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Friday, 31 March 2017

Fast Five on Friday - On the Trail

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I've been trying to get out at least a couple of times a week to hike with the children and explore a bit more of the surrounding mountains. There are so many cool old ruins that have just been forgotten and left to be reclaimed by nature.

Below is an amazing structure we found overlooking an ancient quarry site that right now is full of rainwater making an awesome natural pool. The cabin is made completely of stone inside and out and despite clearly having no maintenance done it is still standing strong and could be a quite usable space with nothing more than a new door

An old cabin built in to the rock overlooking an ancient quarry site
Beside the cabin is a set of steps that are built in to the structure so you can walk on to the roof (which is all natural earth and wild flowers)

Ancient Steps
Life out here is so different from the UK, something we were quickly reminded of when we came across this gentleman sunning himself in the middle of the trail

Sunbathing Serpent - Don't Tread On Me!

We didn't interrupt his day, he didn't interrupt ours and the kids were very happy with themselves that they had seen a snake in the wild.

We often see reptiles on our travels too, this little guy has no idea how close he was to being eaten by our chickens before we rescued and relocated him!

Gecko

My last photo this week was taken at 3007ft, near to the top of the mountains near our house. I had hoped to visit the fire lookout post but when I got up above the tree line I realised I had taken a wrong turning and ended up on the opposite peak to the lookout! The views up there were still fantastic though, and it gives me an excuse to hike up there again soon :)

Near the summit




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42 comments

  1. Lovely to find old ruins and wildlife, I came across some Adders last Easter when I was walking with my sister in the forest at the end of our road and often come across grass snakes and slow worms around the place.

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    1. We used to get dozens of slow worms on our allotment, I think the geckos would out compete them for food over here though so I don't think they have them :(

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  2. It's amazing that this old cabin is still standing and in quite good conditions ! Would have been a pity to be eaten by chickens the little gecko looks so cute !

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    1. I know a few people back in the UK that keep this type of leopard gecko as pets, they are pretty cute :)

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  3. It is so great to see more of your local area as you get to explore! Thank you for hosting!

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    1. Thanks for joining in, I know you're awfully busy at the moment so I appreciate you taking the time to help Five on Friday keep it's momentum after the move over :)

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  4. Your children are so lucky being able to explore the surroundings with you!

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    1. The main reason we moved was to give the kids a better life so we try to make sure that happens :) nature has a wealth of experiences for young children to explore on their adventures

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  5. The building looks wonderful. I love the idea of steps leading up to an earth roof full of flowers. And how great to see a wild snake. I think I've only ever seen about two in my lifetime. You live in a lovely place.

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    1. The house we are currently designing with our architect will have a green earth roof, perhaps I should post about that side of things more often if people are interested in it?

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  6. That is certainly some beautiful countryside. You can keep the snake, however!

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    1. I've always quite liked snakes, I once picked one up as a small child shouting "nice doggly" (every animal was a "doggly" back then) and giving it a big kiss on the head. I don't know if my mother wanted to laugh or scream!

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  7. My daughter would interrupt her day to see a snake in the wild, too. She loves this creatures. the gecko is sooooo sweet and soooo tiny :)
    have a nice weekend
    gusta

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    1. I've always liked lizards, they're a friendly bunch

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  8. Sweet adventures and making memories! Thanks for hosting and happy Friday!

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  9. Wow looks like a great place you live in! It's amazing sometimes how much beauty there is close to home. It's great that you're getting out and about and exploring. For a long time after we moved here I didn't explore much around me but now I'm finally learning to appreciate all the beauty around me even if it is different from what I'm used to.

    Thanks for hosting Five on Friday!

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  10. How exciting to have so much to explore on your doorstep, great for the children too. Have a good weekend.

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    1. I always say there's no such thing as bored when there's so much outdoors

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  11. It sure looks like you live in a fascinating place with so much to see and do.

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    1. It's certainly a world away from our old lives in the concrete jungles of the UK

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  12. Thank you so much for taking over for Amy! Love the trek you took. Not sure what state you are in, but this looks so interesting. Cool snake photo! Hope you have an awesome week!

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    1. We moved to Spain about 6 months ago :)

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  13. Loved seeing the photos although I confess snakes scare me a bit. I'd be so tempted to go look around inside the old cabin.

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    1. Snakes and lizards are OK in my book, it's the rats that give me the creeps :(

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  14. Looks amazing there. What a handsome snake and that little lizard is so very cute.
    Hopefully I am back to blogging and can join in with Five on Friday next week.

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    1. Look forward to seeing your post when you get chance to join in :)

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  15. It is amazing to think and wonder about the hands that built the cabin long ago. I wonder what stories it could tell us. Glad you rescued the gecko from the chucks! Sorry not to be joining in FonF this week but hope to be back soon.

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    1. Makes you wonder how many modern structures could stand for a couple of hundred years without any maintenance!

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  16. The gecko is super cute and lucky you found him before the chickens did. My chickens wouldn't know what to think, since we have nothing like him here.... They can take a mouse out in a few seconds flat though! ugh!

    Great post. Love the scenery there. What an amazing place to spend your days with your family!

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    1. Funny you say that, my Spanish neighbors refused to believe me that the chickens would eat mice, frogs and snakes

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  17. The old cabin is nice.. A little historical place.. :(

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    1. I imagine the people that built it must have been very proud of it in its day

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  18. Love the stone cabin! The snake, not so much.

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    1. Haha he was only quite a small one, I almost didn't see him

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  19. Love the old stone cabin with steps up to a roof full of flowers, it sounds wonderful. Nice to see the area you live in and I'm glad you rescued the cute little gecko. Have a happy week and thank you for hosting Five on Friday:)

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    1. Thanks for joining in, hope you had an amazing weekend :)

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  20. We have a lot of snakes here. I used to kill them all, but my daughter laid down the law, and now I only kill poisonous ones. I've lost some cats to Copperheads and Rattlesnakes, and been bitten by copperheads myself on two occasions.

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    1. I think I would take the same approach, remove the threats and let the rest be

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  21. What a gorgeous area! I would so love to go to Spain one day. Only not so cool with the snakes though. Lol ;)
    Thanks again so much for taking on hosting duties!! Blessings on your week ahead. xoxo

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    1. you only see the snakes if you go out into the "campo" or rural land, you're ok in the towns and villages :)

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