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Come to Spain for the Sunshine, Didn’t they Say?

Despite a GREAT start to the year with constant sunshine, we’re currently suffering thunderstorms and heavy overnight rain. Having said that, it is warm now (May ’23) and most mornings have seen some sunshine. This morning I received some new solar lights to review and I gave them a great charge in the sun before the weather finally went downhill.

Of course, not everyone is hating the rain – farmers will be loving it and to be fair, our favourite lake has been suffering from too many sunny days (and a leak).

Take a look in the photo below, that grassy plain in the middle of the photo was a lake only a few short years ago.


The weather has of course been mixed – this morning in Galera was wonderful. This afternoon it is dire (in a Spanish kind of way – it’s still 18c).

Galera at the end of May 2023 - morning

Same day as above but in the afternoon

Galera at the end of May 2023 - afternoon

Meanwhile back at the lake, the lovely restaurant by the lake side looks like a scene from post WW3. The colouring is from last year’s Calima.

Lakeside cafe - deserted and falling to bits
Lakeside cafe - deserted and falling to bits
Lakeside cafe - deserted and falling to bits

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