Sunday, January 10, 2016

Tranquil weather perfect for walking

Life in the village has been pretty quiet over most of the Spanish holiday season. Christmas Day was dead with only one place open for coffee. This was quite unusual. On Boxing Day things picked up and lots of French people were here for the day. Restaurants and bars were open and doing a brisk business.

The weather has been amazing with very little wind for over a month. This meant that we have done lots of walks on La Ronda to the lighthouse and back. My favourite walks were around Cadaques walking towards Port Lligat passing lots of sandy and rocky coves. A couple of times we even saw some brave, lone swimmers. They must have come from northern climes since the water is 15 or 16 degrees. Brrrr.

New Year's was quiet. Strangely the church bells didn't ring at midnight. The priest must have been asleep. In Spain you eat a grape at each gong of the bell for good luck. This involves peeling and deseeding  the grapes before midnight so that you can swallow them quickly. We made our own  gonging sound and ate the grapes at the same time. The next day we saw a family had gone in the water for their version of a Polar Bear swim. Having done that in White Rock in brutally cold water we didn't feel compelled to try it here.

Sadly, Los Reyes was rainy and windy so the Three Kings arrived in town on a float pulled by a Guardia police van rather than the traditional fishing boats. Even in the bad weather there was a magnificent fireworks display before all the village children went to the ballroom for the presents that the Kings handed out.

The rain on that day caused further damage in our spare bedroom, more blistering in the ceiling and walls, cracks and mould. This has been going on for over a year now. We report it to the agency, who tell the owner. Photos are sent. We have showed the owner but all to no avail. The owner is fighting with the builder who won't repair the leaking terrace gratis. He blames the architect. Both our house and the owner's next door are the same, both leaking.  As the story goes it is too costly to repair. The owners are lovely people but it doesn't say much about their commitment to us as renters. Since we know we will be moving soon we have given up caring about it. Tomorrow we are off on our travels again so we have asked the agency people to check that the ceiling doesn't cave in when it rains as it will in the next month or so. We have removed our mattress and pictures from the room. Who knows maybe it will be repaired by the time we return. Ha ha.

Our packing is done and everything is tied down. Today we had such strong southerly winds that the bbq went rolling off, the laundry took flight and the outdoor furniture went whizzing across the terrace. We know the weather is about to turn a little cooler here but with our bathing suits packed it doesn't matter.

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