Spain is full of contrasts. I love it!

The rain in Spain is lovely! It never rains in Spain. It pours!. It´s either beautifully sunny, with iridescent blue skies and bright, warm light or dark and windy with torrential rain. Never in between. I love it! None of that grey, drizzly nothingness you get for days on end in other places. It makes its mind up. It´s decisive. A day of pouring rain, the roads rivers; then you wake to bright sunshine and fresh blue skies. Perfect. Here, in [...]

Rustic Escapes brings Can Toni Pera back to life!

Rustic Escapes brings Can Toni Pera back to life! We´ve started planting! At last! Having waited for five long years for the well to be dug and the water to be found,deep, deep down under the Ibizencan soil, we have finally started to plant our crops and bring our lovely Can Toni Pera back to life! You can´t believe how satisfying it is to see the 200 baby olive trees soaking up the sunshine, in their new home; in the [...]

the Grand Rustic Escapes Spring Clean!

I love cleaning! The Grand Spring Clean in Rustic Escapes Every year, at about this time all the local representatives (and most of my family!) join in to help do a Grand Spring Clean all of the Rustic Escapes´properties in Spain and England; making sure they are tip top and ready for our guests this year. I love cleaning. I don´t have a cleaner in my own home and am always ready to roll up my sleeves  and clean other [...]

Join us in creating the perfect Rustic Escape!

Busy finding our next Rustic Escape. Watch this space! How busy I´ve been these last two weeks; travelling up and down the Costa Blanca looking for beautiful rural locations near the sea where we can create our next Rustic Escape. I´ve struggled up a number of very bumpy lanes, emerged through thickets deep in the countryside and wandered through quiet and peaceful rural villages in search of  distinctive rural properties for our guests to enjoy. Rustic Escapes. Comfort and style in [...]

Daffodils in January in our Rustic Escape in Valencia

Look at those beautiful daffodils! January in Partida de la Mar Valencia Aren´t they lovely? Personally I never pick flowers, preferring to enjoy them in the lovely gardens we have in all our Rustic Escapes properties; these were picked for me and were a lovely surprise. Can you believe it is January and they are already in flower? Beautiful yellow beacons of hope and good luck for the coming year. Here they sit lit by my lamp and illuminating the [...]

Rustic Escapes in Ibiza; restoring our finca Can Toni Pera in the January sun!

Can it really be January? … It´s so beautiful here in Ibiza! Oh my gosh. I always get emotional when I step out onto the terrace in Ibiza, and see that beautiful blue sea and the blue, blue sky. It never ceases to amaze and delight me! It is just so beautiful. I often burst into tears when viewing the countryside of this island that is so dear to my heart. I just get overwhelmed with the beauty of it [...]

From farm to fork! Ready and raring to…grow!

No rest for the wicket I said I was retiring not resting! Sitting quietly in the sun is not for me. No sooner was I out of the classroom, my passion for the farm to fork movement took over and  I was in the fields, starting the all important preparation of the soil, ready for planting this spring. In our lovely two hundred year old farm in Sant Josep in Ibiza we have waited for this moment for over five [...]

A wander in the w…huerta!

My first walk in the Valencian ´huerta´since before lockdown. Do you know how to pronounce the spanish word for kitchen garden, huerta? Its ¨where-tah!¨. Hence my little alliteration above…a walk in the w…huerta. Such a joy. I love it and used to do it every afternoon after school, with my four lovely little dogs. They were so excited, and I´m sure , amazed, yesterday evening, when I shouted the magic words…walkies! I don´t think they believed me until they [...]

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I’m back

I’m back! September. As promised. I always keep my promises. Hence the old, old photograph, from 35 years ago; depicting the very first day in my school, my dear Cambridge House Community College. You can see me, the young, terribly naive Headteacher, having a welcome cup of tea: while my first ten students settled in, around me, in our little school. I was the only teacher! I now have over 168 of them!  All those years ago I promised [...]

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A break in my blog, back in September

View Post As you know last year I became a part time founder,owner and Senior manager of my school so that I could fulfill my ambition to develop Rustic Escapes. We find and restore interesting historic properties in distinctive rural locations, in or near small villages yet well communicated ,by public transport to a larger town and an airport, so that guests enjoy the peace and tranquility of a Rustic Escape, offering a full Concierge service, letting us take care [...]

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