Model Neighbour

This is the amazing surprise created by Pedro’s wife Toni, mother and friend who lives next door in my local village in Andalucia, Spain

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The Family

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Toni also works on the meat counter of a store 10miles/15km away. She drives up the windy mountain road and back normally twice a day. The work can be arduous, carrying heavy loads from trucks to the fridge etc.Β  Pedro looks after the children, but if working, the grandparents take over.

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The lead-up to Toni’s surprise


I have been following Tracy’s blog “Rambles by Desertrose” for a while. In this recent post she went on a photoshoot with her daughter and her daughter’s friend. The results are brilliant. While commenting, I remembered the stunning photos of Toni which she showed me on her cell phone. I let Toni see Tracy’s post and she agreed to let me publish her photoshoot. In fact, she was thrilled. Her husband gave me a memory stick containing these photographs.

Although Toni is Spanish and speaks only a few words of English, with the help of Google Translate she will be reading all of your comments. Enjoy her portfolio !!

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The Portfolio of Toni

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Impressed ? Stunned ?

I am !!

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Ralph xox πŸ™‚

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107 Comments on “Model Neighbour

    • Hi Annie πŸ˜€

      Toni is a treasure and I must agree that the photos are brilliant.

      I have spoken to her this morning and she will reply to all the comments addressed to her sometime. During the week she is normally busy and if at work doesn’t get home until 21:45.

      Ralph xox πŸ˜€


  1. Gorgeous! I particularly like the first and second photo’s. The angle in the second is great!
    Fantastic pictures Toni.
    And thank you Ralph for sharing these. I have enjoyed the inspiration.


    • Hello Tracy πŸ˜€ Yes. Gorgeous !! It was your post that gave me the idea my friend πŸ˜€ I wonder what photographic post you will come up with in the future. A big thank you hug. Ralph xox πŸ˜€


  2. These are awesome! The first two with the dresses and mirror and the cornfield photos really stand out for me. I will definitely check out her blog!


    • Good afternoon Megan πŸ˜€ Toni in that dress made wonderful photos. I do hope that Toni will reply to your comment and others. Ralph xox πŸ˜€


    • Hi Beth πŸ˜€ Thank you so much. I am sure that Toni will be thrilled to read your comment. Ralph xox πŸ˜€


  3. Hola Toni-

    !Que linda familia!
    Y que buen corazΓ³n por lo que hacen por Ralph.

    Me encantan las fotos. Eres una mujer bella.
    Gracias por compartirlas con nosotros.

    RoSy πŸ™‚


    • muchas gracias por su comentario Rosy. Yo soy feliz de que le gusten mis fotos. Saludos. Toni


    • Hello RoSy πŸ˜€ I will leave Toni to reply to your other comment. It may be a while before she has time. Hugs. Ralph xox πŸ˜€


      • No problem. I’m sure family & work keeps her busy.
        xx Saludos y Abrazos xx


    • Thank you so much Heart for such a lovely comment. I am way behind in visiting your blog which I must do as soon as I can. Ralph xox πŸ˜€


    • Hi Gallivanta πŸ˜€ Toni indeed is a gem to cherish. I am so lucky to know the family as they are really caring and helpful neighbours. Hugs. Ralph xox πŸ˜€


  4. Toni and Pedro are a wonderful couple and always busy helping you. I was lucky to meet them and we had fun together trying to communicate. Toni is a great cook too, I loved her food. The pictures are stunning, even on your party night I found Toni stunning without a model pose. Toni ( and Pedro) I send you greetings and a hug, and you are a stunning and an amazing lady!


    • Hi Ute πŸ˜€ I am going to have to let Toni reply to your wonderful comment. Hugs. Ralph xox πŸ˜€


      • She can write in Spanish, so I can have a laugh….. and try google translate…. πŸ™‚ I really think she is amazing!


      • hola Ute. Yo tambien me alegro de que pasara unos dias en Spain. Espero volverla a ver el proximo verano por aqui. Fue un placer cocinar para ti. Muchas gracias por tu comentario. Fue un placer conocerla. Saludos Toni


  5. Wow! What a nice surprise for an absolutely lovely woman! What a treasure she is, to you and her family.

    Ralph, did any of the nurses make googly eyes at you on Monday? if so, I am dead jealous. πŸ˜€ Lots of hugs from Venice, where it’s another morning of acqua alta. oxoxo


    • Hi Yvonne πŸ˜€

      I agree. Both Toni and Pedro are a blessing. I am so pleased to have them as neighbours. A wonderful couple !! πŸ˜€

      I will be doing a post about my Monday hospital visit at the weekend and there’s no need to be jealous. That’s all I can say at the moment.

