Winter in Ronda is not hot by any stretch of the imagination. Our town is located nearly 800 meter above sea level and surrounded by a mountain chain (la Serranía de Ronda), which these days are dusted in snow. Our daytime temperature usually gets up into the early teens and may drop down to freezing at night. Yet, we see the sun most days and even with a biting wind, one can always take cover and feel the warmth seeping into ones bones.
Today we discovered a trail that takes off from the top of our Barrio and meanders its way down to an eremita or hermitage overlooking the city. The dirt road was lined by the most gorgeous overgrown stone fence with olive groves on either sides. The soft winter sun gilded the volcanic rock and bronzed the earth that makes this soil so fertile for growing oranges, almonds, olives and wine.
Walked about, I thought of my family in the north and imagined sending some heated rays their way. So for Gry who spent hours shoveling her driveway today, for my family hiding from the cold and for friends who are raining away in Vancouver, here is a bit of Andalucian winter sun for you.