Friday 5th December 2014
Sons Ed & Will are due here in a few hours.
They won’t be here until 1:00am-ish on Saturday morning – they will have their own written instructions on how to get to Camping Playa Granada from Malaga and bloggerlugs (yours truly) will need to stand at the campsite entrance and wave to every passing car – it could be ‘the one’.
1:00am? Bugger, that’s definitely Schoffel Fleece territory!
Today we decided to ‘explore’ the area to the west of our camping.
I wanted to discover the destination of the ‘beach trucks’ and their loads of aggregate.
I did know that by heading west we would be getting very close to Salobrena which is just a couple of miles along the coast.
With thoughts filling my head of the last time that Amanda and I were in Salobrena (2004), we headed out just after lunch.
We’d had another early morning of only 4°c, it was now up to 17°c but with a ‘beach-wind’ that was strong enough to blitz any resident head lice – the hairiest hippy wouldn’t survive 10 minutes on this beach without enjoying this ‘benefit’!
I am now reliably informed (well as reliable as my interpretation of Spanish gesticulations can be) that the promenade running from El Varadero to just beyond our camping is being extended to join up with a promenade at Salobrena, that must be around 3 miles of promenade if not more?
This area is undergoing development and if the quality of the existing promenade is repeated this will be one very long and beautiful addition to the area.
Meanwhile, back with some of my thoughts of Salobrena….
10 years ago Amanda and I ‘honeymooned’ in Salobrena, we got married at the Lands End Hotel, Cornwall, on the 22nd anniversary of when we started to live together – in fact, 22 years to the day.
Why get married after having 3 children and living ‘over the brush’ for 22 years? Well it was a death-bed promise to my mother who wanted us to tie the knot due to her religious beliefs.
In February 2004 Amanda was diagnosed with the dreaded C and, following an operation, whilst still in recovery and awaiting news from her consultant, my mother suddenly became ill with a different version of C and sadly passed away 2 weeks later on May 1st 2004.
2004 was therefore a bitter-sweet year for us but we kept that promise to Mum and married in September of the same year.
Being here brings back all of those memories.
Enough already! OK, just one more thing and the reason for the blog title…….when we got married Amanda’s wedding march was to Neil Young’s ‘Such a Woman’, those of you that know this song will know why, given our experiences during 2004.
Here’s the song…
Meanwhile on with the business of our day…..
Tomorrow we will be taking a trip to the place where we stood and watched Danny Dyer filming a scene for a film called ‘The Business’ – filmed down here in September 2004.