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A Relaxing Monday

Start of our last full week – this morning Richard and I went off to get some mortar to fix the road but due to the temperature (maybe 33 degrees this morning) we decided to give the actual repairs a miss… that gave me time to catch up on emails and get a little work done while Maureen caught up on her schoolwork.

tmpB8E9For the afternoon Maureen and I went off to the public pool in Huescar. It’s 5 minutes out of Huescar and very clean and modern (we’ll ignore the total lack of soap in the washrooms)… and at lunchtimes it is virtually empty – that’s definitely the best time to go. Towards 4pm or so it starts filling up with unruly Spanish kids who really don’t understand the concept of personal space… so time to leave. We then went off in search of drills and for once the Chinese junk store came up trumps – £2.50 for a set of three LONG masonry drills that actually work. Now, the fact that I drilled the hole in the wrong place isn’t their fault!

In the evening we stayed in, temporary neighbours upstairs don’t seem bothered about socialising – which is fine… I got on helping my colleagues back in the UK with some corporate reporting while Maureen watched what I call “women’s TV” – the movie channel (real movies, or something) that’s all about relationships and poor acting – as against killing things and really good looking stars – which of course – I prefer 🙂

The plan for tomorrow is to pick up some cable to make an external socket for the rope-light, fit in a trip to the bank, organise a permanent re-positioning of the WIFI access point and to get a little cementing done before retiring, once again to our favourite lake just beyond Baza for some more vitamin A and just MAYBE a Magra Con Tomate.  I have to take the opportunity while it’s there, from all reports the weather in the UK is atrocious – while with a couple of exceptions (and I mean a couple) it’s been 33-39 degrees every afternoon – and for anyone who thinks that’s hot – you quickly get used to it – and it’s INFINITELY preferable to freezing to death.

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