Well after a few weeks of rain and wind the weather here in Murcia seems to have finally made the transition into Summer. We have clear blue skies and mid 20's temperatures.
For any one who is planning a trip here in the next few weeks, either to complete on a property they have purchased, or just to relax and enjoy the countryside and climate you have chosen a great time to be here. May is always one of my favourite months as the weather is still not too hot and the countryside is still green.
Many businesses here only operate during the summer months, so resorts like Los Alcazares are now filling up with beach bars and the many restaurants that close for winter are coming alive again.
We are getting ready for the long school holidays. Our kids only have 6.5 weeks left of school and then we have the 11 week traditional Spanish summer holiday to entertain them. Any ideas on how to keep a 5 and 6 year old happy once they get bored with the pool and beach would be appreciated!!!
As everyone knows the economy in Spain, as in other countries, is not great at the moment, so the chance to sit in the sun, drink a beer (only 1 euro in my local village) is very much appreciated. Many business are struggling as fewer tourists are visiting, and those that are arriving from the UK are finding their money does not go as far.
I must say however that even though times are tough I would rather be here than in Reading, Berks, where I was based before moving out 5 years ago. When you wake up in the morning and the sun is shining it does make everything seem a little better and puts you in a better mood than watching the grey skies and rain which can sometimes drag on in the UK.
From a work perspective we are busy getting ready for several resorts to be completed in the region, Corvera, Mar Menor 2 and the La Isla development on Condado de Alhama. Although many people may be wondering whether they are doing the right thing in continuing with there off plan purchase I expect that those that do will begin to see the advantages once this economic climate has passed, hopefully soon.
We have our local fiesta in the village of Los Belones this week and there are many activities taking place. Free beer was giving out on Sunday!!!!! The kids are enjoying the fun fair and the beer tent is set up in the main square. I am a little disappointed that the foam party will not be taking place this year, as this was my first experience at the age of 41 and it was thoroughly enjoyable even thought I lost one of my flip flops!!!!
Most go and get kids and start the feedging frenzy!!!