OPEN LETTER

To everyone who, day by day, watches over our health, often putting their own on the line:

Many thanks

2020 has proven to us that superheroes do not always wear capes. They are ordinary people with ordinary jobs, people like you and me, but who in emergencies change utterly, leaving aside their own fears and needs.

From ProDunas we want to thank you for all the work you are doing to take care of us in the most generous and closest of ways. Your essential professionalism shows in the personal support you give to those affected by this disease and those in lockdown. This situation should teach us all to appreciate what we have.

ProDunas wants to send everyone who is affected by the virus a very warm message of encouragement. You are very courageous and strong. It won’t be long until all this is a thing of the past and it will be nothing more than a science fiction story we can tell our grandchildren. We will get through this together. You are not alone; we think of you all the time and we support you in your fight even if it has to be from a distance. We can best help you by staying at home. That way you will get better and faster.

And for everyone in lockdown, we want to cheer you up and try to brighten your days. We can’t go to see you but we have thought of different things the whole family can do together. You can find these suggestions on our website.

The thousands of doctors, health care personnel, volunteers, as well as the UME and the Security Forces are right now in the front line, but when the worst has passed and the lockdown is over, we ordinary people will be the reinforcements that will, little by little, get the country back to normal. It is up to us to stay in shape (mentally, psychologically and physically) so that we can live up to the standard these superheroes have shown us.

Keep smiling! Remember – we’re all in this together.

With our appreciation and gratitude,
The ProDunas team

 

AT HOME WITH YOU - Week 4

WE ARE CLOSE TO YOU

ProDunas wants to feel useful these days, so we has set out to design a page on our website with suggestions to liven up the day to day grind during these weeks of lockdown.

We will publish suggestions for people of all ages: reading material, films and drawings, so that the especially the smallest ones in the house can, for example, spend some time colouring in the drawings. We are thinking of all the children who are stuck at home. This way they can learn something about the Marbella dunes.

If you would like to take part, please colour the drawings in this page and send them back by email to: asociacion@produnas.org. Please indicate the name and age of the child, and the school s/he goes to. When our lives get back to normal, we will publish the drawings on this same page – we will consult with the Teachers and put together an evaluation Jury with those who would like to help. We look forward to receiving your drawings and we hope you like this idea.

NOTE
If there is another category you would like us to include, please send us an email with your suggestion: asociacion@produnas.org  – we will try to include it the following weeks.

Pictures to colour

 

 EXPLANATIONS

EASTER BUNNY MASK

  • Colour and cut out the mask. You can use the cut out the pieces of the eyes to draw Easter eggs.
  • Use the straps on the left to adjust the mask to your head gluing them onto the flaps of the mask.
  • Colour and trim the tail or glue some cotton wool to it to make it look just like a bunny.

Books and Magazines

 

20,000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA BY JULES VERNE

A sea monster has set off all the alarms, and finally an expedition is organized to capture it, including the famous professor of Natural History, Pierre Aronnax, his assistant Conseil and the Canadian expert harpooner Ned Land, aboard the American frigate Abraham Lincoln.

The monster turns out to be a surprising submarine under Captain Nemo, and the fact that it must be kept a secret poses a serious problem for the captain regarding the release of the three main characters

JOURNEY TO THE CENTRE OF THE EARTH BY JULES VERNE


Deciphering an inscription engraved by a 16th-century Icelandic alchemist, Arne Saknussemm, reveals to the mineralogy professor Otto Lidenbrock how to get to the centre of the Earth. Together with his nephew Axel and a guide named Hans, he decides to venture on an expedition into the bowels of our planet through the vent of the Icelandic Snæfellsjökull volcano.

THE LITTLE PRINCE BY ANTOINE DE SAINT-EXUPÉRY

I lived like this, alone, truly with no one to talk to, until I had a breakdown in the Sahara desert six years ago. Something broke in the engine. And since I had neither a mechanic nor passengers, I set about carrying out, alone, a difficult repair. It was, for me, a matter of life and death. I had water for barely eight days. The first night, I slept on the sand a thousand miles away from the nearest inhabited land. I was more isolated than a castaway on a raft in the middle of the ocean. Imagine, then, my surprise when, at daybreak, a strange little voice woke me up saying: “Please … draw me a lamb!”

fILMS FOR FAMILY VIEWING

FINDING NEMO

The Nemo small fry, who is an only child, is loved and protected by his father. After being caught on an Australian reef, he ends up in the fish tank of a Sydney dentist’s office. His shy father will undertake a dangerous adventure to rescue him. But Nemo and his new friends also have a cunning plan to escape the fish tank and return to the sea.

