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This is the Spanish website for Peter and Maureen Scargill. When in Spain we live in Galera in Andalusia (for clarify that is the English spelling - Mid-Spain they spell it Andalucia and pronounce it "And-a-loo-thee-a").

We've had a home in Spain for more than 14 years and are currently working on making the country our permanent base.

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Last Decent Sunsets of 2019

Hilltops in Galera

How well I remember the last of the Spanish sunsets of 2019, before we headed off back to the British rain in October.  The weather prospects for the Northeast of England in October were as usual, not good and have remained poor since. That Spanish summer (aside from the odd flood and scorching hot August) was special for us. When we first came to Galera many years ago, who could have thought we’d come to think of the area as home.

In all that time, many have come and gone but we’ve stayed and made friends along the way. In our absence we have great neighbours and trustworthy cameras, so the place should be in great shape for our return  – somewhat delayed thanks to Covid-19.  Now, if I could just say something nice about the reliability of our electric supply, I would, but I can’t.

On our last full day in 2019 our friends and neighbours Karen and Dave along with Maureen and I took our cats Simba, Ruffy and Percy (their dog) for a nice walk to one of the “seats”up at the higher local peaks. It all seemed quite normal at the time, I can’t believe how much we miss that now.

Floods in Orce–specifically the pool

floods in Orce

The pool in Orce is pretty much shot – just as well it is end of season – I hope the fish are ok. All the pathways are covered in baked mud – and in most case the original tiles have lifted. Galera had it’s share of damage too with some people’s houses flooded.

Most years we get away without such problems but when floods like this come, the perils of cheap-ass construction become all too clear.


Even at the very top of our area on the edge of Galera where I took the kitties this morning, the pathway has massive chunks missing,

Pintxos (Pinchos) – Something New For Us

Maureen and I have had our cave in Spain for 11 years now and we still keep learning something new. Tonight I learned from my pal Kenneth OE Sundin (founder of SMEBOX and friend who lives in Uppsala in Sweden) all about Pintxos (Pinchos) which are popular in the Basque region. Here’s https://www.euskoguide.com/food-drink-basque-country/pintxos-pinchos/

Bearing a marked resemblance to some of the TAPAS we enjoy here in Southern Spain…. they are a small snack eaten in bars in Northern Spain. Main ingredients sliced bread with a topping. Maybe on our trip to Bilbao at the end of the month? It isn’t that long ago that I learned about NDUJA from my pal Antonio in Italy… does it ever end?


Paradise Drowning

Not something you’d expect in the South of Spain in summer, but here’s our local river in Galera after the floods, just as the sun was re-appearing… the weather was bad enough to have me wake up in the early hours – hence the photo taken early evening once the sun re-emerged…

Galera river after the September floods - Peter Scargill

A Day Trip to Aguilas

Aguilas town

Driving around the town itself, Aguilas down at the coast looks fairly average for an over-populated Spanish seaside resort.  However, once you get down to the beach, parts of it perk up nicely. This isn’t the first time we’ve taken this trip and it won’t  be the last. The waterfront is, IMHO much nicer than some other areas. Aguilas beach

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A Busy August Day in Galera

Got out of bed a little late this morning but quickly made up for it – first job was to wire one of my new custom home control timers into the hot tub and doing a little software update to get it all working smoothly,

after which, Maureen and I did a joint job working on photos for the Altiplano Camera Club stand at tonight’s Galera festival.

Camera club

As most of the many thousands of photos I’ve created over the years and put up on Flickr are edited for HD screen use, I had to get a little creative to get them to fit into standard photo frames (which typically still use a format not seen on screens other than apple in many years). On top of that, the dynamics of my Canon photo-printer are very different to a typical screen.

stallMeanwhile Maureen was practicing her skills with a knife to actually adjust the finished prints to fit into the (glass + wood or card) frames we picked up last week. All of this together took several hours but we were all ready to go help out with the stand by teatime. As it turns out, it seems we could have settled for simpler DIY frames – but what’s done is done.

Of course, being a festival, there was a large turnout in the village and doing a little to help, pre-opening time, we took time out to meet up with friends old and new (way too many to go into detail) at La Posa bar. Blog readers Gary and Jen will no doubt see this and we met up with them briefly in town. We also chatted with several other friends before returning to the club stand for a time to see if more help was needed.

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