Living in Spain and bringing up a Spanglish family during the current 'crisis' and trying various ways to make some 'dinero'. Enjoying life in the sun, crafting and blogging as much as possible.

30 Jun 2012

Cueva Pedro Guestbook Comments

Unfortunately we have had to say goodbye to both sets of guests this week. Our Australian guests are continuing on their tour of Europe and our good friend Mike has gone back to UK. We have had a fabulous time with them and so many laughs. Look forward to Mike returning again next year and we will miss our Australian guests.

'marvellous, relaxing, friendly, good food, a magic way to spend 10 days R&R in the middle of a long holiday'

'Once again a fabulous holiday - 3 weeks this time and as usual treated as part of the family. thanks to Mike, Sally, Amy, Kate, Ramon and Ally. Here's to the next one! Fishing was great by the way.'

17 Jun 2012

A busy weekend of cooking

Mum has had a busy couple of days cooking and preparing for a big buffet tonight. It was a private party for 20+ people. Mum prepared the food, Ami and I were hostesses and Dad was working on the bar.....it was a busy night.

Mini scotch eggs (with quails eggs)

Pastry bites for starters


Roasted tomatoes with garlic and basil

Pork, apple and cider

Lincolnshire sausages

Mini jackets with bacon, cheese and onion

Potato Dauphinoise

Veggie chilli


Cheese and chive bread


Mini chocolate mousse

Sherry trifle

Lemon meringue

Guinness ginger cake




The party!



15 Jun 2012

More B&B Guest Comments

(Thank you all for your hospitality. Everyone has been friendly and helpful. We have enjoyed our stay and have unfinished business in our quest to find the gorge rope walk!)

14 Jun 2012

Introducing the Evil Eye Door Hangers / Sun Catchers

One of the new designs in the 'Evil Eye' range I am making. These are designed to be hung somewhere in the entrance to your home to protect you from the 'evil eye'.  Made with wooden recycled beads and an extremely large cobalt blue glass evil eye central bead.  Hang on your door or even in front of a window to catch the light.



Hung on my door

Hanging from a light

You can see the beautiful cobalt blue as the sun hits this one


The evil eye is usually given to others without knowing what it is or what it does.

The evil eye is a look that is believed by many cultures to be able to cause injury or bad luck for the person at whom it is directed for reasons of envy or dislike. The term also refers to the power attributed to certain persons of inflicting injury or bad luck by such an envious or ill-wishing look.



8 Jun 2012

Paramount Theme Park Opening Ceremony


Paramount Theme Park Opening Ceremony (source)

Paramount Theme Park Ceremony over..Time capsule buried…Construction GO!
After a long wait – and having to listen to repeated skeptics saying it would never happen – the Paramount theme park in Murcia, Spain is finally starting construction. The park is not expected to be opened until 2015, and will represent an investment of over €1 billion when all is said and done. This news should have an immediate and lasting impact on Murcia’s real estate market. The theme park is expected to bring in a considerable number of tourists from across the continent once it opens. For more on this, continue reading the following article from Property Wire.
The foundation stone laying ceremony for the new Paramount Theme Park in Murcia, Spain, heralds the start of a construction process that is expected to result in a boost for real state in the area.
Attended by project officials, local authorities and dignitaries, the formality kick started the countdown to the Park’s official opening in 2015.
‘The cynics have been out in force on this project highlighting the global recession and Spanish housing market problems as reasons why the Theme Park would never happen, but so far they’ve been proved wrong,
The Paramount branded park promises to be the first of its kind built in Europe and the most modern to be opened in Spain embracing the latest in 3D technology and environmental awareness.
‘I expect the stone laying ceremony to bring calm and confidence to both investors in the Park itself, and to real estate investors hoping to benefit from the equivalent of buying a home right next to Walt Disney World Florida before they started building.
Executive vice president for licensing at Paramount Pictures, Michael Bartok, buried a time capsule box and placed the first stone. He also took the opportunity to confirm that work would start in earnest in October this year after the summer heat had faded and special urban and planning permissions had been received from Alhama de Murcia.
In the meantime, the various attractions that make up the Park and Lifestyle Centre are being commissioned out to expert designers. ‘While Paramount is not a financial investor, we are committed to our globally recognised brand,’ he said, and added that he is delighted with the development of the project and next steps.
Other senior figures in attendance included Pedro Alberto Cruz, Minister of Culture Tourism and Sport for the Region of Murcia, Ramón Luis Valcárcel, president of the region of Murcia, Jesus Samper, president for Murcia’s Flagship Projects (PREMURSA), Antonio Sevilla, Minister of Public Works for Murcia, Joaquin Bascuñana, the government delegate for the region, Manuel Campos Sanchez, Minister of the Presidency of the Region of Murcia, José Ballesta, Regional University Minister and Fernando Alfonso Ceron, Mayor of Alhama.
Samper was quick to quell any fears over finding investment in this tricky economic climate saying that there were sufficient funds to commence build and a financial cushion to continue whilst suitable investors were sought.
He confirmed that there is ‘no going back’ for the project and the team is attending meetings locally and globally to secure investment including an upcoming meeting in the United States.
President Ramón Luis Valcárcel expressed his Government’s support to a project that is taking shape. ‘The reality is that this great project has been conceived and developed in record time. Distrust, as of today, must become trust. It is very difficult for anyone outside project to trust if the Spanish themselves have little confidence,’ he said.
The Paramount Theme Park requires an investment of more than €1 billion and will create no less than 22,600 construction and operational jobs and hopes to attract upwards of three million visitors each year from around the world.
It will be divided into four areas to include two themed hotels whilst the LifeStyle Centre will have seven hotels, restaurants, bars, nightclubs, shopping mall, casino and a business district with modern office space, an auditorium and convention centre.
PREMURSA has been granted the license to construct and operate the Theme Park, exclusively in Spain, for an extendable 30 year period. The economic impact of the project could make up 2% of the Region’s GDP in forthcoming years. The Theme Park and first phase of the LifeStyle Centre is expected to be open to the public by the middle of 2015

