Palomares

We are currently at the campsite in Palomares called camping Cuevas Mar we have been here since 9th March 2018, we are considering staying here until Easter is done and dusted as we are not sure if the other campsites will be packed solid in Spain for those few days… Plus I had to order some more Internet on legs sims for the Mifi unit, so we shall wait for them to be delivered and make up our minds from there… The site pitches are large and sunny so it’s nice to be able to stretch out and relax…

The area has also been good for us to explore and take walks along the coast and beach, we also visited the local market on Wednesday morning which was up in the town a couple of km’s away, we purchased some fresh fruit for just €3, we got a new pair of slippers each at €5 a pair, I got a lovely blue cotton top for €20 and a lovely bracelet for another €5, exhausted after all that shopping we sat outside a cafe and enjoyed a coffee and watched the world go by, before a leisurely stroll back to the campsite…

We’ve had some fantastic weather here with temperatures hitting a good 18-23°, while we’ve waited for the insurance company to source out a place to get our windscreen replaced, we had told them there was no rush the screen would hold out for a few days anyway and we were currently parked up comfortably…

After a couple of days our insurance had us booked in and even had an English man named Tom contact us and give us all the details with detailed instructions of how to get there from the campsite, we would have to pay the €83 excess for the insurance screen cover policy, so on the Friday we drove to a company called Glass drive… A small garage type workshop that repairs and replaces windscreens… The look of sheer horror on the poor blokes face was hilarious as we turned into the tiny 2 car parking area just outside his low roofed repair workshop (I think he was expecting a much smaller and low profile motorhome, than a big one with a bulkhead) but he had the correct screen waiting and informed us it would take 2-3 hours for fitting and adhesive to be set enough for us to drive off, he offered for us to wait in the workshop if we wanted or said it would be fine for us to venture the area and come back in a couple of hours…

Of course we opted to venture into the town called Vera, anxiously leaving our home on wheels behind, we strolled along the main road and stumbled upon an all British supermarket… Iceland’s which sold all the English products that you get to miss while over here long term… Clover margarine amongst some other favourites, so I took the opportunity to top up on some decent t-bags buying 3 x big 240 bag boxes (the teabags over here are mainly herbal or fruit flavoured and around €3 for about 10 classic tea bags of which I have actually found red tea mites in!!! nasty!!!) plus I bought some Bisto gravy too… I was in heaven!!! I have informed Pete we shall need to revisit this shop on our exit out of the area and top up of any other things I think of in the meantime… Plus side is they are also selling chocolate Easter eggs there too!!!…. There is a Mercadona supermarket in Vera too, and there’s also a Consum supermarket just a mile from the campsite which is handy…

While waiting for the screen repair we had a couple of coffees and a hamburger each for lunch in cafes along the high streets of Vera, all for €8 before heading back to collect the motorhome and take ourselves back to camp, we had decided to stay at the campsite for at least another week to make sure the windscreen is fine so it should be well and truly set before we take off on any longer journeys… but we are waiting on post now and wondering still whether to stay here while Easter gets out of the way…

The campsite at Palomares is in the province of the Tabernas Desert which is apparently one of Europe’s semi-deserts, located within Spain’s southeastern province of Almería which could explain why the weather has been so great!!!

We spoke with our friends David and Anne who were making their way back to the UK last week, the weather at the top of Spain on their journey was bad and driving conditions were poor for them, their ferry company had told them of a delay for their ferry so they had extra time, so no hurry… or so they thought!… But as they turned up to Santander they watched as their ferry was just leaving the dock!!! The ferry company had forgotten to tell them the ferry had got back on an earlier schedule… They then had to travel to Bilbao and catch the ferry from there the next day!!! The joys of travelling!!! With a rough journey on the ferry and a longer drive through the UK at the other end,  they thankfully made it home safely… and all in time to enjoy the snow!!!

Toffi has loved her stay here so far, with walks and runs on the beach, although she keeps chasing and eating any wasps and bees that get unlucky enough to be in her range (she has managed to eat 4 wasps today alone and is unsurprisingly now feeling a tad bit sorry for herself!!! but this is now a regular occurrence and she seems to be upping her tolerance level to them each day!!) We’ve also been feeding the local small flock of finches with biscuit crumbs, so everyday they come by and see what goodies are around for them…

There are some lovely people on the site here opposite us we have a couple called Louise and Ian with a lovely little terrier called Bracken (Toffi and Bracken seem to have a love/hate relationship going on so they have a barking match everytime they see each other… It must be love!!), then there’s another lovely couple Mickey and I didn’t catch his wife’s name (grrr… my bad!!!) they have a lovely doberman, and almost everyone else says hello in passing… Although Pete did say one of the blokes on reception was a bit miserable and sharp with him, so it was left to me to go in there the next time and he seemed ok with me… So… what can I say!!!

I try not to be a judgemental person… after all I have tattoos and own one of those so called “devil dogs” in the form of a Toffi, the Staffordshire Bull Terrier… but I would give you my last £ if you needed it, and am trained in first aid so that could be useful at some point, but anyway I am hardly the person to judge you, unless of course I feel I am being judged… Then that’s a whole new ball game!!!

So for example a long termer came up to our pitch the other morning stood right next to me as I was hanging some washing on an airer and stole the washing line hanging from the poles on our pitch… (now ok that’s fine, it’s not like I own the line that was taken, but it’s on our pitch, he could have at least asked if I might be using it in the very near future!!! I had actually used it the day before!!), but while I just smiled and said hi while quizzically looking at him in a way that universally said, what you up to bud?… he again just looked at me like I had 2 frigging heads, then handed the line to another bloke to use, now that was it… geezer that’s well cheeky and all whilst giving me the stink eye!!! (but then I was like… ok keep the peace but actually… this is game on!!!)

So here’s what I tend to do… instead of causing a stink which indeed I am actually quite capable of doing, instead I keep my mouth shut and I just give suitable nicknames to any unfriendly or annoying people I meet along the way… just of course for my own entertainment value and its probably better than being arrested over a washing line, right?… I have a lot of time on my hands now to think up some real good and suitable nicknames… so…. said geezer is now Worzel Gummidge and said geezer’s wife (who also didn’t smile when I said hi to her a few days ago)… is now known as the artists Beryl Cook’s bikini beach model…. both for pretty self explanatory reasons!!! and to be honest when it’s the next time for me to wash and dry my big items such as my knickers or bedding I am thinking of just going and hanging them on the washing lines that they themselves use situated on a spare pitch just behind their motorhome!!!

Now this is also a new one on me and it’s the first time I have seen it in the 6 months we have been travelling… I’ve seen people with parrots on their shoulders, canaries in cages, cats in baby holsters and some on leads etc but just who brings a weight bench and weights along with you in a motorhome??? seriously it must take them way over their weight allowance on said motorhomes… but there are at least 2 blokes currently here with weight benches (yep… worzels one…) and neither of them are big strapping muscle men, the blokes only doing a whole 4 lifts a day… is it worth hauling all that equipment around with you? to me that’s just crazy!!! surely you could just lift a large full water carrier up a few times a day instead…

Oh and finally we figured out we can stream English TV here, only as long as the campsites internet isn’t too bad otherwise it swallows mifi data like crazy… we are using easyview.EU so instead of having to download a film or stream from Netflix, I can now watch Corrie & Emmerdale… yay… yes of course Pete’s well chuffed with that!!!

Well enough of my entertaining banter for now…

Take care all,

Donna x

GPS Coords, Camping Cuevas Mar Palomares N37°14’16”  W1°47’56”  €17 per night + paid for wifi €10 per week