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Friday, 7 October 2016

Viva España

It seems like forever since I had proper internet access! We've just been connected today so now I can keep up with all the amazing friends we have in blogland, big welcome to the couple of new followers we've had.

As you probably know by now I have gone ahead to Spain to make sure we had a place to live and get things ready for when Carly and the Kids get here.

Before I left the UK I got a couple of aesthetic upgrades. First up I had my hair dreadlocked...


...and I've had my nose pierced....


It was a bit of a sad day when we left, knowing that we wouldn't see the girls or the kids for a few weeks we said our goodbyes and me and the father-in-law Terry hit the road. The weather was grey and miserable and by the time we got to the ferry that evening it had started to rain, it was pretty awful. We had a day and a half to spend on the boat and I hoped I wouldn't be cooped up inside the whole time!


There was a storm in the night and I thought for sure that the rocking of the boat was going to roll me out of bed! I barely slept at all that night but by the time the morning came the sea was as calm and still as can be. This picture was taken when we were about half way to Spain when we were out in the deeper water


Whenever the light breaks through the clouds in straight beams like that I always think it looks very spiritual. Hard not to believe in a higher power of some kind when you are treated to sights like these.

you can see in this next picture just how still the sea was, literally not a single wave in sight, the horizon totally flat and uninterrupted, nothing but calm water for as far as the eye could see.




I might not have appreciated the significance of the state of the ocean had it not been for a very large group of whale watchers that were on the top deck, all kitted out with top of the range binoculars and getting very excited about it. apparently the sea is almost NEVER as calm as this in the area we were in, it was very rare for the water to be like this and made for the perfect wildlife watching conditions. Every time anything broke the surface you could see it clear as day, and we were treated to many dolphin sightings, more than I have ever seen in my life. Now and then we were treated to some amazing aerial acrobatics by Dolphins swimming alongside the ship, and in the afternoon I had the honour of seeing a large dark shape emerge from the water as a whale broken the surface and blew water straight up in to the air. Unfortunately try as I might I couldn't get a photo of these amazing creatures as they were too fast for me, perhaps they are a tad camera shy.
You'll have to settle for a shameless selfie, it's the only wild thing I could get a photo of out at sea!


Also seen in my natural habitat at the ship's bar with the FiL 


Once we got to Spain it was just the small matter of an 8 hour drive from the ferry to the place we will be renting for the next year or so whilst we build our own house. The place we are renting is a 400 yr old cave house that has been extended and (to Spanish standards) modernised. Life in a cave is a bit....different, I'm sure we'll touch on that another day.

The house is in the same valley as our forever home will be, and here are some views that you can take in from the end of our road





We're just settling in , finishing the unpacking etc and making things ready for when the girls and kids get here. I'm not sure if I've mentioned it before but Carly's Mom (Diane) and Dad (Terry) are coming along for the adventure with us so you will likely be hearing more about them on the blog in the future. Diane is an amazing cook and helps Carly run the Lucky Sew and Sew business and Terry is awesome at mechanics and construction so I'll probably rope them in to doing some guest posts at some point too.

Watch this space, its all systems go from here on out!



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  1. How wonderful such a great start, it is a shame Carly mum and girls were not there from day one, it will be so exciting when everyone gets together again :-)

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    1. that's the last piece of the puzzle now, once they get here the dream will be complete :)

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  2. Looks an amazing place... miss you loads already xx

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    1. miss you too. jump on the plane and come visit! I'll take you on a tour of the mountains around here you'd love it Mom x

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  3. I'm sure you guys are missing each other like crazy, but it's gonna be great there. So neat the in-laws are coming along!

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    1. yeah, I've never been away from the kids for more than a weekend before so it's pretty tough but like you say, the end game will definitely be worth it, just have to get over this final hurdle and it will be plain sailing from there on out

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  4. Sounds great fun, can't wait to hear everything, love the new look.

