Whether your first thought is of panes of glass or Operating Systems
– the CBBH Photo Challenge theme for October is WINDOWS!
I found my first window as I wandered around the streets of the white village of Cómpeta. You´ve heard me mention this village many times before, because it is the closest to my home in the nearby countryside. Many of the very pretty village houses have plants outside their windows but inside the metal grills that are a common feature on houses in the area.
This beautiful stained glass window is in St George´s Church, the oldest Anglican church in mainland Spain. St George´s Church can be found within the grounds of the English Cemetery, about 300m east of the bullring in the city of Málaga.
Staying in the city of Málaga, here is another stained glass window, but this time it´s inside the Atarazanas Market. Offering fresh, local produce at fantastic prices the Mercado Central de Atarazanas is most definitely worth a visit if you happen to find yourself in the city. Joining the bustling crowds of discerning locals at the stalls offering an abundance of seafood, fruit, vegetables, meat, spices and dried fruits is a wonderful way to buy fresh, local produce.
Here are some of the ivy-clad windows and balconies of the Parador in Ronda, where we were fortunate enough to spend a few days last summer. Paradors are state-run hotels, often located in castles, palaces, monasteries and extraordinary Spanish national heritage buildings. The Parador of Ronda is a luxury hotel in the former town hall, which sits on the edge of a gorge.
Do you remember when I visited the derelict San Joaquín sugar mill, on the old N340 coast road between Nerja and Maro? Though the glass in this window is long gone, it was still interesting to peer through at the interior of the building, though unsafe to wander inside given the state of the roof.
The window of an aeroplane gives a unique look at the world from a totally different perspective. Whenever I fly, I always request of window seat because I love the spectacular views of the world from 35,000 feet! Here you can see the snowy mountains of northern Spain, as I am flying south, back home from a visit to England.
There is always a lovely display of flowers on this particular balcony in the nearby town of Nerja. I always think it must be delightful to look out of this window and see all the different shades of pink and purple of the many flowers. The patterned tiling underneath the balcony is very typical of the area, and I also like the way that the white building opposite and the deep blue sky is reflected in the panes of glass.
My final window might surprise you, as most people think that it´s always hot and sunny in Spain – all year round. This photograph was taken a couple of years ago over the Christmas holidays, whilst we were staying in one of the cave rooms at El Ventorro near to Alhama de Granada. Being only about 50 kms from the city of Granada with the nearby Sierra Nevada mountains and ski resort, we awoke one morning to find our car completely iced up. We didn´t have long to wait though, because by the time we had eaten breakfast, the sun had come up and all the ice had disappeared!
This month´s CBBH Featured Blogs:
** Sally at Deliberately Delicious describes herself as a “Collector of sand dollars. Adventurer. Writer. Weather girl. Back up singer in a little black dress. Dancer. Poet. Soccer mom. Bond girl. Teacher. Diva. Walker of beaches. Seeker of truth and all things delicious in life.”
I have so enjoyed reading about Sally´s adventures this summer, sailing with her friend, Dan, on the western coast of Canada, near to her home in Victoria, British Columbia. She writes with an easy-reading style, and has many stunning photographs on her blog. Deliberately Delicious has quickly become one of my favourite blogs to escape to.
** Whilst we are on the subject of delicious, Natalie at Cook Eat Live Vegetarian features amazing recipes and photographs that you just want to dive straight into!
Diagnosed with breast cancer in 2009, though fortunately now fully recovered, Natalie attributes her swift recovery to a combination of conventional and alternative treatments and to her following a whole foods, mainly plant based diet.
She is a freelance food writer, photographer and stylist, specialising in delicious vegetarian and vegan cuisine that you wont be able to resist trying!
So that´s the CBBH Photo Challenge for October, folks!
Remember, all you have to do is post your entry by the end of the month, link back to this blog and, most importantly, don´t forget to add links to any two blogs that you´ve commented on during the past month, so that we can all HOP OVER and have a look. Make sure you FOLLOW THIS BLOG so you don´t miss next month´s exciting challenge!
For more information on how the CBBH Photo Challenge works click here.
I hope everyone taking part enjoys the exposure the CBBH Photo Challenge offers to featured blogs and, who knows, you may end up finding a new favourite! I´m looking forward to seeing your interpretations.
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