Perception, or how we want to see our surroundings

We started in 2002 with the rental of our house, which is now nearly 15 years ago. Over the years we have always tried to make improvements, both inside and outside. And although we know we will never reach perfection, we are very happy to say that most guests that have stayed here were excited about what we offer. There are a few exceptions to the rule, of course and this blog is an attempt to avoid misunderstandings and thus disappointments.
First of all, we have always tried to show ‘the real thing’ in our descriptions and photographs. Embellishment in advertising a holiday home is counter-productive and very often leads to disappointment. It is also not necessary, because we believe we offer a very attractive spot for people to relax and enjoy their well earned holidays! However, I am a keen photographer and see my surroundings my way. A camera only captures what you want to see and shoot. I see millions of details, I foremost see the beauty of our valley and the near surroundings. But I also know it lies all in the eye of the beholder. We live in the countryside, where recycling is necessary. We also share our space with insects, crawling or flying, but we believe there is room for everyone). And we run a little organic (vegetable) farm and we hope that everyone appreciates the peace and quiet we offer in our little ‘paradise’.

I’ll give you some examples of how and what we wish to perceive.

Do we see an electricity pole 'polluting' the horizon?
Do we see an electricity pole ‘polluting’ the horizon?

Or so we see a colourful composition of fields?
Or do we see a colourful composition of fields?

Do we see a farm and roads?
Do we see a farm and dead trees?

Or do we see colourful fields and a photographic composition?
Or do we see colourful fields, the whimsical shapes of the trees and a photographic composition?

Do we see a dead tree and another electricity pole?
Do we see a dead tree and another electricity pole?

Or do we see a swirling country road with shades (and a dog in this case!)?
Or do we see a swirling country road with shades (and some dogs in this case!)?

Do we see a rusty fence and lots of dry grass?
Do we see a rusty fence and lots of dry grass?

Or do we see an old oak tree..?
Or do we see some ancient oak trees..?

Do we see three tanks for our water supplies?
Do we only see the three tanks for our water supplies (yes, one can hardly nòt see them!)?

Or do we zoom in and see the beautiful view from above our country road?
Or do we zoom in and see the beautiful view from above our country road?

Do we focus on the 'chatarra' (scrap piles) of our neighbours, who work in construction and recycle whatever they can?
Do we focus on the ‘chatarra’ (scrap piles) of our neighbours, who work in construction and recycle whatever they can?

Or do we just see another country road (in the wrong direction and our dog again!)
Or do we just see another country road (and a happy dog..)

Do we see piles and piles or dry grass untidy on the sides of the roads?
Do we see all the dry grass, untidy and chaotic on the sides of the roads?

Or do we see the wild flowers in between?
Or do we see the wild flowers in between?

Do we see a hen-house, made out of scrap and a gate made out of a spring box mattress?
Do we see the hen-house, made out of scrap and a gate made out of a spring box?

Or do we focus on the fig tree behind the gate?
Or do we focus on the fig tree behind the gate and see it it bears fruit?

What I am trying to say is this. The photographs on our website are all ‘true’, but sometimes one needs to relax and open up to see the beauty of the rustic setting of our holiday home. We hope your stay in our home will help you to relax and make you not (yet) want to go home again after your holidays!

Ronda, November 2016

Lies, Francis and Santiago

The green surroundings of holiday home casa Vallecillo

This holiday home is located in a small valley, ‘vallecillo’ and is surrounded by nature. Although it is physically closer to the neighbouring village of Arriate, it is within the limits of the township of Ronda. And it lies in a remote corner the, both by the residents and tourists highly acclaimed, valley ‘Llano de la Cruz’. Directly from home you can make wonderful walks.

There are several surrounding gardens at the house. There is a small lawn next to the pool, where the relaxing loungers are ready for you to work on your sun tan. A few steps below the pool is a larger garden surrounded by fruit trees, where kids can play, as long as they don’t run into the adjacent vegetable garden.

The, always according to the seasons changing, organic vegetable gardens are an important part of our existence. When we came to live here in 1999 it was our dream to become as self sufficient as possible. Francis is a passionate nature lover with ‘green hands’ and his techniques have, over the years and with growing experience, constantly improved. He uses the old traditional way of irrigation, which is based on an ingenious system of small channels, the infrastructure been built by the Moors (Arabs), many centuries ago. These irrigation canals are called ‘acequias’, and run alongside the vegetable gardens and are still maintained by the neigbouring plot owners today Each of whom knows and respects its strict working hours, as water for farmers is often more valuable than gold.

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