It’s the middle of November and we’re still sitting out in the sun!
We went for a drive up into the mountains today. The scenery is absolutely stunning. We love this place. We’re thinking of staying on a bit longer than we originally planned.
Have booked a trip back to the UK for a week in January. Looking forward to catching up with everyone.
Hi All, we are beginning to come to terms with the Spanish concept of manana. The gardener turned up last Wednesday, switched on the watering system, the tap to which is in a locked shed which only he has a key for, and hasn’t been seen since. Meanwhile, 600 litres of water a day that we are paying for is leaking uselessly into bits of the garden that don’t need it. We think we may have found someone to repair some bits of the caravan, but will need to find someone else to do the rest, and have just discovered that we need new car insurance which we probably can’t get without some extra documentation. It’s enough to drive one to drink, speaking of which I wouldn’t want people to have got the wrong idea from Ann’s e-mail and to think we were on the expensive stuff at 2.70 for a litre. It’s actually 2.70 for two litres, with a forty cents discount if you take your own bottle.
Went to choir practice this morning before a pleasant lunch with Rosie Jackson
and her husband Paul. Their house is lovely, and Paul is making a full contribution to the financial health of the local wine-makers. We had a very good meal out on Saturday night, (Roast Wild Boar), but sadly we were the only people in the restaurant. The town is really struggling and the population has fallen from 3000plus to 2200 in the past eighteen months. It’s sad to see, but when you look at the political corruption and the complete lack of economic judgement you can’t see it improving. As an example, the local Valencian TV station (of which there are seventeen in Spain) has just gone bust to the tune of one thousand million (1,000,000,000,) euros, but there are still protests that they should be baled out. Must go, got to get ready for my Spanish lesson. All the best, Andy.
Hi all we started our Spanish lessons last night, and I went to another one today. Don’t think I’ll ever pick it up properly, but one has to make the effort. The teacher, Carmen, seems very pleasant but somewhat disorganised, and will probably be nowhere near as good as Margharita. Temperature back to 29C again today and we are still swimming, though the water temperature is only about 14C and one’s assets get frozen fairly rapidly. Ann is very chilled out and enjoying her painting, but I’m sure the dancing next week will put her back on edge again! Sorry to hear that Helen has hurt herself quite badly. Get well soon, we’re thinking of you. Keep the comments coming, even if it’s only to tell us you’re jealous. We’re painting a rosy picture to try and persuade people to come and stay for a few days. Due to meet up with Rosie Jackson from the Spanish class on Monday. All the best, Andy.
Our first Spanish lesson was interesting. The students are a mixture of English, Dutch and Belgians. Our class was Level 2 and I am going to be fine with that. Andy was persuaded to change to a more advanced class which he his trying out this evening.
Really looking forward to meeting up with Rosie from Margarita’s class on Monday, so that we can catch up with all the news.
Still swimming everyday! We just can’t believe how lucky we are with the weather.
We’ve found a great little bodega in the village where we can fill our own containers with wine at 2.70euros a litre!
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.
Come on in! The water is lovely….Not!