We’ve had some fierce storms in the last few weeks, and twice our normally dry rambla…
…became a raging river.
As far as the raging rambla was concerned it didn’t affect us that much – not like the folks who use the rambla to access their driveways. They were unable to leave their houses for a day or two each time as the rambla is the ‘road’ that leads to their driveways.
The torrential rains did do a number on our driveway, though. We already knew we needed to get it fixed up a bit but now it’s got huge ruts from where the water washed down.
The day after the first big washout I drove down to Albox to do some grocery shopping. As I went down our driveway it was very rutted but as I turned left to enter the ‘road’ we share with our neighbour-across-the-way I almost stopped and turned back. The dirt/mud road was so deeply rutted I wondered if I would get stuck but I made it down. Then all the way into town I was wondering if I was actually going to make it back up to the house. When I was finished the shopping and was back at the bottom of the shared drive I just put it in first and gunned it, barely slowing down for the sharp right-turn onto our driveway. I fish-tailed a bit but made it!
We also encountered a couple of other issues – we had small floods from both the front door and the french doors as they don’t have proper weatherproofing on the bottoms. I spent some time mopping and laid down some towels to prevent more seepage.
And another problem we had was a drip into the kitchen very near the fridge. It wasn’t from the rain but from a backup between my shower and the toilet in the guest bedroom.
Carlos – when he was able to get out of his house from the flooded rambla – came over and unplugged it, and is partway through re-caulking my shower as that’s where the backup was going, and from there down into the kitchen.
We’ve been out for lunch a few times – at the bar in Chirivel and also at the bar in Los Cerricos. The bar cats are still there, and there are a couple of new babies that are very cute. They hung around our table and got lots of little nibbles.
The second time we went there the bar cats weren’t around, but the ‘dumpster’ cats were. I, as usual, had leftovers of my pork tenderloin so ended up giving it in little bite sized pieces to the many stray cats as well as one very cute little dog. I wish I could help all of them but the best you can do is catch them and take them to the local vets to have them ‘fixed’. Apparently the vets do this for free and all you have to do is catch them, take them in, then return them to the street they came from. They’ll still be scrounging for food but at least they won’t be having six kittens four times a year…so sad.
Colin and I both got haircuts – mine is the shortest it’s been since the cut I got in Navarrete in Sept of 2018 – I love it!
We took a trip to Ikea in Murcia almost two weeks ago to have a look at kitchens. Looking in the online catalogue is one thing but we both like seeing something in person to really get a feel for what it will be like. We did pick up a book shelf for the snug and have since rearranged the furniture.
All around the area are beautiful flowering trees with lavender coloured blossoms. We found out what they are – jacaranda – and the local plant store finally got a delivery in – they’re very hard to get.
We picked three of them up this morning along with four more oleanders and I can’t wait for them to be planted. The jacarandas are very tall, but of course won’t flower until next year.
The winter pool cover has been removed but we’re having a heck of a time drying it out to put away – it rains at least a bit almost every day so it’s been impossible.
We’re having solar panels for electricity installed – hopefully next week right before Colin returns to France for some medical appointments.
The ‘giant asparagus’ hasn’t changed much – we’ve been told it will be a few weeks before anything happens. And it’s not a yucca (as I called it previously) but an agave and once it’s done flowering it will die.
They’ve completed a new display at the south end of Albox and it’s a very good one – showing the story of the area and the people.