After a quiet Christmas in our new home 2021 has begun with a daily swim in the new pool as my New Year’s resolution. December and January were difficult in terms of weather as we struggled to keep warm in what is, essentially, a ‘summer house’, but suddenly the temperatures have begun to rise and […]Read More Forwards or backwards
After five weeks of homelessness whilst the interior of the house was being renovated it was time to head back to Spain. A most enjoyable and productive month, staying with family in the French countryside, had come to an end and the moment had come to face the reality of developments back home in our […]Read More De policia a granjero!
After three months of surreal and challenging isolation restrictions we have finally been rediscovering our liberty and the ‘new normality’ beckons. We have been able to socialise, the shops and bars are open, and even the beaches are beginning to welcome locals. For that I am grateful, but I still can’t shake off the feeling […]Read More Light at the end of the tunnel
This is a pretty good place to practice self isolation. We are fortunate to have plenty of outside space and an endless list of things to be getting on with so we are rather grateful, all things considered. It was before our trip back to England for Christmas when I last wrote about our life […]Read More The Good Life
We successfully completed on the house purchase on November 25th!! On the day it was relatively straight forward. The bank representative appeared to hand over the cheques, everything was read and signed, and we met the vendor who spoke perfect English. Trying to be mature and respectful I refrained from asking him out loud “How […]Read More Caravan on a hill
Less than a month ago I said that I didn’t want to see my mechanic Mario any time soon. You can guess what has happened since then. The disconcerting clunking noise that has plagued the car since day one came back gradually so I had to revisit my greasy friend and arrange another appointment. I […]Read More ¡Madre mía!
I often miss my two BMWs from the UK which were both beautiful to look at and drive. Instead I now chug around in our ‘practical’ Fiat Doblo without worrying about bumps and scratches in these tiny narrow streets in which we live. They weren’t designed with cars in mind. In fact I had a […]Read More Travelling Tales
This article is purely an excuse for me to extol the virtues of living here in Valencia, specifically in regard to the outdoor activities and lifestyle. Often I find that I want to rant about my frustrations with the language barrier and the endless bureaucracy but ultimately we chose to live here so I know […]Read More Superbombon
It’s a glorious time of year to be in Spain. We arrived last August so we missed the spring and early summer which every guide book in the land will assert is one of the best times to enjoy this country. Every week the temperatures creep up, and although we have had some high winds […]Read More Happy times
With winter behind us we are enjoying our first ever spring season in Spain and so far it is fantastic. The house is no longer cold and damp and daytime temperatures are perfect for enjoying an outdoor lifestyle without suffering heatstroke or being attacked by mosquitoes. We will certainly appreciate the next few weeks before […]Read More Fiesta time!