About #1 (Spain) πŸ‡ͺπŸ‡Έ

Hello ! And welcome to Bluefish Way !

It’s now April 2018 and I have updated the About by adding my latest Austrian About which you can find in the Header Menu or go here.

My name is Ralph and I am retired (in other words I can do what I like) in Cortes de la Frontera, Andalucia, Spain.

Oh. And I am single !!


Wasn’t I sweet in 1952 aged 6. What happened ?


Well, I grew up to be a soldier !



Some photos of me over the last 5 years











I live with my 2 cats, Sonic (black) and Samantha



Views of my wacky shaped house/apartment (centre of photo)





My Salon





View from my front balcony



Dawn from my rear balcony



Views from my rear balcony


Vultures (click for the big picture)


On the path beside my house



River Guadiaro, 50 yards away



River Guadiaro a mile away



Cortes de la Frontera on the mountain side.



I live in a small village where nothing should happen.

BUT !!

100 yards away were major rail works, night & day, for months in 2009.



And then there was the big flood of Christmas 2009



So, welcome, and a High Five to all my visitors



Ralph xox ❀


480 Comments on “About #1 (Spain) πŸ‡ͺπŸ‡Έ

  1. Che bella presentazione! Che bella la tua casa, molto originale, meravigliosi i tuoi gatti!!! A 6 anni eri bellissimo con quegli occhi limpidi, poi il tempo passa e ora la tua bellezza Γ¨ diversa, ma gli occhi sono sempre vivaci.

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    • Oh wow! Che meraviglioso commento. Il migliore che io abbia mai avuto. Grazie mille FL. Io spero che tu abbia una bella settimana di anticipo. Grande abbraccio. Ralph xox ❀

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    • You’re welcome and thank you so much for your lovely comment Charlotte. Have a wonderful tomorrow. Ralph xox ❀

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    • You’re welcome Jan and thank you for commenting here.
      It is nice, but extremely hot at the moment.
      Ha ! I am more like Chicken Licken πŸ˜€
      Ralph xox ❀

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    • Hello Flo. Thank you so much for visiting, liking, commenting and following my blog. Not a lot left to do then πŸ˜‰
      Wow, you remember that flood then ? You must live nearby. As you have read, I live in the station village in the valley below Cortes de la Frontera.
      It’s lovely to meet you.
      Ralph xox ❀


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  3. What fun your writing is! Love the photos and brought back fond memories of my days in Spain along the Costa del Sol. I studied three years in Heidelberg, Germany, and traveled as much as I could between semesters.

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    • Thank you so much for commenting MaryAnn. I am so pleased that you had a great time on the Costa del Sol and I do hope that you still travel. Take care. Ralph xox ❀


      • Yes. Last year to Germany where I had been a Fulbright teacher. More in the future – either in the US or in Europe. Torremolinos and Malaga were fun with good weather. Happy travels to you!

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    • Hi CM πŸ˜€ Thank you so much for your lovely comment. So sweet ! No flood here since 2009 thank heavens. Have a lovely weekend. Ralph xox ❀

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  4. I am a bit of a cat lady myself… you have two cute kitties there! πŸ™‚ Great page and I must say- I am absolutely jealous of the view you have from where you reside. I hope you are doing well! SIncerely, Joanna

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    • Hi Joanna ;D
      Thank you for your lovely comment my new friend.
      That’s nice ! Cats can be fun. Such characters !
      Thank you. I am sure you have splendid views in Canada.
      I’m fine as I hope you are.
      Take care. Ralph xox ❀

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  5. Hi Ralph!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog. Such a gorgeous place you live! And loving your cat gif… A very well trained feline is a novelty! Does Sonic live up to the name? Samantha being a tabby just led my brain to want to watch Bewitched! (I make odd connections a lot of the time!) Nice to meet you πŸ™‚