5 Jun 2012

Feliz Dia Del Medio Ambiente

Got this from nursery today - made by the little monster

World Environment Day (WED) is celebrated every year on 5th June to raise global awareness of the need to take positive environmental action. It is run by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).
It was the day that United Nations Conference on the Human Environment began. The United Nations Conference on the Human Environment was from 5–16 June 1972. It was established by the United Nations General Assembly in 1972. The first World Environment Day was on 1973. World Environment Day is hosted every year by a different city with a different theme and is commemorated with an international exposition in the week of 5 June. World Environment Day is in spring in the Northern Hemisphere and fall in the Southern Hemisphere.
"Stockholm was without a doubt the landmark event in the growth of international environmentalism", writes John McCormick in the book Reclaiming Paradise. "It was the first occasion on which the political, social and economic problems of the global environment were discussed at an intergovernmental forum with a view to actually taking corrective action."
World Environment Day is similar to Earth Day.


3 Jun 2012

Alicun de las Torres - Piscina Los Torreones

Also known as Balneario de Alicun de las Torres

Bar


BBQ area



This is one of my favourite places to go in the summer. It gets really busy but it is such a big complex that there is plenty of room for everyone.

You pay quite a bit for entry so it is best to go for the day.

Sun loungers are available for a small hire fee

There is a large pool with warm waterfall! and then a smaller childrens pool

You can have menu del dia in the restaurant there or tapas in the bar, you can take your own picnic or use one of the many bbq's there. If you don't fancy bringing all your own bbq meat then you can also buy so bbq  meat packs there.

Grassy area to sunbathe and a shadey area

Fantastic scenery (just looks like an oasis deposited in the middle of the Grand Canyon)

Waterfall into large pool

Thermal pool
Children's pool


Grassy area

Shadey area under trees


IT WILL BE OPENING ON 16th JUNE 2012 - Yippee!


ALICUN DE LAS TORRES

Alicún de las Torres is a classic spa, located in a secluded spot in the midst of nature in a spectacularly beautiful, peaceful setting surrounded by megalithic remains. The latest renovations have given it a modern appearance, while its overall style is reminiscent of earlier cultures. The Reina Isabel Hotel is internally joined to the spa. During the summer, a complex of outdoor thermal pools is open.

Properties of the water
Sulphate-rich, Bicarbonated waters, Calcium-containing, Magnesium

Location
Carretera de Gorafe s/n
18539
Villanueva de las Torres (Granada)

Contact details

Tel.: +34 958694022
 +34 958694022

Fax.: +34 958694411

info@alicundelastorres.com

http://www.alicundelastorres.com



2 Jun 2012

Epic Day Out

What a fabulous day we have had today. We had to set off at 8am to take Mum to the airport as she is going back to UK for a week. Realising we could spend the entire day at the beach (after dropping off Mum) we packed ourselves up, got the little monster out of bed early and set off to Almeria.

We like Almeria airport as it is one of our quickest to get to, before we knew it Mum had checked in and we were saying our goodbyes (or 'adios' from Ali as he cant say goodbye yet!).

The closest beach to the airport is 'costacabana'. After a coffee and tostada we set ourselves up on the beach for a day of swimming and beachcombing! (What a lovely beach!)

factor 50 and water wings! all ready for the day

playing with Tita

Ali spent hours running in and out of the waves

Costacabana beach

Costacabana beach



Of course there was time for a search for seaglass, however it was extremely disappointing on this beach so we decided to head off to our favourite place on the coast......yes Mojacar!

Ali looking for seaglass!

After about 45 minutes drive we arrived in Mojacar (I am still trying to work out exactly which place I would like to move to - I would love to move to Mojacar but Ramon isnt so keen as there are too many brits! - it would be good for us 'work wise' if we were there as Ramon is bi-lingual and my Spanish is sufficient enough to help with translating....plus it is very 'crafty'......I would move there today if I could!......Ramon is still keen on San Juan de los Terreros but ther isnt the business oportunities there for us.....one day we will make a decision and go!!......Almeria is still an option!)

Mojacar - just beautiful


Making the shop sign for my internet shop!

AND THEN......

We decided to come home via the shopping centre in Aguilas so that we could stock up en-route! and when we got there there was a big car event going on........most of the cars looked like one we had seen in the Baja Andalucia race earlier in the year in Castillejar. Ali was so happy.....the the noise there was so loud with all the engines revving......it was a perfect end to such a fabulous day out.












1 Jun 2012

Introducing 'Lagrimas de Sirenas'

Lagrimas de Sirenas is translated to 'Mermaid's Tears'n which is another term for seaglass. This is the new shop my sister and I have opened on Etsy.  Here we will be selling all naturally sourced or cleverly made products. We collect the seaglass locally from our nearest beaches and we transform these pieces into beautiful pendants, craft supplies and combine with silver products to make stunning sterling silver jewelry. As well as seaglass we also collect surf tumbled shells, pebbles and pottery and also driftwood. Using pyrography and painting techniques the driftwood is turned into beautiful pieces.

We are also a supplier of faux seaglass - old glass products are transformed thanks to a homemade tumbling machine. These pieces are now available in our etsy store to use for your own craft projects, mosaics and other ideas.  More and more pieces will be added regularly........I am excited about eventually moving to the coast and spending every day beachcombing and making!