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The Webcam and Huescar town Centre

We’re sitting here at night (9.30pm) at the Pergola, I’m busy setting up my webcam (that’s me sitting starting at the screen – the lights you see above are solar spots), having thrown my first attempt in the bin (a cheap Chinese camera which failed after a couple of hours of operation) I’m now resigned to leaving a laptop running with a Creative camera – which I have to say works GREAT in the dark.

This morning we went to the Galera market to pick up some rugs then off to Huescar for shelving and more Chinese junk. The sun has been superb today, clear skies all day until now where there’s a little cloud settling in, it’s now pitch black, but it’s still warm. Oh – we got our first parking ticket yesterday, at least we think it’s a parking ticket – no amount on it and it’s all in Spanish.

The top is ready to go on the Jacussi (steel frame for opening and closing) – having smashed 4 drill bits in the process it’s now put back until we can get to the Ferreteria in the morning. Can’t do much without drill bits! We’ve been chatting to the lady (out walking her dog) who supplies wood so that takes care of that for October. It’s hard to believe we’re nearing the end of our current stay (we’re here till Sunday) – but at least we know it’s going to be fine until then. According to my laptop, Britain meantime has had pretty abysmal weather.

We have a friendly cat (kitten) who’s been wandering around for the last couple of days and of course being Brits we HAVE to feed them don’t we – the plan is to drop him off in the village when we can catch him – although everyone’s nice to the little fellow, once we all clear off he’s going to be pretty much stuffed up here at the top of the mountains. Apparently it’s not unusual for people to just dump cats and dogs up here! The local council doesn’t mind cats being all over the place – keeps the rodent population in control (not seen a single mouse or rat).

It’s obvious most folk are back from holidays as the email mountain is starting to grow again – so I spent quite some time today working on that along with putting up more mirrors etc. Tomorrow or Friday we’re off in search of a new lake so I’ll hopefully have some decent pictures and I plan to take some shots inside the cave now it’s starting to take shape.

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