Saturday, 18 February 2017

Sierra Espuna,Estrecho de la Arboleja,Lorca,Lucainena de Las Torres

Santa Eulalia
 Mama took this rubbish picture of this amazing church.  Santa Eulalia in the Sierra Espuna. A national park in Murcia.  It had a wooden inside and was painted with really gory pictures of chopping off heads of people.  Daddy said they were Moors.
A walk
We had a lovely walk up a mountain and could see the church and the monastery in the bottom.  We parked Nona there for the night.
Our spot for the night
The walk up the mountain had statues on the way up and Mama really liked them.  I liked them because it was my mate Cheeses who I haven't spoken about in a while.
My mate Cheeses
The next day we went to a canyon and tried to walk along it but it was flooded with water.  We found a very old cave house though which was built into the sand stone in the cliff. You could see where they kept their animals and the way the house had been built.  Mama really liked it but Daddy said the cliff looked like it was going to come down on our heads.
Estrecho de la Arboleja
 We drove into Lorca.  Mama looked it up on the internet and said it was a very unlucky town.  It has had floods, the plague, more floods and 2 earthquakes.  They were in the middle of rebuilding the centre after a big earthquake a few years ago. The centre was very nice but the outskirts where we parked weren't so pretty.  I didn't care.  It had gravel.
And then to one of Mama's most favourite places.  Lucainena de las Torres.  A tiny village on a mountain side.  I think she liked it because there weren't many people about.
The village
 Mama said they filmed a lot of Westerns here.  Something called Los Desperados.  I've not seen it but at the moment I can't stop watching The Axel Family on Youtube.  Mama calls him Axel Grease and his sister River Bed.  Even thought they are called Axel and River.  Mama says they are an unnatuarally happy family who spend there time pushing toy trucks along a beach.  I don't think she likes them very much but I would watch them day and night if I could. I wish I lived with them instead of my grumpy lot.
Deserted Village
 We walked along a Via Verde for 10 kms.  Gosh it was long.  We passed by lots of empty houses which were old mining villages.
Nearly Home
 We stayed for 2 nights here.  Parked just outside the town.  At night it was very dark and very quiet. I don't think Mama wanted to leave but there wasn't a bakery open here. So we moved to Nijar.
Tower at Nijar
It was a very pretty town.  We went to the tourist information office and Mama got a brocure on Cabo de Gata and so we changed plans (again) and decided to drive there.  We stopped at a lovely aire which was very cheap and very good but quite a way from town.  So I was dragged on another 10 Km walk.
Not again
 But we had a beautiful view of where we are heading to.
San Jose
 When we walked back Dady said it looked like Mexico.  There was lots of cactus and then we spotted asparagus.  It was everywhere.  Mama picked loads.  But it was very very prickly.
Not Mexico
A bit like Mama.

Thursday, 9 February 2017

Exotic Elche, Novel Novelda, Manky la Manga,Crazy Cartagena

What a date
Leaving the cousins was hard and I speak about them most days and we have them on our fridge but we were glad to leave Benidorm.  We set off for the hills and went to Elche.  We loved it there.  Mama said it reminded her of Marrakech.  It was full of date palms and water and gardens but was a very busy working city. 

Palacio de Altamira


Monkeying about
We really liked it there.  I made lots of friends in the parks and we heard a band playing and went in search of it and found it and followed it.  They went past a churros stand and one of them stopped and bought a big bag full as the rest of the band played on.  He went running after them.

He went round and gave each band person a churros each but the problem was they were still playing and couldn't eat it so they clamped them to their music stands.

Then onto Novelda to see a Modernista house but it was closed.  However, we got to see the Santurio Santa Magdelena and the Castillo de la Mola which had a triangular tower which I climbed up.

The Cathedral had an organ made out of marble which was amazing.  Daddy spotted it and Mama said that there is nothing more amazing than a stone organ.
Stone Organ
 The best bit was parking Nona right next to the cathedral on top of a mountain and sleeping there with the lights and the cats and the howling wind.

Then back to the coast.  Mama had been going on about the Mar Menor for ages and said it was an inland sea divided by the tiniest strip of land from the Med.  She had read that it had warm waters and spas and had decided it would be a great place to be.  We stopped at first on the Mediterranean side at Cabo de Palos which was nice.  But it seemed that the land was all dropping into the sea

Cabo de Palos
but we didn't mind because we hadn'tr bought a house there or parked Nona too close to edge and the port was all blue and white boarded houses and they sold ice-cream.  Then we drove along the La Manga strip and it was terrible.  Really bad. It smelt dreadful and we counted 5 dead cormorants on one beach.  Mama said it was a sign of things to come and then we sat in silence for a while until we couldn't bear the smell.

