Keith on March 12th, 2013

We have been following the above, shocked by the level of disruption in and around Dover and Kent in general. The focus of our attention are thoughts for friends and family who are suffering.  We have, along with others we suspect, questioned the lack of, or, inadequate actions of the various authorities, (all those highly paid officials who take no responsibility). Whoops, nearly had a rant then.

However, we realised the severity of the problem when it was announced that the French authorities have closed major routes in the north.  Knowing how efficient they can be at keeping roads open it must be serious.

Keith on March 11th, 2013

Just watched the U. K. news and weather forecast, minus 3° in U. K.  Here 29.7° in the shade.

Keith on March 10th, 2013

For sale in a market, a sign.


Jan was tempted to buy it.  If Ann had been there they would conspired and it would have been in the bag.

Can’t think who they had in mind!

Keith on March 3rd, 2013

We have heard many warnings about the processionary caterpillar found around pine trees in Spain, today, for the first time, we saw some.  They get their name from the habit of moving in lines, nose to tail.

The longest line was eight feet,(has to be imperial), Keith’s feet are in inches. Given that each caterpillar is about an inch long that is a lot of caterpillars.

If you want to know more Google processionary caterpillars.


Keith on March 3rd, 2013


Today, Sunday, we decided to go for a long walk at a parque natural at Gran Alicant, between Santa Pola and Alicante.  Overcast with a light breeze is was  warm and comfortable, just right for a walk and some birding.  The good news?  several species of what we in the U K call migrants, house martins etc.  Why is this good news?  Given that it was not sunny but still warm, the wind direction from south east and the birds we are seeing suggest that the spring weather is on the way.


Got back to the car, inserted the key in the ignition, the key turned a quarter turn and jammed. The key stuck there, would not turn or extract, what now?  Phoned the insurance company help line, they took the details and arranged for the car to be recovered. Two hours later it was on a truck and the recovery firm arranged a taxi to take us back to the site.  Tomorrow they are taking  the car to a garage for repairs.

Tho frustrating and unsettling, especially in a foreign country, it is nice to know that help is out there and the system works.

The operator at the help desk in England rang  several times to update us. The boss of the local recovery company did the same.  He even asked me what help I wanted from him and is driver.

Keith on March 2nd, 2013

Today, Saturday, is the local market, all sorts on offer, we go for the fruit and veg.  The nice thing is to walk through the market and choose from a selection of stalls, reverse the route, and make our purchases, purchased enough for the week. Good to be able to buy as much or as little as you need.

The market is based in an area where there are three supermarkets, Mercadona, Lidl and Iceland, Saturday is their busy day.  Is that because of the market?

Keith on February 28th, 2013

We know you like to hear when it is sunny and warm, well sometimes it is not.  Yesterday it was as low as 7° and it rained most of the night rounded off with hail stones.  This morning a thunder storm to match any thunder storm.  Coming down in buckets or what?

Some ex pats said when it rains in Spain, it rains.  That was an under statement.

Don’t gloat.

Keith on February 27th, 2013

A small museum packed with lots of exhibits.  Took loads of photo’s because it was difficult to be selective.  I am sure some of my friends at the transport museum will be interested.

Keith on February 27th, 2013

We visited this little town today, in the hills, nice place.  Get the impression that it is a popular tourist spot in season.

Keith on February 27th, 2013

Today is wet and windy, down to 18.5° in , the van. No, we do not need your sympathy.