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A quiet weekend at the garden centre near BAZA in Andalucia

Today we went shopping, specifically, for stones – I never did get the door bolt I was after – but we went off to Baza to the garden centre and on the way there and back took some photos of the scenery, some are shown here, the rest are the latest pics in the FLICKR gallery. The area is a mix of everything from downright wrecks of buildings to some of the pretties houses you’ll see anywhere. Most of the buildings seem to be constructed of a single layer of breezeblock – which might not seem that strange to folks reading this from the USA but compared to the building complexities in the UK, these I imagine are a doddle to put together.

The garden centre itself is like any other large’ish garden centre except of course for the actual plants, many of which would not grow easily in the UK – oh and the total absense of speaking English – which is always a challenge – but we manage. Being absolutely ignorant of which was which when it comes to flowers – I just photographed the prettiest ones – I could actually spend hours doing just that, maybe I’m too easy to please!

On our travels we passed 2 houses with gardens and the strangest-looking scarecrows. We ended our trip by visiting the local general hospital (well, you never know) and had lunch at a delightful cafe at the front of the hospital – in it’s grounds.

Amazingly, lunchtime on Saturday, the big local town – next to no traffic – you’d think the place was deserted – we could only imagine that everyone was having a siesta. We’re back at the cave now, in for the afternoon as I’ve lots of jobs to do, Maureen is fighting with the computer upstairs – and it’s absolutely silent outside, no dogs, no traffic, nothing – lovely. Out with the drill!! There are more photos of houses and flowers on Flickr. Pics of Bedrock soon. Soon we’re off to see what the major has put on for the evening before retiring to the “Curry Cave” for a nice Indian meal. I’ll take the camera.

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