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Peace and Quiet in Bedrock

Fabulous start to the week – as well as being peaceful and quiet – the weather has been startlingly good with temperatures past 30c most afternoons – which is good for sunbathing, good for the solar panel and good for heating the hot tub! All round good in fact, not to mention the sunsets.

Sunset in Galera

After a peaceful weekend, we went off to the coast yesterday. Maureen was after some more plants and while we were there I picked up an Easter Island man to ward off bad spirits (well, you get the general idea).  And that leaves the issue of how to protect HIM…

Peter Scargill with the new Easter Island ManRather heavy but I think I’ll cement him in regardless – better to be safe than sorry. So yesterday morning we drove down through Orce, Velez Blanco and Velez Rubio to join the main road east and then on past Puerto Lumbreras and Huercal-Overa to Vera, just outside of which is a rather nice garden centre and several stores. As well as important stuff like BBQ fluid, we picked up some new plants – one of which is shown below and it is truly lovely – and my Easter Island man, before heading off to the coast.

Plant we boughtStarting in Vera itself we popped into Iceland store – boy was that an eye-opener. I’ve been there before but never really looked at the prices. £2.50 for a loaf of normal English bread, well over £1 each for frozen Greggs pasties – the list goes on – people would have to be MAD to do any significant shopping there but sure enough the store was full and when we asked the assistant if people actually do a full week’s shopping at the store, she confirmed they did!

To keep this in perspective, a nice Spanish barra is, what, 30 cents or so at the supermarket?

From there we went down the coast through to Mojacar and generally just looked around, making a note of where the Indian restaurant is this time!

Driving down and often off the coast we went all the way down to Carboneras – which I have to say didn’t impress me one little bit compared to Mojacar, before heading back up for a look in Villaricos and another stop in Vera and back up home – a long day, from 8:30am in the morning until teatime.

BurnerWe might’ve gotten away earlier but our big car, which has been sitting doing nothing for a month or so – had an UTTERLY flat battery which would not even come to significant life with a jumper lead attached. However I left it on charge and it was fine this morning – I’ll take it off charge tonight after a full 24-hour stretch.

When we got back it turns out Maureen had bought me a nice new incense burner. We’ve had the loan of one from our wonderful neighbours for some time and I’ve cleaned that up and given it back. Very nice of them too.

The new one is very nice indeed – so sparkly when new it’s a shame to put something burning in it – but hey ho!

Spanish Coast

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