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Back into Sunshine

Street Repairs

The little bit of bad weather we were having (down to 25 degrees and some rain!) has all cleared up and neighbour Richard is out continuing the cracking job he’s doing with the weeds – note the very much improved roundabout thanks to his efforts! Now the rain has gone I’ll be getting out the concrete and doing my bit on some of the potholes though I think we might be needing some collective action on this – it’s clear the builder Ramone isn’t going to volunteer to fix potholes!

Neighbour Richard in digging actionThis morning the sky is perfectly clear, Maureen is having a lie-in but later the plan is to get some swimming done, perhaps taking a bucket of cement with us!  Nothing like a spot of DIY to get the day moving. I’ve a GREAT new app on the phone “iSpeak Spanish” which does a half-decent job of translation then speaks it out. Of course all of this requires a data connection but it looks like it can store any given translation and the speech for later use – so pre-planning a trip to the bank for example becomes possible!!

Nothing lasts forever and the bulk of our stay is now behind us – amazing how quickly these things go by. Having just about gotten to grips with repairs I’ll be sorry to leave but we have well over a week left to enjoy the area and lots of things to do before returning to rainy, cold Britain 🙁

Crystal clear skies over Galera

If you’re local and looking in – we just discovered pretty much by accident how hard the water is here. I’d been at the kettle with the brillo pad removing white crap from the bottom, not twigging to the fact that it was calcium, meanwhile Maureen was doing some work on the Jacuzzi to clear the water. We bought some new clearing chemical from a nearby Ferreteria and next thing we knew there was calcium powder stuck to the sides of the jacuzzi – and it took Maureen some work to get rid of it – so now we’re on the lookout for filters…

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