Christmas Tradition of Broom Hiding. It may sound made up but for many, many years people in Norway have hidden their brooms on Christmas Eve night. It is not certain when in history the tradition began but the belief is that in olden days people in Norway believed Christmas Eve was a time when evil spirits and witches came out to play and would steal brooms from people's houses to travel on.
We usually think of splashes of bright red berries burning through a frosty wintry scene but, although – thankfully – we don't get much hoar frost here, the glow of berries still looks great in a winter garden either brightening up rain-lashed days or sparkling in winter sunshine. Many of these berried delights need more chilling or wetter conditions than we get, but some will give us that essential winter look.
Pyracantha or firethorn. A winter seducer with its branches laden with opulent
Last year the Post Office in Competa introduced changes to its charges for a post box. This meant households had to pay per person for receiving post to the same box. The reality meant that many people with homes in the campo could no longer afford a post box. There were complaints about these charges but the reality remained..
Instead of complaining any more a few customers suggested to Todo Papel in Competa that they provide the service as well, and then people could have a choice. Alick and
Every so often, when my group of friends has a few too many wines with dinner, we make grand plans about places we are going to visit and things we are going to do. The place and activity changes but one thing always stays the same – we never actually do any of them (the exception being the Malaga 10k a few years ago). The activity that is mentioned the most often is climbing Maroma – that fantastic & impressive mountain that sits behind Competa. Despite the 5 couples in question being active and up for travelling not single one of us has been to the top of Maroma in 8 years.