We have enjoyed the most wonderful weather this past weekend, so it was perfect for lots of lovely Valentine’s outings.
Here are a couple of pictures showing our campsite beach…
On Saturday we went up to our favourite cafe and met a chap who had an interesting coffee companion! We saw him there a week or so ago, when we took this photo (it was a bit more of a breezy day on that occasion – which is why Al is sporting sleeves!)
(it’s a ferret!)
Then on Sunday we spent the day at San Pedro del Pinatar, where there is the most wonderful promenade, lined with lovely cafes, as well as a big harbour. It was a gloriously hot day and plenty of people were out, but it was still really peaceful and relaxing.
Once again, we met a family who had an interesting dinner companion!
It seems impossible that it is four weeks since I last posted. The days and weeks go by and there always seems to be plenty to do – is this what retirement feels like…?! The site is quite busy now, with lots of people arriving from England, Germany and Holland during January and February.
We thought you might like to see a sample of some of the motorhomes on site. Many of them keep a pitch here all year round and then come and go, using it as their holiday home. They have a lot of freedom about what they do with their pitches, so you can see all kinds of layouts (no parish council to worry about here!).
We have had some good news on the planning front – our planning application for an extra six pitches has been approved! So, when we get back we will be busy running in new electric hook-ups for the extra pitches, as well as converting part of the big garage to provide shower cubicles and a washing up area for campers.
It’s good news because it will mean that now we can take any and all touring caravans and motorhomes – not just those owned by Caravan club members. Last year we had a lot of enquiries from European travellers who wanted to stay a night or two – so now we can welcome them with open arms – should be good fun.
Here’s a reminder of Fieldgate and how it probably looks now on a chilly January day…
Today the wind is up and we chose the best place for our morning coffee. There is a cafe and restaurant which we like, just up the road at a place called Los Nietos. The owner – Antonio – is married to Clare – the English hairdresser who we have got to know over the last couple of years. Antonio opened up his own restaurant last year and it is right on the beach. All the kitesurfers were out today and we really enjoyed watching them while we had our coffee. We had two lovely coffees, plus Al had a toasted sandwich and I had toast and the whole lot only came to five euros! Less than half the price that it would have cost in the UK. Also we had a lovely chat to Antonio (his English is coming along very well) and heard all about their excitement – as in one month’s time they are expecting their first baby! A son who will be called Lorenzo!
Near to our campsite is the La Manga resort. The resort is a large community with four (very posh) golf courses, some beautiful apartments and villas and they have their own shops, cafes, and even their own petrol station. This is the place where the English football team have trained in the past and where you can pay between one and two million pounds for a place. We had a wander round there a couple of days ago and pretended to be house-hunting. We asked one of the estate agents how much the ongoing annual maintenance charges would be – it turns out that it is anything from £6,000 to £12,000 just for the privilege of living there – and that doesn’t even include the golf!
Of course, we didn’t let on that we live in a caravan on a campsite!
Anyway, there is no charge for looking so enjoy these pictures…
Justin had discovered that the Spanish have another tradition which involves cake! Around the time of the three Kings you can buy a special cake with a hidden ‘bean’ inside. The story goes that whoever gets the piece with the bean has to buy the cake next year. I guess it is a bit like our tradition of the sixpence in the Christmas pudding.
You can see the cake below – it was delicious – and the bonus was that I got the bean, so I will just need to be back here next year to buy another one…!