Monthly Archives: January 2012

The Cutest Balrog You Ever Did Hear

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Finally got around to that walk today, a variation on the walk from new years day, again passing through Campanilles, but going up via Font d’En Cannes, and back via the rocky climb (this time descent) to Font d’En Parra. At the Font d’En Parra, there is a well. And in this well, there was, well, a noise. Just as… Read more »

A Night Out on the Tapas

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My word, our first half decent evening out since leaving home! After failing to get out for a walk today, we decided the wander into town by moonlight, and suss out the eating places. We stopped at one bar which had a few people in, sadly themed the ‘Cheers’ bar after the TV series. There were only Brits watching football,… Read more »

A Tale of a Spanish Hullabaloo

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A day of indoor action (oh err!) today as Spain finally delivered a variation to the weather. We’ve had windy spells here on an off over the last few days, but last night and today was definitely more stirring! The forecast was for about 40mph gusts, but some of them have been fiercer than that for sure, and the van… Read more »

A Castle, Vogons, The Unemployed, and a River Bed

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Enough sitting in front of the computer, which has been necessary for the last couple of days to take care of admin and investigating things for a new work project (yes, exciting eh?). So out on the bike, enjoy the air and the sunshine, and explore the local landscape. I had no specific plan for where to go, other than… Read more »

The End of The World is Nigh

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All day we’ve had some pretty spectacular skies. It’s been cloudier than normal although still warm, around 20 degrees. The local mountains seem adept at creating lenticular clouds and we’ve had a few of them mixed in today with the rest. The picture is the remnants of an earlier Lenticular formation. The sunset was both spectacular, and foreboding. Our German… Read more »

Colourful Prose in Celebration of the Bicycle

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I’m continuing to read Thomas Stevens autobiographical account of his circumnavigation of the globe by bicycle, between 1884 and 1886, the first person to have done so. As I read he is just south of Paris, France, having crossed North America from his starting point in San Francisco, via New York for his sea crossing to Liverpool, UK. His style… Read more »

Any Budding Geologists Out There That Can Identify This?

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The stretch of coast here that forms part of the Sierra d’Irta National Park has some very interesting geology right along the coastal margins. It’s not evident further inland, but may be just buried below vegetation and top soil, and the hills of the park appear to be mostly sedimentary. Here on the coast though, it looks like the local… Read more »

A Short Cycle Along the Coast

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Chores done this morning. Another round of clothes washing taken care of by the campsite machines, and the van got a new year treat of being washed for the first time since leaving home. It wasn’t looking too bad, still vaguely white at least, but it’s now back to gleaming white. Well almost, can’t quite do as good a job… Read more »

New Year, Same Hill, Different Mode of Transport

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After a quiet night in, disturbed only by the Germans and a phone call by a certain someone (who shall remain nameless) who couldn’t remember there was a time difference between the UK and Spain (but bless you for thinking of us!), today was a chance for both of us to g experience the same hill I did yesterday by… Read more »