Monday, April 28, 2014

Café Art in Navarra

So taken by this simple, but intricate chalk drawing
by Amaia Reyes Elu del Bar Villar (Ujué)
Hanging undiscovered,

obscure cafés and humble corners

their unacclaimed works

call for a discriminating eye

a deserved interest

along El Camino villages and

rocky Spanish hilltops.

I marvel, snap a shot and

simply share their charm.
Enrique and artist Pedro, the owner of Bar Orly, Olite 

Autoretrato de Pedro

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Melon Marmalade Man

“I have a history of making decisions very quickly about men. I have always fallen in love fast and without measuring risks. I have a tendency not only to see the best in everyone, but to assume that everyone is emotionally capable of reaching his highest potential. I have fallen in love more times than I care to count with the highest potential of a man, rather than with the man himself, and I have hung on to the relationship for a long time (sometimes far too long) waiting for the man to ascend to his own greatness. Many times in romance I have been a victim of my own optimism.”
Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love

Oh, Elizabeth, this statement is so true of me and how I've entered into my own relationships. If you are someone who relates, at least make sure that your man is a jelly maker. Taking all else into consideration, life suddenly becomes sweeter, measurably more. Here are Chef Enrique's jars of "Dulce de Membrillo," a melon-like jam that has been my favorite since I was nineteen and living in Gran Canaria (the Canary Islands.)  Enrique, I'm so glad you're a melon marmalade making man. 

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Day of the Book

Sombra helps Enrique choose from the many selections
in today's book exchange put on by the
Mule Drivers Neighbors Association
in the Plaza Mayor.

Libros del intercambio gratuito de lectura hoy por la
Asociación de Vecinos Los Arrieros, este año en carretillos.

Fresh baked bread from the Panadería Cuatro Caminos
and four new books in hand .

Lee Más:
and here:

Sunday, April 6, 2014

High School Prom

El baile formal incluye flores, vestido de fiesta, traje de smoking, una cena, y a veces una limosina entre el grupo. Todo a tope. Hay fotos para cada momento, el ponerle las flores a tu invitada, y el ponértelas a ella a ti. Es un momento único -

I woke up this morning dreaming that I was making pancakes and brunch for the kids that stayed over after last night's prom. I remember that I needed to hustle if I was going to get everyone fed as they sleepily came into the kitchen after their late night. Reality hit like a continent-away sized brick.  Tears, of course. Always tears.
Still, I look at the life, vitality and all the good that surrounds this son and I'm ok again. He texted me about the corsage and boutonnière and he chose my favorite color. Aren't they lovely?