Bryan Hemming

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July in an Andalucian pueblo

By the end of July the field of sunflowers near our home had dried to sooty stalks bearing blackened faces. I have recorded their progress since May. The last day … Continue reading

August 4, 2017 · 15 Comments

How to beat the Conil crowds

July is the second most popular month to visit Conil. For the next eight weeks the pueblo will be bursting at the seams. With Gwyneth Paltrow raving about her June … Continue reading

July 12, 2017 · 6 Comments

La noche de San Juan – Conil

Seems like ages since we had a fiesta down in the pueblo. Could even be a couple of weeks or more. No worries, last night was La noche de San … Continue reading

June 24, 2017 · 6 Comments

June in Cádiz

When it gets too hot in the province of Cádiz wiser heads take to the city. Cádiz is full of shady lanes and alleys harbouring little bars and restaurants. Here the … Continue reading

June 15, 2017 · 5 Comments

An Amazing Parrot Story

  Plaza de Mina is probably my favourite square in Cádiz, in a city full of pleasant squares, great and small. I like its benches shaded by leafy, old trees … Continue reading

June 10, 2017 · 4 Comments

Wild flowers in Andalucia

Winter and spring are the seasons for wild flowers in Andalucia. Though I’ve lived here for years, I’m always surprised at just how many varieties there are within a short … Continue reading

May 28, 2017 · 3 Comments

Romería de Conil 2016

Unbelievable as it may seem, nearly a whole month has elapsed since Christmas Day. With New Year’s celebrations three weeks behind us, and Dia del Reyes more than a fortnight ago, the … Continue reading

January 24, 2017 · 7 Comments

Christmas ain’t over till the bag lady sings

The festive season in Spain just keeps on giving. Even when you fall to your knees begging it to stop. Here in sleepy old Conil de la Frontera, January 5th … Continue reading

January 8, 2017 · 10 Comments

The Clay Figurine

“We should share our stuff,” Newton said to me after forgetting to bring his compass and protractor for geometry class. Sounded fair enough. “From now on, what’s yours is mine … Continue reading

December 20, 2016 · 10 Comments

Shuffling through the sand in Andalusia

That the English word ‘holiday’ derives from the Old English hāligdæg or holy day, whereas día de fiesta — the Spanish term for holiday — translates into ‘party day’, serves only to reinforce a telling cultural difference between the Spanish and … Continue reading

March 5, 2016 · 11 Comments

A morning stroll about an Andalusian fishermen’s barrio

The higgledy-piggledy piles of old houses hugging the hillside to the north of Conil de la Frontera is known as the barrio de Pescadores; the fishermen’s quarter. Lying just beyond the old … Continue reading

February 3, 2016 · 4 Comments

Missives from Santa Catalina

Tales of an Andalusian fishing pueblo … … where time stands still as the World flies by  Introduction to Santa Catalina and some of its characters In the autumn of … Continue reading

January 30, 2016 · 3 Comments

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