This morning was our coffee morning to raise funds for Macmillan cancer support.

Scrummy homemade cakes

Scrummy homemade cakes

Our day started 3 weeks ago with a planning meeting, sounds official but it was actually held on our terrace in full sun and sipping cold drinks!!

From there was the preparation, collecting donations for the raffle and shopping. Now, you may think shopping is the easy part, however, to bake English cakes in Spain can be difficult. There are a lot of baking items that can be bought locally, but, we live in rural Spain, where golden syrup, caster and soft brown sugar, vanilla extract and puff pastry are almost unheard of. In an area famed for its almond trees it’s even difficult to find almond essence!! So shopping included a 4 hour round trip to the coast to pick up ingredients in the numerous English shops down there (Oh! OK, the trip included a day on the beach as well…… it has to be done!!)

Last weekend was used to sort a quiz, raffle prizes, prizes for the games, posters and auction items and then, yesterday, the baking began in earnest.

Today started with an early morning alarm call, cars loaded and the drive to Café bar Emilio’s who allowed us to use one of his rooms. Set up began with balloon blowing, table laying, and posters up followed by a well-earned café con leche.

We opened at 11.00 and within minutes the sale of cakes was booming. We also held a quiz, a raffle, guess the weight of the cake, table games and an auction, which together raised 323 euros.

So many people donated raffle prizes, auction items, cakes, some people bought enough cakes to cause a 24 hour sugar rush and everyone entered into the spirit of the games, quiz and auction. All gave their time and their money.

Our youngest supporter!

Our youngest supporter!



It was a great fun morning and, for a small ex pat community here in rural Spain, a great result.

Our many thanks go to everyone who took the time to support this very worthy cause.


About Living in rural Spain

I live in Andalucía in the beautiful southern part of Spain. It is the largest of the 17 regions of Spain and Andalucía is broken down into 8 provinces and I live in the province of Granada. Having lived here for more than a decade I call Spain my home. I am originally from England. I find the scenery here in Spain stunning. There are amazing sunsets and the colours of wild flowers, almond blossom and poppy fields in the Spring and trees in the area are an inspiration.

4 responses »

  1. Marion Matthews says:

    Very well done on raising all that dosh for a very worthy cause. Also, a big Thankyou to Emilios Bar in Los Carriones for the use of the room. It was a fun day.

  2. Matthew of Freila says:

    Casa el Sueno has done it again!!! Drawing on resources, rallying people up and having a blast. Well done on raising 323 euros. So when is the next one.!

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