Where there’s smoke / Donde hay humo

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Cousin Al is back at home and our place is back to normal. He spoiled the cats with treats while he was here. Dudo now expects a bonus treat or two from me. I have lots to share with you, but I’m trying to get caught up on everything — including laundry and exercise. So, I’ll just share our parting shot on the terrace Friday morning. I look kind of tired. Al wore me out.

The other photos are what we saw when we returned from the airport. A fire on the other side of the mountains of nearby Mijas. More than 2,300 people were evacuated. I’m not sure if any homes were damaged, but there’s no smoke in the sky this morning. So, I’m hoping all is well.


El primo Al está de vuelta en casa y nuestro lugar ha vuelto a la normalidad. Mimó a los gatos con golosinas mientras estuvo aquí. Dudo ahora espera un regalo adicional o dos de mí. Tengo mucho que compartir contigo, pero estoy tratando de ponerme al día con todo, incluso con la lavandería y el ejercicio. Entonces, solo compartiré nuestra foto de despedida en la terraza el viernes por la mañana. Parezco algo cansada. Al me agotó.

Las otras fotos son las que vimos cuando volvimos del aeropuerto. Un incendio en las montañas de la cercana Mijas. Más de 2.300 personas fueron evacuadas. No estoy seguro de si alguna casa resultó dañada, pero no hay humo en el cielo esta mañana. Entonces, espero que todo esté bien.

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..

31 thoughts on “Where there’s smoke / Donde hay humo”

    1. Roentare:
      Nice to meet you. Your photos on your blog are exceptional. Will start to explore. The first was a forest fire and, thanks to the firefighters, didn’t get very far.

    1. Jon:
      And the firefighters made quick work of it (still, many hours). Not easy places to reach.

  1. I thought wildfires were just a problem here in the SW US. Just saw that there are forest fires burning in Portugal and Hungary and other places in Europe due to drought from unprecedented heat. But there is no human caused climate change of course. Stay safe.

    1. Frank:
      We have similar topography and climate to Southern California, so wildfires are the same risk. Many areas in Europe (Portugal to our west) are similar. Added to that, the very dry spring and other places are experiencing more than the usual.

  2. We heard about the fires in Spain near Madrid yesterday.
    Maybe the coastal off-shore breezes will keep the smoke at bay.
    Nice photo of the three of you. yes, now time to rest and rejuvenate.

    1. Jim:
      I can’t imagine smoke from Madrid would reach here. But it’s terrible climate times.

  3. That fire sure does look ominous. That’s a great picture of the 3 of you. Hopefully you can get back into your routine soon! PS: You don’t look too tired at all!

    1. mcpersonalspace54:
      Oh, trust me, I looked VERY tired. I went back to bed after breakfast Saturday AND I had an afternoon siesta. But I was happy. I’ve never had the chance to spend so much quality time with Al.

    1. Debra:
      Such a relief that the fire didn’t spread. Great firefighters in a very difficult location. Lots of planes dropping water.

    1. Judy C:
      I WALKED up to the 11th floor (we’re on 3) twice to get those photos. That was the day’s workout.

  4. Mother Nature at her worst (smoke & fire) ~ not a fan at all. Please be mindful and aware of any changes. Stress can bring on the worries. Al looks like he’s full of vim & vigour ~ now take a nap ~ reboot the senses ~ much needed!

    1. C’est moi ~ just updated my password and I don’t appear ton exist. I’ll fix that next time! Ron

      1. Ron:
        We are very careful. Fortunately, we’re not at much risk being down on the coast, with no forest abutting our neighborhood. But a wildfire did jump the highway and destroy a beach bar near Marbella a few years ago.

    1. Sassybear:
      Thank you, but I’ve seen photos of you after surgery. You look damn good!

  5. That’s some pretty impressive smoke. I suspect Cousin Al would wear out anyone.


    1. janiejunebug:
      Al has a brain that never stops churning out thoughts, ideas, and stories. He’s adventurous. AND… he’s 23 years younger than me.

  6. It looks like a good kind of tired though! Hopefully, your nearby forest fire gets extinguished quickly — it’s hell to deal with smoke AND an extreme heat wave! We’ve had 15 tornados here already this summer — fortunately, only F1’s, so only minor damage to area farms thus far — but we had a really gully-washer last night, complete with thunder, sheet lightening, rain and hail! Today, it’s +35 C with high humidity and I’m grateful for air conditioning, LOL!

    1. Tundra Bunny:
      Those weather extremes are exhausting and so dangerous. We’ve been lucky to have avoided (so far) the worst of the heatwave. Low 90s here at most. Stay safe… and cool (well, you can’t help but be cool).

      1. In my entire 58 years on this planet, I have never been described as cool! You made my day, Mitchell — thanks!

      2. Tundra Bunny:
        With your life experiences? You are VERY cool!

  7. Smoke in the air this time of year is never a good sign. Glad it seems to be over now, before it could get worse. They’re having a hard time in southern France now, too, with flames and evacuations.

    1. Walt the Fourth:
      The fire was controlled quickly. We’ve been very luck so far, a distance from some serious fires and not experiencing the high heat. High 80s and low 90s is no problem.

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