Dead bird.  Dead Beach. Dead Beat.
So we left and drove to Cartegena and that cheered us up.  What a crazy place. Castles and ports and mining chimneys and Roman Amphitheatres and Baroque buildings and Arab quarters and peacocks.  Wow.  What a place.
View over the port and the Roman Amphitheatre from the castle
Me on a Roman Temple
 The only problem was that the No Funs couldn't decide where to park for the night.  Everytime we found somewhere they'd move on. At last we found somewhere and still the No Funs weren't happy with it.  They said that there were men walking around by themselves but I liked it because it was quiet and it had gravel that I could dig in so I protested and we stayed.  I was just going to sleep when there was a bump and daddy lept out of the van with a stick.  Then Mama jumped up and opened up all the blinds and turned the lights on and opened the door.  Someone drove off in a car and a lady crept away.  I asked what happened and Mama said well what do we expect parked next to a port.  Daddy said she had lost her dog.  But then we packed up and drove off.  To the other side of town.
Baroque arcade


Saturday, 14 January 2017

Bendiworm. Bending those worms

They're Here!!!
At last.  My long awaited friends.  My cousins! They're here. I cannot tell you how pleased I am to see them all.  Riff has got big and I like to give him big hugs.  Leven and I are about the same size now and we hang out.  And Saxa can speak English.  It's great.

We were all very excited about the 3 King carnival.  We celebrated it all together last year in Fuengirola.  This year we spent it eating Roscon de Reyes cake on the beach with our crowns on.

4 Kings
Then we walked up the old town.  It was very very busy and we were afraid we might not get to see it.  Then we found a gap and all squeezed in and waited.

Waiting for the carnival
We took big bags with us to catch the sweets.  And then it all started.  Police and Firemen and Paw Patrol.  Drums and lights and whistles and sweets.  They were throwing them at us.  We caught loads.  One hit Saxa thock on the head.  he didn't cry but it must have hurt so much that it itched because he kept on rubbing it.  Leven nearly got squashed by a tractor trying to rescue a stray sweet and Riff sat on Aunty Ragnhild's shoulders and smiled and smiled.

Walk to the cross
The next day we walked up to the cross.  It was a beautiful day.  On the way back down we wanted to go to the beach. 

The boys

So we stopped off at a little bay.  There were a few people on the beach and most of them got up and left when we arrived.  Uncle Kenneth said that maybe we shouldn't stay too long.  So we had a paddle and then left.  It was only later Mama explained that it was a no clothes beach.  So what?

Me and my mates
I see my cousins nearly every day and it is wonderful.  However, we all have colds at the moment so we are a mass of coughing humanity.

My cup overflowerth
Then Aunty Jayne and Aunty Ping arrived with Aunty Joyce and Uncle Keith and Uncle Joe.  Wow.  So may faces, so many beers.  We all went for fish and chips together at Rays in the old town.  We had a lovely evening topped off by brandies on a long walk home.  Oh how I love a party.

Friday, 30 December 2016

My Christmas in Albir and Benidorm

Sierra Helado
 So.  First of all Mama and Daddy made me climb to the very top of Snake Bite Mountain.  It was very high and very scrambly and Mama didn't think I would make it but I did.  They were very proud of me.  Especially as it started to rain on the way down.  And that was the start of the downpour which lasted three days and we thought would never stop


 Rain rain go away.
 And it did go away.  Just in time for Nanny's arrival.  I was so happy to see her.  We did lots of things together.  We went to Altea.
Climbing the hill to the Cupola
We saw a Spainsh Father Christmas there and I asked him for chocolate and a toy.
Pape Noel
 And we went back to show Moraira to Nanny and went to visit her friend Aunty Julie.
Moraira again
And we also went to Bendiworm and it was so warm we went for a swim in the sea.         
And Nanny spent all afternoon looking for a wig for less than 5 euros.
A wig

Christmas Square

Bumper Cars
 And we went to test out Christmas Squre for when my cousins come.  It was very noisy and Nana put ear plugs in.  I had a ball on the bumper cars but I did remark that nobody kept to the rules of the road.  Then on Christmas day I had a visit from Sinta Klaus.
Me and Sinta
 And we went out to visit my Uncle Xavy and we sat outside in the sunshine.  Nana and Uncle Xavier talked about old times.
En Famille
 And then Daddy made us all walk out to the light house before lunch and it was very very beautiful.  Lots of people were walking out there.
Another walk
 We had Christmas Dinner sitting outside the van in the sunshine.
Christmas Dinner
 And then we went to the beach.
A la playa
And I was sad to see my Nanny go
Me and my Nanny
 But we are leaving the campsite tomorrow to go and stay in apartment.  I ask every morning if today is the day that my cousins arrive.  Uncle Joe is coming too and Aunty Jayne and Aunty Ping and I just cannot wait.  Happy New Ear everyone.  Happy New Ear.