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    • Hi Haylee πŸ˜€
      You’re welcome my friend.
      Thank you. I do love it here.
      Sonic & Samantha are twins. Their mum, Dizzy, was wild, but one afternoon came in, plonked herself on the settee and produced these two. Samantha was a mum hugger. Never left her side. But Sonic, kept rolling himself up in a ball and rolled, almost falling off the sofa sometimes. So I named him Sonic after Sega’s Sonic The Hedgehog. Very apt ! He’s 12 years old now and he he doesn’t do it any more; just eats, sleeps and fights Samantha.
      Nice to meet you too. Have a lovely week Haylee. Take care. Ralph xox ❀

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      • Haha, very apt indeed! I loved that game too πŸ™‚
        My cats were Hobson and McRae – partners in crime! Hobson was very refined, the brains of the operation and ‘Macca’ was his heavy for when the local tomcat encroached their territory. Isn’t it funny how incredibly different their personalities can be?!
        I certainly miss having cats in my life but unfortunately my partner is severely allergic, so no more for me 😦 Hope you have a great weekend too!

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      • Hi Haylee πŸ˜€ Oh dear ! Sorry to read that your partner’s allergy is stopping you having a cat. That must be true love. Still, you have lovely memories of Hobson and McRae. Take care πŸ˜€ ❀

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  6. Hi, Ralph! So happy you took time to visit my blog! I want to keep reading your posts, and looking at the pictures! Your blog is so fun to see! Love the kitties! We have 2 now and they love being brushed, too. Hope your week is going great! πŸ™‚

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    • Hi Barbara πŸ˜€ Thank you so much for your lovely comment. It’s so much fun brushing the cats, isn’t it ? My two constantly get jealous when the other is being brushed πŸ˜€ My week is wonderful, thank you, and I hope yours is too. Ralph xox ❀


      • haha…isn’t that the truth…they get jealous of who gets brushed first. Your pictures were adorable. We had a couple that had to get on the ironing board to get their brushing. They’d hear me get it out, and come running! πŸ™‚

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  7. woah! Thank you for the visit Ralph!Your Photos are lovely, I can only dream of waking up early morning to such vivid sceneries.

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    • Hello Arohii πŸ˜€ What a lovely name ! Thank you for your visiting my blog too and for your great comment. Maybe you will wake up one day to the scene you have always dreamed of. Take care. Ralph xox ❀

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  9. Oh my, I have 2 cats also! (I also have coverings on my couches,,, as the cats, between fur and um, never mind…(they sometimes have sensitive or hairballed filled tummies…)
    Enjoyed your pictures!

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    • Hello Michelle Marie πŸ˜€
      Yes, cats can be a problem on the furniture.
      Samantha has never been a problem, but Sonic, when younger, had to be turfed off onto the wooden floor as soon as he started to make noises. He has “his spot” just outside the bathroom door nowadays which is easy to clean up. Cats !
      Have a lovely day my friend. Ralph xox ❀


    • Hello Anita and welcome to my blog. Thank you for your kind words and follow. Wow ! You are in Madagascar which makes you the first from your country to visit my blog. Great !
      Love your blog too, so colourful.
      Have a great week. Ralph xox ❀

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  10. Ralph – this is such informative, amazing story to share. You have now to create your own memoir or mini audio as documentary movie. Bravo

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    • Thank you so much for your great idea and comment Mihran. Love it ! I’ll give it some thought πŸ˜€ Ralph.


  11. Hi Ralph! I have a new blog-new name (Scout) and hope you’ll Follow again! (mandy from healing page is no longer). I will catch up with you and those adorable kitties as soon as I get my act together with new blog!! πŸ™‚

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  12. This site is uniquely beautiful. It is a stand out from many that i have visited! I look foward to reading more of your contents, cheers buddy! πŸ™‚

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    • Thank you Shera, it’s nice to meet you and Sally too. Thank you for commenting as well. Hugs. Ralph xox ❀


    • Thank you so much for your lovely comment Shivangi. Love it !
      I hope you have a wonderful weekend and are enjoying the USA. Ralph xox ❀


  13. This is so beautiful, Ralph! I love the pictures! We have two cats, also… lol they are so much fun and our two boys (one’s 5 and one’s 18 months) love them, too!