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    1. Thanks Marlene, I'm seriously in love with the dreads and will warm up to the nose ring more when it stops being sore lol

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  5. Get you with the makeover! 😉 Glad to read you're there safe and sound. It must have been amazing to see the whales and dolphins. I'm looking forward to reading all your updates. X

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    1. yeah, whole new chapter in our lives, a real fresh start so wanted to look my best lol. feeling truly blessed about seeing the whales and dolphins, real once in a lifetime experience for someone like me that doesn't specifically go whale watching

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  6. What a great looking place to live. I'm really looking forward to reading more about life in Spain.

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    1. We'll be sure to post lots of photos and updates so everyone can come along for the adventure with us

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  7. Its a good omen to see so many dolphins. Good luck for new beginnings/ressurection and protection.

    I cant wait to read about the cave.

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    1. I'm really superstitious so i'll take all the good omens that come my way! the caves are really peaceful, knowing that you are inside the earth itself is very comforting once you get used to the energy of the place

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  8. How cool is that! Hope you'll be reunited with Carly and the children soon. I am intrigued by the cave house, looking forward to reading more about it, and of course the rest of your adventure.

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    1. I hope so :) I'll do a proper post on the caves and the area etc soon its such a cool place, very interesting

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  9. ack! i showed jambaloney your last post and said - look - he's got dreads now! but i missed the nose piercing! i love the dreads and the piercing - i had my eyebrow, nose and labrette pierced when i was a young'un. so glad that you had what sounds like a pretty fun boat trip - but yikes! i am not sure i could do it - we have our canoe and little boat that we go out on the river on but in both of them i know that i am only 20ft from shore and can swim to safety if need be. the pics you took of the ocean - amazing! and yes - when the sun breaks through like that - you are a mere mortal and a higher power reigns supreme over us - i am glad that your spirit was reminded.

    a house cave? oh man - you need to take a ton of pics! we all need to see this! congrats on hooking the in-laws into doing this with you guys - you are going to be living an adventure for sure! take us all along for the ride so we can learn, love and laugh with you all!

    sending the warmest wishes and lots of love! your friend,
    kymber

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    1. I don't know how I have lived until now without having dreads, i am totally in love with them and just can't wait until the sides are long enough to dreadlock too.
      Kymber the caves are super cool you and Jambaloney would love them I'm sure. I'll get photos soon or maybe some videos so you can all see what they're all about, I'm honoured to have all you folks along for the ride with us :)

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  10. Wow, this is huge news! Exciting news! Really looking forward to learning more and be sure to include lots of photos!

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    1. I'm going to find where the camera is packed away because my phone just doesn't do the photos justice, it's such a beautiful place to be

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  11. Such exciting news!! I look forward to following your adventures, and can't wait to see photos of the cave house. Love the dreads, sadly I had to remove my nose piecing as it just wouldn't settle. Lucky you seeing the marine life, we went whale watching in Canada and all we saw was a puffin :(

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    1. I feel really blessed to have seen what I did, If it hadn't been for the professional whale watchers being so excited I wouldn't have stayed above deck so long and seen half of what I saw. most people go a lifetime without seeing those things so I'm definitely going to chalk it up as a good omen for the move :)

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  12. Glad things are coming ing together, how do you think brexit will effect you?

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    1. To be honest almost all of our business is with the states, so if anything it has actually benefited our business since with the current exchange rates overseas buyers are getting a better deal when they purchase from the UK even though all our prices remain the same. I was really worried about it before but not now, funny the way things work out :)

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  13. What a wonderful new start! It's great that you've got family coming along with you. I can't wait to watch your journey. I'm so excited for you and your family. Can't wait to see the modernised cave!

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  14. Thanks for stopping by my blog. I'm not sure you're going to have much time for reading with all the work you will be doing on your new adventure!!

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  15. Thanks for stopping by my blog. I'm not sure you're going to have much time for reading with all the work you will be doing on your new adventure!!

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  16. I cannot wait to see cave house pictures! I look forward to reading about all of your adventures.

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