I really do appreciate it. Ralph xox πŸ˜€


  25. Thanks for the tour, Ralph. Just came by to cheer you up with some Pawkisses, so here’s a lot untill summer finished. Take care πŸ™‚


    • Hi AW πŸ˜€ I just love your pawkisses and so many to last me through the summer !! Thank you. Star is curled up on my lap and sends her love and purrs. Ralph xox πŸ˜€


  26. Feral teddy bears! I’d never heard of such a thing until today, although I do have a number of domesticated ones which I found outdoors and homeless and brought indoors and gave them a home πŸ˜€
    I really enjoyed your tour, and I hope you’ve made it past the no-hot-water phase of your remodeling project!


    • Hello my dearest friend Lyann πŸ˜€ Oh those two teddy bears are feral alright !! They would wreck a house if they lived inside. They like to cuddle up together and gaze at the stars, moon and aircraft as they pass over head throughout the night. πŸ˜€
      I am so pleased that you enjoyed the tour. No hot water …… possibly tomorrow. Love and hugs. Ralph xox πŸ˜€


    • Hi Elizabeth. Welcome to Bluefish Way πŸ˜€

      Thank you for coming on the little walk with me (metaphorically speaking). You can be sick tomorrow as it’s Tuesday ….. the doctor is here πŸ˜‰ have a great week. Ralph xox πŸ˜€


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