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Dedicated Dog Park in Calahonda by David Rowe Spain
30 June 2014

Hi All, i am a member of a facebook group, "We want a dedictaed Dog Park in Calahonda"

I would like to bring your attention to the  group and provide a link.

I would also like to share one of the recent posts on the site.

Great news Euc Sitio de Calahonda has joined our group please every one friend them to you personally this is our best way to get our park and also to make where we live an even better place. With the board of Calahonda on our side I think we might get our wish. Our president in Calahonda is a very dedicated lady to making this the best place to live please support their page this is our best way forward. When I get more news I will let you know but please friend the Calahonda page and let them know your feelings. Please be polite and positive this group of people working there work very hard on your behalve, they can not win every battle but they do everything they can to make where we live a good place.

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Dave Rowe Spain asks so do we all think its getting there or is it hype?
26 June 2014

After reading things like the article below it makes me feel better and I can see more business opening but also many people are still having it getting better or is it all hype?

Spain's "bad bank", where rescued lenders transferred soured real estate and loans, said its home sales had accelerated this year, pointing to a revival in the Spanish property market.

Sareb, as the vehicle created to help clean up the country's financial sector is known, had sold over 5,000 homes to individuals by the end of April - compared with 9,000 in the whole of 2013.

"It's time to invest in the property market because it is stabilizing in terms of price," Belen Romana, chairwoman of Sareb, said at an event in Madrid on Wednesday.

New mortgage lending in Spain grew 2 percent in March from a year earlier, the latest official data shows, marking the first annual increase in four years - and providing another sign of revival, according to Romana.

Spanish house prices have fallen up to 40 percent since a 2007 peak. The slump pushed many banks to the brink of collapse, and some needed European bailouts to cope, to the total tune of about 41 billion euros ($56 billion).

Rescued banks transferred about 200,000 assets to Sareb, 80 percent of which are loans to developers, while the rest is made up of housing, commercial buildings and land.

Increased revenues from sales will be crucial for government-backed Sareb this year, when it will likely take a hit from stricter Bank of Spain rules on how to account for assets which have fallen in value.

The vehicle, which has another 14 years to sell off its stock, might have to revise some of its business targets downwards as a result, two sources familiar with the matter recently told Reuters.

Sareb made a loss in 2013 - its first year - as it got going and faced high costs, but it had forecast this. However it had originally projected a profit for 2014.

The Bank of Spain's new rules are still at a draft stage, but they could push Sareb to revalue some of the 51 billion euros of assets it took on at zero, if they do not carry certain guarantees and have been in default for over 18 months.

Romana declined to comment on Wednesday on what the impact would be, saying only: "We will do what we have to do."

She added that Sareb had sold a portfolio of land worth over 80 million euros, the first time it has managed to shift some of these assets, though she did not name the buyer or the price.

Sareb put a package of land plots worth around 350 million euros on the market last October, and it has taken until now to dispose of part of it. The price of land was hit hardest during the crisis, and some plots in remote rural areas for instance are considered worthless by property experts.

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Cheap and easy Fly Control - David Rowe Spain
24 June 2014

I want to share this, I tried it and yes it works!

We went with friends to a restaurant on Sunday for lunch and sat in the patio section beside the store. We happened to notice zip lock baggies pinned to a post and a wall. The bags were half filled with ...water, each contained 4 pennies, and they were zipped shut. Naturally we were curious! The owner told us that these baggies kept the flies away! So naturally we were even more curious! We actually watched some flies come in the open window, stand around on the window sill, and then fly out again. And there were no flies in the eating area! This morning I checked this out on Google.
Below are comments on this fly control idea. 

Zip-lock water bags: #1 Says: I tried the zip lock bag and pennies this weekend. I have a horse trailer. The flies were bad while I was camping. I put the baggies with pennies above the door of the LQ. NOT ONE FLY came in the trailer.The horse trailer part had many. Not sure why it works but it does!

#2 Says:Fill a zip lock bag with water and 5 or 6 pennies and hang it in the problem area. In my case it was a particular window in my home. It had a slight passage way for insects. Every since I have done that, it has kept flies and wasps away. Some say that wasps and flies mistake the bag for some other insect nest and are threatened.

#3 Says:I swear by the plastic bag of water trick. I have them on porch and basement. We saw these in Northeast Mo. at an Amish grocery store& have used them since. They say it works because a fly sees a reflection& won't come around.

#4 Says:Regarding the science behind zip log bags of water? My research found that the millions of molecules of water presents its own prism effect and given that flies have a lot of eyes, to them it's like a zillion disco balls reflecting light, colors and movement in a dizzying manner. When you figure that flies are prey for many other bugs, animals, birds, etc., they simply won't take the risk of being around that much perceived action. I moved to a rural area and thought these "hillbillies" were just yanking my city boy chain but I tried it and it worked immediately! We went from hundreds of flies to seeing the occasional one, but he didn't hang around long.

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