Wednesday, 22 February 2017

A Bed Post


The guys are  hill walking without me, my fitness regime is on hold, I've been struck down with the lurgy, what started out as debilitating man flu has now got a strangle hold on my lungs.




Here in Spain as well as being able to get my BP tablets over the counter without a prescription, you can oddly enough do the same with antibiotics, hopefully they will quicken my recovery.

Our friends Martin & Cathy are heading back to their boat on Monday booo!, - we will miss them, but our other boaty friends Gordon & Dot arrive on Monday - hoorah!, we are looking forward to catching up with them.




Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Buddhist of the Sierra de la Filabres

Todays trek started after a drive to the quiet mountain village of La Serena literally translated as calm or peaceful.


After parking the car the first impression is of a time gone by when we contemplate the scene of an old woman doing her washing at the village fuenta (launderette aka fountain)








 Walking out of the village we use a well worn track used in the extraction of iron ore by a large scale 19th Century mining operation.

We did a circular route with one detour, which took us around three hours to complete.


It looks like a lot of effort went into flattening this piece of land to grow a few almond trees.





Perhaps an old smelter.

Rugged landscape

Roly and Barry










We detoured off the track and on to a tarmac road to take in a Buddhist temple high up in the Sierra de la Filabres.



Temple



You can see a couple of thin steel chimneys close by, the monks live in cave homes below.

Centre of picture is a new Buddhist retreat being built






Our most enjoyable walk to date - may do it again before we leave Spain.


Tuesday, 14 February 2017

We celebrated

 Bev's unnumbered birthday (don't try to guess or you'll 'go in the book') with a meal and a few beverages.



England's rugger team have had close encounters with France last week and Wales yesterday, coming out on top on both occasions. 

It was a close game between two rivals 'who ever concentrated hardest would win'


 A little birdie told me.....







Stuart & Pauline may be visiting family and friends in GB this year. I'm so pleased they are coming, it will save me the airfare of going to Canada to see them as we haven't met up for quite sometime a good catch up is long overdue. 





Friday, 10 February 2017

Big Mac & The Darling Buds of May.


Went along to the Big Mac( Mojacar Area Cancer support) fundraiser at the Puerto Marina Hotel, probably the biggest yearly event held in Mojacar. 

An all day event of music food and drink, 16 local bands and singers entertained the crowds on two stages. My favourite was an ABBA tribute band( two girls only),they got the most people on to the dance floor.




Arthur Abba






An enjoyable lunchtime feast, reminiscent of a scene from The Darling Buds of May was had in Sapalmo with family and friends.

'Perfeck' as Pop Larkin might say.

Monday, 6 February 2017

Visitors and a visit.

Our friends have come for a short visit,
Christine & Glyn
 We took our guests along to the fish market to see the famous Garrucha red prawns being auctioned although since a ruling by the EU in 2015 they must now be called Balearic Island prawns even though they are caught around the Mojacar sewer outlet.





Christine's cousin lives in Spain and after hearing about their worldwide adventures aboard their yacht, which they built themselves we were looking forward to meeting up with them in Roquetas de Mar.

What a fabulous day we had, a  90 minute drive got us to Alan & Margaret's flat overlooking their secure marina- fingerprint scanner to gain entrance here.

An excellent Menu of the Day was had at a local restaurant while this unassuming couple had us in stitches talking about some of the situations they found themselves in during the two year around the world voyage they undertook. They wrote a blog of their adventures here.

 After lunch we went aboard Ocean Lady, a fabulous craft built for a reason, to navigate around the globe in comfort.



Marina


Christine, Alan, Margaret & Sue.

Tuesday, 31 January 2017

Salpamo

Yesterday we drove out to Alfaix to hook up with our cousin's, a good catch up & lunch in their complex's restaurant terrace in beautiful sunshine.






Today's walk was an easier route to Salpamo than last weeks mountain goat trail, this time it was a gentle incline, walked at pace along a dry river bed to meet our beaus for a 'menu del dia' lunch in one of Salpamo's three restaurants.  We planned on a two hour hike to get there which in fact took twenty minutes less. 

Almond tree in bloom

Christobal


This gave the four walkers time to fit in a 2Euro pint and a tapa before the girls arrived by car, we wish we hadn't....

You don't have to come far out of Mojacar to get the real Spanish deal, refreshingly not a word of English is spoken by the owner/staff of Restaurante Cristobal, there is no menu to point at, you choose from what they tell you they have in that day, between us we managed to order a feast. 

The food and beer kept coming alioli & bread, a plate of salad, then a plate of paella - by now I was full - my main course of chicken & chips was yet to come and after that, a rice pudding desert. Coffee and brandy to finish off all for 11Euro a head. I reckon just the three pints of beer I quaffed would of cost more than this back home.




Feeling a little bloated three of us decided we would decline a ride home and walk back the way we had come, Martin led, I had to jog to keep up, downhill all the way we knocked 15 minutes off our out time.




Thursday, 26 January 2017

The Algarrobico Hotel aka Illegal Hotel

Tuesdays walk to the viewing point above Mojacar.
Roly at the peak.
What makes this sunny picture more interesting is that Barry & Paul are only two hours drive away enjoying a skiing trip in the best snow the Sierra Nevada's have had in a long time.

....................................................................................................

Today's hike was a major undertaking, the walk started from Sopalmo, 3000ft high up on the road to Carboneras, from there we followed the path of the December storm water down to the beach to follow the shore line around to The Algarrobico Hotel which has been the subject of a legal battle with environmentalists.






Road to Carboneras clinging to the cliff above.




 A handy 450 meter service tunnel meant we didn't have to traverse this particular hill.





Showing us the way to the top

These young  Ibex's were startled to see three old codgers on their turf.



Walking around the shore to the 'illegal' hotel on the right.

The Illegal Hotel . Greenpeace painted it the black colour to spell out I.L.L.E.G.A.L the first two letters have been painted out.


If you would like to read about the ongoing dispute click here.

After water and vitamin C we started the climb back to Sopalmo, it was a huge effort to keep going



This end of the tunnel is a bit of a squeeze to get into.

We took a detour to walk down to Solpalmo beach.




Memorial to a young girl who lost her life when she camped on the beach,
she was washed out to sea by a flash flood.



When we finally got back to the top - three hours later - Sue, Bev & Wendy joined us for a nice cool glass of what we wanted and a few tapas, which made the effort worth while.