Welcome to Big Lovely Day, our family blog paying homage to the beautiful corner of Andalucia where we live. It’s called The Axarquia. You’ve never heard of it? Not many have, that’s part of its charm.
Our son JJ came up with the phrase “Big lovely day” not long after we moved here. He burst in to our room one morning announcing “It’s a big lovely day!!!” Bless his cotton socks. He soon learned that in terms of sunshine, a very big proportion of days here in Spain were big lovely ones. So what better name for a blog about living in Andalucia.
I’m Gráinne (See here for how to pronounce that). As well as JJ there’s my husband Ivan and our girls Ray and Nivi. We moved to Spain from Ireland three years ago when Ray was a tiny baby and Nivi was born in the local hospital here so is a proper española.
This blog is kind of a diary / family photo album for me. Pre-children, I was a writer for a magazine and I’ve always kept a diary, so writing posts both keeps the engine oiled and documents our years here in Spain. It’s also proven dead handy when friends and family visit. I can flick through this and think: Oh yeah forgot about that place! We have to take them to Rio Chillar!
I write about cool stuff we’ve done – hikes, beautiful beaches, lakes, day trips. We love a good party so there’s a whole section on fiestas, including Carnavals, a foam party or two and some dressing up ideas.
I’ve recently absorbed my other blog into this one. It reviewed travel cots for babies, something I had become a world class expert in! But I wanted to widen the scope, move on from just cots and review family gear like tents, baby carriers and more. It was also hassle maintaining two separate blogs. So I decided to expand and merge!
Here’s a map of The Axarquia:
If you have any of your own suggestions for big lovely days out please leave a comment or send a mail to grainne(at)biglovelyday.com, I’d love to hear from you.
Thanks for dropping by.