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Catch-up as Summer 2023 Approaches

The weather in Galera has been improving day after day in March and April – still a tad cool overnight but we’ve had lots of wonderful sunny days and clear nights – for example last night (Easter Friday) the sky was superb at 10:30pm

Moon at 10:20pm Easter Friday 2023 - Galera 18840 - Spain

We had a very busy day with Maureen working on her plants etc. and me doing a spot of painting outside to finally get rid of the effects of last year’s sand storm.

New Tech Kit

In between I’ve been having fun with the best phone AI gimbal I’ve owned to date – the new M6 Kit from Hohem – quite possibly the most advanced of it’s kind. Not had a chance to get out and about yet with it but I gave the cloning option a quick shot in the afternoon – this stuff used to need editing, no, I just put camera+gimbal on the garden table, told it to go and that was it. Great fun.

Cloning tool on the M6
Shrodinger's Cat

Note the new t-shirt. As you might imagine, the maths is utter nonsense but it’s unlikely anyone will check:-)

Maureen bought me 2 new t-shirts, the other one asks “Have you turned it off and back on again” – that proved popular with friends in the village.

I love being able to wear sandals and t-shirts at this time of year – back in Bellingham I guess the folks will still, by and large be wearing raincoats. I do miss our friends in the area, but aside from that and eBay, I can’t say I miss the UK at all.

Local developments and the heat toll on plants

Dried up plant

Meanwhile, most of our plants are fine and Mo’s already taking frequent trips to garden centres – but already some of the hotter days have taken their toll on the odd plant. Mo’s been working hard on the “garden” while I’ve been putting up a new set of solar heater pipes for the pool (not quite warm enough to use yet).

Something new: there has been a load of frantic (but part-time) development going on at the top of the hill as our local builder is turning an old messy farmer’s chicken shed into a large new cavehome and though it has some way to go, he’s also giving it a garden – the first part of which is looking good already (see below).

I could imaging the area being unrecognisable in a year or two – now if only Google Maps would keep up with developments – they still don’t have our roundabout and that’s been in place for years (Google Earth on the other hand DOES seem to be reasonably up to date).

New developmenmt in Calle Ceuta

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