Monday, June 18, 2018

Nothing phases Spaniards

When they extended the wall behind the houses on Calle Alemania upwards, we did wonder whether they were going to leave it as grey concrete blocks. We also wondered how they might get up there to finish it off. The answers came this morning when a huge crane arrived and parked on the road below. Its purpose was to carry a cradle holding a man who then had the task of rendering the wall. Hiring such a crane would not have been cheap nor would it be an easy task to position it right. No pasa nada - they just got on with it.

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Sung with passion

Last night, Tony Ortuño, Antonio Larrosa and Efrén Pamies played a concert for us in the newly inaugurated Lo Chusco park in Bigastro.

Their style is what I would describe as Spanish poetic ballad rather than flamenco music. Easy listening is probably the right category for the songs, certainly delightful to listen to and well worth going down for.

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Thank you Jean

One of our neighbours kindly looked after our raffle tickets for us when Pam and I left the Charity Event yesterday.

I can count the number of times we have won in a raffle on one finger (possibly two) so it came as a great surprise this morning to find Jean at our gate with not one but two prizes. Thank you Jean, that was very kind of you to bring them round.

As I said in my previous post, I hope the event made a lot of money for AECC. After a quick check, there was about 850 Euros in the pot before we left which is a fantastic amount.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Disturbing facts

AECC (Asociación Española Contra el Cáncer) tell us that half the population will have some form of cancer during their lifetime. That was certainly born out by the tales we heard today. So many who have or had one form or another of cancer, it was frightening. The only encouraging fact is that detection and survival rates are improving year on year.

We sincerely hope that those who are currently undergoing treatment or who are now being monitored succeed in their fight against the big C.

Sadly, there are a few of our neighbours who lost their battles with cancer and are no longer with us including the husband of one of the organisers who passed away eighteen months after retiring to his dream life in Spain. She is a very brave lady who works hard to help others and gives tireless support to AECC.

A great afternoon in excellent company

It was great to see so many people we haven't caught up with for so long. It was also delightful to find so many of our Spanish neighbours enjoying their day in our company.

Many, many thanks to Darren and Joan and everyone else who was responsible for organising the event - I hope you made a huge stash of cash for AECC.

PS I apologise to anyone who was there that I missed.

Take care in the sun

It almost seems that there is something for every day of the year.

Today it is about protection of the skin from cancer.

Fortunately, chemists like Farmacia Medina on Carrer General Banuls can help out by advising  on the appropriate skin care products to protect you from the harmful rays of the sun.

A reminder for today

This should be a good day for a long overdue chinwag with the neighbours and also an opportunity to donate some money to a very worthwhile cause.

Be on your guard

We don't often hear about burglaries that happen in the rest of our estate so I can't tell you whether we are in a bad spell or not.

Our next door neighbour has had some issues with his alarm going off during the daytime. Each time we (well Pam actually) go to check on the roof and so far she has seen nothing untoward. Our neighbour across the road also comes out to check each time.

The alarm is connected to a central station so the police and he get an alert.

Last night, at about 10:31pm, the alarm went off again and sounded for a couple of minutes. Again, Pamela went to check on the roof but could see nothing. However, when our neighbour returned he said that someone had been in his garden. It wasn't clear whether they had attempted to get into the house or not but obviously that would have been their intention.

PS That house has been burgled twice.

  • The first time was when the original owners lived there. On that occasion, the house was ransacked. The thieves even pulled off the cupboard doors above the wardrobes. They had clearly been inside for sometime. 
  • The second time was when the current owners left the door from the conservatory to the lounge open for their dog. Strangely, the thieves only took clothing.  
  • On another occasion, there were signs that someone had climbed over the wall to break in but I don't think they managed to get inside the house. 
  • As I said, this time there someone had been in the garden but I am not sure whether they managed to get into the house or not. 

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

I'm up for that

A photographic contest is right up my street.

However, there is some very stiff competition in the town from some seriously good photographers so I will have to up my game to prevent myself from being disgraced.

Apart from the challenge of taking part, the biggest reward for me will be seeing the entries on display in December.

Monday, June 11, 2018

We will be there

El próximo miércoles 13 de Junio, celebraremos en el camping de La Pedrera una jornada de convivencia con la colonia Inglesa, a beneficio de la Asociación Española Contra el Cáncer, habrá sorteos donados por los siguientes comercios:
-Bodegas el Aleph
-Ferretería Alfonso Murcia
-Panadería Paco
-Estética Eladia
-Churros Pepe
-La Tienda de Eva

Both Pam and I have been victims of cancer; Pam was diagnosed and treated for breast cancer whilst we were in England and I was diagnosed and treated for prostate cancer here a couple of years ago. AECC is therefore a charity that we both have an interest in.

The challenge of recycling

This morning, Pam and I were invited down to the Auditorium for a presentation about recycling.

It seems that Bigastro, along with other Spanish towns, is making progress but there is still a lot to be done.  Those who live on our estate will have noticed the new containers which are colour coded.

My only gripe with them is that the previous cardboard container had a much larger opening. It was easy to open the lid to put large boxes in. You need to break boxes down into small parts to feed them through the opening on the new bin.

Saturday, June 09, 2018


Not sure where or what this is. Can someone please enlighten me?

UPDATE: Many thanks to one of our neighbours who pointed us in the right direction.

It is located on that piece of wasteland in the centre.