What’s this about?
This is the Spanish website for Peter and Maureen Scargill. When in Spain we live in Galera in Andalusia (for clarify that is the English spelling - Mid-Spain they spell it Andalucia and pronounce it "And-a-loo-thee-a").

We've had a home in Spain for more than 14 years and right now it is pretty much our permanent base though we retain a small home in the UK.

If you're familiar with what3words (if you're not now you soon will be) we live at dossier.bath.sawn

Find out more about this by reading through the blog entries, menu-accessible pages and archives if you're interested! Welcome to Peter and Maureen's Spanish website.

Get in touch via Facebook My Facebook Page
Please follow me on Twitter Follow me on Twitter
Join my LinkedIn network Join me on LinkedIn
Archive

The end of creative writing as we know it…

I’d like you to read this please, guys, word for word:

Galera is a small village located in the province of Granada in southern Spain. The village is situated in the heart of the Sierra Nevada mountain range, providing residents with breathtaking views of the surrounding natural beauty.

Galera

One of the main attractions of Galera is its peaceful and tranquil atmosphere. The village has a friendly and welcoming community, making it easy to feel at home. The streets are lined with beautiful white-washed houses, giving the village a charming and authentic Spanish feel.

In addition to its natural beauty, Galera is also known for its delicious local cuisine. The village is home to a variety of traditional restaurants that serve up delicious dishes made with fresh, local ingredients. Visitors can enjoy delicious tapas, paella, and other traditional Spanish dishes.

Galera is also a great destination for outdoor enthusiasts. The Sierra Nevada mountains offer a wide range of activities, from hiking and rock climbing to skiing and snowboarding in the winter. There are also several natural parks and reserves in the area, perfect for those who love to explore the great outdoors.

Overall, Galera is an idyllic village that offers the perfect combination of natural beauty, delicious food, and friendly community. Whether you’re looking for a peaceful retreat or an active holiday, Galera has something to offer everyone. It is truly a wonderful place to live and visit.

Now that you’ve reached the end…. you need to know something: While that is pretty much how I feel about living here, guess what, I didn’t write this – nobody did – and it did NOT come from a search engine… if you’ve not yet come across ChatGPT – wake up folks – the above came from me typing “Write a 200 word article about how wonderful it is to live in the village of Galera in Southern Spain.” – NO EDITING AT ALL – that’s what came out WITHOUT ChatGPT using search engines – like it or not, AI is truly opon us.

Next time you see an Amazon review of a product or service – ponder CAREFULLY instead of being written internally by, say an employee – as if that wasn’t bad enough – could an AI have written it? Next timer you read a definitive article about – well, anything really… ponder the above… I’m so glad I’ve retired away from everything – this is alerady a blessing for the few – but what if I’d said “”Write a 200 word article about how awful it is to live in the village of Galera in Southern Spain.” Go on then – you talked me into it….

I promise I won’t do this again (I added the photo – that’s my total contribution)… but you need to be aware this is the future – not the 10 year future – like – from now…..

Galera, a small village located in the province of Granada in southern Spain, may appear to be a quaint and picturesque destination, however, it is not without its flaws.

One of the main issues with living in Galera is the lack of job opportunities. The village has a high unemployment rate and limited options for those looking for work. This can make it difficult for residents to make ends meet and can lead to feelings of financial insecurity.

Another issue is the lack of infrastructure and modern amenities in Galera. The village has limited public transportation options and limited access to healthcare and other essential services. This can make it difficult for residents to access the resources they need to live comfortably.

The village also suffers from poor air quality due to the nearby industrial area and the high traffic on the road that passes through the village. This can be harmful to the health of the residents and can lead to respiratory problems.

The village also lacks nightlife and social activities. There are very few options for entertainment and leisure activities, making it difficult for residents to enjoy their free time.

In conclusion, while Galera may be a picturesque destination, it is not without its flaws. The lack of job opportunities, poor infrastructure, poor air quality, and the limited social activities make it a less than desirable place to live.

Is that amazing and worrying at the same time – or what? I repeat, not edited, not from a search engine – and already – this is being highly rated by my SEO tools…..

An Eventful Day in Rural Spain

Today was to be a fairly eventless day, just a spot of grocery shopping in our nearest big town of Baza. And that’s how it started. After a half-hour trip to town I was about to stop at Lidl supermarket when a helpful Spanish driver signalled to tell me something was wrong. About the only word I picked up was pinctura which I took to mean paint.

I thanked him and proceeded to the car park. Knowing there are some scuffs on the rear bumper I decided to take a look. I peered down and happened to notice the rear wheel – utterly and completely flat. Thank heavens for Google Maps – I found a Euro Repair Centre within half a mile or so and carefully drove off, knowing the Spanish shops etc. were due to close in an hour – what timing.

When I arrived at the centre, a helpful technician took the wheel off and demonstrated the state of the tyre by showing the big clump of black soot inside and the large screw pierced straight through the middle. I could see for myself this must’ve happened earlier in the day without me noticing it – unless it had been a slow leak in which case it could have been even longer – the weather yesterday was dire. The damage to the tyre edge was severe and he was right to state it was a dud. AS is often the case, he strongly recommended that I should fit two tyres and keep the one working unit as a spare. I’m not sure how it was that I had no spare – probably lack of room in my little Renault Cleo. Got one now!

