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Lazy Summer Days

map to Castril from GaleraWe’ve had a couple of lazy days hence the lack of blog entry. Mid-week we went off one day to Castril and thereabouts, a short trip of maybe 30 minutes of you’re in a rush. WELL, we weren’t in a rush and so we took some Kodak moments on the way.

Beautiful blue waterCastril itself is nothing special, but the various bits of scenery on the way speak for themselves… Along the way we crossed a bridge with a deep gorge underneath (Puente de Duda)then a fabulous dam – and lakes and.. well, the colour of the water alone is enough to catch your attention… for a change instead of pointing you to Flickr or similar I’m trying out a new slideshow gimmick – hope you like it – slides of the trip. No matter what you do with photos you can never really capture the beauty and I recommend anyone travelling in the area to take the same trip. Embalse de Castril and thereabouts – wonderful.

Friday we went off to the pool in Huescar – for a spot of sunbathing. Tip – if you’re in the area, after lunch the place empties out – hardly a soul in sight – marvelous. It’s now 8am Saturday, a walk perhaps….according to the forecast it’s going to be 35 degrees today.

The Firework Display in Galera

A marvellous end to the evening – Maureen and I walked down from Bedrock to the village of Galera to find the place was mobbed – everyone was out, there were stalls, entertainment for the kids, a band playing in the village square – and impressive fireworks – not at 6pm mind you – we didn’t go out until nearer 10pm and the fireworks appeared around midnight – these folk know how to party!

After a quiet day, a loud night?

SunsetIt’s been a quiet day, around teatime the thunderclouds appeared, massive thunder, a little rain – then half an hour later, back to sunshine – but now with the air cleared up and a wonderful sunset in progress. It looks like the weather will hold out for the carnival late tonight. Rumour has it there will be fireworks just after midnight.. so we’re going to take a walk down later.

sunsetLeg is slowly getting better I think, goodness knows what bit me but it was nasty. Still, a productive day, gotten to grips with the cartooning (I usually simply don’t have time for this stuff so it was nice to have a day to just do something frivolous) and Maureen’s done her cupboard staining. Oh and I’ve solved the age-old mystery.. ants definitely don’t like 50% hydrochloric acid. All that’s left to do is get some Alhambra and Tapas down us, make sure the camera is working and wait for the fireworks. The clouds incidentally are disappearing as fast as they came – temperature is now down to a nice, cool 24 degrees… just the job.

A Career in Cartoons?

A Cartoon by Peter Scargill

Taking it EASY today, my left leg has a rather angry red blotch on it almost definitely due to multiple bites. Went down to the chemist (who of course handles English as well as I handle Spanish) and after mentioning doctor (that’s the only word I got) he went off and came back with a tube of topical anti-histamine – so I’m staying out of the sun till it gets a chance to sink in. At least now it’s not itching. Maureen’s watching TV and I’ve been trying to get to grips with a complicated table in Powerpoint. I did find time to read one of the UK papers today – once again we see large industry ripping off the British public – this time the BBC – something about one of their lot getting 3/4 million pounds!!  Can you believe that, we’ve got people losing their jobs, cars, even homes and the BBC are still help themselves with wild abandon… it’s high time we modernised our media – I get everything I need from the web:

Ok, I’ll grant you the BBC news site is good and I do use it…. but that’s not worth the licence!

Ok, it’s all bit off-topic but we’ve not been anywhere except the village today. Got to take time off sometime!

A Day of Plaster

What would I know – I’ve been in meetings all day, surrounded by heavy machinery!

We had the builders in today… so much in so little time …

In one day we’ve had:

  • The kitchen cupboard moved
  • A lamp repositioned
  • Radiators fitted
  • Road fixed
  • Bedroom wall fixed
  • Jacuzzi moved

jacussi

The Jacuzzi re-sited (that’s including getting the concrete based done from scratch would you believe).

It all started this morning with this lot digging up my path.. on the left you’ll see the new concrete base… and two strong men breakingjacussi their backs to move the Jacuzzi… and Bob’s your uncle – one new place for the pool and one bump in the path where it USED to be – now turned into a “feature”. Here below is the finished version – and remember this WHOLE exercise started this morning…. not bad really…  so next the radiators – so much NOISE jacussipulling old stuff down and putting new stuff up – fortunately I missed the cleaning up bit – far too busy talking on Skype.

Sparkly new radiators with computerised control and blue flashing lights! What more could you want. Of course at 38 degrees radiatoroutside this might seem a little superfluous but I’ve not forgotten last winter… we’re taking no chances for our next trip back.

The road I can’t show you – but I’ve had a go at repairing a large hole in the main road with my own bare hands and lots of cement – hey, no council here to fix things! I’m waiting to see if someone’s driven over it and smashed the lot.

kitchen at BedrockFinally there is the kitchen – lots done here – the light you can hardly see has been moved up– the open cupboard (doors not on yet) re-sited, blower above the window installed, oh, note the oven hood is now white – fits in MUCH better than before, Maureen did that the other day… we now have room for the Internet radio and Skype phone on top of the Microwave – no point in wasting space….

Meanwhile I must’ve typed 100+ letters today got concrete fingers… can’t use the pool as it has to heat up a little – neighbours are over so I’m off to join Maureen for a chat with them and then I think a little wine and Tapas locally is in order… it’s been a very, very busy and productive day.

 

A Day of Swimming or a Bottle of Acid

Or not. By early afternoon I’d given up on the idea of our lot ringing me up for a conference call and I was just about ready to go to the pool when – they wanted a conference call!

Not weedsAnyway, WEEDS are a problem our way despite being in the nearest thing to a desert… we can’t get plants to grow but the weeds seem to manage and they’re pretty much immune to the weed killer I tried. So one of the neighbours suggested I try Aqua Fuerte. While at the Chinese junk shop I spotted a bottle for 43p – and as they were offering 30% off everything – I went for it. You won’t believe this if you’re reading this from the uk – but the ingredients – 22% hydrochloric acid. Sure enough it kills the weeds and 50% Hydrochloricalso has a good go at burning through the concrete – and it STINKS.

Imagine my surprise tonight when in Huescar at a local store – to find a very large bottle – for 75p – only THIS time the percentage of hydrochloric acid – 50% !!!!! This stuff would give “alien” a run for it’s money.

No more weeds for me! Can you imagine the pound store selling that!!