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

Fallas costumes and Paella

Boy's fallas costume, valencia 2 © 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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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 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

Almond blossoms in spring

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Now that the cold spell seems truly over, I remember why I love this time of the year so much. The light is clear and crisp, with that “born again” quality that makes images sharp and colours fresh and vibrant … Continue reading

Euros to the wind

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There comes a point when you decide to get out and cut your losses and this maybe should have been one of those. But I didn’t. I couldn’t. It was like throwing euros to the wind and this particular wind … Continue reading

I can’t remember how old I am

I can't remember how old I am © 2011 stephanie de leng. All rights reserved.

The old man was sitting in the doorway of an ancient house, much older than him. We were in Albocassor and the day was blisteringly hot. I stopped to talk, together with my 80 year old mother who felt and looked young by … Continue reading