Perking the pergolas / Animando las pérgolas

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I FINALLY SAT MYSELF DOWN at 12:45 today to write after having breakfast at 8:30 and going back to bed at 10. I had plans to go to the gym at 10:30, but have just been too sleepy.

It looks like summer outside. Blue skies, sunshine, and nearly 70˚F / 21˚C. So, after lunch I’ll force myself to get out for a long walk somewhere. I have an appointment Tuesday with the psychiatrist. Yes, I’ll survive until then.

We have 64 pergolas along the Paseo that indicate the entrances to the beach. They’re all being torn down but we’ve had no idea what was to come. The local news recently shared an image, and a day later, on my walk on the Paseo Monday, I discovered that the new construction has begun not far from us. A completely new, cool, and energized look. The photo above is what they looked like about 7 years ago.


FINALMENTE ME SENTÉ A LAS 12:45 hoy para escribir después de desayunar a las 8:30 y volver a la cama a las 10. Tenía planes de ir al gimnasio a las 10:30, pero tenía demasiado sueño.

Parece verano afuera. Cielos azules, sol y casi 70˚F / 21˚C. Entonces, después del almuerzo me obligaré a salir a dar un largo paseo a algún lado. Acabo de dejar un mensaje para el psiquiatra. Tengo cita el martes con el psiquiatra. Sí, sobreviviré hasta entonces.

Disponemos de 64 pérgolas a lo largo del Paseo que indican los accesos a la playa. Todos están siendo derribados, pero no teníamos idea de lo que estaba por venir. El noticiero local compartió recientemente una imagen, y un día después, en mi paseo por el Paseo del lunes, descubrí que no muy lejos de nosotros ha comenzado la nueva construcción. Un look completamente nuevo, fresco, y energizado. La foto de arriba es cómo se veían hace unos 7 años.

• What it looks like now.
• Cómo se ve ahora.
• What’s to come.
• Lo que está por venir.
• Monday near sunrise.
• Lunes cerca del amanecer.
• Monday during my walk.
• Lunes durante mi paseo.
• Tuesday sunrise.
• Amanecer del martes.
• Friday’s tulips, yesterday. I know just how they feel.
• Los tulipanes del viernes, de ayer. Sé cómo se sienten.
• Dudo enjoying the space heater, and seeing me, on a cool evening in my office.
• Dudo disfrutando del calefactor, y viéndome, en una tarde fresca en mi oficina.
• Moose enjoying the warmth on the terrace Tuesday mid-day.
• Moose disfrutando del calorcito en la terraza Martes mediodía.

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..

34 thoughts on “Perking the pergolas / Animando las pérgolas”

  1. The boat photo is particularly stunning. Re the boat itself, it looked like a Viking long-ship, or perhaps Cleopatra’s barge. If it was either, we’re in deep trouble.

    1. Argh. I wrote a reply. It’s not here! ANYWAY, I was delighted to capture the light on the sea and boat (and the beams from above). Really didn’t expect to capture it all. The boat was actually a smallish local fishing boat, but it does look much more historic and grand. I was hoping to see Marc Antony.

  2. Pergolas. Well now I at least know what those things are called. You know, Scoot, if I had your views, it would be no trouble getting me into clothes and walking every day. There is nothing around here worth putting clothes on for. Your photos are breathtaking as usual.

    1. Deedles:
      As I know you understand, even this location and these views don’t do it sometimes. I’ve spent the most glorious days lying in bed — and feeling guilty about it. Yesterday I managed a great walk in the sunshine. SG and I are going down the beach, about 10 minutes away, to Joe’s Tacos today. A guy originally from California who never seems to be there during his official hours. I phoned him at 12:30 — his posted hours are noon to 4. He didn’t answer the first time. I phoned him 5 minutes later to confirm he was open AND his hours. He said, “Yes, he was running late but would be open from ONE to 4.” I’m so glad I phoned.

