Sunday, 12 March 2017

Blossom time.

Probably one of the prettiest times of the year when the plants have had some winter rain and now some unseasonably hot sunshine. 

Although....

at the end of February we had a week of totally white skies, hot, no wind and just odd.  Then it rained, hailed, thundered and lightning all in an hour or so and it left this....




.....the Sahara sand.  It covered everything,  cars, tables,  chairs,  it  eventually sank to the floor of the pool which took some time  to clean out!


Friday of last week - the 3rd - started fine.  Then it drizzled,  then it rained,  then the wind came and oh boy! was it windy!!  Sideways rain,  howling gales from early evening until about 4 or 5am.  Very noisy as  the wind howled round the house,  although we know everything is safely put away,  the noise makes you wonder what damage will occur.  Apart from a few  pot plants that blew over and lots of leaves and dust in the pool,  no problems.

Monday dawned bright and beautiful,  warm and sunny and about 20 degrees.  Tuesday the same, maybe warmer.  Wednesday a bit warmer and by Friday we were up to 25 and it was so hot out in the sun that I ventured into the pool.  OK, not exactly a swim but down the steps to chest depth for a cool down.  Same on Saturday but a bit cooler today. 

 And lots of flowers are now in full bloom...


Plum tree

Pear tree

a succulent from a friend - blooms almost all year.

Grape hyancinths

Freesias

Another succulent,  we have lots of these.


And daisies,  they bloom almost all year too.





Friday, 27 January 2017

New Year, new road.

Not a complete new road but a long section leading from the chapel here in Montenegro up a long slope in the direction of Yégen.  Maybe about 500 metres in total,  the road gets very slippery when wet in the winter months and very very dusty in the summer.  I'm talking dust up to your ankles almost,  and although it's not a very busy road,  you can see that vehicles have a problem getting traction. 

Just before Christmas the first of many trucks laden with gravel started coming up,  plus a mini digger,  a water bowser to spray the gravel,  and a roller to pack it flat.  Sheets of reinforcing steel were at the Yátor end of the road waiting to be brought up too.  Obviously they had to start at the top and work their way down,  so they parked the equipment on a flat terrace and reversed up and up to the top.

The start of the gravel base.















The first of 29 mixers.....

















A few days later there's concrete.




















They started laying concrete on Monday 16th,  10 mixers went up that day.  About half an hour after one went down empty,  we'd hear the next one coming up,  except they got it wrong once.....




















José was coming down empty and John managed to flag him down and tell him another full load was coming up.  José pulled off onto our neighbours land and although the chutes of their lorries got tangled somewhat,  the other lorry squeezed past.  That driver then helped José reverse back out from a tight spot.  What isn't clear on the last photo is that the rear wheels of José's lorry are not on the road anymore but hanging over the edge! 

Tuesday 17th - another 8 mixers,  and Wednesday morning another 6.  But by lunchtime it was cold,  windy and trying to snow so they stopped work.  The road was closed....

road closed sign at Yegen



















and blocked in Montenegro.  Plus a dusting of snow!





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It was opened over the weekend for the fiesta of  San Sebastian in Yátor  and then this Monday morning came  the final 5 mix loads to finish the road. 















Rumour has it that the next project is from the chapel down past our house to the existing concrete road that goes to Yator.  Time will tell.  We only heard about this project when Fernando told us - and he knew because his brother is José the driver of one of the mixers.

Thursday, 22 December 2016

Happy Christmas!

A big thank you,  Happy Christmas and healthy New Year to  everyone who still continues to look at this blog,   despite my lack of input....

Cadiar's Christmas tree this year has had a lot of input from the local community,  the tree has been decorated with crocheted designs  and there are also decorations made by the children.










Also there is belén which is a nativity scene.


Friday, 11 November 2016

Afternoon walks

Glorious weather this autumn,   so nice to still be enjoying afternoon walks in the sunshine and not needing to wrap up warm yet.  Chilly overnight,  maybe 8 degrees or so,  but out in the sun in a t-shirt  during the day.

Just past the cemetery at Yegen,  there is a new seating area... 

The view from here looking towards Sierra Gador....Not a cloud in the sky!



Poplars down in the valley....






Nearer home is an old era,  a threshing circle, catching the afternoon sun on the stones.






And on the edge of the era is an old piece of machinery. Not sure what it is but possibly an almond husker.  It's got a drum where I can imagine the almonds being put in and as it spins the husks come off,  but maybe something to do with olives....  suggestions anyone??





Another afternoon, another walk,  this time down to the river below Golco.  Both walks are about 2km / 4km return,   but whereas Yegen is 300m or so higher than us, with a nice gentle return trip,   the walk to the river is mostly down but then a climb back home.







Saturday, 22 October 2016

A birthday break in Almeria.

We have just spent a couple of days in Almería for my birthday.  It's not a place that we have stayed in before,  it's just somewhere that we've been through and have thought  that it would be good to explore as it has a rich history.  The best description I can give is that it's like a small version of Granada,  what with the Cathedral and the Alcazaba,  and the old quarter too.

So this is going to be mostly pictures......

Hotel Catedral,  Plaza de la Catedral,  where we stayed.

Palacio Episcopál, Plaza de la Catedral
The very fortress-like Cathedral as seen from the hotel roof terrace.
La Alcazaba as seen from our hotel roof terrace.
Bar Montenegro,  almost next to our hotel

and another one!
Not our Montenegro but a hill/mountain in Almeria higher than us.  We are at 890 metres,  the other Montenegro is 1710 metres up.  Quite a climb!!

Basilica de Nuestra Señora del Mar
Iglesia de San Pedro
The School of Art
The Theatre
La Hacienda - tax office.
Shops downstairs, carved windows and arches above.....

both buildings at Puerta de Purchena.

And then inside the Cathedral.  Obviously these few pictures don't do justice to the inside - there are carvings both wood and marble,  it's gilded,  there are wonderful paintings too,  this is just a small sample.



And for the foodies......

Lunch at La Lupe.  Quesadillo + chilli @ 3 euros each. Plus a beer each.
La Lupe again for dinner, 1 x house salad with grilled chicken and jalapeños @9.50

Secreto a la brasa - very tender beef done on the griddle 2 @ 14 euros.  

Another day,  more food!    At Casco Antiguo for lunch,  a Thai salad 1/2 size starter.


Timbale of monkfish and prawns for my main course.

Restaurant Casco Antiguo house burger.  And did he struggle with this!
Of course there was more food and also a drink or two - but sometimes food comes before photos!!

A wonderful couple of days but now back to a normal healthy diet - less food and more exercise!