Keith on January 10th, 2010

Talking to people who know the area, both locals and those who have been visiting on a regular basis for a number of years, it is obvious that numbers are down or non existent. One can only assume that the bad weather as kept them away. White storks, normally counted in hundreds down to double [...]

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Keith on January 10th, 2010

It,s Sunday 10th. Yesterday was nice and sunny if a little on the cold side in the wind, some good birding.  No consulation  for those of you suffering from snow and freezing conditions, however, the temperature here is 13 degrees below average. An indication that the extreme weather is Europe wide. We have looked at the [...]

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Keith on January 8th, 2010

Talking to people all of Europe is suffering from extreme weather of one sort or another. Al Rocio is is a small town in the Andalucia region of Spain, on the edge of the Donana national park.  South of the town is a lagoon, I was told today that it is one metre above its normal [...]

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Keith on January 5th, 2010

Today, January the 5 th, we left Conil de la Frontera, with some difficulty. Whilst northern Europe as been suffering with ice and snow parts of Spain have been deluged with heavy rain and floods.  Thunder storms and rain during the night. The site has terraced pitches of bare earth making them slippery when wet. Tried to drive [...]

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Keith on January 3rd, 2010

The weather forecast for the day was good so we decided to go for it, a good decision. The drive took us about one and half hours thanks to the good Spanish roads. We started our visit with a cup of coffee al fresco in casemate square as the temperature rose to the mid twenties.  [...]

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Keith on January 1st, 2010

Friday 31st saw us move to the alantic coast south of Seville, happy new year. On route we observed some serious flooding,  houses with water up to the top of the ground floor windows, they have had some very high rainfalls in the area. Our plan is to visit Gibraltar from here and then to move on.

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Keith on January 1st, 2010

The sole reason for going to Granada was to visit Alhambra palace. It is a very popular tourist destination, as individuals you can only pre-book on the day. We were advised to arrive early. The gates open at 08 00, last admission 14-00, we arrived at 07 45 to find about 500 people in front of us, [...]

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Keith on January 1st, 2010

Tuesday 29th we headed for Granada, a long hard slog.  Isla Plana is about 50 metres above sea level, the road to Granada peaks at 1,750 metres. Lots of third gear, 30 mile an hour in the crawler lane. Downhill, forth or fifth with the engine braking our rapid decent. Fuel consumption was not good that [...]

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