Ronda

LAST NIGHT AT CABALLOS Y VINO

Out of all the things we have done in Andalucia, we will probably remember our time at Caballos y Vino the most. This is the home ranch of Sandra and Luis where Lili took her riding lessons - eight in all, consisting of six lessons and two long trail rides.

At the end of our month in Spain, Lili was able to freely canter on her own, ride a barrel race course at trot and canter and do several horse care chores all by herself. Her posture, confidence and joy of riding were all increased by leaps and bounds. And it was lovely for Sandra to have a student for a longer stretch as she often gets clients who only visit once or maybe twice.

A happy girl cantering with Spirit. 

A happy girl cantering with Spirit. 

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The trail ride on the last evening, first setting out with clients Ben and Alex from New York, and then coming back in the low evening sun.

The trail ride on the last evening, first setting out with clients Ben and Alex from New York, and then coming back in the low evening sun.

We have also got to know Sandra's parents Alfred and Barbara who are visiting from Germany and for our last evening we had a dinner together. They are such lovely people. Alfred would normally putter around the ranch with handyman work such as fixing a car, regrouting the masonry, preparing the outdoor pool for the summer season or power washing the patio. Barbara and I would sit, chat and do handwork - I picked up crocheting and have made many little coasters and cotton flowers, some with beads.

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Sandra's sister Manuela is coming to visit in a couple of weeks with her little son Max who is four. Alfred made a swing for his grandson, and Dante is testing it. All worked great!

Sandra's sister Manuela is coming to visit in a couple of weeks with her little son Max who is four. Alfred made a swing for his grandson, and Dante is testing it. All worked great!

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Here Alfred is showing his carving skills. Sandra won this ham at a local Horsemanship competition at a Romeria gathering. Note the special ham holder apparatus! 

Here Alfred is showing his carving skills. Sandra won this ham at a local Horsemanship competition at a Romeria gathering. Note the special ham holder apparatus! 

Here is our outdoor dinner after Lili's ride.  Dante made pasta with Gorgonzola and we also had a lentil stew and broccoli with garlic and balsamico. Sandra whipped up sautéed sprouted lentils (in the frying pan) and they were so good. We will definitely add that to our lentil repertory. The food was gone in a whiff and then it was time for our goodbyes. 

Here is our outdoor dinner after Lili's ride.  Dante made pasta with Gorgonzola and we also had a lentil stew and broccoli with garlic and balsamico. Sandra whipped up sautéed sprouted lentils (in the frying pan) and they were so good. We will definitely add that to our lentil repertory. The food was gone in a whiff and then it was time for our goodbyes. 

And what a lovely gift Lili received from Sandra at the end of the evening - she gave Lili the small riding  boots that we were able to borrow on the day we forgot to bring her cowboy boots. When we got home Lili washed the new boots for about half an hour in the shower and wore them at home all morning. Thank you so much!

And what a lovely gift Lili received from Sandra at the end of the evening - she gave Lili the small riding  boots that we were able to borrow on the day we forgot to bring her cowboy boots. When we got home Lili washed the new boots for about half an hour in the shower and wore them at home all morning. Thank you so much!

We hold so many happy memories of Sandra and her horses. Our hearts are full.     Until we we meet again! 

We hold so many happy memories of Sandra and her horses. Our hearts are full.

 

Until we we meet again! 

WINERY ON HORSEBACK

Right next to where Lili takes riding lessons near Ronda, there is a winery. After class today Lili's teacher Sandra surprised us - she had arranged us a visit! And true to form, Lili and Sandra rode their horses up the hill....

Parking the horses

Parking the horses

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Our group: Alfred (Sandra's dad), Lili, Sandra, Dante, Lorenzo (winery caretaker) and Barbara (Sandra's  mom).

Our group: Alfred (Sandra's dad), Lili, Sandra, Dante, Lorenzo (winery caretaker) and Barbara (Sandra's  mom).

Here we are in the winery cellar. The grapes on the wall are the varieties they grow.

Here we are in the winery cellar. The grapes on the wall are the varieties they grow.

Machinery clockwise: grape detatcher, bottling machine, labelling machine (red rolls - back of bottle, yellow roll - front label. 

Machinery clockwise: grape detatcher, bottling machine, labelling machine (red rolls - back of bottle, yellow roll - front label. 

Like a bank vault, n'est-ce pas? 

Like a bank vault, n'est-ce pas? 

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Poor Dante. He had to drink with both hands! 

Poor Dante. He had to drink with both hands! 

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The sunset was breathtaking. 

The sunset was breathtaking. 

CAZALLA DE RONDA

Every now and then I meet people with whom I instantly relate with. I had this experience recently when a British lady called Lisa came to Lili's riding class and went for a trail ride with her.   We chatted after the ride and she told us that she had moved to Spain with her husband and they bought a large country house and now have fixed it up and it is a rental for up to twelve people. My ears naturally perked up as I am always on a lookout for great locations for yoga retreats...

Lisa (at left) with Poli, Lili's teacher Sandra in the middle with Bandolera and Lili with Serrana.

Lisa (at left) with Poli, Lili's teacher Sandra in the middle with Bandolera and Lili with Serrana.

Today we went to visit Lisa and see her house, and it is stunning. And I love the story of how they came to buy it - they had a long term plan on what to do after their careers, and instantly knew this was the place when they saw it after a very long time looking in different countries. Create your dream, and it will manifest!  

I have shamelessly cribbed some photos off their website to give the place some much deserved publicity. And some of the photos are mine - haha try to guess which ones!

The location - completely embraced by the beauty of nature. 

The location - completely embraced by the beauty of nature. 

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Fireplace lounge. Take note of the gorgeous exposed natural stone in the walls... 

Fireplace lounge. Take note of the gorgeous exposed natural stone in the walls... 

The bathrooms pay tribute to the Moorish heritage of the region.   

The bathrooms pay tribute to the Moorish heritage of the region.

 

One of the five spacious bedrooms.

One of the five spacious bedrooms.

Super duper kitchen. I can see all kinds of healthy delicious meals  being created here. One local dish we have found here is garbanzo beans in spinach - and I want to learn to make it!

Super duper kitchen. I can see all kinds of healthy delicious meals  being created here. One local dish we have found here is garbanzo beans in spinach - and I want to learn to make it!

Who wants to set the table? 

Who wants to set the table? 

Lili and Lisa tending to the estate horse, Oberon. 

Lili and Lisa tending to the estate horse, Oberon. 

Plump olives in the garden. We even got a bottle of their house Olive Oil.

Plump olives in the garden. We even got a bottle of their house Olive Oil.

...and the pool. 

...and the pool. 

I hope you are as committed as I am to stay at Cazalla de Ronda one day.