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Out first summer trip to Andalucia – Huescar, bad parenting and cheap Chinese rubbish

(Updated 25th Aug): The first two weeks went incredibly quickly and after a quick break back in the UK, we’re just about to shoot off again for the second part of our set-up trip.

On the last Wednesday night of our first stopover in Spain we found a decent pizza cafe in Huescar (and discovered that some Spanish parents have the same utter lack of control of their kids in restaurants as do some British parents – but at least the food was good). We have a growing list of items we need to bring back with us when we return.

While we’ve been back home, the jacuzzi has been put on it’s base, we’ve had some more sockets put in, the wine cooler is done and we’re hoping the main bedroom is ready to populate.

Currently packing everything for the trip back to Spain, bought a DVD, nice little Philips job that handles DIVX movies and has a handy USB socket on the front. MORE cables ready to go, we need to sort the above, bring back some adaptors and lights, put a couple of carpets down, bring more clothes… but you know, in the first 2 weeks we didn’t do a bad job, we discovered some worthwhile markets, bars and restaurants – and more importantly actually started to get to grips, in just the smallest way, with the business of talking to Spanish people in Spanish (most of which I’ve now forgotten), in the process discovering what an utter waste of time the Franklyn translater was – DON’T BUY ONE. I’m currently looking for something more modern for Pocket PC. Hopefully next time around we might get to spend a little more time in the sun (very little added tan this time around due to being too busy).

In the interim period returned to constant, pouring rain in Newcastle and it stayed that way until today (Sunday) – it’s been a nice day. Worse, we arrived home in Wark only to find the power had gone out in the kitchen several days earlier and so we had to bin the contents of the deep-freezer and the fridge-freezer! I’ve since uprated the house earth leakage breakers.

Last week we took delivery of a telescope from China complete with attachments for my Nikon – if the weather keeps up in Spain I be able to take some photos over there – I didn’t mention it but the sky is incredibly clear in the mountains and you can very clearly see what looks like a thin cloud but which of course is looking straight through the centre of our galaxy. Over here in Wark it’s only vaguely obvious on very clear nights.

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