On Thursday we moved from one country house in Spain to another. Two 3-ton vans with furniture, 3 dogs, 3 cats, 6 chickens and ourselves made the 250km trip from the Vega de Granada to the Parque Natural de Cabo de Gata in Almeria. The weather was fine and the move went without incident but it was hard work. Fortunately, all the animals did not suffer any trauma and have settled in well. On Friday, storms hit Spain and the drought of summer was briefly broken so we spent most of the day arranging the interior of our new home.Saturday was sunny, but fresh and breezy and we made good progress arranging the outside terrace and planting out the shrubs we had brought over.
It was time to take a break on Sunday so we went for a drive in the morning. After exploring the coast (more about this in future blogs) we went to the famous salinas (salt flats) of Cabo De Gata to observe the flamingos and other wading birds. Margaret is going to write a nature blog for the Cabo de Gata so she will describe this in greater detail.
On the way back we stopped off at our nearest beach, El Playazo de Rodalquilar, and had our first swim in the sea for many years. Being Sunday, this wide, sandy beach was quite crowded but like most beaches of the Cabo e Gata there is not a single building beside it.and it made a very colourful scene with the bright sunshades and deep blues of the sea and sky.
From our new house we have been able to enjoy stunning sunsets which are followed by black, starry nights. We have no internet access yet but the little bar in the nearby hamlet of Las Hortichuelas has Wifi. If you click on the photos they will enlarge