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Monday, 10 October 2016

On the Hunt

I headed out in to the wild again, one of the joys of living out here is the sheer amount of space that I can explore without ever bumping in to another person

I set out with one thing in mind, to find the perfect piece of wood for a little project I've been thinking about. I headed further up the mountain than last time and stumbled across a quarry up there

I'm not sure if it is still active, but the whole place is scattered with great angular pieces of stone

I didn't venture inside on this occasion but I'm sure I'll sneak inside to explore one weekend once my rebellious side gets the better of me

 I had quite strict rules in mind, the branch had to be the right size for what I plan to do with it and also it had to have fallen naturally from the tree as a gift from it to me. Try as I might I couldn't find the right piece of wood, hard to believe considering how many trees are up there, but a lot of the wind fall was old and split so wouldn't have been suitable, So I forged on up the mountain

I came across several ruins along the way, I'm always so curious to know who was up here and what they were doing, how they lived etc I'd love to know the history behind these places

The views up here continue to take my breath away, I hope I never get used to them and always find them this beautiful

After a couple of hours I finally found what I was looking for, the perfect piece of tree!

It had fallen from the tree but hadn't been on the ground long enough to split or degrade. From the presence of the pine cone still attached to the end of it I'll assume it is pine, although I'm no expert on tree identification. 

Out came the trusty Stanley multitool that I have carried for a few years now. It has never let me down and the saw blade made short work of the end of the branch to save me dragging the whole thing back down the mountain. I ended up with a lovely straight piece that is perfect for what I need it for (I'll keep it a secret for another post soon) and also left the pine cone on the end for fun

On my way back down the mountain I made a new friend, I had seen him from a distance on an earlier hike so this time I happened to have a treat in my back pocket for him

An instant in my Michelin 5* outdoor kitchen and hey presto, a treat for a four legged friend!

My new friend was super excited to see me

It's always best to come baring gifts when you want to make new friends, and this big fella certainly seemed appreciative of the snack

So that's what I've been up to whilst I'm waiting for the girls and the kids to come out here with us, hope you have an amazing week!



  1. It looks wonderful, the views are spectacular we haven't tired of ours so I hope you don't tire of yours, looking forward to see what the bit of tree is for :-)

  2. It looks fabulous. I do like your new friend 😊 I'm intrigued to find out what the piece of tree is for. Hopefully it won't be too much longer until the rest of your family join you. X

    1. I've noticed another one on the other side of the valley, a white horse so will be trying to figure out how to visit that one soon. I've just finished making the thign I wanted the wood for so I'll post it up tomorrow for you Jules x

  3. I love rural Spain, the views are stunning

    1. Arent they? There's something magical hiding round every corner out here I love it

  4. I think even had you not found the perfect branch--it was a successful day "out". What a gorgeous area you have chosen. I'm excited for you guys!

    1. I agree, finding a suitable branch was just the icing on the cake. I love the mountains, perhaps because I'm not used to seeing them back in England

  5. it looks beautiful there. Spectacular.

    1. totally agree, takes my breath away. the longer I spend out here the more I question how I ever lived amongst all the steel and concrete in the UK


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