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A fine day at the pool

Orce PoolGot up rather late this morning after a late night solving the world’s problems last night (well, solving neighbourhood problems anyway) by the pergola.

We headed off late morning to Huescar market for supplies and ended up in the square having kebabs for lunch before ending up in Orce pool for the afternoon.

They say the best things in life are free – well certainly it felt that way this afternoon up to our necks in refreshing cold water. With temperatures approaching 40c at times the pool was certainly the place to be today. By teatime we were back home and it was still 33c outside. By now it’s cooling off and the plan is to pop down to the village to see the boys and girls at the Galera Hotel.

PoolI’m hoping I’ve managed to get some replacement LEDS on the way from the UK having damaged one of my test lighting units. We’re using normal LED strip for lighting outside but the nature of the separate lights (RGB) means that for example the white is not that good – the newer serial LEDS can produce excellent warm and cool white from the same chip but are awfully sensitive to heat and after a few glasses of wine last night I managed to damage my test board.

Hopefully that’ll all be sorted in a couple of weeks with bits from the UK and I can get on with the next stage in lighting up the pergola.

Later this week my jobs include improving the security cameras. Someone’s been syphoning off our wood in our absence and next time I plan to catch them. It seems no matter where you go, you can’t get away from petty crime. But for now, we’re just enjoying the weather.

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