      1. I’m so sorry, Scoot! I just realized that this sounded like I was saying “stop moping and mop a floor!”. That was the go-to sentiment when I was “moody” as a child. I didn’t mean that at all! I was talking about the good days. There’s nothing (scenery) here to get me to want to put on clothes and walk on the good days. The down days, forget about it (I can’t do the accent). My throwback comfort is still the occasional thumb sucking.

      2. Deedles:
        Never worry. I KNOW you understand. The word (one word) is fuhgeddaboudit.

      3. Thanks. I have a hard time remembering how to spell my own name, so I won’t be using that particular word anytime soon! Btw, check your email.

      4. Anonymous Deedles:
        I’m on my way to my email now (for the first time today)!

  3. Odd that the tulips didn’t open all the way and then drop their petals. They do look sad and despairing. I like the shape of the pergolas.

    1. Wilma:
      The tulips were pretty far gone when I bought them. They never opened any wider, but started to brown around the edges and snake all over the place. They went in the trash last night. I think those pergolas are going to be a nice change. SUPPOSEDLY, the material that will be used that will look like sails has a lifespan of 15 years. On the seafront! Famous last words. Still, the old pergolas needed painting, repair, and some replacement every year. And those materials, when they broke apart were dangerous. Can’t wait to see the new look.

  4. I noticed the old pergolas on the paseo at Benalmadena had gone – now I know why. To be honest, I liked the original design. The new ones look like umbrellas that have blown inside out. Jx

    1. Jon:
      I know Benalmádena seafront has been getting a bit depressed during these times. I had no idea they were also replacing the pergolas. I’ll be surprised if the two cities are doing the identical thing. I wonder. Can’t wait to see that, too. I did like the original design here in Fuengirola, but it required a lot of maintenance every year. The roofs on both of ours across the street were replaced twice in 5 years and then removed for the past three. (Chunks would fall off, and from the columns as well.) I like the energy of the new look (like a sailboat) and hope they’ll look even better than the illustration.

  5. The photos feel very summery, even if it’s gloomy and rainy and cold in Smallville today!

    Moose is like our cats; they each head to the sunroom after breakfast to find a spot of tile warmed by the sun tin which to nap!
    Dudo is more analytical and heads right to the indoor heat source!

    1. Bob:
      Dudo and Moose are inconsistent. I think they have too many options. Usually, it’s Dudo on that top shelf outside. He follows the sun around the living room and bedroom most mornings until the terrace warms up. In the evening, however, yep, Dudo is right by the heat source.

  6. I think I liked the What it was better. Look more Mediterranean and classic to me. And I LOVVvve white tulips!

    1. Mistress G Borghese:
      I like the energy of the new look (and that it looks like sails). I’m hoping it will be even better and happier looking than that lousy illustration. We should know soon enough. The old ones (which I initially did really like for their classic look) were high maintenance and crumbled in the sun and sea air, which was dangerous.

    1. Walt the Fourth:
      Neither can I. I’m trying to be patient. So many improvements going on around town. It looks like they’ll be replacing all the hibiscus on either side of the entrances with a multitude of flowers. The hibiscus, like ours (which are gone) either look spectacular or disgusting (bugs, sea and wind damage) — and usually more disgusting than spectacular.

  7. Looks like these new structures will last longer along your wild and windy coastline. We shall see, eh?
    Sending positive energy your way to take with you on Tuesday. Hang in there.

    1. They do look like they’ll last longer. Looking forward to the new view of the two we see from our terrace. And, thanks, I’m hanging.

    1. Kirk:
      You have my sympathy. We’ve got another summer-like day today. But we could sure use some (a lot of) rain.

  8. You bring lots of joy and friendship to our lives, Mitchell 🙂 I just want to be sure to always tell you that.
    Wonderful photos!

  9. I like the design of the new pergolas. Hopefully they’ll function well in the wind. That’s a great pic of Moose up on the terrace, watching the world.

    1. Steve:
      I’m looking forward to the change in look with the new pergolas. The glass curtain needs to be clean to get good shots of the cats from down on the street.

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