We have recently enjoyed a long spell of settled weather. Although the nights have been cold under the clear skies, the days have been sunny and very warm. It has been a real pleasure to sit outside on my terrace painting. Our house certainly seems to catch the winter sun and on our west facing terraces you can enjoy the warmth until at least 1800 at this time of year. This morning we took a walk through the next valley and up through the hills behind us. From here there are beautiful views over the countryside towards the Sierra de Loja. The soft colours and the almond blossom looked beautiful in the early morning sunshine. If you walk to the top of these hills you can see the Sierra Nevada in the distance, but this panorama is best viewed in the evening when the lowering sun picks out the snowy peaks.