      I hope you are having fun splashing around the streets of Venice. Hugs. Ralph xox πŸ˜€


    • Hey Lottie πŸ˜€ The only reply I can give to you is to totally agree. Ralph xox πŸ˜€


  6. Very lovely photos and she can be proud because the second and the last one are gorgeous, friendly greetings to Toni and hugs for you πŸ™‚ !


    • Hi Serach πŸ˜€ I love those two too plus the above the waist by the river. Thanks for the hugs which are great my friend. Ralph xox πŸ˜€


    • Hi Mary πŸ˜€ Thank you so much for your lovely comment. It is beautiful. Ralph xox πŸ˜€


    • Hi Sylvia πŸ˜€ She is kind as well as beautiful. but says that she could never be a model as she is so petite. Ralph xox πŸ˜€


    • Hi Georgia πŸ˜€
      It is a lovely photograph.
      Yes. I have lived in Spain for coming up to 12 years of which almost 10 of them have been in this village. I love it here.
      Ralph xox πŸ˜€


      • Spain, as most western countries, has it’s variety, from abject poverty in villages to the high life of the cities. I moved here with a friend as it seemed a good thing to do at the time. She died and I stayed on. 2 years alone.


      • In Andalucia, just north of Gibraltar and close to the Costa del Sol, in the Spanish mountains.


    • Good morning Liz πŸ˜€ Toni definitely checks all the boxes in beauty and demeanour. No she is not a model. I understand that a group of girlfriends got together at the end of last year and had an all day photoshoot and these photos of Toni are the result of that shoot. Ralph xox πŸ˜€


    • Hi Elizabeth πŸ˜€ She is gorgeous !! Oh, I know how much you love your creek. So when am I going to see your photoshoot pics my friend ? πŸ˜‰ Ralph xox πŸ˜€


    • Hello Rene my friend πŸ˜€ Thank you for your lovely comment. I am sure that she will be overwhelmed by all these lovely comments, especially yours. BTW I love your new avatar photo Rene. Ralph xox πŸ˜€


      • Thank you, Ralph! It was taken this past November during a family reunion Thanksgiving in Las Vegas.

        I haven’t forgotten about sending you a Valentine’s Day card, and I’m saving stamps for your friend, too. Have a wonderful day! xoxo


      • It’s a lovely photo of you Rene.

        Wow. Thanks for the card and the extra stamps. Pedro is thrilled with what I have and what is to come.

        Have a lovely day. Ralph xox


    • Thank you so much Valerie. What a lovely comment !! Your house and garden is always beautiful in the pictures you post my friend. Ralph xox πŸ˜€

      PS I have received 2 Valentine cards this morning from AH of Christchurch, NZ. I will be opening them in a couple of weeks. If they are from you thank you sooo much…….if not, thank you sooo much to whoever sent them. Rx


    • Hi Elkee and welcome to Bluefish Way πŸ˜€ They are beautiful photographs aren’t they ? Thank you so much for commenting. Ralph xox πŸ˜€


    • Hi Mary πŸ˜€ Thank you so much. The river photos are very popular. Have a lovely day. Ralph xox πŸ˜€


  7. You are one lucky guy, Ralph, to have a kind and lovely neighbor like that! Great photos!


    • Hi Abby πŸ˜€

      I am very lucky to have Toni around and the photos are brilliant as you say.

      Talking of photos. You have changed your avatar as well. I love it. You look really nice. I also love your house behind you πŸ˜‰

      Big hug. Ralph xox πŸ˜€


      • Thanks Ralph! Don’t I wish that resort was my house πŸ˜‰ Then we can have a great big party there!

        Here’s a hug right back at ya my, dear friend!


  8. Hola Toni & Ralph! That’s about all I can say in Spanish… πŸ˜‰

    I think Toni should develop this passion. You can tell she’s got an artistic soul.


