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Spanish Inland Properties, our first weekend and Skype

We were kind of caught in the middle of things this weekend – no furniture and the shops close early. Maureen went off to town yesterday (Saturday)to order a couple of beds and and a cabinet for delivery Monday. As bed-shopping isn’t my thing I elected to stay at the rented accom – and promptly dozed off. It turns out the local shops can compete with Ikea so that’s one less trip across the country. On Monday we’ve new beds and furniture coming as well as the stuff we’ve shipped from the UK. The Jacuzzi should turn up but we need to check how flat the concrete is before making use of that – to be sure the place is going to be a mess for a couple of days. Temperatures were in the mid-30’s today and it felt hot – having said that I just received an email from my pal Jonathan who’s been to Dubai where yesterday it was 53 – to keep that in perspective, my hot tub runs at 40 and it’s almost too hot to get into. (all measurements in degrees C of course).

Last night we met up with the couple who own Spanish Inland Properties and had a pleasant evening at the local pub/restaurant with them. I’m (re)writing this on Sunday morning and once again, not a cloud in the sky. Having got SKYPE working, Maureen had a chat with her folks in the USA – amazing to think you can be in a cave in Spain and chat to the USA for what amounts to pennies…. I’m updating this on the Vodafone card, hopefully if I get a few minutes later today when I’m near a WIFI signal I’ll put up some more photos. I’ve added a slideshow block on the right of the blog – apologies for lack of picks – rest assured I’ll make up for that later on. Uploading a ton of photos via mobile telephony isn’t really that practical – but from tomorrow onwards we’ll have wifi.

Today looks like a grafting day. We were planning to go off to some lakes but Maureen’s decided it’s gardening day – we’re off to get a cover for the Pergola and get some plants (the area surrounding the cave currently looks like a desert so we need to “green it up” a little. I’ll get the camera out as soon as we’ve something to show for our efforts. There’s a local store called “Combustibles” which apparently opens early on Sunday mornings! So we’re off there for the all-important coffee then off to the garden centre. I can tell this is not going to be a cheap day.

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