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    • That is very kind of you to say that this About post is beautiful and that you love the pictures. Oh, that’s nice that you have two cats in addition of your two very young boys. I expect they are all quite a handful.
      I do hope that you are having a lovely week. Ralph xox ❀


    • Hello PSoC πŸ˜€ ( I did try to find your name in your blog comments, but to no avail. So sorry, I’ll have to call you PSoC )
      Thank you so much for enjoying my about page and commenting.
      Please keep smiling yourself too. Hugs. Ralph xox ❀


  14. What a beautiful place you live in! And what an interesting life you live πŸ™‚

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    • Wow, what a lovely comment from you Rachel. Thank you so much and have a lovely day. Ralph xox ❀


    • Thank you so much Gill for your lovely words. It is nice to live here, a little bit primitive, but I like it that way, preferring the country to cities. I am sure Thailand has wonders of its own which I hope you are enjoying my new friend. Ralph xox ❀

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      • Yes, totally opposite and it must be great to live in a place with so much variety such as yours. Have fun my friend πŸ™‚

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  15. Thanks for stopping by my blog, Ralph. Yours is very interesting and oh, how I adore AndalucΓ­a! (as you could probably tell from the Rilke post). Bien hecho, seΓ±or!

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    • You are welcome Susan. I will visit your blog again this evening and have another look at that post. Take care. Ralph xox ❀


  16. Ralph, your posts are so entertaining! You are one of the happiest people I have ever seen and I enjoy reading your blog. How nice to have so much feline input πŸ˜‰
    Thank you so much for checking out my blog! πŸ™‚

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    • Awww ! You are so sweet Magick Mermaid. Thank you so much for your wonderful comment. So uplifting !
      You’re welcome. Love your drawings my friend. Hugs. Ralph xox ❀

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  17. I went to your About page in search of a place to comment on your Candid Camera video about following you. I love your About page; I should have visited it sooner. Your readers get “Ralph in a capsule,” a picture of your life through its stages and where you live now. I also did enjoy the little video; it had me laughing!

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    • Thank you so much for visiting my About page LG and making such a lovely comment. I really do appreciate it. I hope you are having a great Sunday. Ralph xox ❀

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  18. Hi Ralph, I’m Australian. I noticed the Signals Corps hat badge. That says a lot!. I was RAAEC and I know the Aust Signals corps badge but can you tell me what is the difference between the one you wear and the one with a horse and a flash of lightning?

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    • Hello Madame πŸ™‚
      Thank you so much for visiting and for your lovely and sweet comment. I really do appreciate it.
      I do hope that you are having a wonderful week. Ralph xox ❀

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    • Hello Liz πŸ™‚
      *blushing* Thank you so much my friend. This photo was taken in Cyprus in 1969 and was printed in a local UK newspaper for British Army recruitment.
      Big hugs. Ralph xox ❀


  19. You live in a breathtakingly beautiful place! The climate must be so pleasant!
    Such a sweet photo of you as a young boy☺️ You looked stunning as a young men and soldier! And you’re still looking great! You must be a wonderful person to be around. Sonic and Samantha have a lovely home with youπŸ’•πŸ˜Ί

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    • Hello Natascha πŸ™‚
      Thank you so much. You live in a beautiful place too. I am looking forward to summer coming when it gets really hot. At the moment it is quite cool and raining. Oh well !
      You are so sweet and you almost have me blushing. Compliments are always welcome and you are so kind to say is these lovely words my friend. Thank you so much.
      I hope you have a lovely week with Murli.
      Hugs. Ralph xox ❀

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  20. Hi Ralph, thank you for dropping by on my site. You have a fun website. You live in an amazing location, you lucky (Blue)fish – the cats must love it.

