The new Temple of Therapy, a private space for massage, meditation, relaxation or exercise and yoga in a vine arbour next to the house has proved a great success. Our friend Esther has been busy and is available for energetic, therapeutic or relaxing massage - acupuncture and reiki healing on request.
Our guests have body-surfed down the river to Bar Diddley and enjoyed the food and music at the bar all summer and chilled out at the beach on the riverside... See ‘Diddley Cafebar’ on Facebook… our nearest bar (live music).
During the summer egrets, purple herons, kingfishers and red kites are visiting us regularly. The golden orioles, serins and swallows have flown, leaving their empty nests for next year but we still have the crag martins spellbinding us with their aerial ballet, view from the kitchen windows. There’s a nest in the pine cone wreath on the front door, built by a wren. Hope she comes back this spring. The hoopoes and many birds of prey are still here. The returning swallows always nest in the under-build (two broods last season, the first feeding the second - amazing!)
We’ve been watching wild boar from the kitchen windows, over on the opposite bank of the river; they’ve also been leaving their marks on the roadside verges, where they've been digging for roots.
The river was great for body-surfing and wild swimming against the current… endlessly, in the same place or there's a 30m lagoon below the house.
At the beaches, 30 minutes away you’ll find miles and miles of perfect white sand; blue flag beaches all the way to Denia where rocky coves and caves are great for snorkelling.
The summer days began with sun salutations and an early morning swims in the river but now it's a leisurely breakfast on the veranda if it's sunny, followed by a tunnel walk with the dogs.
The vine arbour has surpassed all expectations and every year becomes a cool green cave, great for eating one of Santi’s paellas. It turned brilliant red before the leaves fell in autumn.
The carp in the acequia (irrigating the orange groves) went mad for the ripe figs as they dropped into the water. They’re huge, the fish I mean; some are very old. We’ve had lots of keen fishermen and one caught a 15kg carp below the house. He couldn’t lift it so he let it go. We're pleased to tell you that it’s still there!
The organic veg garden down the terraces to the river has been burgeoning and augments the figs and lemons, nisperos, persimmons and an amazing crop of pomegranates.
Our guests from May last year, Emily and Kevin from Birmingham, announced the birth of their twins, Jude Thomas and Lillia Faith… long awaited and much loved.
We welcomed and enjoyed all our summer visitors; families with lovely children, adventurous young people, relaxing parents, energetic grandparents and now the more intrepid walkers and climbers of winter are arriving. Allan's son Paul climbed our beautiful local peak Benicadell (1,100m) and took us gorge-walking down the Baranc de La Safor… a great adventure for us old couch surfers.
Wild swimming in the river Serpis here at the house has to be one of the most exhilerating experiences available here. The beautiful mountains that serve as a backdrop to this experience are impressive and makes you feel like you are in your own secluded hideaway.
There is a 30 mtr swimming lagoon here or you can find a place where the current perfectly matches your strength and swim endlessly in the same place.