La Cala De Mijas, Spain
Bob was up and about early as he was playing golf at Green Life a nearby 9 holer. We’ve been there a few times before. Despite only being 9 holes it is quite challenging as it is very hilly and much upping and downing. The first hole in particular is a nasty one. The fairway is literally a steep cliff which means that you drive off and unless you make the green in one shot, your ball rolls all the way back down again, gathering speed and probably ending up in a nearby lake!!!! Very cruel….. Anyway, Bob had a good round and got around in 34 which he was pleased with. It’s a short course too which is good for him as his putting etc got a lot of practice in Florida.
Daisy and I stayed behind and had breakfast on our terrace and then spent the morning there reading and sunbathing. I had a good wallow in the Jacuzzi. Its just about lukewarm which is perfect because I hate the ones that are too hot because your skin just comes peeling off. It was rather like having a plunge pool. The jets were really strong.
Bob came back at lunchtime and we lunched out there too and he had a wallow to ease his golfing knees! No cart at Green Life so he’d walked and dragged the cart and he said it was quite strenuous up and down the hills.
After lunch we all went down to the pool and spent the afternoon there. We’d have happily stayed on the terrace…. preferably actually because it is more peaceful…. but the sun comes off it at about 2. Anyway, had some swims… read…… people watched…… . Its pretty hot today. Yesterday and this morning there was a sort of haze in the air but it cleared by 3ish and then just blazing. Supposed to stay like that for the rest of the week.
Tonight we drove up into the hills behind Mijas Cala to eat at Venta el Jinete. This is a big favourite with us and very popular on Tripadvisor too and rightly so. Its a lovely old farmhouse up in the hills and in the summer you eat out on a large terrace looking down towards the sea. At other times there are inside dining rooms with big log fires. Most nights they have live music which sounds a bit cringe but is actually very good. Tonight it was a chap playing the piano and singing. He was excellent. The food is the main attraction. They have a full a la carte but also do a fantastic set menu at 22e. It is three courses with about 8 choices per course. Portions are large and the food is just outstanding. I started with an Empenada (beef pie) and black pudding which was delicious. Daisy had deep fried brie with treacle. Then for mains Bob had slow roasted lamb shank which was just amazing, the best ever. Daisy had filet mignon in cream and brandy sauce and I had a grilled entrecote which was outstanding. For pudding I had cheesecake with kirsch soaked red fruits, Daisy had Mississippi mud pie and Bob had a meringue nest with red fruits. Such great value. We will probably go back there again this week. It was blissful to sit out on the terrace in the warm night and watch the lights in the distance begin to twinkle.
It is nice to be back here again. Feels familiar, safe….