Hot Dates

Sunbeams

Evening Sun

Rain over Valencia

Rain over Valencia

The rain in Spain does get down to the Med sometimes…I was up at 6am yesterday morning to furl the awning. We had an early thunderstorm and I didn’t want Mavis to blow away.

Padel

Padel

The sun came out after a bit and Adrian and I went for a knock around on the Padel courts. Padel is a bit like tennis but played with smaller bats and on a court which has some perspex walls which you can bounce the ball off…something like squash. Best played in doubles, we’ve had a few good games now and met a few other ex-pats.

The Petanque Queen

The Petanque Queen

We are playing Petanque (boules) several times a week. The idea is to get the boule (heavy metal ball) as close to the cochonet (small round target ball, aka the piglet) as possible. The other players are a mixture…French, Dutch, Belgian, Swiss, German and so on, so its a right mixture of conversations. We often don’t know what’s being said….probably just as well. I think the guy in the picture is advising the Petanque Queen (her in the white hat) where to place her boules. He’s a braver man than me.

Pimientos

Pimientos

Catral Market

Catral Market

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Catral Market

Catral Market

Catral Market

Catral Market

On Saturday we cycled in to Catral for the market and picked up some rather nice stuffed olives, some five star pickled onions and a selection of other Spanish delicacies.

Hot Dates

Hot Dates

We cycled back along the side roads, past these date laden date palms and then through the tiny village of San Felipe Neri.

Church at San Felipe Neri

Church at San Felipe Neri

Flooded Fields

Flooded Fields

Irrigation in Spain can be low tech…often they open one of the large sluice gates which are dotted around the countryside and just flood the fields. These egrets are taking advantage of a free cold bath in a field by San Felipe.

Los Caballos

Los Caballos

On Sunday we cycled to La Marina, a small town on the Mediterranean coast about 15 miles away. We passed these ponies dozing by the roadside.

Las Cabras

Las Cabras

And a herd of goats munching their way across the countryside.

The Med

The Med

We had a nice downhill bit for the last mile before the sea.

Lunch at Pinet

Lunch at Pinet

We turned left at La Marina and had lunch in a shady restaurant overlooking the sea at Pinet Marina, a little further east along the coast.

Pinet Beach

Pinet Beach

In the distance is the coastal town of Santa Pola.

Parque el Fondo

Parque el Fondo

We cycled back through the El Fondo nature reserve. It was a bit hot for the Krays but they ran for a bit.

Adrian and Jan

Adrian and Jan

We’ve had a few evening drinks with Adrian and Jan, our neighbours. Colin is trying to persuade Adrian to feed him tapas, using the jumping up and looking cute technique.

Sunset

Sunset

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Rambling about Europe with the Kray Twins (Colin and Penny).

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5 comments on “Hot Dates
  1. kris says:

    Nice to see you have a good time on Marjal, we hope to meet again one time or if you ever visit Belgium 🙂 the wetter will be maybe not that nice…:) kris & nico

  2. Chris/ Belgian Beauty (= our motorhome, not me) says:

    Great to have found your blog, via nomaggsrush. Interesting text and beautiful pictues. Love to see those blue skies, it’s mainly grey here … ;-((

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