Wednesday, May 19, 2010

The beautiful little nothings of Andalusia


This morning as I was having breakfast on the roof terrace, I smiled at the day, at the whole view surrounding me, the tiled roofs of the neighboring houses and their crooked TV antennas, the blue sky, the pale green hills and olive groves, the tiny village of Niguelas which can be barely be seen at this hour at the morning. Every year, when the warm weather comes, I sense the sweet dangerosity of living in Andalusia. It would be so easy to take one day off, then two and well.... just go with the flow, adopting a very slow mode.

When I got here, it was like rediscovering the little flower paradise I left behind me in Provence as a child, yet with a more exotic touch. The scent of jasmine at night, the fragrance of orange blossoms, the exuberance of perfumed mimosa and the sight of pink bougainvillea...these are the beautiful little nothings Andalusia offered me.

And I also love the distinctive smells of food slowly cooking. If you ever wander through the village streets during lunch hour, you can tell, some fish is being grilled somewhere or someone left the onions too long on the fire. Most times, when I come back from the market on Wednesdays, there's a sweet smell of red grilled pepper in the air.
Today, I was tempted to prepare some for lunch even though the preparation took time but then the day started slowly so why not stopping the clock a bit.

I had lunch at 3.30pm....mmm...this is even a bit late according to Andalusian standards ! Let's say, today I was in a contemplative mood, enjoying the slow cooking and photographing it and watching the pink bougainvillea slowly growing. Do you think flowers enjoy music ? Monchéri encourages me to sing to the flowers or play some Mozart !



pics : lunch at home today, the roof terrace

24 comments:

Fashion, Art and other fancies said...

Pink bougainvillea reminds me of my childhood days. I do believe one should sing to the flowers. They can hear us, you know...
Yummy, I love sardines;-)

A Thousand Clapping Hands said...

Your beautiful little nothings are beautiful big somethings. I love your rooftop terrace...so much better than my coffee table. Sounds like your week is off to a delicious start.
Catherine xx

Ingrid DeVilliers said...

Oh Lala...I just love your photographs of your lunch...it looks delicious and healthy! I love the contrast of the pink of the bougainvillea with the blue color, the terra cotta tiles and white chair.....!!

Joyful said...

Andalusia's fragrances sound divine :-) Your lunch looks great too. Are those mackerels or sardines? I do believe in singing to the flowers and plants though I never do myself.

Velia said...

The beautiful little nothings in life... sometimes give us the best times and memories, don't you think? I love the images in this post, but I am also very hungry now. lol.

You have a lovely blog.

The Photo Huntress

Des said...

I really enjoyed this post.

Don said...

I think flowers do like music. I bet you have good music too!

Linda Sue said...

I want more of nothing please- your little bits are fabulous as only would have it. LOVE!

Simply Mel said...

Lala ~

I'm moving in! My goodness, your description of your day, every day in Andalusia, is off-the-charts fantastic! Thank you for sharing your slice of heaven with us!

Bisous,
Melissa

sinnlighet said...

Lala, I love your blues & feeling for 'less is more'... Love love love this post!!

Agneta

Linda@ Lime in the Coconut said...

Such a sensual feast...this post!

Susana said...

Hahaha! Yesterday we had lunch at 4pm! Loved the post... and if music is good for babies, I am sure it is for flowers too!

vicki archer said...

I am sure Moncheri is a wise man and all those pretty flowers are enjoying your music Lala, xv.

Mélanie A. said...

J'adore les bougainvilliers et les poivrons grillés sont un de mes plats d'été favoris...
Il faut à tout prix que je revienne en Andalousie

Yoli said...

My dear Lala, with that kind of lifestyle and delicious food, one can live forever. It is like time standing still. From your description, I can smell the cooking and feel the sun on my face.

Diana said...

ahhh! I'm relaxing just reading this!

Gypsy Purple said...

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purple area said...

Lovely.. the pink borgonvillea is stunning!!

La Dolfina said...

I'm loving your life :)

Kristin said...

I love every word and picture in this post! You make me feel as I'm there with you! Great post!! Wishing you the best weekend also!

Kristin xxx

paris parfait said...

As always, you make living in Andalucia seem like such an enchanting prospect! The big news is, I'm spending much of July in Spain. Hope to meet you here or there. xo

Elisa, Croatia said...

grilled red peppers are one of my favorites. Que rico...

angel said...

A friend recommended this blog and I come back again and again as it is like a cup of tea and a slice of fresh chocolate cake...heavenly and relaxing,but without the calories!

Christina said...

yes sweetheart, i believe flowers enjoy music. i still long to have a lunch with you. this looks so beautiful.
xo

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