Tuesday, 26 February 2013

Samantha and Andres's Wedding

Samantha and Andres cutting the wedding cake.
This last weekend was a very special weekend for us as Samantha our daughter got married to Andres. The ceremony took place in the town hall in Arriondas, the reception at the Restaurant el Coral del Indiano in Arriondas and the evening party at the hotel. Here are a few photos;

Preparing the flowers outside the hotel ready for the wedding

Sebastian our son with Samantha outside the hotel before the service

Samantha about to be driven down to Arriondas
Newly married and just coming out of the registry office
Samantha with Joe, Lidia (Sebastian's partner) and Paloma a good friend of the family
Andres and Samantha walking to the recepcion with their friends Dianna and Alberto
A very special meal in the Corral del Indiano where, amongst many other dishes, they served us our Xalda lamb
Friends and family having a rest after the meal in the hotel lounge before the evening party.
The first dance of the evening
Every one having a good time as the night went on

So thanks to everyone who came to the wedding, to all those who helped in making it such a fabulous day and our very best wishes to Samantha and Andres for a wonderful future together.

Sunday, 10 February 2013

Checking Our Walks

A beautiful clean path thanks to farmers and their cattle.
Asturias is a living landscape with plenty of vibrant vegetation. With the help of the sun and the rain this vegetation grows quickly, often covering paths and tracks making them difficult to follow. It’s normally the farmers with the movement of their cattle that keep these paths clear and prevent them from being “taken” as the locals say. Many of the walks in our self guided walking notes use these tracks so it’s important for us to revise the walks periodically to see what condition the paths are in, and be able to advise our guests accordingly, or adjust our notes.

A very overgrown or "taken" path
Despite the fact this last month has been much wetter than normal we’ve had a chance to get out and check the conditions of some these paths and revise our walking notes. At the same time we always keep our eyes open for any new paths; sometimes opened up by farmers or made for forestry purposes, and sometimes we come across tracks that we didn’t know existed which could be useful for new walks.

So here are a few photos showing some of the walks we’ve been checking:

The Basilica at Covadonga and the start of the walk to Cangas de Onis
The point where I got lost on the Covadonga to Cangas walk, our notes definitely needed revising here!
Trying to improve one of our coastal walks.

but “will guests want to walk this close to the edge” we ask ourselves?

A gem of a find; a new path (for us) which will soon be a part of a new walk from the hotel


Hotel Posada del Valle is a small hotel in Asturias Northern Spain surrounded by its own organic farm and where we are passionate about organic farming, food, and sustainable livelihoods. In this Blog those of us who live and work at Hotel Posada del Valle open a door to share with all of you who are interested in what we are doing.