A free guided tour of Palma is included in the event.Walk and Talks in May

Sunday 4th May - They start in the grounds of the beautiful La Raixa possessió and walk up the torrent – nice easy walk of around two and a half hours

Sunday 11th May - From the village of Esporles we walk the CAMÍ DES CORREU in direction of Banyalbufar. Lovely shady walk and with fantastic views of the north coast. Around 3 hours

Sunday 18th May - Bellver forest – history and nature exploration. They are teaming up withWildlife Mallorca to bring you a special Walk and Talk. The guys at Wildlife Mallorca are biologists and experts in everything WILD here on the island, including plants, animals, and birdlife (not the tourists down in Magaluf!). They will be joining you to give some short and interesting explanations as you explore this beautiful forest just on our doorstep.

As always there will be a mixed group of nationalities, so plenty of chances to practice your English (or Spanish)

They ask for a 5 euro donation per person per walk.



Immersion Day this Saturday 25th April – There are still a couple of places for this FULL DAYof immersion in English – see the website and video for more info - http://www.theclassroom.es/es/alternative-activities/immersion-day.html

Walk and Talk in the City - Every Friday at 12.00 they walk around a different area of Palma with some explanations on history, legends and other points of interest. Duration – one hour and a half approximately. In a small group of maximum 10 people they chat and learn new vocabulary along the way.  This Friday 25th they will start in Calle San Miguel and explore two of the most interesting streets in the city Calle San Jaume and Calle San Feliu. 10 euros per person.

Sit and Talk - Informal conversation workshop every Friday – 5-6pm or 6- 7pm – improve your fluency whilst learning new vocabulary. Only 5 euros!

If you are interested in participating in any of these activities then please send an email to walk-and-talk@hotmail.com




Happy Easter to those of you who celebrate this day.
DIY Egg heads! 
Wash out egg shell, let dry, place a water soaked cotton ball in the bottom of the egg, add grass/wheat seat, place in a warm sunny spot! Watch grow and trim the hair!!

Photo from Green Renaissance

Photo from Green Renaissance

The Good Life

BingoOur back garden has gone wild. The cats are thrilled: finally they’re getting to be the big scary cats they pretend to be. They’re stalking each other, birds, bugs, leaves and (hooray!) mice. I’m not very comfortable with rodents, which may be in part why we have five cats. It’s a good idea to keep them a little bit hungry, it keeps them edgy. It also keeps them close. So close in fact that I wake up every morning with at least one of the cats sat on my head, waiting patiently for that woman with thumbs to get up and get on with the most important meal of the day. I call them my breakfast escort. I do love them; they are great fun to have around. And in my opinion less isn’t more, more is more. So what other animals could we have in our house that wouldn’t upset my furry babies?

Occasionally we look after a friend’s dogs whilst they go away: the two boy cats do a runner whenever the dogs are staying, but the three girl cats steadfastly hold their ground and give the dogs a thing or two to think about. But we can’t commit to having dogs all the time in our house; we just don’t have the time to walk them. Recently we almost (almost) ended up with rabbits, it was one of those “the owners are leaving the country, and they can’t take their dog/cat/donkey/rabbit/duck with them” situation. But my husband talked me down off the ledge explaining that cats quite like catching things that run, and hop and that he feared for the safety of the bunnies.

So, failing bunnies, what about chickens?  Could chickens fight back I wondered? We have a garden which is overgrown and needs to have some attention paid to it. Could we do A Good Life? Could we dig up our garden and start growing our own food, keep some chooks, collect eggs?  You don’t have to look far in Mallorca to find someone who knows a thing or two about chickens and the general consensus from my “Chook Coaches” is that they scare the bobs off of cats and could probably hold their own. But we need a chook house and, well, chickens of course. Then there’s the crucial question: who’s going to be Margot and Jerry, and Tom and Barbara?

Apparently I have already committed the first sin which is to give the chickens names (we think Laverne and Shelley would be funny). We’re hoping to get them from a battery farm, yes they do exist here in Mallorca, and we have a contact that is active in rescuing farmed chickens.  And we have to secure the perimeter of our garden properly, we don’t want any of those why did the chicken cross the road situations. It’s got to be safe. So in this case we know what comes first, not the chicken but the hedge.  http://www.familymattersmallorca.com