Keith on April 27th, 2013

I, Keith, today, got to drive a 1929 Guy truck, on the road, wow.  It has been in the same family from brand new. Purchased by the grandfather of the current owner and exported to Australia.  A different driving experience and challenging.

Accelerator in the middle, crank start, crash gearbox and no power steering.  To start  it you have a check list and have to do things in the right sequence.

Keith on April 27th, 2013

It wasn’t until I logged on tonight, Saturday, that I realised  that I had not done a blog since Portugal.

We left Casa Rosa on the 16th of April heading into Spain for a two day stop at Monfrague near Placensia.  Left there on the morning of the 19th for the four day journey to Calais. It is a long drive, made even worse by fuel problems with the motor home. Arrived in the U K on the 23rd April.  Never mind, we are back.

We have been busy catching up. Jan has spent three days baking some lovely cakes and apple pies to sell at the transport museum for the forties weekend.  Both of us will be doing our bit over the weekend to help with the event.  It is hard work and  but rewarding.

 

 

Keith on April 13th, 2013

We put out some food for the birds, including sultanas.  Blackbirds love them.  We have discovered that a local lizard likes them. It’s body is about same  size as those in the U K, but the tail is twice as long.

We also enjoy watching the wood mice  eating the food. They dash out from the undergrowth, grab something and run back.

Keith on April 12th, 2013

On Tuesday evening we enjoyed a meal in the company of two couples who were staying in the apartments on the site.  One couple were Norwegian but, lived in Sweden, he is a retired Volvo engineer. The other couple were from Belgium and here on a bird watching trip.

Most of the conversation was conducted in English with the odd reversion to native tongue in order to clarify a point.  We sometimes feel guilty with our inability to speak a second language, however, English seems to be the international language.

The couple from Sweden have just visited us to invite us out tonight.  We look forward a nice evening.

Keith on April 7th, 2013

We are back to that old chestnut, Alf and his mate Safe T.

A man using a chain saw to prune a large tree in the play area at a school.  This guy either hadn’t read the book, simply ignored it, or thrown it away. Whatever, he was breaking every rule. It was Saturday and the school was closed.

A man repairing a wall at the edge of road on the crown of  a bend. His protection? A warning triangle and  small cone.

Local authority workmen strimming the weeds on the central reservation of dual carriageway.  One warning sign in each direction and a few cones, which they shoved along with their foot as they progressed.

Jan gets fed up with me saying, ” it wouldn’t happen in the U K”.

Hey Ho

Keith on April 6th, 2013

Warm, dry and settled.  We are also seeing some good birds.  Weather forecast good. Things on the up.

Keith on April 6th, 2013

Today, Saturday, we did the usual, the market to buy our fruit and veg for the week.  At the market you get a picture of the social structure, or, at least, our take on it.  We are old enough to have memories from many years ago.  What we see here is how things were in the nineteen sixties, early seventies when the younger generation broke away from the local and national traditions. The style of dress is the most obvious.  This is not rose tinted glasses or any suggestion of backwardness, just a sense that the world moves on and it is sad to see the loss of some traditions, social cohesion and trading options disappearing. Picking the produce that fits your requirements from a number of stalls who’s traders value your custom is something special.

 

 

 

Keith on April 5th, 2013

At last, we have sunshine, even the lizards have come out.  We have been for a walk this morning admiring some of the houses and villas dotted around. Some nice wild flowers  that we have not seen before.

Keith on April 4th, 2013

If the weather here doe’s not  improve in the next  few days the chances are we will be packing up and returning early.  We are fed up with the frequent heavy rain and strong winds.  We are unable to go for a walk, ride our bikes or go bird watching, which, by the way, is very poor.

We come here to take advantage of the good weather and enjoy the open air not to get wet and be blown about.

 

Keith on April 2nd, 2013

We have experienced a few problems on this trip which has resulted in a need to focus on solutions and make frequent changes to our plans.  We will not burden you with the details, suffice it to say that it has been like a crisis management course where you solve one problem and another arises.

It has been, at times, difficult to be positive. Writing blogs has been low on the list.

However, we are alive and have suffered no physical damage. That is positive.  Another positive note is the help we have received from many people of various nationalities.  It has restored our faith in our fellow human beings.

We would like to say sorry to our followers for the situation.  Keith’s e mail is down, the result of a virus.  If he has not answered any e mails, please be patient.

 

Jan and Keith.