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This is the Spanish website for Peter and Maureen Scargill. When in Spain we live in Galera in Andalusia (for clarify that is the English spelling - Mid-Spain they spell it Andalucia and pronounce it "And-a-loo-thee-a").

We've had a home in Spain for something like 8 years or more and now we're spending a lot more time here.

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A Day at Cullar Pool

Spent much of the day yesterday in the pool at Cullar which is 22km away from us. With Maureen at aqua-aerobics in the morning, I headed off with our neighbours to the pool and eventually to meet up with Maureen and another couple of friends.

Unlike the pool at Orce, it is not free to use the Cullar facilities – but near enough at under three Euros for the day. The place is excellently maintained – with 2 pools and restaurant facilities. Plenty of shade around the pools and the grass is in unbelievably good condition (it is real, I checked).

Cullar pool

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A Day at the Seaside

Just spent a great day travelling around the seaside with Maureen. We set off relatively early for the two-hour+ drive down to the coast stopping at various places along the way.


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First Pool Trip of the Summer

Orce Pool

A very quiet weekend this weekend – after many trips to pubs and to visit friends recently and having had one friend staying with us, terminating in a Malaga trip late last week, we basically vegged over the weekend so today after Maureen’s Pilates session, we were in a mood for getting out of the house. Despite the fine weather, we’ve been unusually late this year in getting to the pools and lakes – that’s mainly because it hasn’t been THAT hot – and some of the pools here are very cold indeed, no more so than Orce pool which is spring fed. But with the temperature hitting 35c+ (100f+) today and with very little breeze we took a trip over to Orce pool.

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The Malaga Trip

First thing on Wednesday we set off with our friend Marsha down to Malaga, via Nerja. As you can see on the map below, the trip takes somewhat over 3 hours, passing via Granada and Motril.


The coast down there is marvelous and both Almunecar and Nerja are well worth a visit.  First stop on our journey was Nerja to visit the caves. Discovered by some schoolboys, this massive underground area is just amazing and though we’d been there before, this was Marsha’s first visit and she thoroughly enjoyed it.

The Caves in Nerja

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Incense or Burning Wood

One of the nicer things we’ve discovered when over here in Spain is Incense – that is burning incense. Nothing special about it being in Spain of course – it used to be on sale when I was a kid in the Kard Bar in Newcastle – but I didn’t take that much notice for some reason.

Bloody rubbishIt has been a long learning curve since our friendly neighbours introduced us to the stunningly nice “Precious Yatra” which we all use constantly at get-togethers and even when having a casual drink inside or outside.

The only problem with the former is… it isn’t cheap and it isn’t easy to get.

And so it was that I started to look around to see what I may have been missing all of these years. First stop, the Chinese store.  Typical Chinese stores in Baza and Huescar sell MANY different kinds of incense sticks, cinnamon, Patchouli, ocean, lemon – you name it… and all cheap at under 1 Euro for a pack.

More RubbishThey look great and there is just so much choice. There is only one slight catch… they all absolutely smell of little more than… burning wood. Even the Patchouli, hardly a subtle odour, they smelled like burning wood with some added mint – yes, MINT. Considering the fact that they are always on sale I can only surmise that most of their customers have broken noses. I’m not kidding they just smell as if you’d taken the basic wooden base and burned it all on it’s own!

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A Seaside Camping Break

Well, not quite camping, last night, three of us shared a little bungalow down at Camping Los Esculos at Cabo De Gata. What a lovely break with some fabulous scenery.Artist selling paintings near the sea

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