Yesterday I went back to the Parque Natural de Cabo de Gata to see whether my initial enquiries re property from a couple of weeks ago had born fruit. I expected there to be little choice. Most of the accommodation, particularly in Las Negras, is geared for the tourist trade and fetches a lot of money in rent during the summer months. We also need outside space for our animals and walks for Margaret and the dogs so I concentrated my search in Las Hortichuelas and my old friend Paco El Cacho had arranged a viewing for me of a farmhouse belonging to a relative in Almeria.
The building is situated at the edge of the village at the end of a lane and comprises two apartments with two bedrooms and a studio linked by an internal patio. Outside there are terraces, three small, uncultivated fields and an embalsa which could easily be used as a swimming pool. There are excellent views and direct walks through barrancos to the beach and into the mountains. I told the owners, Diego and Julia, that we would take the whole building on a long rental but want a good price. Another meeting with them has been set up for Sunday when Margaret will see the property for the first time. I am fairly confident that we will strike a good deal as the property has not been rented for a while and the owners are pleasant people whom I got on well with and they said that they had confidence in me as I am an old friend of their relative Paco.