And there she is, legless on the ramp…

My poo car in the shop

30 minutes later I was back on the road and 180 Euros worse off.

Amusing shop display taken at an angle

I did my day’s shopping firstly at the local Chinese hardware store then Lidl (somewhat amusing display) and headed back home, taking a wrong turn on the way out of town – this is how you discover new things..

I didn’t know that building below existed and still no idea what “La Dehesa is” – no doubt I’ll find out next time around.

On the way I was stopped by the local guardia – just a spot check – nothing onerous… that is until they asked me for my license only to discover it lapsed a few days ago.

They were very nice about it and told me all I had to do was visit the local “Polyclinica” to sort it out in an hour.

The bits they missed out were getting and taking various documents one of which can only be obtained from the local town hall – and they are now closed for 4 days for holidays and weekend. You have to wonder how important offices can just close for 4 days and be damned.

Point of interest

That gives me a few days to get over the shock – thankfully I don’t need to go anywhere – If I’d had to do an airport run I’d be in severe difficulty.

Still, could have been worse – no natural disasters up to now and the roads were very quiet today. No inner city traffic jams here.

Approach to Galera from Cullar

Craft Faire – Saturday November 22 – Lovely Day

Superb weather for the time of year, it looks like everyone in our small village who was out at the craft faire yesterday had a good time.

Mostly English-speaking folk out and about, by the look of it. It just occurred to me, I didn’t take a single photo – but I did take a video – several in act. Must remember some simple photos next time.

The weather was truly stunning for the time of year as long as you were in the sun. Crystal-clear sky for the most part.

Today (Sunday) is sunny but much cooler – jackets on… but then, back in Bellingham, UK where Maureen will be in a couple of days, it’s a LOT cooler and rain is forecast from mid-week onwards – so shouldn’t complain. Hopefully this winter in Spain will be more like mask-free normal life with minimal freezing conditions – but just to be safe I’m getting new jumpers:-)

Ok, time for Menu del Dia….

Autumn 2022 and our Exciting Visit to Santa Pola

Near the beginning of October 2022, Maureen and I went off with our neighbours to visit Morocco, our first and most likely last trip to that part of the world. I have many photos of our excursion in our online photo album. Parts of Morocco are really fascinating (Fes and Rabat for example), others are downright depressingly filthy – so three days in the country was enough for all of us – with stop-overs at both ends in Malaga during which three of us managed to get a spot of food poisoning – not ideal.

Travelling around Morocco with our guide

On our return and after recovering, I ended up with Covid despite three previous jabs so that filled up the middle of October. Later in the month, we took a trip to Mojacar to visit our ex-neighbours and friends John and Julia – a marvellous short break in which we visited parts of old Mojacar we’d not really covered in the past.

Old Mojacar

And of course – when in Mojacar you have to go to the sea front.

Mojacar sea front

The weather was outstanding throughout both trips.

That pretty much wraps up October and in November, Maureen and I, in the lead-up to an Alicante airport run to pick up friends, visited Santa Pola (just south of Alicante) – somewhere we’ve overlooked up to now but will no doubt re-visit next year, the place was that good.

Santa Pola near Alicante in Southern Spain

As part of that mini-break we took the ferry to a tiny island called Tabarca just off the coast of Santa Pola.

If you end up checking out the short video below, don’t forget to select the high quality 4K version, YouTube has an awful tendancy to select 360p first. Best viewed in YouTube itself.

After a very bleak and rainy night, what a wonderful Autumn morning!!

Welcome to Galera, Granada, Spain – Autumn 2022 is off to a fine start. Popped out this morning to be greeted by warm sunshine and clear skies – can’t ask for more.. hoping for many more days like this…

Filling in a Rainy Day in Galera

Martian city

Today is undoubtedly the WORST day for taking photos we’ve had in months here in Galera, Granada, but then it’s a good day for the plants.

As I couldn’t take any photos and nothing else is new (my wife is in the UK, most of my village companions are away and I’m in-between new gadgets) and having done my shopping and jobs for the day, I went off to play with my latest AI fascination – MidJourney. I did my best inputting the text I’d like to see turned into art – ok job but it missed off the airships I asked for – looks like artists are safe for a little while longer.

“Imagine a city on mars with airships, highly detailed, immersive, volumetric light, realistic, big trees, dramatic lighting, saturated –ar 9:19 –test”

As for the city – I guess that might be a city in the background.

It seems some artists worldwide are up in arms that they have competition (just as clerics were no doubt unhappy when the masses learned to read and write – vinyl record lovers used to claim digital would never be as pure as vinyl and artists who use paint used to go mad about people using computers and digital brushes – will they ever learn). I see lots of people are simply using an existing image and asking for alterations. I start from scratch and leave it up to the AI with my request (probably why I got no airships).

Once this is cracked, I foresee complete video segments entirely generated from a text description, just as it is possible to generate general computer programs from a rather restricted, stylised version of natural language – and hopefully soon we’ll be able to say “Earl Grey – HOT” and have a nice cup of tea emerge – if you don’t know what means, you maybe don’t watch enough TV 🙂 He’s back again for series 3 soon.