Hola! Have you missed me? Admittedly, I am not writing very much nowadays – due to being static for the Winter – but I am still here!
The inspiration for writing today is a visit to the city of Murcia – and what a marvellous city it is! If you are considering a city break I very much recommend it (especially if you enjoy shopping). We visited Murcia this week on possibly the coldest day we have experienced in Spain. O.K. O.K. I guess the temperature was around sixteen degrees but that was cold for us – enough to make Leigh wear a gilet all day!! The sun was a tad elusive too and the difference the sun makes is massive – that may sound obvious, but to a mere terrier like me…
Anyway, Murcia. On arrival we parked pretty much in the centre of the city, nor far from the Cathedral. On ascending the steps of the underground car-park (there are lots of these in southern Europe) we popped up to the sight of an attractive city.
Honey-coloured stone buildings – one across the river displayed a pretty fresco – greeted us with flaming red flowers filling the many flower beds where groups of school-children were awaiting instruction from their teachers. Had the day been brighter it would have been a real ‘woofWOW’ moment.
We passed the beautiful cathedral and a couple of pretty churches; Leigh ventured into one but didn’t stay, due to an ongoing service. My humans found a nice restaurant where they ate ‘Menu del dia’ – a mere snip at eleven euros including the usual ‘vinotintocasa’ (house wine I think). Walking back to the car we stopped at a tiny bar/coffee-house for espresso. Leigh and I prefer these places to properrestaurants as they are situated in back streets with masses of character and beautifully crafted buildings. Leigh was very taken with the sheer style of some of the apartments.
I always think that those people who visit cities and rush through them, (enjoying the shops and taking a quick peek at the mustseesights) miss out so much. It is the lesser visited parts of a city that give me most pleasure. Try walking along a street with local shops and bars, looking up you will see some wonderful sights that will make your heart sing. If you don’t already do this then try it, experience the capillaries of a city and not just the arteries – you may be surprised.
I’ll precis some of the other things we have been enjoying whilst living in our finca, otherwise you’ll be reading this till forever.
Rosie and I are going to dogdaycare. It gives us a break from the humans and let’s us mingle as a pack – with several other breeds of dog. Rosie has taken a shine to ‘Fudge’ – a sort of border terrier. I am more of a human-lover and can take or leave other dogs.
We have regular walks with our neighbours – Tramp and Olli – Oli loves to pick up lemons and my humans throw them for her to chase. She loves this activity – I have no idea why!?
Our humans have visited a few other towns and villages nearby. Unfortunately for you, because I am not always with them when they visit these places, I can’t describe or recommend them. Leigh did say she enjoyed a super meal at an Indian restaurant a couple of weeks back; she, Tom, and our friends Roger and Diane, met up for lunch in Gran Alicant. Pre-lunch, Tom and Roger had a couple of beers and Leigh and Diane did a bit of shopping. Sound familiar??
The farmer and his many helpers have been harvesting the fruit this last week – what on earth will Leigh do if she can’t make lemon curd for a while? Of course, we are stocked up with oranges and lemons courtesy of this particular picker…(see pic).
We went to an auction at the Black Bull this week (Icelandic owned but a typically British place) where Tom picked up a bargain. Twenty seven dvd’s for five euros – well, it gives the humans something to do in the evening I guess.
Bringing you bang up to date, yesterday’s weather (look, I am a British Parson Russell so I am expected to talk about the weather), was back to normal. Cool till around eleven then brilliant blue sky and warmray’s until around four thirty. Leigh spent the day mostly reading (again) and Tom was researching stuff (techy stuff) and reading the Telegraph (which Leigh had picked up after her hairdressing appointment in the ‘ex Pat’ area of Benimar). Rosie wandered around the garden, sniffing and dozing and I spent a chunk of the day on my sun lounger.
It’s a dogs life!
Woof, Martha xx