2018.12.10 An endless story

A friend asked the other day if we could get used to the new house. Making me realize we didn’t have to get used here at all. From the first moment the house was perfect for us. Isn’t that great?!

We left Holland at December 11 last year. Making today exactly 365 days since. And making this the last blogpost in our 365Project.

It was fun to pick just one topic a day to write about. At times this choice was hard. But to be honest there were also days we didn’t know where to write about because nothing had happened that day. All in all an interesting project.

And especially nice to look back. Because we tend to forget a lot and now we have a record of what happened when.


2018.12.07 Keep yourself to yourself, if you can

Privacy does not exist in Spain. It doesn’t cease to amaze me how indifferent organizations and official persons are concerning sensitive information. A handful of examples from these past months:

  • Coincidentally the doctor was at the receptionists’ desk when somebody phoned about a test result. Those were not discussed in the solitud of the consulting room, but for everybody to hear. And it wasn’t the best news that the doctor had to bring.
  • The bank does not have separate rooms. When you want to discuss your money matters you have to do it at the desk of the available consultant with everybody walking past or interrupting with questions.
  • The same goes for the town hall. The waiting area is right next to the desk of the civil servant. Are you having difficulties with anything? Too bad, the rest of world will hear all your ins and outs.
  • At the notary some kind of mediation process was in full bloom in the corridor by lack of enough rooms.

This morning at the doctor’s this open door policy was taken literal. Despite the cold (it was still early morning and then it really is cold) not one door was closed by the persons going through. Keeping every waiting person in a draught. Making us remark dryly: Ah, this is also a way to not just have patients, but keep them patients as well. 🙂


2018.12.06 Veroño in the Sierra de Espuña

Let it be a coincidence, but from the day we moved into our new house the weather has been absolutely marvellous. It turns out this type of weather has a name in Spain: Veroño. It’s a mix of verano and otoño – summer and autumn. They call it like this when the temperatures are way higher than they usually are at this time of year.

Well, lucky us. We can breakfast outside. Have coffee and tea outside. Lunch of course.

And in between we work in the house with the doors wide open. Or ‘we’ – Tom is the one who does the main part. I still have to take care of my back and took it upon me to arrange all the paperwork, since that is not a fysical challenge for my body. 🙂


2018.12.03 Chip & Dale

We have pets! Not in the house, but in the garden. And not all the time, because they have a little wood behind the house where they play in the trees.

Those squirrels are funny. Beautiful tails and looking swell with their brown coats and white bellies. They run around in the branches like there is no gravity.

The only disadvantage seems to be that they nibble at the garden watering system. Bad for the system, but also bad for their stomachs, I presume. We’ll have to find a solution for that.


2018.12.02 Classic cars exhibition

During our daily walk we bumped into some kind of exhibition of old cars. They were standing in a parking lot, so we were not sure it was meant as an exhibition, but it was great to see all these classic models anyway. We even saw a car with a Dutch sign on it!

It was very obvious that the owners were lovers; not one spot of rust on either car. They were shiny in the late afternoon sun.


2018.12.01 A study room in the making

After a week of puzzling and thinking I know how my study should look like. So now I am building it up. I am so content with all the work we have managed to get done today. Despite the ride to Lorca we made as well; the printer had no more paper and the cartridges were empty after a month of inactivity.

And again I could sit outside during my breaks. Such lovely weather for days in a row.

I keep on saying: we are so lucky!


2018.11.30 Working in the sunshine

This is why we live here: the sun. When we went on our way to the village this morning, it was still a bit chilly, so we both wore our winter coat. Bad decision. It was so hot walking back to the house!

I have been working on the terrace all afternoon. We had internet installed the day before yesterday and it reaches the terrace perfectly. Water and tea next to me. What else should I want?!


2018.11.29 One by one

The former owners had a swimming pool guy, who also acts as a gardener, together with his daughter. And, as it turned out today, as a strong hand.

They offered to give us a hand moving some stuff to the garage and changing some other stuff in the house. We were so glad, because now our first room – the bedroom – is as we want it.

First room ready. The rest will follow!