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This is Peter and Maureen Scargill's Spanish website. We live in Galera in Andalusia (for clarity, that is the English spelling - Mid-Spain they spell it Andalucia and pronounce it "And-a-loo-thee-a").

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First night shot of Galera

We’re back in the sun! As the weather in the UK takes yet another downward turn (Newcastle raining, London raining, Blackpool cloudy) we’ve now begun round two. As a recap and to make this legible for anyone looking in for the first time, Maureen and I visited the town of Galera, near Huescar, in Andalucia, Spain in February and came back having bought a house – to be precise, a cave-home. We call it “Bedrock” after the Flintstones!

After many phone calls and even more emails – including selling another property in the meantime, in Late July we spent our first two weeks in Spain with solicitors, builders and in furniture stores getting the basics together – including a 4-hour round trip to Carrefour and Ikea followed by intense furniture-building.

It’s early morning on Thursday and we’re off shopping. We spent yesterday building, cleaning and putting the jacuzzi together – and had our first dip it in! Maureen has been having a frantic clean-up as the builders have been in and the place was covered in dust, the main bedroom is just about ready (bed is now in) and a shower head has been fitted externally. All that remains is to finish off putting up fittings all over the house. Temperatures are currently hovering at 25 degrees C – just nice. Sky is clear – it’s going to be a hot, sunny day – again.

We’ve hired a little Ford Focus which apart from having absolutely no power is just fine for the roads around here – the petrol engine really does make a difference when going up and down the hills. We stopped at a motorway cafe on the way up – 5 euros for 2 decent coffees, a pile of bread and a large plate of tapas. See jacuzzi on left – still lots to do including putting down pavement and more plants – but it’s in and it works. Tried it out yesterday at lunchtime – with water temperature a nice cooling 26 degrees C – lovely.

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