Lets Go South

Thanks to Fluid Studio, we have a shiny new web site all ready to be populated with some really good stuff.  Jonny Quinn has done a fabulous job.

Competa will become the first village in the Axarquia, Andalucia, Spain. Working with the local town hall, we introduced the town hall to the relevant agencies, and now members of the Competa Business Club can access information about the new and very exciting arrangement. After 30 years of working and living in Spain, and having had two businesses there, the proprietor of the new business being set up in Portadown, County Armagh, Northern Ireland, has succeeded in initiating green tourism in Competa. Now it is down to the town hall and local businesses to respond. Some years ago, she assisted with the set up of the walking routes and now the village has lots of walkers. She also assisted with the set up of the business association.

A long time fan of Competa, and everything Spanish, she is now organising Spanish week (3-7 June 2019) under the auspices of the Hispanic Society of Carrickfergus. She is donating her materials about the Spanish Civil War and lots of reference books to the Public Records Office of Northern Ireland and there will be a group tour there during the Spanish week. She has already harnessed the power of the National Union of Journalists as a sponsor, and also the Belfast Book Festival. More details about shortly.

The next destination to Go Green will probably be Portadown, followed by Caithness and Sutherland which has a much bigger council, and the bureaucracy is so much more. The proprietor has asked the Highland Council if they could make the area a sustainable tourism destination, and also the environmental agency and transport companies. This would be in the region of the North Highland Way.

A virtual classroom to teach Spanish will  be here shortly!

You could also go to Loja.

Or France

The environment is precious…..

About trees…My fascination with trees started I left Caithness in northern Scotland, where it is too windy for trees. I am much more appreciate of trees nowadays. My trip to France in August 2018 solidified my interest in trees, their shapes, their majesty, their delicate outlines. I am even fascinated by dead trees! There is a marvellous one just down the road from John in a village I can’t remember the name of beginning with H.

Tina Irving · Oct 4

I actually started drawing trees at Craigavon Lakes in Ireland. It is a very special place. I digress…The beauty and splendour of trees in France are second to none. The forests, woodlands, copses, avenues of trees, even solitary trees in the middle of fields are a balm to the soul. Think of the Rhianna tree in Northern Ireland… I’ll try to find it again, and take a photo. I would sit for hours looking at the trees in the pretty village of Monfaucon, in the Midi Pyrenees, 2 hours south of Toulouse. There are many trees of different nationalities in Monfaucon. A tree is not a just a tree, it is a living thing and therefore has a nationality.

Tina Irving · Oct 4

The avenues of beech trees line many roads in France – inviting you to the town or village you are about to enter.

Tina Irving · Oct 4

Drawing trees was a major part of my time spent in France, I can’t say “holiday” as Christiane was a slave driver (joke!). Sweeping up the pool leaves every morning at 6.30 was relaxing. The poor trees had shed some of their clothes – an inevitability to allow them to regenerate… I guess humans do that as well though Adrian doesn’t like talk of nudity. I told him, jokingly, that i had been swimming in the river in France naked… being from a Presbyterian background, I guess he would be!

Tina Irving · Oct 4

Mimosa, palm trees, beech, fig, apples, plums, oranges, lemons – they all abound – the shapes reaching for the sky. If trees are human, are we cannibals if we eat their fruit… food for thought!



Meanwhile, join the Competa Business Club.