Saturday, April 22, 2017

Wild Weather Report.

We have had brilliant weather over the last month or so, but a couple of days it changed.

It has been very windy and quite cool, but the biggest thing is the rough seas, it's quite an unusual event, the Med is normally dead flat.

I always have my camera with me when out walking the boys so I took some shots.

The fishing boat was heading back to Garucha, which is about 8 ks up the coast from Mojacar.

There were even a couple of surfers out there.

Completely different of my favourite photos with the lovely Elaine. The photo was taken on Lord Howe Island, which is a tiny island about 700 ks off the coast of Sydney. It was without a doubt one of the best places we have ever visited, the whole island is a nature reserve, if you are ever down in Australia it is well worth a visit.

On the Jag  front.... I have booked it in for a full service next week plus have the cam belt changed as the car is 10 years old, its going to cost a fortune mainly because the cam belt change is a big job. But as I do want to take the car to the UK in July I want to make sure she is 100%  No guarantees that nothing will go wrong of course after all it is a Jag! 

Thursday, April 13, 2017


As part of my crawling out of the black hole treatment I decided than rather than do my usual beach walk I would walk up one of the hills surrounding Mojacar, no big deal for the average walker, but for me as a flat walk along the beach chap it was a bit of a challenge.

We had loads of rain during the winter, the result is it is now green in our part of Spain.

The province of Almeria is the driest place in Europe, normally the landscape resembles Mars, there is virtually no greenery whatsoever.

The locals that have lived here for years tell me that this is the greenest they have ever seen it. We are not talking an England green but a light shade of green that is very pleasant on the eye.

The view as you climb up the hill is quite spectacular. 

Lovely walk. 

Coastal watchtower.

Mojacar in the distance.

Mojacars most expensive house sits atop a nearby hill.

The dogs did well to make it to the top, after all they only have little legs.

Yesterday I went to Almeria to pick up the new car, it is absolutely superb and drove beautifully on the drive back to Mojacar.

I have been playing with it today, setting up the phone, and all the other gadgets on the thing.

I then drove down to Macanas beach for a photo shoot, the only thing missing was some pretty young thing draped across, it!

Friday, April 7, 2017

Finding An Interest!

The general consensus of my mental state seemed to be find yourself an interest!!

So I have, I have gone out and bought myself a lovely Jaguar S Type.

To be fair I have been looking at getting a nice car for a while. A couple of weeks ago  I actually put a deposit down on a lovely red Saab Convertible which was for sale in the UK, it had only done 23000 miles and was in superb condition, but the logistics of getting it back here and going through the rigmarole of putting it on Spanish plates was doing my head in, so I cancelled. He was a nice chap and gave me a full refund.

Lovely looking motor though.
So I started looking closer to home and thought to myself the car I have always wanted is an S Type Jaguar, I had an XJ6 back in the early 80s but it was an absolute nightmare of fuel.

I was looking for a late model as possible diesel jag with low ks and a full service history.

As luck would have it there was one for sale just over an hour's drive away, I went down to check it out and it is a lovely car.

One company director owner, full service history, reasonably low ks etc.

Its the top of the range twin turbo 2.7 litre diesel, automatic of course.

Most importantly its Spanish registered LHD, so the paperwork although still a hassle by UK standards is minimal.

It has been in Almeria its whole life (9 years), so is totally rust free, Almeria being the driest place in Europe makes sure of that.

I did knock them down a couple of grand, mainly because there are a couple of parking scratches on the front, which in Spain is the norm, but I will get them fixed, there is only one key and it wont be long before it needs a set of new tyres.

It drove absolutely superb along a mountain road plus a quick fang along the motorway.

I am taking a bit of a chance buying privately as there is no warranty, but I wouldn't trust a garage warranty anyway. They seem genuine nice sellars and dont appear to be hiding anything so hopefully it will be a winner.

All going well I will pick it up next Wednesday.

It will be a nice car to drive back to the UK in July thats for sure. 

Thursday, April 6, 2017

So I Decided I Had Better Go To The Doctors!!

Firstly thank you all for your kind messages and numerous emails it really does help and I Am eternally grateful for such kindness from mainly complete strangers.

Once again I woke this morning feeling incredibly low, but decided that it was time to get professional help.

I rang the local Dr and as I guessed they were fully booked up until next week, I pleaded with the receptionist that I really needed to see the Dr today.  She said I could come down straight away but would just have to sit and wait until the Dr had a space or someone didn't show. 

As I drove down there I had a bit of a meltdown in the car knowing that once I start to talking to the Dr that a breakdown was inevitable.

I sat in the waiting room, there were only three people there so that was good, in saying that the Spanish Drs are very thorough so a consultation of an hour isn't out of the question.

It was getting close to my turn when a Spanish lady came in and sat next to me, I instantly recognised her as the Dr that used to practice at the surgery. Elaine had been to see her numerous times and got on with her really well. I had heard a rumour that she had left the surgery with mental health issues. The Dr I was waiting to see was her husband and they used to practice at the surgery together.

