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Twenty three years ago, MacMillan Cancer Support, UK held their very first World's Biggest Coffee Morning to assist their much needed fund raising activities. 2,600 people registered for the first coffee morning and in 2013; 154,000 events took place raising a record of over £20 million. MacMillan actively encourage corporate companies, clubs, groups, societies and schools to hold a coffee morning and it is something I participated in, during my corporate working life.

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Following on from last month´s sultry read, let´s look specifically at some 50 plants that fall into the grey, silver, blue category and that you will be able to find here and use if your heat and drought resistant gardens:

Starting big, some of the best trees would be:
Olea Europea, our beloved olive has to be, of course, top of our list. You´ve only to look at them marching across hot dry plains to understand their resistance. An absolute classic and try tea made from the leaves too. Cupressus Arizonica, the Arizona cypress has lovely silvery grey needles and is, probably, the toughest conifer you can buy even happy in salt-laden coastal positions. It will reach some 15m high with a 5m spread. Eucalyptus species are often much maligned but they have their place and a multitude of uses. Throw a few leaves in a bowl of boiling water and breathe in the relaxing and clearing vapour. And, of course, many of the acacia or mimosa family have greyish foliage, especially the lovely acacia baileyana.


This month I interviewed a really interesting couple from Sayalonga, Dave and Anna. Seven years ago they moved to Sayalonga. Anna is from Zimbabwe and Dave is from America. They came here and decided to retire in Spain. Despite being well traveled, Spain was somewhere they had never considered living in actual fact they were regular visitors to Italy. However, after their first visit to Spain they were hooked! They enjoyed the people, the lifestyle, the standard of living, the wine and food, along with prices to match. They found their villa in the campo of Sayalonga and it was already appropriately named Casa Anna. Over the last 7 years they have beautifully developed and reformed the house and garden.


Bar fernan in conjunction with el recreo stage another superb sizzling summer night of funk, rock and soul featuring some of the very best talent from andalucia and beyond!

Last year some 280 people supped, dined, danced and partook in one way or another in Cómpeta.

Rocks helping raise 1880€ for two worthy and deserving charities. Such was its success and by
popular demand, we can now confirm the exciting news that Cómpeta Rocks lives on in 2014 and tickets will be on sale exclusively at Todo Papel, Cómpeta from July 1st. Demand was incredibly high last year so to avoid disappointment do not delay!

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