Playa de los Molinos. Happy 36th Vicky!April 8, 2018 in Spain ⋅ 🌧 9 °C
The stopover at Playa de los Molinos was a bit of a special one because it was where we were to spend Vicky's birthday. She had wanted somewhere quiet out in the sticks where we could take a walk. This spot beside the Valparaíso reservoir certainly lived up to these requirements!
There was only one road leading to and from the site. This split into several compacted mud tracks that wound around young oak trees to the shore. We chose a grassy patch on the far peninsula, affording us views of the water in 3 directions. During our time there we saw a few walkers, one fisher and as we were leaving, a campervan, but for most of our stay we were alone - perfect!
Because the landscape was so level, we hadn't realised how high we'd climbed but the sat nav altitude showed that we were over 800m up! This certainly explained why the clock seemed to have turned back through the seasons to winter. The distant mountains were covered in snow and crisp, brown leaves hung lifelessly from the young trees around us. A few had small catkins and many had copious amounts of lichen clinging to their bark.
On the morning of Vicky's birthday she had a shock when she opened the blind. Big fluffy white flakes of snow were falling all around! The outside thermometer read a chilly 0.7°C. She'd had snow on her birthday before, but she'd been in Scotland, not Spain! Will cooked her some French Toast for breakfast and it continued to snow, although it wasn't settling.
Luckily there was good reception and as the day progressed Vicky really enjoyed hearing from family and friends, opening cards and presents, eating the cinamon and cherry buns Will had baked and being serenaded by him and his guitar while settling down to a bit of knitting as the snow turned to rain and back again. One of her presents was 4 thin plastic mirrors to go behind our plant shelves with the aim of giving them additional light. Glass mirrors would have been too heavy and thick but these seemed just right and Vicky had fun cutting them with a stanley knife and hacksaw so the'd fit around the cupboard and chair back.
Mercifully there was a break in the rain and snow so we put on warm waterproof gear, took our brollies and went for a walk through the woods. Our surroundings reminded us of Sweden; we were in a wood, close to a lake with stone and thick lichens all around. Tiny flowers of purple or yellow grew sporadically underfoot, although you could only see them if you really looked. On our return we were glad we hadn't risked a longer walk as the skies opened once again. We cracked open the cava Cath and Paul had kindly bought Vicky when we met up a few weeks back. Later we enjoyed a steak supper with some Spanish rioja and chocolates for desert. If you can't indulge on your birthday when can you?
Will had bought Vicky a riding helmet and jodhpurs and when her brother, Alastair had video called, he'd promised her a session of riding when we visited him. We are going to try and fit more riding into our lives, although it isn't easy finding places that will do it when on the road.
In the evening we listened to music and Vicky felt extremely thankful for all the good people and things in her life, as well as her ability to appreciate and enjoy them. The previous year had been amazing and she was really looking forward to the next 365 days!Read more