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    • Hello da-AL πŸ™‚
      Thank you so much for reading my About and making such a lovely comment. I have been here in this village for 13 years and still think I am on holiday. Must be a good place then πŸ™‚
      I do love the picture of you and your two dogs. Aren’t they lovely !
      Do have a lovely week. Ralph xox ❀

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  21. Hi Ralph πŸ™‚
    Oh you’re a delight! Thank you for liking my post and sharing your journey with me. Magical blessings, Hayley ❀

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    • Hello Hayley πŸ™‚
      Oh, you are so sweet ! Thank you so much for your wonderful comment my friend.
      Take care and big hugs. Ralph xox ❀


    • Hello JC πŸ™‚
      Thank you so much my friend, you are very kind. Your comment is really appreciated.
      Take care. Ralph xox ❀


  22. Gosh what a really gorgeous place you live in the surroundings are so beautiful.Many years ago I lived on a farm in the country side I loved being beside nature.Your home looks so magnificent.Perfect place for your two furry felines their gorgeous too.Your all so lucky.Bless you all.xπŸΎπŸΎπŸΎπŸΎπŸΎπŸ˜»πŸ’Ÿ

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    • Hello Chriss CM πŸ™‚
      Thank you so much for your wonderful comment. As well as loving your words I really do appreciate what you have said.
      Big hug. Ralph xox ❀

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      • I get unconditional love from Spike I don’t need anyone or anything thing else Hope you all have a purrfect weekend….love your China door stop and clock love to hear more.x🐾🐾🐾🐾🐾😻

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    • Hi Carly πŸ™‚
      Thank you so much for your kind thought. I don’t do awards. In the past I found that just publishing normal posts were more than enough for me to do. Thank you anyway my friend.
      Hugs. Ralph xox ❀

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  23. Ralph, I don’t know why I clicked on your about page, I have known your story for a while. What a hunk you were as a military man! Congratulations on your new Austrian girlfriend, wishing you both well and lots of love. ❀️

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    • Hello Valentina πŸ™‚
      I haven’t a clue why you clicked on my about page either, must be something WordPress has done to you. Ha ! I wish I was that military man nowadays. lol.
      Thank you so much for your congratulations dear friend,, we really do appreciate it.
      Big hug. Ralph xox ❀

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  24. Nice to meet you Ralph. Thanks for stopping by my blog. I was kinda returning the favor and than I made a nice discovery: your blog. I read a few of your posts and can’t wait to read more of you and to get to know you better. One thing I want to ask you before I commit to follow your blog. I notice that most of your followers seem to be women. All beautiful women. I saw three or four men only. Perhaps there are more but they don’t write comments? I understand that you like to surround yourself with beautiful things, including women. It is OK if you feel more at ease in the presence of women but I would like to know your reasons. I am asking because I doubt that you have any interest in fashion (correct me if I am wrong) and I don’t feature any cat or dog on my blog. The closest thing that ressemble an animal on my blog is my leopard coat (fake BTW). Am I being to direct Ralph? Well, that’s my style. Do you still want me as your friend?


    • Thank you so much for your lovely comment Ortensia. You have reminded me that I must get on and do a new About page as I am now in Austria having left Spain for good last September.
      Have a lovely week. Ralph xox ❀

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      • Waited by for that then.I love Austria.just few ours driving away from where I grew up so I ve been around it a little.Sacher cake is the bestπŸ˜€

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      • I must get on and do it then.
        Wow ! You have been around ! My favourite is Apple Strudel. Can’t get enough of it. lol

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  25. Am I ? You must be the same age as my wife’s father PWE πŸ™‚ Yes, it was quite an upheaval to move from Spain to Austria, but it was worth it. Ralph πŸ™‚

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  26. I didn’t have much desire to work today, it’s still hot here in California, but not as bad as it has been in Europe. I looked around my peers’ blogs to see what everyone is doing, I discovered you wrote a comedy once, and wondered if you wrote more funny comedies. I remember your place in Spain, I think most British, given the opportunity, would retire in warm places on the continent. Did you acclimatize to the Austrian weather yet?

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    • I don’t blame you for taking it easier when it is hot dear Valentina. Austria has missed most of the heat in Europe, a lot cooler with rainy days. I do like the Austrian weather, but not the winters.
      Thank you so much for reading the comedy. I don’t think that I wrote another one. Maybe I should.
      I hope that your business is doing well so that you can afford to take a few days off especially when it is too hot.
      Have a great weekend my friend. Ralph xox ❀

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