Rachel’s Wanderings in Spain – 9 – Good Rain, Bad Rain and in the Mountains Not on the Plain
Well after five or six months with no rain we have had some. Lots actually. Before moving to Andalucia I lived in Devon and I thought after 33 years living in the UK that I knew a bit about rain, it was a pretty regular companion anyway. Well here in inland Andalucia, the area of olive groves there is good rain and bad rain. We’ve had both.
What I would have called rubbish rain that drizzly sort that goes on and on, not really enough for an umbrella but it gets you wet – I’m sure you know. That, here is good rain, light and gentle, gradually moistening the hard-baked earth so when the, what I call bucketing it down, heavy rain comes it will soak it and not just bounce and run off. Man were there some buckets up there. I don’t think I’ve ever known it so heavy. Constant pouring after exciting rumbling and lightening rattling around the mountains – it then chose us to open the clouds upon us. The next town only had a few spots. So that’s the dust damped down, the brown countryside changing back to green and the olives beginning to swell and suddenly it feels all autumny. Strappy tops away and the season of taking off and adding layers throughout the day begins.
Between rainy spells I headed out last Sunday to a spot I have never been to before and it’s only 1 hour 20 minutes or so from home. We were going to watch a full immersion baptism and they had chosen a beautiful scenic spot with picnic tables and river for paddling with a deeper pool to fully dunk Manuel the young man being baptized. It’s a stunning spot of natural beauty and apparently with a bit of a scramble upstream there is a waterfall – we’re going back as we hadn’t time to stay after joining in the amazing picnic feast they had brought with them. What a glorious shady bit of wild nature and lovely freezing water (I know because I watched their faces) for such an event.
Jaen province is incredible and I’m stunned just how huge it is and how much we still haven’t seen of the wild and rugged Natural Parks within its borders. Getting out and driving along empty roads with stunning views is priceless. What a place I live in.
This week was the first open week of our Estate Agency office – without the proper furniture- you’ll have to read my previous articles for the sagas on factory fortnights in Spain, and we are finding our feet and learning lots. I went to photo, video and list a town house in Martos yesterday only to find the second part of the video of the upstairs of the house hadn’t worked, so I have to apologise and ask to go again. Some things you only do wrong once and I hope this is one of them! If you fancy a house without much work doing is just 36,000€ you can’t get much for that price in the UK and we have some cheaper than that.
So, now it’s off to the office for me – the first time I’ve ever had an office job, I think I’ll be choosing to do the viewings and listings rather than sitting at a desk for very long, still I can always write my articles while looking busy!! It is my business after all. Pop by!
B-C-I-ing-U in two weeks