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12 Mar 2009 00:00 by hollymerita Star rating in Casa Primavera 16-71.... 62 forum posts Send private message


Dear Readers,
Thank you to all who responded to the February edition of the newsletter. The ball has started rolling on casa names; please keep them and your news etc. coming in.
Things are continuing to progress on the social side with a variety of new events happening on SG - quizzes, karaoke, live music and a ladies night.
If anyone is interested in starting up or holding an event let us know and we will spread the word for you.
Sonya and Jane
Paper copies of the newsletter are available from Sonya M16/71, Jane M15/44 & Sierra Golf Legal Services
The official opening of Cafeteria Sierra Golf took place on Saturday 21st February. Invitations were distributed around the site and there was an excellent turnout. The first drink was on the house and throughout the evening plates of appetisers were brought around including one that bore an uncanny resemblance to bulls’ testicles, However, Carol whose surname we won’t mention (her husband goes by the name of Ray) being somewhat of an expert on these matters assured everyone that they weren’t and tucked in, apparently they were just savoury and very nice.The evening was a success and enjoyed by all.
Since the opening, there has been a karaoke evening and an evening with a singer/guitarist.
On Sunday nights, starting on Sunday 8th March there is to be a Fun Quiz and Card Bingo. The quiz starts at 8.30 p.m. and the entry fee is 4 euros per team of 4. There will be 25 easy questions and the winning team goes on to play “Play Your Cards Right” for the cash in the pot. If they do not win it then the other teams have a chance to win it in the order they finish the quiz. If the pot isn’t won then it is carried over to the next quiz. Why not go along one Sunday and give it a try.
A pool table has now been installed in the bar and we have been told that it is hoped to start up a team to compete in the local league.
On Good Friday, 10th April, an Easter Bonnet Parade is being held in the bar. Judging will take place at 4.00 p.m. with a prize for the best made bonnet – ladies or gents.
On Friday 20th February Alan and Marion laid on a buffet for the Friday Frolic golfers and this apparently turned into quite a party. We could tell you more but our “on the scene” reporter succumbed to the effects of alcohol and doesn’t remember too much!
On a serious note though, Lake View Bar is now up and running. There has not been an official opening night yet but one is planned shortly.
Marion will also shortly be serving food; she is currently sourcing suppliers and awaiting delivery of refrigeration units etc.
Lake View Bar is the venue for the ladies night out.
The first ladies night was held on Tuesday 3rd March. The weather couldn’t have been much worse but some eighteen ladies braved the elements and turned up. It was warm and cosy inside though with the fire on. Marion kindly laid on plates of nibbles and coffee was available for the ladies who preferred to have a hot non-alcoholic drink.Altogether it was a very enjoyable evening and it is to be a regular weekly event on a Tuesday night starting 7.30 p.m. onwards.
Everybody is welcome, so don’t be shy, go along, have a chat and meet people.
The first Quiz Night took place at Cafeteria Sierra Golf on Sunday 8th March hosted by Quizmaster Ray. It was a very enjoyable evening with 6 teams taking part. The winning team by a close margin were the “Tres Amigos” (Brian, Sonya & Dennis) who went on to play “Play Your Cards Right”. Unfortunately, neither they nor the rest of the teams managed to win the pot so it is carried forward to next week.
The “Tres Amigos” received 2 bottles of wine for winning the quiz and there was a bottle for the team with the least points. The quiz was followed by 3 games of card bingo.
It was a good fun night – well done Ray for organising the event.
MASA have started putting in the footings for four blocks of houses on what we believe to be M20, just up from the single Alegria show house. We are told that one of these is to be the new model Bogey show house, a two-bedroom residence priced at 70,000 euros.
It is just a shame that MASA haven’t finished the houses they started years ago (which people are still waiting to take possession of) before starting on a new project!
There have been a couple of reports of minor thefts from gardens. One resident has had chairs taken and, most strangely, outside light bulbs. Another resident has also had light bulbs removed – the culprit taking the time to replace the glass covers! We know it sounds unbelievable but it is true.
There is a new professional pool cleaning and maintenance service available on site. For information contact:
Tony Brown Tel. 966 198 840 or
The above company whose main office is in Balsicas now have a new local office on site at M14-26 offering English-speaking service. They provide assistance with accounts, tax matters, interpretation, translation, legal services and real estate.
Tel. English 680 18 64 62
       Spanish 968 58 11 20
Residents on site will undoubtedly already know that there is a mobile bread van that visits the site on Mondays to Fridays at about 10.00a.m. If you are coming out for the first time and would like a fresh baguette or cakes then listen out for the tooting of a horn and watch out for a little white van. If you want bread on a regular basis then let him know and he will stop outside your house.
