January Blues !

Look up, look forward.

Blue skies are the only January Blues here.  A welcome start to the year, the mild weather, sun low in the sky and blossom unusually early has certainly made January more bearable.

Many people making resolutions and setting goals, here at La Rosilla we’re no different, our goal is just to spend more time outdoors, embrace January and fling ourselves gung-ho back into hiking and working on the land.

Best foot forward once more, exploring new routes and hiking over old.  The almond blossom perfume, scents the air like a honey pot in the winter sun.  We pray for no frosts to protect the blossom, and allow hope for a prosperous harvest.

Hiking High!!

Hiking has become our hobby the best way to explore this outstanding area of natural beauty, high mountains and ridges, groves and river paths, slow and meandering or fast paced action.  The Axarquia and Andalucia has all this covered and we’re planning at La Rosilla to offer guided hiking days, of course with plenty of delicious food involved, one has to keep one energy levels up 😉 and reward oneself at the end of an arduous route.

Let us know if you’d like to be kept up to date with our plans.


Work hard…

There is always work to do at La Rosilla, and the land has sprouted, weeds and plants have gone wild. To try and get a work and life balance we are dedicating one day each week-end to tackle the task.  Chopping, pruning and re-planning are all on the January to-do-list.  Sweet treats add an energy and sugar boost when we’re flagging in the afternoon or after a hike, here I share one of our family favourites, a very moreish, Banana& walnut & sultana loaf cake recipe.


Banana, Walnut & Sultana Bread

(Well more like a tea loaf / cake – you know what I mean )

100g Butter

125 g sugar

2 eggs

200 g SR flour

3 very ripe bananas mashed up

a handful of sultanas

a handful of chopped walnuts

a handful of chunks of dark choc or choc drops

Grating of lemon rind




Pre-heat oven to 160c

Line and grease a loaf tin

  • Cream sugar and butter together
  • Add eggs one at a time until combined
  • Fold in sifted flour
  • Fold in mashed bananas
  • Add mixed fruit and lemon rind
  • Stir in walnuts & choc

Bake in the oven 50 mins to 1 hour, until golden & risen and a skewer comes out clean.

Allow to cool, or if like me eat when warm out of the oven, before others get their hands on it 😉

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