The mountains of Castellon

The mountains of Castellon © 2011 stephanie de leng. All rights reserved.

I have been going back and forth to the mountains in Castellon for exactly ten years now, trying to get a dream realised – a finca restored, and a simpler more fulfilling way of living started off-grid, up a mountain, and … Continue reading

El Cabanyal

You can see that there are people who take great pains to restore their houses with respect © 2017 stephanie de leng. All rights reserved.

Just after World War II Spain started to attract increasing numbers of tourists, drawn by its amazing coastline and gorgeous climate. With the exception of El Cabanyal and a few other enclaves, poco a poco the coast was cemented over, … Continue reading

The Dump Trump election wake

A screen set up to capture the rolling events USA election night 2016 © 2016 stephanie de leng. All rights reserved.

  Speaking of THE election, it may come as a surprise to some of you but I am actually technically a citizen of the United States of America. Though of Dutch parentage I happened to be born there. However, I … Continue reading

¡Vive el Maestrat and party!

a sunrise from my masia in el maestrat © 2016 stephanie de leng. All rights reserved.

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Montse and her Bar at Sant Pau Monastery

Montse takes her coffee solo iced © 2016 stephanie de leng. All rights reserved.

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A celebration of El Maestrat!

El Maestrat is home to many artists © 2016 stephanie de leng. All rights reserved.

It is now exactly a staggering 10 years since I first set foot in beautiful El Maestrat. In some ways it seems that I have been coming here all my life, and in others it seems that I have blinked … Continue reading

The snail baggers

white mountain snail in spanish mountainside © 2016 stephanie de leng. All rights reserved.

For the last two years I have been observing the slow increase of the white mountain snail on my land. This is an endangered and protected species yet many a restaurant will pay a handsome price for them. I have … Continue reading

Castellon’s ghost airport comes to life!

Castellon airport 238 © 2015 stephanie de leng. All rights reserved.

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Fallas costumes and Paella

Boy's fallas costume, valencia 2 © 2015 stephanie de leng. All rights reserved.

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The lost village of La Estrella

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tp not_in=”es”] Major update due to second visit! La Estrella is a village 24 kilometres from Mosqueruela and the same again from Vilafranca. From the first town the track is of dirt and very bumpy, largely impossible without a 4 … Continue reading

Beekeeping with Toni the beekeeper

Toni the beekeeper and beekeeping © 2015 stephanie de leng. All rights reserved.

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La Fira del Vi, wine festival of Useres

girls allowed too at the Useres wine fair © 2015 stephanie de leng. All rights reserved.

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I was ready to love Ryanair and kind of do

castellon airport Spain © 2015 stephanie de leng. All rights reserved.

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If these trees can survive here, they will thrive anywhere

This nursery typifies the spanish recession in so many ways © 2015 stephanie de leng. All rights reserved.

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Pepe Nebot and life in a haze

Pep Nebot's intense eyes © 2015 stephanie de leng. All rights reserved.

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How to peel a prickly cactus fruit and why you should

Paring a prickly cactus fruit in EL Maestrat © 2014 stephanie de leng. All rights reserved.

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A Spanish wine harvest or “vendimia”

plump juicy spanish grapes © 2014 stephanie de leng. All rights reserved.

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A young woman of Spain

Anna modeled for my first exhibition © 2014 stephanie de leng. All rights reserved.

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A sort of hippy artist

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The castell a fifteen minutes walk from Atzeneta was showing a small exhibition that took me by surprise. I do not want to do injustice to the castell for it has a fond place in the hearts of many, but … Continue reading

Mountain Life in El Maestrat

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EL Maestrat where I live is dotted with old fincas, many uninhabited and in need of serious repair. As remote as this region is, I often thank my lucky stars that as yet there have been no inroads of urbanizations … Continue reading

Colour in Benicassim

a colourful exhibition in Benicassim © 2014 stephanie de leng. All rights reserved.

  A few days ago I drove down to Benicassim to photograph Joan Simo, a local artist with a colourful reputation. His gallery and home is on the main street of the old town centre, a place I had never … Continue reading

Seaside days – by the coast

Trees growing to the sea indicate the direction of the prevailing winds © 2014 stephanie de leng. All rights reserved.

It was a lovely Spring day and just like summer. Three of us drove down to the coast of Oropesa to take a sick dog to the vet. Afterwards we had a light lunch overlooking the bay and treated the dog … Continue reading

Almond processing in El Maestrat

There is nothing as beautiful as almond and cherry blossoms in full bloom © 2014 stephanie de leng. All rights reserved.

Its that time of year again when the mountains become festooned with striking swathes of pink almond blossoms in various hues. The darker more vibrant pinks are of the marcona variety, the most prized of almonds locally, but also the … Continue reading

Spanish Provence

If I was painter, this would be my Provencial inspiration... © 2014 stephanie de leng. All rights reserved.

Perhaps strangely, now that my most used airline Ryanair has relaxed its rules and actually acknowledges that a woman is nothing without her handbag, I have finally downsized my camera equipment.Hang on, what am I talking about? What I mean … Continue reading

Sunflowers and what if?

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It is the first day of the New Year and I am reminded of Roald Dahl who wrote that January should not exist and why could there not be two Julys or Augusts instead? As usual at this time of … Continue reading

Penyagolosa

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What better introduction to El Maestrat than Penyagolosa, its emblem and focal point? It commands the eye where ever you are and at 1,813 meters above sea level, it is the second highest mountain peak in the Valencian community – … Continue reading

Paella en El Maestrat

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In the Valencian communidad, every woman worth her salt, and yes modern man too, measure their culinary skills by their ability in producing the perfect paella. I have been invited to many a home, and it always has been delicious … Continue reading

Fayre, fairs and ferias

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I have been a bit absent recently namely because I returned to wet wet wet Blighty for a long family Christmas. The house was a holly mess Batman, and I have been rushing around for weeks dusting and scrubbing and … Continue reading