WELCOME – to the second edition of our magazine SOMOS SIERRA DE GATA!
I’m pleased to say that our first edition was a roaring success, but even then, we noticed we needed to do a few corrections and improvements.
However, all in all, we’re pretty satisfied with the result – let’s hope this second one lives up to the first!
The month of May was the scene of many “Romerías” – outdoor parties and picnics in honour of the local village Patron Saint, and although the rain caught us on a couple of occasions, that didn’t stop people dancing with umbrellas and a good time was held by all.
Now that we’re more into Summer, this is when we have the heavier stuff – a load of local Fiestas and special events, a calendar of which you will find on the main pages of this magazine. We strongly advise you to join in the fun, you’ll be more than welcome.
This month we have an interesting report by one of our Belgian residents, Paul Neirinck, who has fully integrated and now has an excellent knowledge of Spanish, as do the vast majority of our foreign residents who decide to make their homes in the community. Incidentally, if you are considering buying a property in Extremadura, do contact our agency, ExtremaCasa, we’d be glad to help. Another resident I was pleased to have lunch with the other day is Gisela Radant Wood, authoress of 2 excellent books on walking – check out her website http://walkingextremadura.com/index.html to find all kinds of info about walks in the whole of Extremadura, not just the Sierra de Gata. She is also immersed in the unfathomable depths of the History of Extremadura – a really daunting task. Gis was accompanied by a friend, also a well-known author and writer of the book “Spain Exposed” – https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17184717-spain-exposed – a very recommendable read.
I’ve also given a plug to a very worthy association, sadly obliged to close down after struggling for many years on a downward slide – the local animal sanctuary of APAM, in Moraleja. If you’re an animal lover, you’ll understand her disilusion, and she is now desperately looking for good homes for the last 20 or so dogs she is still caring for. If anyone would care to adopt, please contact me and I’ll put you in touch. Meanwhile, there are still expenses to be met, so any contributions would be more than welcome.
Now that we are approaching the hotter months, I advise you to take full advantage of the wonderful selection of natural pools of various shapes and sizes, some with little bars, others with restaurants, but an absolutely delightful way of enjoying this incredible region in the depths of the countryside, although don’t forget in addition to the natural pools every village has its own municipal pools, for which a small charge is levied.
On another note, much more serious this time, we feel obliged to issue a warning about the fire-risk in summer with tinder-dry grass and undergrowth. Please take extra care – many fires are caused by negligence: cigarettes thrown from car windows, broken bottles, and carelessly lit barbecues. However many strict laws are in force regarding lighting fires, there is always some careless person who doesn’t heed them, sometimes with disastrous results, so we beg you to take extra care and contribute to the preservation of our glorious countryside.
Another article which may be of interest to you is by a colleague from Cilleros, who makes short films with the local schoolchildren, dealing with social issues – you have no idea of the amount of compliments and prizes they have won, both national and international, as far as India and North and South America. Do have a look at their web www.cachinusdecine.es and watch the films – most are also sub-titled in English !!
Otherwise, you’ll find quite a selection of articles on local personalities, activities, sports and so forth, so take advantage of this excellent opportunity to practice your Spanish. Here’s wishing you a splendid summer – enjoy to the full, and don’t forget we’d love to hear from you…
Jakki Cosway, Valverde del Fresno.