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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 a decade or more and now we're spending a lot more time here.

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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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An interesting morning in Galera

Well, it’s all happening this morning…

We got a call from a non-English-speaking DHL driver this morning (just after the second Alexa alert in 2 days to say we have packages from Amazon on due today – yesterdays’ didn’t turn up) to say “Peter” then something in Spanish then “Posa”. We headed off down to Pizzeria La Posa, intercepted on the way by the DHL van who had decided after all to deliver to the house – thank goodness there is only on way up to our place.

Gosund mains socketsThe driver handed over the slightly bashed parcel and off we went to the cafe where we met Bob from the Altiplano photo club who answered some questions I had about supplying club-promotional photos for the forthcoming Galera fair (Sunday August 18, 2019). Looks like I got over-enthusiastic about the photo frames.

Weather in Galera is sunny but calm today, a good time for some writing and a spot of painting… so our next stop was the local ferreteria.

When in doubt, check local stores. After gasping at the price of a 6-way mains extension on Amazon.es (€14, just under £14 – not only that but there’s a good chance of it ending up in the local pub), I was pleased that my neighbour/friend Dave picked me up an extension during his trip to the coast for a mere €9 – then THIS MORNING while looking for a quick paintbrush purchase at the local ferreteria, I noted the same thing at a staggering €4.90 and bought one. Pays not to make assumptions about prices at local stores.

tmpD796Now, I would tell you the name of this hardware store in Galera, Granada (Spain) but he has to be the last store on the planet to NOT be on Google Maps. He is however on Calle Cervantes, just seconds away from Parque Infantil Sanchez Faba.

I have to do a technical write-up elsewhere about the sockets and an update on a couple of smart bands (watches ) I  just received so that’s about it for this entry.

Stepford Wives

Stepford Wives remakeLast night after a hot day in which Maureen went off to yoga and I spent the day working on my tech blog,so then not unusually, Maureen and I took two of our cats out for a walk (one chickened out and went back home alone as he often does) and on our way back, we bumped into a couple of Scottish friends, made arrangements for later in the week then took yet another pair of friends back to our cave for a chat.

That led to a late night as is often the case and when they left, instead of going off to bed as might’ve made sense, we started scouring Netflix, Amazon and ShowBox for something to watch – no joy, nothing even remotely interesting.

I don’t know what started me off but I went looking in desperation for the movie “Stepford Wives” and this appeared in a date order search through ShowBox. It didn’t take me long to realise that something was wrong.

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Sizzling Summer Heat

Like parts of the UK, though FAR more consistently, we’ve been having a heat-wave here in Southern Spain recently. Hardly a day has gone by in the past month without the mid-afternoon temperature topping 38c (maybe 100f) in the shade. Accordingly we’ve not done a lot of travel on foot as it is easier to hide indoors or drive somewhere in the heat.

That’s not stopped several car trips as far off as Gibraltar and to various local pools and it CERTAINLY hasn’t stopped us popping out regularly to cafe-bars like Emilio’s (Los Carriones, near Castillejar) for coffee and Tostada – that’s on the cards for this morning in fact.

The weather hasn’t stopped Spanish workmen either – as you see here, three of them drilling holes in the fountain in Galera town centre – the photo really does not convey the fact that it was stinking hot at the time..

A spot of drilling

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Best Smells in the World?

IncenseI noted today at Yoga that our guide Brian uses a decent incense to help get everyone in the mood – I thought I’d take the time to show him which incense we use here at Bedrock – and in the process reminded myself of the vast range we’ve collected.

Since being a teen of the late ‘60s/early ‘70s and using incense sticks to put my mother “off the scent” as it were, I’d completely forgot about the delights of incense until a few years ago our neighbours here in Spain introduced us to something called “Precious Yatra” which they brought back from Dubai (and which remains one of our favourites along with “Nag Champa”).

Since then we’ve been on a journey of discover, in the process discovering that Chinese incense is largely rubbish – thankfully some of the better names over in India produce some of the finest scents in the world (IMHO). Fantastic places to get this stuff in Spain include Ronda (GREAT store on the high Street), Granada (including a little Indian store just across the main road from the Cathedral), Nijar (up near the top of the high street) and no doubt countless other places, I’m told there’s a store in nearby Huescar. Back in the UK we discovered a store just off the high street in Hexham (Northeast of England) which keeps a decent range of incense.

Here then, in imagery is a summary of just SOME of the scents we keep at home here in Spain and in the UK. This also gave me a chance to try out my newly-acquired photo package Luminar 3 from Skylum. No attempts here to demonstrate any photo skills – just straight off the camera and a spot of straightening up.

Incense

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Pool and Tapa

This entry covers our trips this weekend to Orce pool and the Huescar Ruta De La Tapa with friends. In this late-June heat, anything more energetic has to be saved for early in the morning or later in the evening. For anyone looking in and not familiar with the area, our home town of Galera is 90 minutes drive Northeast of the city of Granada in Southern Spain and Orce “Piscina Natural” or pool is around 8 minutes drive south-east from Galera whereas Huescar is just 12 minutes drive up north.

We share the spring-fed pool with the local fish, some of which grow into monsters well over half a metre in length but they are completely harmless.

Orce Piscina

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