We don’t wish to alarm you, but just a little piece of information. There has on rare occasions been a little scam pulled, especially in the smaller local supermarkets, whereby items you have not picked up end up in amongst your groceries on the checkout counter. Whilst you are pre-occupied with packing these items are rung through the till on your bill, quickly retrieved by the offender who disappears out of the door. To avoid this happening just be a little aware of who is behind you in the queue and keep a watchful eye. As we have said, we believe it is a rare occurrence but one of us has had personal experience of this.
There is a new fruit and vegetable stall at the Balsicas market. It is much bigger than the previous one and has a huge selection of produce, good quality and reasonable. The people running it are very friendly and there is no two-tier price system.
Empty orange gas bottles can be exchanged at the garage in Balsicas but sometimes they run out. If this should be the case there is another little place in Balsicas you can try – just after the Supermercado on the main road, take a right (purple sign towards the Civic Centre) and on the left-hand side, just after the Florimar Supermercado there is a building with a blue stripe awning. Go in the first door and the lady sells bottles from what was probably her front room. She doesn’t speak any English but is very nice and will wheel the bottle out to your car for you.
This can be found by following the sign to the Civic Centre. Follow the road straight down, past Florimar Supermercado and over the speed bumps. You will come into a sort of square, The Civic Centre will be on your left and high in front of you will be a “Tabacos” sign pointing to the right. The shop is just around the corner.
There are three supermarkets in Balsicas – the Upper on the main road, Florimar down towards the Civic Centre and the Dias by the central square. They all have a fresh meat counter and sell a wide variety of goods, even a few English items.
In response to our last article about house names some readers have written in with explanations about theirs.
Casa Floranda – This is a combination of both their names, Florence and Dave. They don’t know of any Spanish meaning.
Casa Rosanda – also a combination of names, Rose and Dave.
Casa Hannah – Named after their daughter who likes to see her name on the house. Apparently they did think about naming it after one of their dogs but Casa Scruffy or Dipsy didn’t quite sound right.
Does anyone have: -
     A small dark wood chest of drawers
     A small pine computer desk or pine
they would like sell.
Contact Sonya
On Wednesday 4th March there was a meeting at Lake View Bar to vote for a Vice Captain. It was very close but our new Vice Captain is Alan Gibbs.
On Thursday 5th March SGS shirts were ordered. They should be ready in two weeks.
It was a bit of a poor turnout this week but we still had two prizes.
Coming in first with 17 points was Tony Brown so one point deducted from his handicap for 3 weeks.
Second was Alan Gibbs with 14 points.
            Tony Brown SGS Secretary
The other night I was invited out for a night with the “girls”. I promised my husband that I would be home by midnight. Well, the hours passed and the margaritas went down way too easily. Around 3.00 a.m., a bit loaded, I headed for home.
Just as I opened the front door, the cuckoo clock in the hallway started up and cuckooed 3 times. Quickly realising this might wake my husband up and my tardy return discovered, I cuckooed another 9 times.
I was really proud of myself for coming up with such a quick-witted solution. Even when smashed……. 
3 cuckoos + 9 cuckoos totals 12 cuckoos = MIDNIGHT!!!
The next morning my husband enquired what time I got in, I told him “midnight” … he didn’t seem cross at all. Whew! I’d got away with that one!.
THEN he said, “We need a new cuckoo clock”. “Why?” I asked, he said “well last night our clock cuckooed 3 times, then said ‘oh shit’, cuckooed 4 more times, cleared its throat, cuckooed another 3 times, giggled, cuckooed twice more, then fell over the coffee table and farted.”
This joke was forwarded by Eric; we thought it might give you a laugh.
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Information given in this Newsletter is correct but we cannot accept responsibility for the effects of any errors, nor can we accept responsibility for services or goods provided by others. The articles printed are not necessarily our personal opinions.

Brian Spring

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12 Mar 2009 14:38 by pinkstateside Star rating in Dublin, Ireland. 47 forum posts Send private message

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Quick note of thank for your sterling work on this.  Really nice to keep up to speed with all the recent movement oniste and can't wait to get back tre in a couple of weeks.


Keep up the great work

JAson CAmpbell


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12 Mar 2009 20:52 by hillwood Star rating in Greasby, Wirral & Si.... 214 forum posts Send private message

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Hi All,

As Jason says, sterling work, ladies !! Its great to be kept so well informed on whats going on at Sierra Golf, especially for us 'part-time' SG'ers. Keep up the good work!!!

John B.




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13 Mar 2009 15:22 by ******** Star rating in UK & Murcia. 575 forum posts Send private message

Great!  Thanks Sonya and Jane,  as Jason and John have said, it's so good to hear what's going on, and it sounds like some of you are having a ball.  very much looking forward to coming over at Easter and joining in with the fun.

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