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

The Finca Diaries Revisited

My masia was taking shape © 2016 stephanie de leng. All rights reserved.

So. It has been a long time since I have been on this page, maybe two years. Something that John Lennon said “life is what happens when you are busy making plans”. I am not going to bother looking this … Continue reading

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

Beekeeping with Toni the beekeeper

Toni the beekeeper and beekeeping © 2015 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

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

The Phoenix from the rubble

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  Let me tell you something that may come as a surprise. It is not always sunny and warm in Spain. Spain is a very large country and the climate varies enormously depending where you are. As it is, where … Continue reading

Rain, rain, and more rain

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So to get back to my arrival in EL Maestrat, and the start of a very long adventure, I back track over the last post a little. Near the end of March James fixed a roof box to our Skoda … Continue reading

Fiery bulls on dark August nights

bull fights in Spain at feista time © 2011 stephanie de leng. All rights reserved.

  There are an awful lot of bulls around in August during which every village dedicates one week to a nightly bull-teasing. Having experienced this traditional annual event from afar over the last four years, I finally actually started to go … Continue reading

The real work on the masia starts…

the real work on the masia starts © 2011 stephanie de leng. All rights reserved.

It was agreed that the masia would be re-built come the 7th of September 2009 and I would spend three months living in my new lovely cabin supervising. I re-arranged all photo jobs around this date and regularly emailed Carlos for … Continue reading

Communion in Spain

Communion in aa spanish village © 2011 stephanie de leng. All rights reserved.

This is the account of the first communion I saw, but I have seen several since and add to the photos from time to time: One Sunday it was exceptionally hot, even by Spanish standards. At around 6, my son … Continue reading

My lovely cabin

my lovely stone cabin in Spain © 2011 stephanie de leng. All rights reserved.

I went back to Liverpool, bereft, and yet strangely full of hope. Another part of me wondered if I was a lamb (ok an old sheep) being led yet again to the slaughter. However when something happens that you have … 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

Dawn over Tortosa

Dawn over Tortosa © 2011 stephanie de leng. All rights reserved.

Tortosa is a crumbling city on the River Ebro about twenty minutes inland whose renovation has been halted by the deep Spanish recession. Much of the architecture is heavy with moorish influences and sitting atop this decaying pile is an … Continue reading

My masia bites the dust

My masia was kanocked down in Spain © 2011 stephanie de leng. All rights reserved.

Before this man knocked my house down, he took off the roof. He then charged me a small fortune for this, also to rake out the stone work, and then consolidate the walls with cement on the inside. I had … Continue reading