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And here we are again in Almuñecar

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 Balcón 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 Almuñécar 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 Almuñécar is one of few seaside destinations that is still inside of Granada. Salobreña 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.

Almuñécar on the other hand, lovely.

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Start of Summer 2021? Galera is Covid-Free right now it seems.

Things always look better as the sun gets stronger. It’s lovely out there today.

Maureen’s new inner walls are starting to take shape… and this weekend there’s a good chance of a visit to the coast. What more could you want (I know, gadgets – got lots of those too, recently). I just wish some of my pals in the UK could share this – but I don’t think they’ll be doing many European holiday trips for a while yet.

First trip to Mt Sagra of the year

Perer Scargill with face mask
Pete con mascarilla

Not much to say about the weather here in Granada, mixed is the best way to put it. So we’ve had the odd trip out and the rest of the time I’ve been writing reviews while Maureen works on her garden.

On the left, an Espresso machine sent to me to review and very nice for the price, too. Just one of many gadgets, nost of which are more high-tech but less useful to the general population.

Today we headed off to the far side of Sagra to view the snow, none of which is visible from here in Galera. The sun stayed out all morning so that was nice though I’d not want to be stuck out there with no power and no heavy coat.

On our return we popped into Huescar for coffee and to glare at the cakes – can’t have any cake as we had friends over last night and ate too much – but window-shopping is another matter.

Bob Esponja

As for the trip, some great views even in March. The observatory near Sagra along with the restaurant next door, were, sadly, closed. By driving past La Puebla De Don Fadrique, we got to see the snow you can’t see from our side, i.e. from Galera or Huescar.

Mt Sagra
Mt Sagra as seen from the opposite side to that seen from Galera
Mt Sagra
Mt Sagra

The Spanish Adventure Continues 2021

I’ve just realised I’ve put nothing in here since last November. Well, that could be because of lockdown or maybe the weather here being only a little better here than the South of England (ALWAYS better than the North of England). Let me see, NYE, the coast: as you can probably tell, restaurants there were quiet due to lack of hoards of Brits mainly – but most were open and Maureen and I had a lovely stay in Mojacar despite my favourite Indian restaurant being closed.

Maureen scargill at El Gaucho in Mojacar over NYE

Now let me show you the view out of our room that same trip….

The view from our hotel in Mojacar around Jan 1, 2021

I can see why people stay in inland Spain year-round then head to the coast in winter.

Back in our local town we spent some time with our neighbours Dave and Karen in nearby Orce – despite the snow inland, another lovely sunny day as you can see below…

Orce January 2021

THEN we were locked down here in Granada (and at one point in Galera itself) where we’ve been ever since – but we’ve been to Granada itself a couple of times and the last couple of days have seen (on and off) a marked improvement in local weather – the boys are thoroughly enjoying themselves. We also had another trip to the coast but restaurants and bars closing at 6pm doesn’t really make for a good night out.

Simba enjoying the on and off sunny weather in March

Meanwhile I’m now on the Spanish medical and we’ve sorted my driving licence etc ~(part way there with Mo) and this weekend we went to visit friends in the village. I’ve been working to dramatically speed up my PC – with success – from up to 15 minutes from OFF to full operation, I’m now down to 90 seconds max. SSD drives and more memory.

That’s it for now.

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.