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Autumn 2010 – A Great Time to be in Spain

Murcia AirportI was beginning to think that today was going down the toilet.. I arrived at Newcastle airport just before lunch with in plenty of time for my plane, only to discover a distinct lack of people at the SleazyJet isle..  I mistakenly thought this might be to me coming over on my own, a week before the kids breakup – but NO, the sodding plane was late!  No apologies, nothing. To cut a long story short, the plane didn’t turn up until 3pm (after watching the 3-minute notice for 15 minutes as passenger-tension reached breaking point) so the plane actually set off something later than 3.30pm – still, having made to monumental decision to turn my work Email off for the duration, this gave me a couple of hours to read a book which was nice.

Arriving at Murcia Airport I was more than pleased to discover that even though the sun had gone down it was still 22C outside – VERY pleasant. Another slight screw-up with the car company who I will NEVER use again: when I told them I didn’t need their insurance as I had my own, they demanded £300 deposit, refundable on return of the car – which doesn’t say much about the honestly levels of their normal customers!! Anyway, by 9pm Spanish time I was off on my journeys. My favourite supermarket Eroski (St Javier) thankfully stops open until 10pm on Saturdays so I managed to get supplies in and off I went. The roads here by and large were a joy to drive, very little traffic in the last 50Km.

Murcia AirportThe new route we use around the back of Puebla De Don Fadrique only takes 2 hours so here I am having done minimal work in the house and after putting my lights out so they’ll charge in the morning, finishing off the blog. It’s around 16C inside the cave, maybe 11 degrees outside – not quite wine-sipping weather but pleasant for the time of year and MUCH warmer than it will be by now back in WARK. I noticed a spot of cloud on the way up but it’s all gone now and the stars are out in force.

More tomorrow, I plan a lie-in, some further reading and then perhaps a spot of light-fixing and even painting if I’m feeling up to it – don’t want to overdo things – it is a Sunday after all.  No Sky HD as Maureen has the card back at home so I’ll have to make due with a choice of thousands of radio stations – it’s a tough life. I have a week of peace and quiet then next Saturday Maureen is joining me for the school break.

I’ll post some pics of the new wall and the gates – but not until I’ve had my paintbrush out!

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