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Mid-week progress in Galera

Poppies just outside of GaleraThe plan this morning was to walk down the hill, get cafe-con-leche at La Posa bar and then walk up and start a spot of painting. The reality? We got half way down and started talking to friends, that took so long we gave up on La Posa and instead headed back up only to end up talking to more friends. At the top of the hill we stopped and talked to a third set and by the time we were done the morning was half-over!  Since then I’ve been mixing cement and filling holes in walls while Maureen has been spending her time staining windows.

Scenery on the way to MariaWatering system repairs done, ceiling holes filled, solar lights more or less in place. Yesterday we headed off to Baza for supplies and a rather nice pizza lunch up at the top of the hill just up from Consum, not to mention re-discovering a great Chinese store at the back of the town where we bought a little clock for the bedroom and THE smallest USB power supply I’ve ever seen (I need more of these for projects – not much bigger than a European 2-pin mains plug). 

My big electronics project kind of fell to bits when I realised half the bits I needed were back in the UK but at least I’ll be able to leave a working temperature monitor here.. that is, IF the router keeps working – some cheap “Trendnet” router I bought last year from the store in Huescar, turns out it needs resetting occasionally – just been doing it the last month or so… I’m guessing the insides are covered in dust or something – in the summer I’ll bring back a Draytek. The place is starting to look habitable again – hopefully by the time we leave it’ll be all set up for the summer. I’ve given myself a couple of switchable mains sockets outside to save having to run extensions all over. Thanks to the fairly simple wiring over here that didn’t take too long.

Stopped in last night for an early night and to mess with the lighting. Tonight we’re planning a trip down to La Posa for a few beers and some company. Head is somewhat burned – it’s a tad windy out there but the sun remains far more powerful than anything you’d see in the UK.

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