    • Hi Julita πŸ˜€ My Polish is even worse !! πŸ˜‰

      Toni says that she is too short with not enough bumps in the right places. I disagreed, but that’s what she thinks. Big hug. Ralph xox πŸ˜€


  9. Muchas gracias a todos por sus comentarios. Yo estoy feliz de que les gusten mis fotos. Un saludo Toni

    (Google Translate)

    Thank you very much everyone for your comments. I’m glad you like my photos. Regards Toni


  10. Stunning photos! And it is heartwarming to know you have such wonderful neighbors Ralph! πŸ™‚


  11. The black & white photos are absolutely classy. Toni is charming and you are lucky to have such sweet neigbors. πŸ™‚


    • Hello my friend Heila πŸ˜€ I think so too. I love all the photos. I must agree with you that I am so lucky in having such great young neighbours. I hope you both are okay and having a great weekend. Ralph xox πŸ˜€


    • Hello Katie πŸ˜€ Thank you so much for your lovely comment. So where can I see your photoshoot ? πŸ˜‰ Ralph xox πŸ˜€


      • Now let me guess. Is it the centrefold of the special Everglade edition of the well known weekly “SUP Monthly” πŸ˜‰


  12. Hola Toni,
    A mi me gusta su fotos. Son muy linda. Muchas gracias por les dar a Ralph. Yo espero que usted puede enterder mi espanol.

    Ralph, Your pictures are lovely. How nice to have such great neighbors, and nice that they are not hard to look at either! πŸ™‚ You are a lucky man indeed. Lots of love to you, mi amigo. RVBFM πŸ™‚ xox


    • Hi MVBFM πŸ˜€ She is cute, isn’t she ? Yes, they are lovely neighbours. Love and hugs. Ralph xox πŸ˜€


  13. What a lovely chica!! And she’s so good to you Ralph, even ironing your clothes. You’re living in the lap of luxury. Celeste πŸ™‚


    • Hi Celeste πŸ˜€ It may seem that I am living in the lap of luxury. If my hands were okay I would be doing all these things myself. I am not complaining though as Toni is a gem and it works to both of our advantage. Have a lovely weekend my friend. Ralph xox πŸ˜€


    • Tekrar merhaba SeΓ§il: sΓΆylemen Γ§ok tatlΔ± πŸ˜€ Size Γ§ok teşekkΓΌr ederim. Yağmur aşağı dΓΆkΓΌlen gibi ben bugΓΌn kapalΔ± şaşırΔ±p. Ben meşgul olmuştur ama şimdi neredeyse 100 yeni mesaj yoluyla, blog yorumlarΔ± cevaplamak ve azimle ΓΌcretsiz akşam var …… aargh! Ben yorum karşılΔ±k ve eğlenceli bir hafta sonu yaşıyoruz umut olabilir. Hugs. Ralph xox: D


    • Good evening my new friend πŸ˜€ When Toni reads this lovely comment she will be thrilled to bits. May I ask you for a link to your Pinterest Board as I am sure that Toni will love to see how and where her photographs are going. Bless you Resa. Ralph xox πŸ˜€


  14. Wow! Amazing friends, talent and beauty, too! I am so glad that you have the desk and bookshelves plus wonderful friends. Take it easy, Ralph. Hope life keeps bringing you such good luck. Robin


    • Hey Robin. Hi πŸ˜€ What a lovely generous comment. Thank you so much my friend. Big hug. Ralph xox πŸ˜€


    • Hi Georgia πŸ˜€
      Not yet !! No one to go with. I am on a 12 year holiday in Spain and counting. I need to settle down sometime πŸ˜‰
      Ralph xox πŸ˜€


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  16. Toni is beautiful and her photographs of her are stunning, Ralph. She could be a model or an actress! Thanks for sharing these with us. Hugs xoxo

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    • Hello Robin πŸ™‚
      I totally agree with you, Toni is beautiful and the photos did her justice. I did talk to her about her becoming a model, she said that she has enough on her plate with work, her kids including me and being a mum and wife πŸ˜‰ Her daughter, although she is 11, I think, is very tall and pretty and has a portfolio of photographs already, so may go into modelling when she grows up.
      So how did your modelling career go my friend ?
      Big hug. Ralph xox ❀

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      • Yes, well it was fun in high school and college to stay innocent and have lots of people trust me into their confidences. At reunions, people are shocked to hear although mariied my college sweetheart, I have been divorced three times. We are good friends (children’s father) but I don’t envy his third wife. πŸ˜‰ hugs xo
        They literally say: ” Robin, not you! You’re the one who was supposed to have the white picket fences.” xo

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      • Thank you so much for telling me all this. It’s amazing how people picture you when you are somebody else completely inside. Maybe you will have the white picket fence one day my friend. Who knows ? xox ❀

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      • That’s great that you are content and have your family nearby dear Robin. I don’t mind listening.
        Hugs back. Love Ralph ❀


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