Wednesday 10th December 2014
The days can become ‘samey’ when you’re in one location for the foreseeable future, tasks that you rush to do when a stop-over is limited to 1, 2 or 3 days are left until ‘mañana’ and increasingly (in my case) postponed until the last few days of a long stop-over.
Without suitable secondary transport our days here follow a pattern of short dog walks, long dog walks, chilling in the sun outside Twernt, bi-daily shopping trips and other regular duties and pastimes.
The big difference is that this seemingly dull existence is actually anything but dull!
On reflection, I wish that I had kept a daily log of overnight and daytime temperatures and of the prevailing weather conditions.
I would like to be able to say:
The average daytime temperature since May 16th 2014 has been n°c (In recent weeks it has been 18°c to 22°c – best experienced has been 34°c, worst has been 15°c – my guess is an average of 22°c/25°c).
The average overnight temperature since May 16th 2014 has been n°c (In recent weeks it has been 6°c to 10°c – worst experienced has been 4°c).
From a total of ndays in Twernt we have had ndays of rain (Further qualified by days when ‘rain stopped play’ – I would guess at 5% of days when rain has featured but only 2 or 3 days when we were confined to barracks).
The overall impression is that Portugal and Spain have delivered on the promise they held as being a sun escape from UK winters.
One bonus that we’re enjoying, particularly in Spain where clocks are UK+1h time, is that darkness does not descend until after 6:00pm.
Darkness does descend quickly with a short period of dusk, but dusk at 6:10pm (20th December 2014) and darkness by 6:30pm is welcomed by us dog lovers with a final beach walk at 6:00pm.
At 4:00pm the ‘day’ is over in the UK, I don’t know the figures and cba to figure them out but 2.5 hours extra daylight for 5 months (?) is 350+ hours of extra daylight in your life.
Put another way (but subject to proofing by a £10m Cameron Consultant Army Study) that’s an additional 25%-30% daylight hours in your winter life.
Roll up, roll up, come and get it!
Meanwhile as we’re busy doing the square root of nothing in the moments that make up a dull day:
I can’t resist taking pictures of other MoHo set-ups, here is one of our German neighbours (they are diagonally opposite us in the ‘treeless’ row that permits an uninterrupted pathway to satellites) ……..
….. and in the same Hymer …. these cats wave non-stop – how are they powered? If they’re Duracell batteries then their ad guys should get their asses down here quickly as these cats wave 24/7, impressive stuff (well, it is when it’s a big part of your daily focus!) – they’re waving at me as I look across to their pitch as I type this – and the MoHo owners haven’t been on site for over a week – we’re guessing that they’re holed up in a nearby villa for the Christmas period.
During our daily beach walk, the zoom lens on my camera, having received a program update, chose to zoom in on this young lady walking on the promenade. I think it had something to do with getting a splash of colour into the picture – note the statue in the background – as featured in a previous blog.
I tried and I tried but the the lens insisted on taking more shots of this young lady – she had a certain ‘swagger’ (best caught in this picture) and she visits the promenade every day – either roller-blading or walking/running. Must be a fitness thing – seems to be working though.
Next, the updated zoom lens program attempted to come to my aid by focussing on the beach showers.
But then, I overruled the synergy developing between myself and the updated program on the zoom lens and spotted this ‘vision’ moving in on me – I thought “I’ve seen that look before, I’m in trouble” ……
Learning to communicate with the locals using gesticulations shouldn’t, IMHO, be extended to using gesticulations amongst fellow-Brits. I’ll have to mention this at some point, perhaps not now – hmmm – need a story ….. and quick …… well I did USB the camera into my PC just before we came out ……
OK, so Amanda didn’t believe me about the Sony Zoom Lens Update, now I’m gonna have to tell her that if Sony are capable of worrying Obama so much then they’re certainly capable of controlling my camera to the extent that it took those pictures outwith my control. Now is not the moment to tell her though.
The synergy between man and camera start the healing process – stormy waters, a few clouds but a promise of sunnier times is on the horizon
I’m fixing a hole where the rain got in – and stopped my mind from wandering ……. where it will go ……
More ‘Coola’ research – doesn’t require further explanation except to David Cameron and his army of public servants – THIS SIGN MEANS THAT YOU CAN PARK YOUR MOTORHOME FOR FREE, IT’S IN SPAIN (EU) – WHERE CITIZENS ARE RECOGNISED AS NOT ALL BEING BANKERS
This is a part of that free parking area, the puddle did seem to survive many sunny days so persistent rainy days may result in some flooding here
Here’s one man and his dog in a corner of the free parking – we have seen up to 5 MoHo’s overnighting here
And the view when stood in the entrance to the free parking – ahead ……
…and to the left – note the Tuareg Bar, which is one beach bar east of our camping – just 100 yards or so – we have also seen MoHo’s overnighting next to some of the beach bars but only ever for a single night and presumably with the bar owners permission – the coords are in a previous blog Coola
And finally, a complaint – it’s only 17°c as I write this. Ciao now, more very soon.