When we first moved here in March 2000 our garden and pool area was just a field. The only trees we had were our big pine tree by the car park and the Ash tree in the communal courtyard area.  Over the years we planted trees and shrubs and flowers , our only aim was to landscape and sculpture the area to make it look pretty.  A few years ago we realised that our 11 olive trees were producing a lot of olives and, as a small family run oil pressing business had just opened in a nearby village, we decided to have a go at producing our own oil.  We were surprised at how much oil we got and the flavour was amazing, so fresh and healthy tasting. That first year we picked around 200 kilos and got 50 litres of oil. The people at the factory told us that our oil yield was very high, probably due to the fact that we have to hand pick the trees. Because of all the plants and flowers underneath, we can’t put nets down as the locals do.

The garden when we first moved in 

Over the years our yield has varied slightly , either due to the weather or how many people are picking – sometimes it is just Clive and I , so it is a struggle to pick all the trees within the 3 days we have to get them to the factory while they are still fresh. It does tend to average around 250 to 300 kilos with a yield of between 45 and 50 litres of oil, which is more than enough for us to use ourselves and sell to guests.

 

While up on a roof doing some painting on a beautiful January morning I took this birds eye view of the horses and mountains

Having tried the new river walk on foot we decided to give it a go on horses this morning.  I took Scarlett and Clive took Leo. It is often difficult for horses to do a route they are not familiar with, so we took them up into the mountains first, to cover some familiar ground , finishing off on the new part along the river. To be honest, most of the route once we got high into the mountains was totally new to Scarlett, but she took it all in her stride. It was a very warm sunny morning for late December, and with their thick winter coats they were getting quite sweaty so we took a few opportunities to let them stop and eat grass to cool off. (there is also a restaurant half way round, ideal for a beer and tapas!) .

    arriving at the restaurant for a well earned rest, drink and tapas

The ride including beer stop took about 2 1/2 hours, 14 kilometres in total, a nice length for spring and autumn and with a longer stop for something to eat it could easily be a 3 hour ride. (there are some nice spots for picnics too :) )A lot of the river part of the route is in the shade so would be good for the summer too.   We were very proud of how the horses accepted being asked to take lots of new twists and turns, especially as some of the ground was a bit soft under foot, with some narrow paths and low branches to contend with.  The beauty of this new river trail is that it also opens up lots of new options for different shorter rides too, linking trails we already do. We will now have to try some of the other horses :) .

     

 

 

 

We have a very exciting new route for riding and walking, following the river from the Los Cien Caños water pipes all the way to the village and beyond.  It is a new initiative created by the Junta de Andalucia, to provide a clear and marked walkway that goes all the way to Malaga!   We can enjoy our local part of the route, with a beautiful scenic trail for guests to use to walk to the village  (it takes an hour) or the water pipes and for us to ride the horses along , opening up new routes , joining old routes, giving us lots of possibilities for even more interesting rides. At the end of the route  to the village is a restaurant which is perfect for stopping for a drink with the horses before carrying on home through the mountains

Animal communication and energy work with Monique Ros
(Monique has studied with the Carolyn Resnick method)

Arrive for welcome evening meal on 30th
Course days – 31st and 1st, leaving on 2nd April

We will work with 3 elements during the course :- animal communication: Bodylanguage, Energy and telepathy
1st day of communication with animals course, part 1: will cover, Energy Fields, participants will learn to recognise your own energy field and that of another being, and learn to deal and handle with this special gift we have! We will practice with photos, and live animals. During the day Monique will teach the Participants, meditation and silent observing.
2nd day of communication with animals course part 1: participants will learn to observe all living beings in a special way again, and will read animals. Then learn how to use telepathy what comes to us in this kind of observing, and to translate the information into a language that humans can understand.
At The course participants can take printed photos with them of their own animals to practice, and we will do live animals during the course
Price is 520 euros for 3 days/nights including time with horses during course, accommodation,breakfast, lunches and evening meals, airport transfers, use of pool, Jacuzzi and mountain bikes. Arrival on 30th ready for welcome meal, course on 31st and 1st and leaving on 2nd April
(price based on two people sharing a room – single room supplement 50 euros per night)
For an extra 80 euros per night people are welcome to come and stay as many extra days as you want before or after the course to combine cheap flight deals. The price includes evening meal, lunch and breakfast.
*Why not treat yourself and come early to attend our fantastic barefoot trimming course –https://www.facebook.com/events/1871611826209185/
10% discount if attending both courses

Non course participating friends or partners welcome, for people wanting to make a holiday of it, subject to available space. 250 euros

Places for the course are limited to 8 people

Please note flights are not included in the price.

See Facebook even link for more information :-

https://www.facebook.com/events/399218610614008/

 

Wednesday 27th March – arrive, welcome 3 course evening meal ,28th 29th – course, 30th leave

An informative course on the variety of factors that contribute to the equines hoof form and function, including the digestive system, stress, the environment, pain the equines body and conformation and how to make small changes that can ultimately make a big difference to barefoot horses. (with breaks when needed)
Demo trims on horses, looking at what can safely be trimmed off without compromising the horses soundness. Safe tool handling and safety under horse will also be covered. With very careful guidance and instruction participants will have the opportunity to carry out a maintenance trim on a hoof.

Free time – The option to go horse riding (20 euros per hr), take off on the mountain bikes, enjoy the pool and Jacuzzi.

Price

Price is 390 euros for 3 days/nights including accommodation
breakfast, lunches and evening meals, airport transfers, use of pool, Jacuzzi and mountain bikes. Arrival on 27th ready for welcome meal, course on 28th and 29th and leaving on 30th
(price based on two people sharing a room – single room supplement 50 euros per night)
For an extra 80 euros per night people are welcome to come and stay as many extra days as you want before or after the course to combine cheap flight deals. The price includes evening meal, lunch and breakfast.
*Why not treat yourself and stay on to attend our fantastic Horse communication course from 30th to 2nd April- https://www.facebook.com/events/399218610614008/?notif_t=event_calendar_create&notif_id=1539969745772167
10% discount if attending both courses

Non course participating friends or partners welcome, for people wanting to make a holiday of it, subject to available space. 250 euros

Places for the course are limited to 8 people

Please note flights are not included in the price.

see Facebook even link for more information:-

https://www.facebook.com/events/1871611826209185/

 

 

Who says you can’t teach an old horse new tricks.