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Excellent August in Andalucía

setupAnd what an August it is turning out to be – temperatures in the mid-30s, superbly warm evenings and lots of late-night entertainment in Galera.

Throughput most of August there is always something going on in the area and this time of the month the focus is on Galera town square including some excellent fireworks at the weekend.

At this point a reminder that you can click on any of these images to see larger versions – and if that doesn’t work – do let me know.

Galera squareLast night after a very productive day in which I finally resolved some severe issues with my home control setup, just in time for my pal to come visit us tomorrow wherein we plan to take a look at OpenHab, we had friends visit us briefly at the cave (which now sports a really neat hallway water feature).. and later we headed off down to the town, met up with friends Len and Christine for a quick beer ( don’t know about anyone else but after the first beer I really do not like that new crap that La Posa is serving up – Alhambra is much better) before heading off to the town square in anticipation of a late evening of entertainment.

bandWe certainly were not disappointed as you can see from the pictures, firstly we met up with friends (and new friends) in the village and as usual, solved all of the world’s problems over beer and wine. Sadly one couple are heading off today but we hope to visit them later this year in the UK which will be nice. Later on the entertainment started and we enjoyed that for some time before heading off to the Kebab van – I should stress that the Kebabs here are slightly different to those  in the UK, being based more on chicken than anything else  -but non-the-less – very satisfying.

more band in GaleraThis morning I’ve been working on wiring – and filling in holes (caused by my wiring) and this afternoon after doing a little more rawlplug-drilling I’m planning some work on the home controller now that I can actually do something with it as against trying to solve radio problems. 

Watering system automation which is based on a washing machine valve and some control electronics of my own is working a treat now we have the right piping.

Right – back to the grind – my good lady wants some holes drilling in the wall – just what you want to be doing when it’s 35c outside! Tomorrow some travel – I’m looking forward to getting some neat new technology which I’ll write about soon.

Mid-Summer Fun

Party ay BedRockFriday night we had a small party here at Bedrock – just a few friends over – sadly not enough room for everyone we know but we’ll make up for that at a later date. Cracking night as the weather was just right – I think we finally got to bed at 2am in the morning or so. Funnily enough, last night we met neighbours who we could not find to invite to our do and they just invited us over next week for their own party!

new side on pergola at BedrockWe had about 16 people over and had a great time but not before Dave and I had replaced a fence section and done some work on the Pergola – leading to me burning my head in the sun – which I’m still paying for. Some of us never learn.

Karen taking pics of me taking picsHere on the right is a shot early on before most people arrived showing the new side we’ve added to the Pergola to give a little extra shade and privacy without compromising the view. Click on the images to expand.

Hotel Abadi - where the Sunday market is locatedSaturday was a relatively lazy day, time to catch up with emails etc., but Sunday morning we went off to Baza for the Sunday market – it was ok, not sure it was worth the trip other than to meet up with people – the hotel there serves a mean sandwich but the service was atrocious – there was one stand selling UK-type food – i.e. meat pies etc. which are very rare here – I bought a corned beef pastie and I have to say, nice try but next time putting some corned beef in it would be good. Essentially it was a potato pastie with a sample of corned beef. Maybe we’re in the wrong business!

Music in Galera on Sunday NightIn the evening we headed down to the Galera Medieval fair with neighbours and had another nice evening in town and once again the weather held, lots of people we know showed up, we didn’t stay out really late but it was still 25c near midnight with a nice breeze – lovely. All manner of entertainment including a band in the town square.

Today I have some work to do including various FSB short meetings – and Maureen has schoolwork to attend to – I suspect tonight will be a quiet night! At that point I’ll leave you with some pictures.

For Sale

People at the market in Baza

Medieval fair at Galera on Sunday

A funny old day

Galera at sunsetNot a lot happened today, we decided to stop in today and then have a tea-totalling night – yes, I know, Saturday but we’ve had a good week, time to let the liver recover.

We spent the morning finishing off the Gazebo – it’s still a little temporary but we’ll fix that when the shops open Monday. I’ve been working on my home control board (which doesn’t work and as it’s midnight I’m about to give up on it for the night).  I did start to put up a set of colour floods only to realise I’ve left the relevant remove control back in the UK!!

Instead I sat through X-Men Wolverine which showed the history of Wolverine before he joined X-men. The only problem with it was the ending as Patrick Stuart gets out of the aeroplane to welcome the young X-men – erm, isn’t he supposed to be in a wheelchair?? Oh, I know, it’s only fiction but it you’re going to do something, you may as well do it properly yes?

Tomorrow a lazy day I suspect, time to get the miniature oscilloscope out to see what’s wrong with this pesky board… and perhaps a walk. Can’t really get stuck into repairs until I can get some plaster and cement so may as well make the best of it.

Don’t forget you can click on any picture in this blog to see a higher quality version.

Galera at sunset[6]

Around and About Galera, Huescar and area

For those of you who’re in the area on holiday or staying here I’ve created a twitter feed you can follow if you’re interested. I’ll put in updates about what’s going on – if you know of anything in the area I don’t – please do comment.

www.twitter.com/cavehome

View from Bedrock July 2011