A foggy day / Un día nublado

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IT HASN’T BEEN THE MOST pleasant week here in Fuengirola or in much of Andalusia. Temperatures have hovered between 85 and 100 (we’ve been fortunate to be near the low end of that scale) and the humidity hasn’t been far behind. I forced myself out the door this afternoon for a long walk anyway. It really wasn’t all that bad, although the fog was so dense I could at times feel droplets on my face. I drank 1.5 litres of water in 45 minutes.

It was hazy at the start of the day, which didn’t stop Dudo from watching for birds. We walked over to Mesón Salvador when Isabel arrived to clean, but there was a line outside and, although it wouldn’t take long to get a table, it was too muggy to stand and wait. So we walked over to a nearby hotel that has a nice, airy lobby café. It’s not Mesón Salvadore but it did the trick. Maria and family met us there and made it even better. More on that tomorrow.

Heavy fog was rolling in when we left the hotel, which is just two doors away from our building. By the time I got back outside for my walk, the city was beginning to disappear. I could hear the buzz of one jetski but I couldn’t find it. There were no paddle boards, sail boats, or pedal boats on the water. Green flags on the beach were changed to yellow, and jellyfish flags were added. Not a great day to be a lifeguard.

Oh, I almost forgot, I did some shopping last night for cactus-gardening wear. The final photo shows my three best options. Let me know which you think would be best at handling the pricks.


NO HA SIDO LA SEMANA más agradable aquí en Fuengirola o en gran parte de Andalucía. Las temperaturas han oscilado entre 85 y 100 (hemos tenido la suerte de estar en el extremo más bajo de esa escala) y la humedad no se ha quedado atrás. Me obligué a salir por la puerta esta tarde para dar un largo paseo de todos modos. Realmente no fue tan malo, aunque la niebla era tan densa que a veces podía sentir gotas en mi cara. Bebí 1,5 litros de agua en 45 minutos.

Estaba nublado al comienzo del día, lo que no impidió que Dudo observara pájaros. Caminamos hacia Mesón Salvador cuando llegó Isabel para limpiar después de nosotros, pero había una fila afuera y, aunque no tardaríamos en conseguir una mesa, estaba demasiado húmedo para estar de pie y esperar. Así que caminamos hasta un hotel cercano que tiene un café en el vestíbulo agradable y aireado. No es Mesón Salvadore pero funcionó. María y su familia nos recibieron allí y lo hicieron aún mejor. Más sobre eso mañana.

Se estaba formando una densa niebla cuando salimos del hotel, que está a solo dos puertas de nuestro edificio. Cuando volví a caminar, la ciudad estaba empezando a desaparecer. Oí el zumbido de una moto de agua, pero no pude encontrarlo. No había tablas de remo, veleros ni botes a pedales en el agua. Las banderas verdes en la playa se cambiaron a amarillas y se agregaron banderas de medusas. No era un gran día para ser salvavidas.

Oh, casi lo olvido, anoche hice algunas compras para ropa de jardinería de cactus. La foto final muestra mis tres mejores opciones. Déjame saber cuál crees que sería mejor para manejar los pinchazos.

• I spotted this from the terrace before we headed out the door.
• Vi este desde la terraza antes de salir por la puerta.
• At the start of my walk. The guy across the street dressed for fog.
• Al comienzo de mi caminata. El tipo del otro lado de la calle se vistió para la niebla.
• Knowing me, which would provide better protection?
• Conociéndome, ¿cuál proporcionaría una mejor protección?


Author: Moving with Mitchell

From Brooklyn, New York; to North Massapequa; back to Brooklyn; Brockport, New York; back to Brooklyn... To Boston, Massachusetts, where I met Jerry... To Marina del Rey, California; Washington, DC; New Haven and Guilford, Connecticut; San Diego, San Francisco, Palm Springs, and Santa Barbara, California; Las Vegas, Nevada; Irvine, California; Sevilla, Spain. And Fuengirola, Málaga..

26 thoughts on “A foggy day / Un día nublado”

  1. Methinks the shoulder gloves would best suit you — the other options seem more like Mistress Maddie’s style, LOL!

    It’s been very hot (35+) and humid here on the southern prairies for most of July & August, with frequent haziness caused by forest fire smoke. Then we actually had TWO days of rain and wind, which was refreshingly cooling and my eyes stopped stinging from the smoke! I have to enjoy it while I can because it’s back to the blast furnace tomorrow!

