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August life and Times in Galera

Been very quiet since our friend Simon left. Maureen and I headed off to Albox on Saturday to go to the hardware store there for some bits and pieces. We happened to go to the market while we were there (Saturday – I would not say it’s an up-market market – but it’s fairly big and there are some gems if you can spot them) and noticed some chairs going cheap – and the result – they are now in our new Pergola – and saved us a trip to Vera where we’d originally planned to go for chairs.

band tonight

Yesterday was HOT and I got some work done but we eventually just ended up in town with friends at the Music bar for their new tapas evening – I have to say, quantity-wise – sorry – not impressed. Nothing wrong with the food but most of us were left wanting and when I ended up at the bar near the end of the night – a glass of wine seemed to have shot up by nearly 50%  – needless to say I left and ended up at, of all places, La Posa bar. Maureen caught up with me and we ended up walking home up that steep hill in the early hours.

Today we were Pergola-building when friends Jackie and Roly popped over – as always Roly was in like a shot to help (THANK YOU) and that enabled me to get the side panels finished off – marvellous.


Note the new light chairs – and on the left our new wooden external shower – yet to be plumbed in properly as I know sod-all about plumbing! Not 100% happy about the blinds but there you go.  We had to move our grapevine and that meant cutting the root which had buried itself into the concrete. Time will tell if we’ve killed the plant which is currently covered in nice-looking grapes. Hmm, that and our Stevia plant… a little genetic engineering…. hmm..

Tonight they had the fair in Galera with lots of stalls and a band playing – not quite the level of excitement of earlier in the week but really fine non-the-less – we were only out for a couple of hours so had to split our time between groups of people we know.


So much better than walking down to the pub in the UK and hoping there is someone, anyone there not wanting to talk about football (though I have to say I really AM missing going out with our friends over there for an Indian – can’t have everything I guess). Anyway, it is after midnight and I keep promising myself a proper night’s sleep.

Village fair

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