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Fine for the time of year

I was just thinking how crappy the weather was in the UK when what do you know, the day before I set off, a nice day in Wark!  Maureen and I spend the day gardening and got LOADS of stuff done.

Between Puebla De Don Fadrique and Huescar

6am this morning we were up to drop me off for my flight to Murcia – probably my last as apparently the military want it back! I  don’t know the politics of this but WHY did they have to grab the most friendly airport of the lot… Malaga is AWFUL.

Sunday lunchtime – after an effortless flight (no really, non of yer EasyJet squabbling like animals, seat booked (exit seat) and I just walked into the airport and onto the plane after a few minutes being checked to see if I’m an Islamic terrorist. I’d filled the iPad with movies but only had time for one – "G.I Joe – The Rise of Cobra" – if you’ve not seen this – it is worth the effort of getting the DVD – ok, it’s silly but the effects FAR exceed what you’d expect in a less than blockbuster movie – indeed they rank along with the very best.

By the time that was over it was time to land – I was a little worried as just approaching land there were some horrendous clouds – but I should not have worried – 26 degrees in St Javier. Now remember – this is a Sunday… everything was OPEN! So a brief trip to the Chinese supermarket then off to Eroski for groceries.  About the only notable part of the journey was the fact that they gave me a completely trashed car. I grabbed the car guy and pointed out that the rental form said nothing about scrapes etc. at which point he noted down the major gash on one side of the car and laughed at the little bumps and scratches I pointed out elsewhere. Regardless I took a video of the whole car while I was there -  just to be sure.

Got here late afternoon after having a good look around Caravaca De La Cruz – which I intend to repeat at some point as they have a nice little town square with cafes etc., looked really neat. 22C when I got to Galera and all looks well, everything works apart from one cheap Chinese power extension which is easily replaces. All my solar stuff is working, one camera needed a reset so tomorrow I’m off for a 24-hour timer to give it a 5-minute reboot first thing in the mornings – better safe than sorry.Other than that, nothing new… no-body us here, Maureen joins me next Sunday and we have friend coming over… I expect I’ll pop down to the village to see what’s new there but for tonight – a quiet drink, a little blogging and a nice fire.

Tomorrow – shopping, a little R&D and no doubt the usual cacophony of phone calls and emails. But at least it’s warm.

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