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Our Andalusian Adventure

Our Andalusian Adventure is me trying to let you into our journey from the UK to a small village in the mountains, myself Danni, Paul, our two daughters Olivia and Chloe and our pets Ted the staffie and Duke and Duchess our cats.

Like a scene out of a movie
27 September 2018 @ 17:35

So it's our first week we have just arrived at our new home and i feel like i'm in a scene from the new Mamma Mia film where 'young Donna' is renovating the villa, the film i have to say is brilliant and well worth seeing even if like me your not a Abba fan. Lily James who plays 'young Donna' is fantastic and makes the film for me and i'm now totally obsessed with her. Anyway, back to my story and once we had flung open the shutters and started to clear the dust we breathed much needed life back into this lovely old house. Needless to say we quickly fell in love, even inspite us not finding a horse in the cellar! As the girls still had another two weeks until they started school we wanted to have a bit of a holiday and explore our new pastures. After all this was only the second time we had visited! We visited the local bars and beaches. I had hoped that by now my head and ears would get used to going up and down the mountain but i'm still suffering, any tips? Our nearest beach is Torre Del Mar a lively long stretch of sand and bars. I heard it really comes to life at night, i hope to experience this for myself soon child free. That's if we ever get a babysitter! For us the best beach we have found is Almayate reminded me of a deserted island, palm trees, small beach houses, beautiful azul waters and not a high rise in sight. I have witnessed many strange sights since being here but finding a cute, jet black shetland pony on the beach has to top it. It did make me wonder how long it took him to aclimatise and does he also suffer with mozzy bites?  Our dog Ted quickly found his feet and loves his mountain walks and of course the sunshine. He however is not a fan of the pool and cannot for the life of him understand why we would want to go in it and splash around. I wish i could say the cats have settled in quickly, Duchess (the tabby) is still very cautious about things, but they both now go off on their little adventures and so far have returned unscathed. Duke is turning into more of a day explorer and is around most of the time sleeping on the sofa.

Six days after we arrived all of our worldly possesions also joined us right on time and mostly in tact. So began the mammoth task of unpacking and directing the rather sweaty removal men who i did feel quite sorry for. Well I did ask them to carry a large sofa up into our bedroom..... I do love our house but it has no storage (something we need to create upstairs) it has been really hard to try and find places to put everything for now, the majority of it is clothes, bags and bags and bags surpriseWe did pile most of it in the guest bedroom but of course all our visitors are starting to arrive so we couldn't ignore the mound forever. Please don't feel sorry for us we still managed to nip out for delicious tapa and vino blanco several times. We still can't get over the prices here 1.50 for a glass of wine or bottle of beer, which i have to say is really good wine (i'm very fussy) and 0.90 for a tapa!! Moy bien smiley

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Dave11 said:
29 September 2018 @ 09:29

Nice blog - good luck with the unpacking :-)

anthomo16 said:
29 September 2018 @ 09:43

I don't know why but I got the idea that you were moving to Almeria? I love the idea of living in the mountains but with access to the sea and as soon as I have sold my apartment in Banus will be looking - goodluck please keep us informed of what life is like - love the little shetland on the beach.

DANNI1 said:
29 September 2018 @ 14:07

Hi thanks you two, I do intend on writing a blog a week.x

bilco said:
30 September 2018 @ 10:45

Nice to hear you are settling in and enjoying the new life. However, good luck in finding a baby sitter ! We experienced this problem several years ago and finally came to understand that baby sitting is not usual in Spain as children sleep in the siesta hours and normally stay up late at night and almost always accompany their parents when they go out at night. Regarding the ears etc problem when going up the mountain it might be worth having your ears checked to make sure they do not have a build up of wax as blocked or partially blocked ears will tend to cause this type of problem.

DANNI1 said:
30 September 2018 @ 17:55

Hi Bilco, thanks for the advice! x

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