Tuesday, 31 January 2012

A hazy day,........

.....mainly as a result of the smoke from the olive wood fires lingering in the valleys below.
Pictures taken from the terrace at about 10am this morning.

Everyday gives a stunningly different view.

Monday, 30 January 2012

In the Plaza de la Iglesia today

The Plaza de la Iglesia is the highest point, apart from the ramparts of the castle, from which to see great views over Olvera and beyond. Today was no exception, on a clear, sunny day with a temperature of about 10°C.

The viewpoint in front of the Iglesia Nuestra Señora de la Encarnacíón.
The monument to local victims of the Spanish civil war.
The wording on the plaque of the monument...sorry about the reflected image.

The Plaza de la Iglesia.
A view of Calle Llana.
The arch into the Plaza del Ayuntamiento and below the view to the Iglesia.

Sunday, 29 January 2012

A sunny Sunday stroll

Sometimes I wonder as I stroll around Olvera taking pictures, whether our blog readers get bored of seeing familiar street scenes, albeit usually at different times of the year. I hope not as I never cease to enjoy my wanderings but please let me know as I am always open to new ideas and new places to visit, both here in Olvera and further afield.
Here, above and below, Calle Garduñera on a sunny day with a temperature of about 11°C.

Calle Nuevo to the left and Calle Francia to the right.
Calle Francia here and below.

After stopping for a while in the Plaza de la Concordia I headed home, diverting off into the park area on the Peñon del Cerretillo.
Views from the park.

A quiet Calle Llana here and in the pictures below.

Friday, 27 January 2012

Umbrella weather

Just a few pictures on a walk out this afternoon on a dull and overcast day.

Light rain is falling although the temperature is still a very reasonable 10.5°C.

Wednesday, 25 January 2012

Moron market day

A trip today to Moron de la Frontera, a large town with approximately 30,000 inhabitants about 45 minutes drive north of Olvera. Today was market day so we were keen to see if there were any bargains to be had.
Anne in jewellery heaven - "Honest. I don't want anything, just looking". Yeah, right!!

The market is held in the car park of the bullring and the impressive statue below stands just outside one of the entrances.
After wandering around the many stalls, we headed into the centre of town. The temperature this morning was a rather cool 12°C.

Moron still retains some of it older buildings, many with lovely feature windows still (nearly) intact.
The Ayuntamiento (Town Hall), rebuilt in 1878 on the site of a building originally dating from 1593.
Storks enjoying the sunshine on the bell tower.
Looking towards the 16th century Iglesia de San Miguel Arcángel.

Sunday, 22 January 2012

Views from Pruna Castle

Eleven months have passed since I last visited Pruna castle, puffing and panting my way to the top of the 699 metre peak. So on a lovely morning, I once again felt the urge for more physical punishment, although no doubt some would refer to it as exercise.
Well, nothing much has changed, still puffing and panting as I gently and slowly wound my way to the top but worth the effort just to enjoy the fabulous views all around. Here, the fresh water spring at the start of the trek, unfortunately advising that the water is "no potable", not drinkable.
This derelict looking building, according to the plaque below, houses (or once housed) the mechanism to measure seismic activity in the area.
My target.
There are plenty of rest area's on the route - thank goodness!!.
As I mentioned, the views from the top are stunning.
Looking at the nearby pueblo of Pruna.
A hazy Olvera about 8kms away.
Just resting and recuperating.
The winding pathway back down.
One of several viewpoints along the way.