I asked her if she remembered Elaine which she did not, I then told her that she had died last August, she looked straight at me and said have you got a new wife now???  A bit odd I thought but never mind.

It came to my turn but the Dr said can I give him 5 minutes and he beckoned his wife in, as soon as she reached his door she launched herself at him, im not sure if she tried to kiss him or attack him!!  

He quickly got her inside where they continued to argue very loudly, I was exchanging pleasant smiles with the receptionist. Of course being Spanish I couldnt hear what they were saying. Finally the door opened  and I thought she was going to leave, just as she got to the door she turned and full on attacked the Dr, he fought her off and forced her into another room where she started ripping wires out of the wall and trashing the computers.

My consultation was starting to look a bit dodgy!

Eventually the Dr came out and apologised, it was indeed his wife and they had split up but she won't accept it and did indeed smash the place up last year, he said he had called the cops so it shouldnt be too long now!

A few minutes later the cops arrived, but she was having non of it so they called for backup from the Guardia Civil and an ambulance. The Dr came and spoke to me again and said she was going to be sectioned and that he would have to go along in the ambulance with her. He was very sorry but could I come back tomorrow! 

I walked back to the seafront where my  car was parked, I was in shock but also thought to myself wow I really dont want to end up like that or anything close to being like that.

Going to the Drs had done the trick but not how I envisaged, I came home and started cleaning up a very neglected house, I also made myself a yummy salad and it tasted good.

For the first time in a long while I'm feeling a lot closer to my normal self, I'm not sure whether I will go back tomorrow, I will see how I feel when I wake up.

Life really does take some strange turns!


Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Falling Into A Black Hole..

There is no real easy way to explain it but for the last couple of weeks I have fallen into what can only be described as despair!!

I absolutely hate feeling like it, but am also very reluctant to go and see a Dr as the last thing I want is to rely on drugs to give me a lift.

I have been feeling a bit crook lately, nothing drastic just a persistent cough with the resultant  snot etc making me feel nauseous.  I have felt totally and utterly exhausted and have been sleeping for hours, if I was working hard I could understand that, but hard work for me is a long distant memory. I have completely lost all motivation to do anything and I mean anything. Im eating crap which I know is bad I just cant be bothered to make anything decent, thankfully I have stopped drinking apart from the occasional beer or small glass of wine. The good thing is I have lost 5 kilos of weight in about 10 days!

My self diagnosis is......

Obviously Elaine dying has left a hole in my life that can never ever be filled in. I can't ever see a relationship happening with another person. Elaine was just too special, noone could ever fill her shoes. I do miss female company though.

Selling the motorhome has removed my escape vehicle, before it was easy to take off with the dogs,  now its just too hard.

The boaters have now all returned to the canals for the summer, I do miss them, they are a great group of people.

Its only been a few weeks since poor old mum died and one of mine and Elaine's best friends is in hospital slowly recovering from a stroke.

My thought are that all these things have come to a head and i'm struggling to move on....

On the positive side....

Im living in a fantastic spot.

Im living in a brilliant villa overlooking the Med.

Im debt free and barring a world disaster I should be financially secure to never have to work again.

I love my little doggies to death, they are keeping me going without a doubt.

I have great family and friends in the UK  plus there are still a lot of lovely people here in Mojacar who are very understanding of my situation.

So there you go its seems a ridiculous situation where I have so much going for me but feel so empty and hopeless.

Hopefully my next blog post will be a bit more positive, I actually feel a bit better just writing this down, so who knows, perhaps its just a glitch in my confused head!!


Friday, March 24, 2017

Life in Spain....

I had to laugh when someone sent me this clip on life in Spain, what an embarrassment, I love the chaps description of where he lives....a posh ghetto!!

Click here to check it out, you wont be dissapointed.

Of course I am also guilty of living like a pom, my local is an Irish bar, but it is just down the road so it makes sense. I do eat in Spanish bars/restaurants, plus I am learning the language slowly but surely.
I have also travelled throughout Spain and can happily say that Mojacar does look like Spain, it is the last place in Spain with chiringuitos (A chiringuito is a small enterprise, usually a bar, selling mainly drinks and tapas, sometimes meals in a more or less provisional building, often on a beach or loose surface where a more permanent structure may be inviable)  on the beach, there are also a lot of Spanish who live here, it is truly paradise.

The Spanish are not to crash hot on animal welfare, but children are sacred and precious beyond belief.

A good example is the local school bus dropping off the little cherubs, it has a police escort every single school day, at every stop the cops hold up the traffic until the children are off the bus and have crossed the road.

I dont really have a problem with this, the problem is that because the little darlings can do NO wrong they are the most awful children I have ever met, absolutely no manners as they are never scolded for bad or annoying behavior.

 Not a bad school bus though!