ICE AGE

Many, many years ago, as many as 20,000, a little pirate named Scrat wanted to hide an acorn in the ice. But what it does is provoke a semi-catastrophe that causes all animals to migrate south to warmer lands. There is only one who disagrees: the mammoth, Manfred, a true proud, lone wolf who heads north alone.

THE ANIMATED FOREST

Every day the lazy Mr. D’Abondo and his faithful servant Rosendo cross the Fraga (Escarpment) Cecebre exclaiming: ‘God bless me if it doesn’t seem to me that the whole forest is alive’. One day some men plant a new tenant, a cocky telephone pole. Here the problems begin, and if there is a problem expert, that is Furi, a nice little mole in love with Linda, and who one day disappears along with the entire mole colony of the escarpment. The forest dwellers will unite to solve the problem and bring harmony and happiness back to the forest.

Easy desserts to make as a family

PUFF PASTRY TART WITH STRAWBERRY AND ALMONDS

Ingredients for a mould of 20 centimetres in diameter: 2 plate-sized sheets of frozen puff pastry, 400 g of strawberries, 80 g of brown sugar, 100 g of ground almonds, 20 g of butter, 1 tablespoon of flour.

Preparation: Start by washing the strawberries, drying them well and cutting them in half. Grease a cake pan and dredge it with the tablespoon of flour. Spread one of the frozen puff pastry sheets on top of the mould. Preheat the oven, with both the top and bottom elements turned on, to 210 degrees. Mix the ground almonds with half the brown sugar and spread this mixture over the puff pastry, distributing it equally. Add the strawberries. Cut the other puff pastry sheet into strips one centimetre thick and arrange them on top of the strawberries creating a lattice. Sprinkle the rest of the brown sugar over the puff pastry and bake for 30 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool at room temperature.

YOGURT CUPCAKE

Ingredients: 1 Yogurt – the flavour that you like best. Olive oil: same amount as the yogurt; Sugar: twice the measure of the yogurt; Pastry flour: three times the measure of the yogurt; 3 eggs, 8 gr yeast powder – half a packet if you are using Royal or something similar; optional: lemon zest and butter to grease the mould

Preparation: Nothing is easier than this yogurt cake recipe, as long as you remember steps 1, 2, and 3, in the order just explained. In a bowl, put the content of a glass of yogurt and add three eggs, one measure of sunflower oil and two measures of sugar and 3 measures of flour and the yeast. Stir the mixture to distribute this evenly. If you want your cake to have a more citrus flavour, you can add the zest of a lemon. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 180ºC for about ten minutes and grease a sponge cake mould. Let the mixture bake without opening the oven door for 45 minutes. 5 minutes from the end, check if it is cooked by inserting a wooden skewer into the dough. If it comes out clean, our cake is ready. If the skewer has sticky stuff on it, wait another five minutes and then turn off the oven.

APPLE PIE IN 15 MINUTES

Ingredients: 2 or 3 apples, 3 large eggs, 50 g of butter, 250 ml of semi-skimmed milk, 5 level tablespoons of cornflour, 150 g of sugar, 1 envelope of chemical yeast, liquid caramel to bathe the mould, 3 tablespoons of apricot or apple jam to glaze the cake.

Preparation: Spread the liquid caramel on the base and the sides of the mould. Peel the apples and cut them into thin slices. Melt the butter in a bowl at medium heat for a few seconds so that it turns liquid and warm the jam for a few seconds. Put these to one side while preparing the dough. In a tall glass mix the cornflour, the eggs, the milk, the sugar, the envelope of yeast and the melted butter. Beat these together until well mixed. Pour the mixture into the mould and put the apple slices on top.

Microwave: Put the mixture in the microwave and cook at 800 watts for five minutes, let stand for a further five minutes in the microwave, then cook for another four minutes at 800 watts. Check with a toothpick to see if it comes out clean. If not, give it another minute or two depending on your microwave. Glaze it carefully with the jam and grill for one minute to brown the surface. Let it cool and then refrigerate before eating.

If you are using an ordinary oven: Preheat it to 180º, then bake for about 35 minutes without opening the oven door. Check it with the tip of a knife to make sure it is cooked through. If not leave the cake in the oven  for a further 5 minutes, then leave it to cool before refrigerating.

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The Association works tirelessly for the defence and preservation of the unique ecosystems that survive in the natural sand dune environments in the Province of Málaga; promotes the protection of native flora and small wildlife; promotes recovery, rehabilitation and conservation of interesting biodiversity of sand dunes areas in the municipality of Marbella.