I find a woman’s way of thinking very different from a man’s. I grow tomatoes on my allotment. A couple of years ago I read somewhere that ladies tights are useful for tying them to stakes, the tomatoes, not the ladies. The nylon is softer on their delicate skins. I am still talking about tomatoes, pay attention. Anyhow, I mentioned this to Julie who provided me with a few pairs of ‘pop socks’ to try it out. The tomatoes did not complain and their skins remained unblemished. Julie started saving her old ‘pop socks’. Last month she presented me with a bag full and apologised that some had been stitched at the toes. I don’t think the tomatoes will mind.
Mind you, a man’s brain is not always the best tool. Well, mine isn’t. In March we went on one of our walks. It will eventually appear in the magazine. The walk started in the Malaga mountains, at a high point called Fuente de La Reina. Whichever way you went from there it was downhill. Our first waypoint (coffee stop) was a mirador. We saw four eagles; we think Bonelli's, soaring overhead. By the time we had the binoculars on them, they had disappeared. Our next waypoint was even further down the hill, the Hotel Humaina. This is where things started to go awry.
The track we should have taken started parallel to the track we were on. A Junta de Andalucia map had been positioned at the junction so that you could work out which way to go. Unfortunately, the north end of the map was at the bottom, so I was looking at it upside down. Julie did point out the path we should have taken but I insisted on sticking to the map. The track we should have taken is relatively flat as it circumnavigates a hill. The path we took continued downhill, for miles. Eventually, we both (Julie) came to the conclusion we (I) had gone wrong. That little faux pas increased the walk by six kilometres and 400 metres, all uphill. To be fair Julie did march back without much complaint. It cost me a night at the Melia Sol though.
Nick has lived and worked in Andalucia for over 20 years. He and his partner, Julie Evans, have travelled extensively and dug deep into the history and culture, producing authoritative articles on all aspects of the region. Nick has written four books about Andalucia and writes articles for other websites and blogs.
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