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Apr 23, 2017 - April

Nearly time to head off to Morocco now and we're busy cleaning up and putting things away....last few days have brought yet more storms and everywhere is covered in thick sandy, salty layer of dust. On the 13th Maggie came to stay for a week and had "the best week of my life" so although we are both absolutely shattered and broke, we are thrilled she enjoyed it here so much. Please don't communicate unless it's urgent as I'm sure it costs an awful lot to yourselves and us, and I will write again at the end of May. Thanks for all your input...

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Mar 28, 2017 - March

March has flown by, with some dreadful weather, torrential rain storms, thunder, high winds for days on end, but with a few scorchers in between, promising a lovely spring then letting us down again. But it has been better than a uk winter so we're not grumbling. Been out for a few great evenings, but not much happening as the weather hasn't been great and my recovery has taken longer than anticipated. With a damaged right knee, my right hip came out in sympathy and it's been painful walking even a few hundred yards, but now by end of March...

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Feb 20, 2017 - Over winter

A week before Christmas, a wee friend arrived in our awning, as if he'd never been away...shouting for raisins or a few nuts... It's now Feb, and Blue totally ignores him, even avoids him, seems to know he mustn't chase him away. We had a lovely Christmas and New Year, went out quite a few times with different friends we've made here. Weather very mixed but never really cold until January when we actually had snow on the nearest mountains. February so far been one extreme to the other, some scorching afternoons, but bitter nights and a...

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Dec 11, 2016 - Local floods

We are back from our 5 day flying visit to Scotland, which we enjoyed very much despite the cold. Had a lovely early Christmas Day on Saturday 3rd Dec, all the family came, Jenny did a roast lamb joint and a fresh chicken roast with all the usual trimmings and her fabulous Yorkshires, Billie made a huge chocolate log cake, the little ones loved opening their presents from us and the adults opened one each, then we had time for a game of Chinese dominoes before the lovely day ended. Sunday we had shocking news that Sabinillas had been...

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Nov 22, 2016 - Autumn

The last week of October/first in November, we didn't travel anywhere except locally, but we did have a fabulous fortnight, starting with a simple game of Chinese dominoes, brill idea for Christmas family fun....the spots go up to 12, so it's a huge box, but up to 12 people can play and it's more challenging, interesting and very sociable!....especially if you add nibbles and wine half way through! Then we went to beach bar Floria on the Friday afternoon to be entertained by Mitch and Mike, who were great singers;the place was packed, it...

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Oct 21, 2016 - First walk of this season

Saturday 15th October Today we took Blue to Su's after walking him a shorter way than usual, we know he'll be on the go all day when he's with Su and Ron. Then off to Casares for a long walk. This time we wanted to do the first route again, but the other way round. We parked at the top of the village in the walkers' car park then walked right down to the bottom of the hill to where the path up the mountain begins. That in itself is about 3/4 mile quite steep descent all the way. The track starts off decent enough, then gets harder as you...

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Oct 9, 2016 - Home Bellavista

We got a good start stopping at Lidl to stock up, then south thru Jaen and on to the outskirts of Granada. From there the road is familiar, getting busier as we get nearer to Malaga, so we took the toll road, which was well worth the extra cash, much easier driving for Roy. We arrived are 5.30, finding the site really full. It took longer to park than usual because our area had so few spaces. 2 caravan owners offered to move their cars which was appreciated and our German neighbour helped me to guide Roy in. We had to catch up with several...

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Jun 9, 2016 - Castellar de la Frontera + 2nd & 3rd walk Casares

Roy has tried after my efforts failed, to load more photos, as we have lovely ones from Ronda with the market, and our walks, and the castle village, but no can do, so we'll continue to try to add to a new page but for now, we'll "publish" this, as we leave here in 4 days and are busy cleaning and packing due to the fluffy stuff being a complete pain...read on for more... On the Friday we took a different route into the Spanish countryside, ending up at a huge ancient castle with a village inside the walls. Castellar de la Frontera is the...

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May 24, 2016 - Tarifa, Ronda, and hiking above Casares

Late April, Blue went to Sue's again just overnight so we could go to Tarifa. Days are getting hotter now, he's happy and cool there, must be better than being dragged around old towns and city walls. Tarifa is full of Moroccan and Phoenician influences. The walls around the old city are structurally sound in the main, so safe to walk the top of, the views beautiful, especially of the point where the Med meets the Atlantic Ocean, at the tiny Island Nature Reserve. On the west side of the relatively new causeway across, surfers claim their...

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Apr 24, 2016 - More sad news

Friday April 22nd I have sad news, sorry to say, that Dave, Jenny's dad, my first husband, passed away shockingly and suddenly on Tuesday evening. It's another tragic loss to Liz & Geoff, Andrea and family as well as ourselves. We'd always kept in close touch; Dave and Gail, his lovely, lovely partner, live in Whitby, where Gail will stay. But it's a hard hit for us all. It was a sudden massive heart attack, and at 66 years young, we still can't believe it's happened. As he would have wanted, there's to be no funeral, just a private...

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Apr 23, 2016 - Friends here after Scotland visit

Mid April The Scotland visit was very enjoyable. This time the plane was on time, no hassle. Maggie has recovered well, but her teeth can't be repaired till she's older, and she has a couple of nasty scars. Billie Bruce and Lily have a new home in Montrose,a modern terraced house over 3 floors, which is close to buses for their uni and college. Arran and Arthur thriving happily. Jenny and Douglas well and were looking forward to their holiday without children. Jenny's 40th and Douglas had his birthday start of April, so they booked 4 nights...

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Mar 20, 2016 - February/March

Feb 27th We've had a busy time saying goodbye to so many folk since I last made an entry. Terry and Wen next door were first off, then Jean and John, now today Joyce and Barry are off; he has to have eye check up before mid March to enable him to carry on driving (at 78 he's amazing, driving that huge RV and towing a car at the back). Yesterday we finally got our day out to Ronda (pics above) which was another wonderful ancient city. But we made a big mistake not realising how cold it would be high up in the mountains. Luckily we took...

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