The Family From Foreign Parts – 2

Santa Claus has come and gone. So have the Kings, and so has the family from foreign parts in Grado del Pico. Like Santa and the Kings, the family from foreign parts dropped in for a short while and then departed. One frosty morning in late December, the inhabitants of the village discovered that there…

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The Story of the Family From Foreign Parts

Although there are only a handful of people living in Grado del Pico today, stories, tales, yarns and of course tittle-tattle can be heard, discussed and debated in whispered tones in the narrow, shadowy streets of the village. The latest chattter concerns a family from foreign parts. It all started one summer, when the family…

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Basketball Before Football; Santa Before the Kings!

There is a football pitch of some description in Grado del Pico. There is even a paddel court. Yet, neither of these sports was played in the village well over sixty years ago. To the surprise of many, basketball was what the few youngsters in the village played then. How did that sport, incidentally invented…

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The Story of Two Tales in One

Grado del Pico is a peaceful village tucked away in the Sierra de Ayllón. To the visitor, life seems to have stood still there. A place where nothing could ever have happened or ever would. In 2018, there is still no public telephone box, no mobile telephone range, no Internet, and no public transport to Madrid,…

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The Sad Story of the Adopted Daughter

This story dates back to the days of poverty and shame. There was once a family in Grado del Pico, and just as the nursery rhyme goes There was an old woman who lived in a shoe,who had so many children she didn’t know what to do, so does this story. The numerous children in…

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The Story of The Shepherd and his Sister

Life in Grado del Pico, like in many under populated villages in Spain can be far from easy, contrary to what many people may think.  There are many factors which influence peodple’s lives, including the weather, work and family relations.  This is the story of a shepherd’s family who lived in the village.  In fact,…

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The Travellers’ Winter Tale

The few remaining old folk in Grado del Pico say that in the past the winters used to be harder and longer, and much crueler.  They sometimes speak in a complaining tone, reminiscing on those winters of long ago, wistful when they recall the tumbling snow flakes falling incessantly, day after day.  During those winter…

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Pili’s Story

After chasing up on the local priest, Jackie and Ronnie eventually bought what is called El Prado de La Virgen – The Virgin’s Prarie.  For the next couple of years, they employed all the young and not so young men in the village and as far away as Riaza, which in those days was as remote as Grado…

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The Story of a Bag full of Nuts

Some people are under the impression that rural life is free from stress, and villages are full of friendly people who live in harmony.  This is the scenario during the village fiestas.  But before and after the fiestas, village life can be anything but pastoral and this story is an example of it. As mentioned in…

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Julito’s Story

There was a very old and rather hunched-back woman who lived with her only son in Grado del Pico until she died.  She was bent over with the terrible pain that was her burden.  This old woman had given birth to two sturdy sons who soon got tired of the hard and sometimes lonely life…

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