Written by Olivier, translated by AnnaBeth

We are in the house that we discovered last week. This place seduced us from the first moment. It is called Casa Violeta or House of Violeta. Yesterday I spent the evening in front of the fireplace with the brightly burning fire that heats your face and your feet and gives life to the space. The dry, hard logs seem to burn endlessly.

I woke up late, after 8:30, but it is the perfect time to take photos. Looking out the window, the valley is beginning to receive its first rays of sunlight and I am struck by the morning magnificence of a bed of clouds high above the Embalse del Tranco de Beas (Beas Reservoir Dam). You can’t miss it through the back windows of the house. The green of the pine trees is tinted and intensified by yellow-orange rays of the rising sun.


Outside, the morning air is fresh from the sudden change of season and from the rain which finally arrived two days ago. The land needed it. Arriving at the edge of the village with my camera and tripod, the colors that pierced through the window earlier now appear even more vivid. I stabilize my tripod, size up the options, and click away. The humidity and low temperatures facilitate a clearer view of the mountains, “crisp” as photographers say.


I had gone out without gloves and after 45 minutes my fingers tingle with the frost.
How perfect, I will build another fire and will take my breakfast in the warmth in front of this panorama of dense forest that inspires further meditation.


The wood crackles in the chimney and flames blaze with the draw of hot air pulled upwards. Inside is “cozy”, as the English would say. It’s time for the first meal of the day, a sublimely enchanted moment as my senses straddle between taste and vision of the valley.

We’re spending the weekend in this delightful little house whose energy inspires us to write. At the moment it is for the blog that my fingers move across the keyboard and Anna records her dreams issued from the calm of the past night.

The village of Montalvo comprises nineteen houses and seems quite artistic. People come regularly to withdraw from the world for a few days. This is a place for inspiration, writing and for creative weekends away from the tumult of places more densely populated by humans. Yes, it’s peaceful here, the peace of nature reigns.

We wish you inner and outer peace in 2017.


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0 #14 Judith Elaine Halek 2017-03-12 00:22
Well, this is enchanting!! Helllloooooo! Once again, thank you for introducing us to your amazing and magical world! :-)
+1 #13 AnnaBeth & Olivier 2017-02-04 21:14
Wow. Thank you, everyone, for your encouraging and uplifting comments. Apologies for our delay in posting - we were still figuring out our site! It warms our hearts to know that our vision and love of nature is touching you as well. We hope to continue to inspire you with words and beauty from this part of the world!
AnnaBeth & Olivier :roll: :-)
0 #12 Nitza 2017-02-04 16:48
That 1st picture is stunning, impact-full and soothing at the same time. Love the visuals with short text. Thanks for the feast.
0 #11 Lynda Hagen 2017-02-03 16:21
Dear Annabeth,
You have been thought of, with
love, since we met, over 40 years
ago, on Long Island. I knew, then,
your path & sadhana will take you
to impeccable places. It's the truly
Authentic spirits, dancing to their
own inner musics, at One, who
discover many layers of realms
unseen, within the deep silence. stop the world and shift
the vantage point!
Am utterly delighted by your &
Olivier's generosity, in sharing such stunning vistas and luminous prose
with us...making your journey real &
palpable, for the rest of us afar.
I am gratefully enjoying a vicarious interlude, by grace of your invitation.
By all means, DO continue to share
these delicious tidbits, that we may
all savour & bask alongside you!
0 #10 Sue Graham 2017-02-03 10:50
Beautifully written and wonderful pictures! Makes me want me want to visit this magical place!
0 #9 Joy Freeman 2017-01-19 01:23
Beautiful Annabeth Just gorgeous. You two are truly blessed to be there both feeling the energy and giving it out at the same time.

Blessings to you on this marvelous journey! :lol:
0 #8 Mona 2017-01-19 01:16
Wow! Majestic landscape, impressive writing, and espectacular pictures.. Live is Beautiful! Thanks for sharing such a place with us. Besos
0 #7 Clare 2017-01-18 22:54
These pictures took me to another place. Finding myself a little more clearer and calmer than I was before I looked. Thank you for sharing and peace to you both, too, AnnaBeth and Olivier.
0 #6 Molena 2017-01-18 22:45
What a beautiful place the pictures are breathtaking and I love your prose. Keep it up I can live vicariously through you.
Thank you for sharing this with us.
0 #5 Cecilia de Almeida 2017-01-18 21:43
Congratulations on your inspirational blog!!!
Stunning photography Olivier! …accompanied by beautifully expressed and translated, moving, thoughts… I suspect encouraged by the awe which nature inspires.
Light and love to you both,
xoxoxo Cici
0 #4 Linda Just 2017-01-18 20:26
Dearest Anna,
I am so glad you're keeping in touch and from a gorgeous place too! I am looking forward to your sharing your thoughts and photos.
Thank you so much!
0 #3 Solange Blake 2017-01-18 20:15
Hi Annabeth
Was thinking of during yoga ....nice to hear from you...
Très belles photos et textes......
0 #2 Lynn Anderson 2017-01-18 19:17
Miss your sweet self! Have a safe and wonderful journey.
0 #1 Ninah 2017-01-18 18:56
Magnificent pictures. So glad to see your blog