|Jackie and her dad on the Saturday stroll to the village|
Life here is at a gentle pace, so we have not done too much, Saturday was the traditional walk down to the village for the papers and a lunchtime shandy, before, almost unheard of in this house, supper on our laps in front of Strictly Come Dancing. Sunday was a little more active as we were seven for lunch, roast pork with all the trimmings and crumble and custard. Good mix of people, Michael, Elizabeth’s brother in law, home alone while Jane is in the UK, and Carolyn and John with their mega bouncy chocolate Labrador, Jack. Very cute dog, ran around like a mad thing for the first five minutes but was then very well behaved. Pepa vanished as they arrived, but didn’t go far and was around once they had gone so all was well.
|Sunday lunch on the patio. LtoR: John, Carolyn, Elizabeth, Richard, Jackie and Michael|
|Not forgetting Jack the labrador|
Yesterday we thought finally the time for some activity, so we drove up the hideous windy broken road to park near to the old fort. Not content with the standard tourist path Brian had found a route that involved one two or three summits. Summit one gave some very fine views over the hills, and some close up views of lots of orchids. Summit two was more of a scrambly challenge and resulted in us having more great views of the hills and this time over Altea and Benidorm, though there was a lot of humidity so distance views were a bit hazy.
|Afternoon snooze in the sun for Richard|
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|Mondays walk in the Sierra de Bernia. The long ridge to the right is the Bernia Ridge, we're hoping to do that next week|
|Starting the walk. Benidorm in the distance|
Pleasant evening out with Dee and her friend Robert at a local restaurant, Dee is an old family friend of my Father’s, they were friends before her father married my grandmother! She hasn’t changed a bit so it was lovely to catch up.
|The ruins of the Bernia Fort|
|The knife edge arete leading to the western summit|
Today is being spent readying the house and receiving final instructions for Dad and Elizabeth’s departure to the UK tomorrow at the unearthly time of 04.15. Fortunately Brian is taking them! How to get into the drive, through the huge metal gate if there should be a power cut something we hope we won’t need but who knows…… Readying the house was slightly harder than expected as while we were out yesterday there was a problem, they thought, with the drains, so the man was called and arrived good as gold at 09.00, to declare it wasn’t the drains but the toilet itself, fortunately not the one we use, but as he had done nothing no charge was made! Coincidental with him leaving the water went off but fortunately all the washing is already done, and even ironed, by me! May not be the best ironing job ever as it’s not in my skill set, but at least it’s done!
|Wild orchids growing on the hillside|
|Part of the narrow arete leading to the western summit. we eventually abandoned the attempt as the rock was too loose|