Spain

Oh How Easy It Is To Change Plans!

Remember I said we were going to the place surrounded by miles of vineyards the other day? Well no, right at the last minute:

“Have we to go to such and such a place today instead and go {original idea} tomorrow??” {Unimportant reason why}

“Well yeh ok, and then we’ll stop off at {whoever’s} restaurant for a meal.”

Happens a lot does that, unless we’ve arranged to meet up with friends, life is flexible.

We never arrived at the original restaurant though because on the way we got talking to the owner of a different one. He was sat outside with his mate and we were invited to have a drink with them, another two hours later we got a FREE meal presented to us…

Can’t remember the last time we ate a meal at the house, in fact we haven’t done so since we got back from the UK… It’s as cheap to eat out as it is to eat in. Outside all the time, even at home, and we haven’t switched the TV on either…

Today we’re pushing on 38 C in the shade and it’s only May. Those expats who’ve lived here for years are telling us the temperature is staying roughly the same – but for longer. Which means the height of summer starts at the end of April and lasts till mid November, rain is rare. Never any hosepipe bans though, drinking water comes down from the mountains into huge reservoirs that feed on to each other. You can see them from the air, they look like MASSIVE swimming pools.

So that’s how global warming works in southern Spain. Just a tad different to what we’ve been used to…

I have to say the dry heat doesn’t feel uncomfortable on your skin, it just feels lovely and warm, you don’t sweat a lot, but you’ll still get burnt without sunscreen. I saw a lady the other day who obviously didn’t realise this, like I said, it’s deceptive. Her back was red raw,, do protect your skin and a lovely tan appears instead. Dave already looks like a native, me? Well being blonde I’ve sorta gone a “honey brown.” I look like I’m married to a Spaniard…

Eventually we arrived at the vineyard place sometime last week, (ask me what day it was). Umm…

Couldn’t get it all in…

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Looking left…

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Looking right…

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The trees on the horizon are the exact same varieties as in the UK, except they stay that green all year…

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It was disappointing to discover this was the sorry state of affairs at the beginning of May in Britain:

Views taken from around the rural hotel we stayed at, surrounded by the Peak District…

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I found two green trees nearby, but look beyond them…

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Perhaps all their roots are getting waterlogged…

Oh the irony, so which one is the green and pleasant land…?

Spanish scenery is known for it’s dramatic sun drenched mountains, white sand and blue sea. But the greenery too?? Can it get any better than that? Short answer: No. It’s just awesome…

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