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Our last full day in Andalucia

We’ve most of tomorrow before clearing off back to rainy Britain but this is our last full day. We’ve been off to Lake Negratin today, a huge man-made lake nearby. It was a tad windy but as usual the weather was in the upper twenties so a very pleasant experience. In the process I made friends with what to me looked like a large salamander and took a load of photos while he/she posed in the sun – the shot you see here was taken from merely inches away. I wanted to get some detail in and so what you don’t see is the enormous tail – maybe 3 times the length you see here. Great creatures. When we were sitting outside the bar last night in our village there were three of them scaling the while walls of the pub.

Maureen has been staining anything that moves and I’m about to do an engineering job on my new computer desk to fasten the masses of wires out of sight, before going off to one of the nearby villages for beer, tapas and dinner for the last night until our return in a few weeks. Maureen says she’s ready to go back – I could not be further from it – if I had an excuse – I’d stay here. I can work just as well thousands of miles away as I can in the rain… though apparently I have had an invite to a meeting with Steve Balmer in the near future so I guess I’d better take that seriously.

The next trip will be functional, the remaining furniture failed to arrive this week, not coming for a week or two and so we’ve agreed with our friendly agents that they’ll ensure the stuff is dropped off in our absense. Neither my camera nor my shaver can handle a full 2 weeks so next time I’m bringing duplicate chargers with me – and some more solar lamps as they work so well out here.

Maureen wants to do some work on the building to make it more unique and so I can see all manner of building work going on over the next month or so – good job I have the webcam up and running so I can keep an eye on everything – that is, until the builders cover the lens in dust.

And so that’s just about it for now, camera exhaused, we’re exhausted, I have so much work-related work to do in September I don’t want to think about it – but at least we’ve cracked the back of the work here and had a lot of fun in the process. We’ve met new people, some of whom we’ll have to have another shot at as we’ve not swapped contact info. Next summer it will be a 6-week job and we’re pondering doing the drive from Northumberland down here. Certainly we’ve both gained a little colour which is nice and we’re no longer terrified stiff of walking into a Spanish restaurant and attempting to communicate with the waiter 🙂 I’m quite looking forward to this evening.

Check out Flickr (see link on the right) as there are more photos of the lake up there – very pretty.

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