Ibiza

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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Quarantine in a Rustic Escape

I haven´t blogged in over a week. The reason has been twofold.  Firstly It´s been so terrible for me to have to share the distress of all my Valencian compatriots at seeing our Fallas festival cancelled, our schools closed and our lives thrown into havoc by being placed in quarantine for what will be an interminable two or three weeks. Secondly I have a horrible sense of guilt at my fortune to be able to spend my quarantine in [...]


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A light breakfast to keep me going!

Well here’s my first update via twitter and facebook. Two days into my new life. I’ve been really busy down in Finestrat, blustery but beautiful at our lovely La Casa de la Campana, comandeering carpinters, glaziers, plumbers and painters…everyone busy getting our new Alicante property ready for our first guests on April 1st. The traditional tiling and woodwork in this 1890’s house are lovely, our designer baths and wood burning open fires are all in place. Along with modern [...]


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Share my project with me

Today we get ‘out there’! You can join us! I must confess to feeling slight trepidation. Monday, March 2nd I go live! Here’s what’s been going on. In September of 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 [...]


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Let´s get a donkey!

We´re going to get a donkey for Ibiza! Two actually. They need company. Either Ibizencan donkies or donkies from the sanctuary that we can take care of. These will be our first animals on the farm we are creating for Rustic Escapes. We have also applied to a typical ´pagés´farm to adopt five sheep. I love ibizencan sheep. They are completely different to those found elsewhere.  We have a lovely big field for them and are thinking of installing [...]


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