Category Archives: From a Foreign Field

Reports and thoughts from places and events outside the UK. From festivals to nature walks, events to everyday life.


Benamahoma to El Bosque

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Benamahoma is one of the pretty mountain pueblos blancos of Andalucia. It is old, going back to Roman times and clings to the side of the mountains of the Sierra de Grazalema, beneath the Labradillo range. Goats graze, bells ringing on the grassy … Continue reading



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The town of Grazalema, highest pueblo blanco in the Sierra de Grazalema, sits in a natural bowl of land, one of the ‘hanging valleys’ found in the high sierras, beneath the Penon Grande and El Endrinal, with the peak of … Continue reading


Festival de Jerez 2018

Good news. The Programme for next year’s Festival, the twenty-second, is out now on the Ayuntamiento web-site. It runs from 23rd February to 10th March. It all begins with the National Ballet of Spain in Teatro Villamarta on Friday 23rd … Continue reading


Journey Through the Pinsapar

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It was tempting fate. Only two days after the most enormous storm, to go up into the mountains, to the rainiest place in Spain. It was twenty-three degrees when we set out from Jerez that morning. The sky was blue … Continue reading



First, watch this. I heard the first rumble of thunder at about eleven o’clock. I had been out with friends, sitting in an olive-tree-lined square where fountains played. The temperature was balmy, there was no indication of what was to … Continue reading