    1. Tundra Bunny:
      Air quality has been a terrible problem in North America. Hope things get better. And, yes, I think the first gloves would be useless (besides all the pricks falling in at the top) and the last is just not my style.

  2. My weather station read 102 before noon. It wasn’t the real feel temp, either. Heat advisory. Severe Thunderstorm Watch. Typical damn summer day in mid-Atlantic. Yech. Hate it. And, of course, the electric company wants us to conserve today…so I am (more or less) behaving.

    Well, a woman(or man) wearing the first outfit would attract pricks. So, no. The third outfit looks like it would suffocate a person. In this heat, it would kill ’em, for sure. Door #2: To fend off plant pricks, go for shoulder gloves. Highly suspect you won’t bother with any of them and will simply continue to use the aloe vera plant gel to heal any pricks.

    1. Mary:
      Uf, 102 in your area. I remember those days. Awful. Hope you can some relief soon. As for the gloves, you’re absolutely right. I know myself.

  3. Oh…..the one on the right for sure!! Just to be safe!!
    One can get quite a sunburn in the fog……..

    1. Jim:
      I remember one time when I was in my teens spending an entire day on the beach in the fog thinking I had no worries. One of my really bad burns. (The one on the right would seem to have a variety of uses… but not in this weather.)

  4. I vote for the head to toe ensemble. If you have any part showing a prick will find it! Now for evening wear, the first one would suit you just fine 🙂

    1. Deedles:
      I should probably check the construction on the back end. I have a feeling there’s access!

  5. Here in northern California, fog/haze=cool weather. And I can’t think of a thing to say about the cactus attire (good luck).

    1. Chrissoup:
      I’m glad you got some cool. Hope air quality isn’t too bad and that you’re far away from the fires. As for the outfits, don’t worry. Mary had it right when she said I wouldn’t bother with any and would continue to use the aloe vera to treat the pricks.

      1. We’re on the SF Peninsula, 1 mile from the Bay and 10 miles from the coast; we’ve had a beautiful, cool, smokeless summer. It can’t last, but we’re enjoying it while it does. Last year was smoky for weeks and weeks.

      2. Chrissoup:
        What a beautiful place to live. And so glad you haven’t been in the path of the bad air. Maybe this year will be lucky in that regard.

  6. First off, thanks for Billie. Always makes my day better when she sings.

    Clearly, that last outfit is the one, because I’m sure it can protect you from all sorts of pricks,

    1. Bob:
      I’m not so sure about protection in that last outfit. On closer inspection, I think there might be opportunities for pricks where I’d least expect them.

  7. I LOVE a good fog. The answer depends on that kind of pricks you are handling. The latex would snag on some.

    1. David:
      Fog was so heavy this morning… There was no rain, but the screens were wet. I ordered the third option (no I didn’t). I’ll have to research what kind of pricks won’t snag. Any ideas?

  8. Personally, I like the option on the left, although the one on the right would look great on you. The middle option, although very practical is too depressing to consider.

    That fog is something else, and I can’t believe how many folks were still on the beach.

    1. Wilma:
      I thought the middle option could have been presented much more stylishly. It’s interesting to realize the people that don’t bother with the beach on foggy days. This was more families and people out for fun as opposed to people out to show off their bodies (although there are always plenty of those).

  9. I’ve never heard you mention going for a swim. If I lived by the ocean I’d be wet quite often. Especially with such temperatures for an incentive.

    1. Anon:
      I like the water to be warm (or at least not cold). Apparently it’s been good recently, but I also hate sharing the beach with too many people. August is when the water is warmest, and August is when there are too many people. So, after August, I walk on the beach most days and at least get my feet wet.

  10. You do have a very nice garden and plants, you must have quite the green thumb.
    I would not buy any cactus outfit, hire a gardening service instead leaving with more time for cakes and pastries.

    1. Laurent:
      SG and I both love caring for plants and gardens. We find gardens (in the ground) easier to maintain (in terms of helping plants thrive) than terrace gardens like ours. It’s now my job and I’ve been more diligent lately, which definitely helps.

  11. Definitely the shoulder gloves for you. Those should ward off pricks. Have a good weekend!


    1. Janie:
      Yeah, I think it’s the shoulder gloves. But I’d have to handle them much more stylishly.

    1. Urspo:
      So do I, but I’d be happy with a really big rainstorm OR much lower humidity right now.

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