First, an entire blog has got lost in the ether. First time ever with Weebly so I reckon it must have been our connection that dropped out in mid transfer. Sadly I also lost the original at the same time. It mostly dealt with the car breakdown so may be better left unsaid, ever! So... here we go a bit later but still in the same part of the forest...
To be frank, January has passed in a blizzard of coughs, sneezes and tissues so far as I am concerned. And worse for Janet since she has merely been an unwilling and occasionally worried observer. What started as a head cold on Boxing Day followed my normal course and ended up as a chest infection. My breathing is never good but Clarithromycin worsens it markedly (note to self; refuse next time). Until this weekn I have not felt so good.
Then last Saturday of course the car suspension collapsed at yet another speedhump hurdle and we spent sone hours being recovered, then many more fretting and negotiating our future. The insurance company has accepted it is a road incident not a breakdown – collision with road equipment literally! But that still means a lot of hassle, two hire cars in a row and a ￡300 excess to pay. Mind you the whole bill looks loike ￡2,000 so until our renewal comes in we are happy-ish.
The only bright spot is the hire car – a Ford Focus. Bright? Yep, this is like no Ford I ever drove or owned and suggests we may yet return to the Fordian fold in due course.
The weather had, broadly matched my condition – fair to lousy. We have had some bright sunny days but for the most part January has been the antithesis of December. Yet is is never cold and that is the point of the 1500 mile drive! Overnight it can reach single figures but if the sun shines at all 20C is probable; without, even 15-16 is usual.
We have been much helped by a Devonian couple who have ferried us to, from and to and from again, the hire car companies. In return we took them to a shopping complex with a huge DIY – Leroy Merlin – to make BandQ look mean. Alongside was a brilliant mix of PC World and Curries with knobs on.
And today we used some of the very expensive hire car fuel to drive to a place called Rota, opposite Cadiz on the southern side of the bay. It is famous among motor homers for the ranch style campsite they all congregate on. But is in fact a superb little port town, with a modified castle, amazing churches and super little street in the Barrios. In fact it is so nice we have listed it as a possible site for hiring a winter house in a future year.