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Autumn 2020 here in Galera

Sea-front Almunecar

The time for sitting outside at midnight taking photos is once again gone for the year so instead, showing them off at the local photo club… it’s still lovely and warm during the day but as the sun disappears it will soon be time to consider heating.

Still, plenty to do – The new platform is up and running on the outskirts of town (below) and we’ve been up there taking photos, one of the first after they completed the platform, I should imagine. It’s all done but at the time of writing, their first attempts at putting up wooden posts aren’t quite as pretty.

The new platform in Galera

Meanwhile the cooler night conditions are a great excuse to get on with some tech development (getting to grips with ESPHOME recently) not to mention the odd TV series or movie. Tourists have pretty much cleared off now so life is nice and quiet.

TTGO Display

A September Mini-Adventure In the North

Our September mini-adventure got off to a flying start after visiting L’Ametlla De Mar late Monday just in time for a quick look around and dinner after checking our our hotel for the duration.

and after that great start, on Tuesday we headed inland to Valderobres and surrounding area (two photos below) to help check out a (very) rural (as in: miles up into the hills on dirt track roads) property for friends and grab lunch in town.

We then headed back to the coast, calling in at El Perello and L’Ametlla before ending our last full day in Miami Platja along the coast.

Restaurant in Miami Platja

Finally on our way home we stopped in at the superb seaside town of Cambrils – below – turned out to be the best stop of our trip.

Indian Restaurant in Cambrils

I’d like nothing better than a return trip to Cambrils (which is about half way between Miami Platja and Tarragona (east coast, Northern Spain) but that will have to wait for another summer.

Cambrils sea-front

Out with the Old, In with the New

After many years of service, our old hot tub finally gave up the ghost here at Bedrock, so now we have a brand new POOL… just filled today. And there it stands at 3m length and about 1m high. Needs varnish before we start enjoying it but it’s up and running (top is already done)! The pergola has been getting a makeover – we’ve had our new patio installed and this is the finishing touch, on its own concrete base (will will soon have Spanish tile sides and a grass(tic) top.

Thankfully the heat has broken (probably temporarily) so we can get vanrnishing tomorrow – now the tanker guy has done his job. That’s a LOT of water and we got all of it (that’s Dave’s plastic rat front left).

Two guys spent the best part of 2 days fitting this beaut. Wood, felt, insulation, plastic inside (looks just like tiles once it is under pressure).

Pleasant trip to Velez Rubio just off the A-92N

We had a lovely trip out to Velez Rubio today to meet an old friend (Angus Lyon) and his partner Suzanne and daughter Eliana half way as they are currently staying in their apartment down in Mojacar just off the sea front. Nothing rash – just a quick meet-up for coffee and tostada as a prelude to them visiting us in Galera, maybe in September. Last time we met his daughter she was really tiny.

On the way back as we were on our way to Orce, I took this snapshot – really pleasant weather after the heatwaves of late. We have of course been to both Velez Rubio and Velez Blanco many times – some day I’ll find an explanation of what “Velez” actually means.

A New Adventure up the Spanish Coast

Continuing our tradition of travelling up and down Spain, last week we took an early anniversary vacation up in Dénia, in the province of Alicante, stopping in at Bullas on the way up and Benidorm on the way back. Our 3-night trip was short but sweet and with the decline of Covid here in Spain we’re at the end of outdoor mask-wearing and feeling more “normal” than we have for over a year now. Add to that, very pleasant weather in the upper 20’s heading up to 30C.

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A New Dawn across the Way

In my last entry in here, the local builder was in the early stages of digging up the hill to make something out of a couple of ancient caves – well, now there’s a vast labyrynth in the making – Simba and did a quick check on progress this afternoon.

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