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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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Keith on April 6th, 2013

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

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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 [...]

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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.

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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 [...]

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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. [...]

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