WHERE THE GRASS IS (nearly) ALWAYS BROWNER…

…BUT WHERE THE ALMOND blossom is ALWAYS WHITER

I nearly titled this as a third straight “yearning” post, in the sense that after three months lock-down here in Oxford we are desperate to get back to our finca in southern Spain. But seeing as we are actually returning there tomorrow I decided on a catchier and hopefully more optimistic heading.

In fairness, when we’ve been in Spain for as long as we’ve now been in England there’s plenty I miss about our other lives in London and Oxford, but the longing is rarely as intense as what we are experiencing right now for our Andalusian home.

And perhaps there’s the clue; the fact that our little farm in the foothills of the Sierra Tajeda is the nearest thing Dido and I have ever had to a settled home. We’ve certainly owned it for more than three times as long as any of our previous homes (separately or together), and then there’s all the sweat and blood we’ve dripped into the building of our house and the rocky soil upon which it stands.

But perhaps, more than all of that, it’s simply the way the setting of our finca has ingrained itself into the fabric of our being through the sheer power of its ridiculous beauty.

So, although we missed wonders like the almond blossom display this year, thanks to about thirty years of memories, and images like the ones on show here, we can never truly miss them – they live inside of us, rendering us unusually fortunate.

4 thoughts on “WHERE THE GRASS IS (nearly) ALWAYS BROWNER…

  1. We hope you have a wonderful stay at your finca. There is something about building a home that makes it special, and you have so many other reasons as well.
    Forty years ago, we built a small home of my own design on some property on the Potomac River north of Harper’s Ferry, West Virginia. When we built it, I hoped it would be my retirement home, but events conspired against us, and we sold it a few years later. It was not in a setting nearly as beautiful as yours nor even as nice as others we subsequently bought. We only owned it a short time, but it still creates a longing because, we built it.

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