Life in the Campo


It has been quite a while since our last Blog but we have now settled into our rural retreat.  There have been lots of ups and downs but we are slowly getting there.  Work has resumed on the villa and fingers crossed we should be moving into our new home in early April (providing we don’t make any more changes :))

We are very lucky to have fantastic neighbours, both Spanish and English.  We have been overwhelmed with how friendly and helpful they are.  It’s not unusual to arrive home to find fresh fruit and vegetables left at our gate and there is always someone able to give you advice.

We feel we have achieved a lot over the past 10 months, although our Spanish is still a work in progress!  We have completed the casita garden and along with our neighbour Richard have built a pétanque court.  Without the help of him and his cement mixer this would have been an enormous task.  The favour was returned by assisting in the harvest of  their 200 plus almond trees.

It has been lovely to have family and friends visit us and this enabled us to get out and about to do some sight-seeing.  One day trip was planned to go and see the hundreds of pink flamingo’s on the Salt Lakes.  Armed with camera’s and binoculars we set off with our avid bird watching enthusiasts, Jill and Cameron Ward to see this spectacle.

I guess ONE is better than none!

Our Spanish neighbours took us to the beautiful church in Novelda.  We were so impressed we went back for a second visit with my son and his fiancé and we were lucky enough to witness a wedding taking place.

Our knowledge of the local area is growing and we are discovering more places of interest to visit.  Although we have a twice weekly market in our village we love rooting out other local markets for their fantastic produce with their amazingly low prices.  Dave spent an afternoon with family on a tour of the local Bodega learning about the process of wine making in the area.  There was plenty of wine tasting and tapas at the end of the tour but luckily I was on hand to drive them home.

The next 6 months are going to be very exciting for us.  The completion of our villa, the opening of our business and finally the wedding of my son Sam and his fiancé Andrea which is taking place at our local church in the village in June.

On a final note, during a Skype chat my friend asked me the question “Any regrets?”  Well…….. 300+ days of sunshine every year and the ideal location, I think we all know the answer!

Look out for the next blog on our building progress of the villa.