Well, we seem to be settling in to our new home quite comfortably. Initial problems with arcing electrics and a lethal hot water tank have been sorted out, and the car eventually got fixed. The new exhaust had been fitted completely missing the main gasket, so it’s not surprising it wasn’t going well!
The weather has been amazing, with daytime temperatures up to 30C, but took a change for the worse yesterday and it is now much cooler and quite windy, which is making the shutters rattle. The house was absolutely freezing last night, and with stone floors, high ceilings and no insulation it is not going to be easy to keep warm. We have bought a load of logs and an oil radiator, and moved all the blankets in from the caravan. We tend to get out and about in the day, and have been up into the mountains a couple of times. The scenery is absolutely stunning. Ann is painting and has produced a couple of very good acrylics of Castle Tamarit in Tarragona where we stayed on the way down. I am trying to write, but it’s not really flowing at present. I am struggling to find an adequate description of the Walrus’s ability to demolish vast quantities of food and alcohol simultaneously, whilst sustaining an uninterrupted barrage of vituperative abuse about the local administration!
We are both reading a lot in the evenings as the twenty year old tv we have only receives local Spanish stations, most of which are in Valenciano. It is very difficult to improve our Spanish as no one speaks it as a first language, so you can’t plug in to conversations in bars etc. We are starting lessons on Wednesday, and will also be having another go at ballroom dancing starting next Tuesday. Looking forward to practicing my left-footed sweeping move which leaves Ann sitting ten feet away in the middle of the dance floor without a mark on her! It nearly lead to divorce last time, so hopefully it will be better this time round. I have joined a local choir, The Valley Voices, and we are rehearsing for a couple of concerts at Christmas. Couldn’t find a Spanish choir to join as they all seem to be associated with the Catholic church. Bonfire night tonight, but I don’t expect it’s very popular here! We still only have a couple of people coming out to stay, so if anyone fancies popping out for a few days we are happy to collect them from Alicante airport. Sorry there’s nothing more exciting to report.
All the best, Andy.