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A lovely Late Afternoon and Evening in Galera

I took the two boys out for a walk late afternoon – met a few walkers – all with masks of course. A really nice day considering it is mid-November. Hopefully by new year, we’ll start the long slog back to normality. Things are looking up, vaccines for Covid on the way, Trump on the way out, many pro-Brexit people leaving government – nice weather – what more could we ask for.

It doesn’t take much to spook Ruffy – two young Spanish ladies walked by and he disappeared into the reeds for a while but we were soon back on track – just under 3,000 steps – it seems like much more but it’s a start given that out of no-where I’ve developed what seems to be sciatica. Hopefully enough walking and a spot of yoga will help that out.

“All in it Together” My Backside

Southern Spain has been in lockdown for the last few days and we can’t visit other towns and villages – much the same as many other towns and villages worldwide. That means that any thefts right now are most likely local in origin and sadly even an epidemic has not stopped some people being UTTER assholes..

For anyone who thinks “We’re all in this together” – a reality check: sometime late Saturday (October 31, 2020), it seems that three asswipes stole an unusual design of solar lamp from our small “garden” up at Calle Ceuta on the outskirts of Galera. See photo below.

If any locals notice a new light like the one in the photo – which may be bright and can be pretty much any static colour) we’d really appreciate if you would let us know so we can take appropriate action. In the same area (Calle Ceuta) as our property – at the same time, several jointly-owned inexpensive solar lights were stolen as were lights from our neighbours across the road. It seems that the same people caused property damage to neighbours over the hill from us at Calle Huelva. Up to now it SEEMS that the culprits were neither English nor Spanish but possibly had Dutch accents – that has yet to be confirmed.

As for our colour light, I originally reviewed this as I’d never seen this particular model before (absolutely NOT locally available) and around June 2020 one of these was stolen – shortly thereafter I replaced it with an identical model which has been in operation since late July.

There is no “grey area” about our property line – this was theft, pure and simple – in both cases, someone who needs SEVERE punishment – came up or down the stairs, leaner over or even came on our land outside and stole the lamp.

We will of course look out for our stolen goods appearing in the area as well as watching for any sales online or in markets – but any assistance would be most welcome.

Meanwhile, to anyone local reading this blog entry – while on the one hand we are always pleased to meet new people and make new friends – ANY unauthorised entry onto our property by strangers will now be treated as potentially criminal and anyone found wandering in our area without good reason will be challenged – with humble apologies to those visiting with honorable intentions.

Mermelada De Tomate – Try this for Breakfast

For some time now I’ve been into having a simple Cafe Con Leche and Tostada Con Tomate breakfast – many of the local cafes do a decent job of that combo – and not expensive (2-3 Euros for the lot) which means going out for breakfast almost every day is very practical – not to mention that with no butter, the tomato is quite good for you. (obviously you would add a little salt and Olive Oil – well, I do anyway).

Well, didn’t we just discover this (thanks to our good neighbours). Mermelada Con Tomate does not taste as you might expect, the tomato flavour isn’t that strong – but it makes a great marmalade.

Now, if only they’d make a version that uses Stevia instead of sugar, I’d be VERY happy with this new variation, as it is I’m guessing tha occasional use will do no harm.

Life out in the Wilds as the US and UK begin to Falter

Took the two boys up the hill this morning, meanwhile it seems we have the virus in Galera, so no doubt there will be some panic until the novely wears off. Thankfully, living on the edge of town it is relatively easy to keep out of the way.

Ruffy and Simba - early morning walk

Beautiful scenery - marred only by the ever-present power lines.

I just watched bits of the RNC (USA) on the web – I’m wishing I’d never taken any notice of the last few years of American and British politics. Here in the wilds of Andalucia (I’ve yet to figure out if that should be “s” or “c”) it is just about possible to simply say “to hell with it all” and enjoy the simple life along with a nice set of neighbours.

Don’t get me wrong, “simple” for me includes high speed broadband but that is slowly happening out here.

Working and Relaxing with Friends in Spain – August 2020

Not a bar we normally visit, Cafe El Cruce is on the edge of Galera and the atmosphere in there has recently improved as you can probably see in the panorama below.

Local bar in Galera

Meanwhile in-between the odd (careful) day-trip out with various friends in the scorching summer heat including the odd rip to the one still-available lake in the area (thanks, Covid and those who help spread it), Maureen has been working on the house and garden and I’ve been upgrading our home control. Too hot in August to do much physical work outside.

One of the local lakes

Electronics growing on trees in the garden 🙂 – I’ve been writing lots of reviews during these restrictive times – no chance of getting bored here.

FriendlyArm R2S with OpenWrt

Below, slightly out of date panorama as we’ve had the broadband dish moved to free up wall space on the main building (left).

Bedrock in summer 2020

Hiding from the summer heat

After that trip to the lake, we’ve been lying low other than a solitary trip to the pub to see friends. Maureen’s been working on the house and I’ve been working on a proper VPN back to the UK – I’ve struggled with really understanding how this works for some time and finally grasped it – so now from a TV perspective we’re well and truly in the UK while enjoying the many benefits of Spain.

The cats of course could care less as long as it is sunny and right now, almost without exception, it is.

Cats out in the hills
Hills of Galera

Social distancing at the local…

La Posa