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Our First Week Back in Spain

This is hopefully to be our longest stay in Galera as we plan to be here until November. We arrived in the early hours of last Thursday morning to a great and unexpected reception and we’ve been very busy since. Much is yet to be unpacked.

gatosThanks to organising cats, catching up with jobs, fixing stuff and un-packing, packing we’ve not been out and about a lot – Friday we had a great night with friends at their cave and then Saturday, we visited the Pizza Cave in Huescar with friends and that was really nice – not least for the scenery.

Spanish don’t do the best pizzas in the world and so it’s always nice to find some place that does a really good job. The Pizza Cave has good, friendly service and great pizzas.

I’ve been working on a little project for a pal of mine to control some industrial machinery – that’s just about done so the next thing is to get the watering system up and running and of course I have to prepare for my Boston trip.

Galera PoolI’ve made so many changes to the home controller since this was originally put together that it is going to take some planning. I think I’ll be running old and new together for some time.

Our new Zafira Tourer is working extremely well and we’ve only now just spotted the automatic headlight dipping!! The older car gave up the other day but it had been out of use for some time so I give it an overnight charge and the battery off charge next morning was sitting at 13,4v which seems perfectly fine to me. Fingers crossed we won’t have any more trouble with it. In this weather I can see a considerable number of trips to the various pools coming along.

the Cave Bedrock in GaleraSunday night in with our neighbours and by Monday I could handle no more and had a quiet day in working on code and watched the program on the Pluto mission on TV – thanks to the iPlayer as Sky no longer does BBC and ITV. Maureen went down for the blues night in the village while I listened to dogs barking. Wednesday we went off to Baza for essentials then took a trip to the lake. Today we’re off to Mojacar for a spot of shopping. Hopefully in the next couple of days so I’ll get down into town to say hello to everyone. Honestly – not ignoring you!

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