Here is a national Spanish TV documentary by RTVE about my and Marion’s life here in the Baztan Valley in the Spanish Basque Pyrenees. In this short documentary you will meet some of the friends and neighbours who have enriched our lives: Felipe, the miller from Amaiur, and Isidro, Amatxi and Atautxi from our neighbouring farm of Zubialdea in Ituren. Zubialdea is our second home and the place where Marion grew up helping out since she was 2 years old as a shepherdess on farm. Throughout our life here our emergency number has always been that of Zubialdea …. snowed in, mice in the house, a tree fallen across the drive, run out of firewood, hungry…. Zubialdea and equally our other neighbours in Sumbillanea have come to our rescue.
The other character you will meet in the documentary of our lives here in the outskirts of the Baztan Valley is Juantxo, the Joaldunak. The carnival character of the Joaldunak, of which there are some 30 men, is such a huge part of our village culture and psyche who – more than once – have come to my personal rescue!
Thank you to all my neighbours and friends in Ituren and the Baztan Valley. To learn more about the area: its culture, history and walks please look here.