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The sun is out, we have a new robot vacuum and much more

A lot happening right now… the weather is definitely improving and I’ve lots of new tech toys to play with, all we need now is for the UK to open up to those who’ve had their Covid injections and we’re all set for a visit. Meanwhile, it looks like the one eyesore within earshot of our cave is being turned, slowly but surely into a home. The amount of digging going on across the hill beggars belief.

Cave across the hill slowly transforming into a home

Galera town centre is looking ready for the expected rush of visitors in the summer though right now it looks odd with so few people out there on a sunny early evening….

Galera town centre June 2021

I’ve been using the odd dull day here in Spain to brush up on my home control tech and catch up on my reviews – including the 21st-century equivalent of the original Philips Electronics Kits which helped determine my lifelong hobby – I have four such kits – all different – all of which will soon need a good home as they are really meant for kids. One even lets you create a working mobile phone!!

Inventor kit
Explorer kit

Since the end of May we’re no longer able to have BBQs in public areas (fire risk) until the end of summer but at least we can enjoy the fantastic local countryside.

Behind Huescar here in Southern Spain

Meanwhile, Maureen’s been doing a spot of painting, reading and sewing and we both have a new source of entertainment – the new robot vacuum.

That’s it for now.

Annual Pre-June BBQ Out in the Woods

We have our annual BBQ just before June because that is the cutoff-date for open fires in the country around here (too high a possibility of damage June through August) (see previous BBQs here and here – most never made it past Facebook). So, off eight of us went yesterday to the far end of Huescar, 4 cars, lots of grub. Ahead of us the usual animal traffic jam…

15 minutes later we were up and running just at the back of Huescar.

Still some decent social distancing going on, despite lots of cars, the next lot of people (Spanish families) were a good distance away.

I went off to get a distance shot of our little group.

Very tranquil out there in the woods. A nice little church in the middle of no-where. I’m still working on the difference between WC and WS.

You can’t beat a nice afternoon in the country – personal preference – better even than the beach? Lake would be my favourite but it’s still a TAD early in the year for that, the water is enticing until you actually get into it ­čÖé

A day in the life…

I wonder if being disfunctional as a courier is a worldwide phenonenon or just reserved for Spain?

Last week, UPS sent me a message to say a parcel would be delivered on Saturday. It didn’t arrive then they sent another message to say it would be delived a day later. It didn’t arrive. I contacted them on Facebook and they apologised for the mix-up – the package is held up in customs.

Meanwhile – a visit to the lakes

The said they could sort it with an NIE (personal ID) – sorted – but I pointed out that the package CLEARLY states GIFT – and it does on THEIR paperwork, so there will be no duty – so why would it be held up – and if so, why tell me it’s on it’s way when it isn’t?

Embalse De San Clemente this May

Meanwhile, good old GLS sent a message last night to say a parcel would be delivered on 20/05/2021. It arrived first thing this morning – it’s 18/05/2021 today. Better sooner than later but again, the point of the notification eludes me.

Meanwhile as we welcome the summer weather and post-Covid-lockdown freedoms and while waiting for the public to over-react and blow it this summer, we’re enjoying as much travelling about as possible complete with masks, hand-cleaner..

May 2021 at the lake

Galera Photo Club Meets Again after a Covid Break

Just a very quick note to say that Galera’s informal, friendly photo club which has been dormant during Covid, will meet again in Pizzeria La Poza bar in Galera on June 14 (2021) – 7:30pm for 8pm start. All guests are most welcome. Some of the folks are into proper cameras, others like me use Smartphones so nothing overbearing. I should imagine the 14th will be quite informal as it is so long since the last meeting – hopefully it will be a great summer for photos.

Whatever your level of interest, do join us.


And here we are again in Almu├▒ecar

Back at the same hotel a month later, this time with a 4th floor balcony. The drive to the coast from Galera was uneventful, cloudy skies for much of the trip but here at the beach the skies are clear, wind is a bit choppy, not complaining…

View from our balcony

This is really starting to look like summer down here, a couple of days to visit familiar sites and get my Tandoori fix then off to Nerja to a favourite spot Balc├│n de Europa and nearby shops. I’ll update this with more photos later.

Summer is here – kind of!

Well, it certainly seemed like summer is here when we travelled down to Almu├▒├ęcar last week – lovely t-shirt weather on Wednesday.

Maureen and I decided to have a few days away even with the current travel restrictions and Almu├▒├ęcar is one of few seaside destinations that is still inside of Granada. Salobre├▒a is another but after our last trip there – no thanks – it looks like it was build for people who already live in tiny boxes. One night there and someone had a go at the car windows. Never again.

Almu├▒├ęcar on the other hand, lovely.


The weather was great and so we thoroughly checked out the seafront before heading inland into the town to visit Parque El Majuelo (our first visit for a few years – the park is free to visit).

Almu├▒├ęcar Ancient Salt Production

On our second night, we met up with friends Steve and Sue for drinks after the two of us dined at a great Indian restaurant on the edge of town along the seafront.

Almu├▒├ęcar seafront at night