But I like 99% of the other immigrants who live here are here for one reason....sunshine, and that is plentiful.

We are loving our daily beach walks, it's a lovely way to start and finish the day.

The doggies are not allowed on the beach after the end of May until the start of October, I have no problems with this and is so much better than Sydney where they were banned every day of the year, if you were caught you were flogged then hanged drawn and quartered.

A managed to get a not too good photo of some dolphins as they were passing by.

Other happenings were the football game between England and Germany, I was joined by my lovely Dutch friend Eva who was proudly wearing a England shirt...she wasn't going to support the Germans was she! 
Pity we lost.

On a sad note, the boaters are all starting their mass exodus back to boating and cruising in the UK. By next week they will all be gone. I will miss them terribly but they are all coming back again next year and I wouldnt be surprised if they were joined by more boaters from the UK.

As I said earlier Mojacar  is paradise, there are no posh ghettos here!
Bev, Sue, Dot, Gordon, Andy, Roly and me. We all met wintering at Aston Marina

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Paddy's Day In Mojacar

Last year we celebrated Paddy's day down at the local pub The Emerald Isle so this year it was decided to do the same.

I was a bit apprehensive as last years celebration down the pub was the last time that Elaine had a really good trouble free day.

But after mothers burial I really feel that I can move on a bit more with hopefully no more bad moments so to speak.

I need not have worried it was a great day.

The barmaids Eva and Lily were dressed for the occasion!!

Its only fair that I should show you what they looked like before they grew beards!! 

All the boaters were there plus the normal regulars and loads more to boot. 

My sister Jackie and niece Hayley are with me at the moment so of course they came along.. Bombo wasn't going to miss out, he slept through most of the celebrations! 

I was dressed for the occasion along with the landlord Jay.

Being a Irish pub its probably the busiest day/night of the year, we got there at about 15.00 and left at 01.30.

It was a most fantastic night with great company.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Farewell Mum XX

I have just got back from spending 5 days in the UK. The main reason for the visit was to attend mothers funeral.

My first stop was to visit Elaine's sister Julie, whilst there I also caught up with Elaine's niece Leyna her husband Bill and her lovely children Connie, Evie and William.
Evie Connie and me
Leyna runs a livery yard, as well as the usual stables etc there are numerous sheds where Bill keeps his toys, this little baby is amongst them.

Next stop was Luton where I stayed in a hotel in the middle of the town, the weather was lovely whilst I was there, I think I might do a complete blog post on my old home town and how it has fallen into total decay since I lived there throughout the late 50s 60s and 70s

My lovely niece Kimberley came to visit me one night so I took her out to a lovely Italian restaurant and then to the Globe pub where I spent my drinking days in Luton

It hasn't changed much in the last 37 years, and some of the locals were still drinking there!!

Tuesday was funeral day. it all went very well, we started the funeral from the funeral directors premises, it was quite interesting on the drive to the cemetery to watch peoples reactions when the funeral cortege passed, I was amazed how many people removed their hats including young people. We passed some workmen, they all stopped and nodded as the hearse went past. It was nice and humbling to see that there was still some respect in Luton.

I have never been to a burial before, it is very moving.

The grave is filled in very quickly after the coffin is lowered into the grave.

There is a headstone being made up but it is months away.

The wake was held at a country cricket club.

Mother sat at the end of the food table with her half of Fosters! 

As well as family and friends I caught up with my northern cousins who I haven't seen since the mid 70s!

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Get Well Soon Jane XXX

I had a call the other night to say that a good friend of ours is in hospital after suffering a stroke!

The friend is Elaines lifelong friend Jane, they went to school together, and have kept in touch all throughout the years. 

Jane is the lovely friend who flew out from the UK and accompanied Elaine back to Macclesfield last May.  She visited her virtually everyday in both the Christie hospital and the East Cheshire hospice, she was at Elaines bedside at the very end.

She is in The Acute Stroke Unit at Salford hospital Manchester so she couldn't be in a better place.

Elaine and Jane back in Oz.

Im back off to the UK on Saturday for mums funeral. The funeral is on Tuesday so I am going to pop in and see Elaine's sis Julie before that, she is still fighting the bastard cancer.

With all this crap going on I still feel blessed, I have had a fantastic life and am now pretty chilled out in Spain, it's a good place to be at the moment.

I went down the pub the other night, well actually I go down every night!  A big storm was on, I couldnt help noticing that the rainbow ended on the pub Guinness sign......later on that night I won the local sweepstake of the boxing that was being was a sign! 

Meanwhile in Mojacar summer is well and truly on the way, it's lovely and warm but thankfully not hot!

I took this photo of a passing tug this morning, the sea is dead flat. 

Meanwhile back in my old hometown of Manly the commuters and tourists have been getting a great ride across Sydney heads on the Manly Ferry. 

It was one of the trips you could never get bored of, we used to love it, the rougher the better. 

Meanwhile back up in the villa, Sammie is just being Sammie.