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North America » United States » Florida » Deerfield Beach October 9th 2011

We are both a bit tired this morning after the last couple of days travelling. We have decided on an easy day today to take in our surroundings. Major shopping for us today. Took a walk across to the sea first thing. The wind is still very strong and the waves are huge. There are two guys in the sea trying to surf, but they did not make it onto their boards whilst we can see them. The current took them right past us and down south towards Fort Lauderdale. Sea looks very violent. The wind calmed down at lunch time and the sun started to show its way through the clouds. Drove round to the back of the apartment and onto highway 1. This is the main tourist route down through Miami through to Florida ... read more
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Turtle nesting area

North America » United States » Florida » Deerfield Beach October 8th 2011

We took the 8am courtesy bus back to the airport this morning. As we had already checked in through to Miami yesterday, we already had our boarding passes for today. They stopped us and asked lots of security questions as for all USA flights. This is what you need to do these days if you want to go to America. Proceeded through to the gate and had coffee and cakes for breakfast. When we went to board, we were taken to one side as they had no record of us having an ESTA for entry into USA. We informed them that this was correct as we did not need one as we each have USA entry Visa. The girl that asked all the questions first thing this morning took details of the Visas, but it would ... read more
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Europe » Spain » District of Madrid » Madrid October 7th 2011

Having packed the two cats off to the local ‘pets @ home’ cattery earlier this week, today we had just ourselves to get off on holiday. There was a slight delay first thing this morning. The man who is looking after the transfer of registration of our car wanted to see us before we go away. We have arranged to meet him on the TF1 motorway bridge at 7.30am this morning. To our surprise and delight he informs us that the process is now complete and he presents us with our new number plates, car tax and a new car log book. Car tax is Tenerife is 50 Euros a year. it is worked out on the size of the place you live in and not on the car size. A little project for when we ... read more

Europe » Spain » Canary Islands » Tenerife September 26th 2011

Harry here again today with one of his colleagues to do some of the smaller jobs. We had a discussion about the earlier discussed works and we agreed to completely refurbish the two bathrooms, remove the sink under the stairs and plumb in the washing machine, putting in a new tap in the kitchen. He is also going to remove the planters from the driveway and retile the exposed areas. This will be a great help when we need to park the car on the villa drive. He was trying to replace the water flow into the downstairs toilet, but it needed a new part, so we have asked him not to do it as the toilet will be replaced soon. Harry will be in early November to complete all the agreed works. We had another ... read more

Europe » Spain » Canary Islands » Tenerife September 24th 2011

After last nights events with the cats we are not sure if we are going to be able to get either of the cats to the cattery, so were contemplating asking the neighbour after all. At about 11am, Whisky calmly walked down the drive and started meowing constantly. It seems like we have a friend now. The two cats are never going to be the best of friends, but they are at least tolerating each other now. Looks like we will be able to get them to the cattery after all. ... read more

Europe » Spain » Canary Islands » Tenerife September 23rd 2011

We have been slightly concerned about the two cats that we inherited with the villa. The white, black and tabby one, Chilli, is slowly making herself comfortable, but the black and white one, Whisky, does not appear to have been near home in the three days since we moved in. We have been leaving food by the gate to entice the black one in. We have seen her eating, but she has not been onto the property that we have seen. This evening we moved the food and water bowls from the gate down to the front door. During the evening, Theresa was sitting with Chilli when Whisky made an appearance by the door. George moved towards the door only for Chilli to bite Theresa’s hand and draw blood in several places. Not nice. Both cats ... read more

Europe » Spain » Canary Islands » Tenerife September 21st 2011

As part of the transfer of the car into Spanish registration, we are required to register with our local town hall in Arico that we are now living at the villa. We found the town hall fairly easily, but were dismayed to find that no one was able to help us with the language issue. Eventually one lady took pity on us and, with a lot of hand language, we managed to get the forms completed and the required documents copied. She then wrote on the form ‘Lunes’ which we knew from our lessons was Monday so assumed we were to go back then to collect the final paperwork. Heard today that the couple from the dog charity were unable to make it to us tomorrow as they are being evicted from their current field. They ... read more

Europe » Spain » Canary Islands » Tenerife September 18th 2011

We made the first trip to the market on the bus today from our new home. We are about a 15 minute walk away from the TF1 motorway so are able to catch the same bus as we would have done from Las Chafiras. It was a pleasant walk up the hill to the bus in the morning, and even the walk back to the villa after the market was nice as it was gentle downhill rather than step up hill. Saw the couple that run the dog charity whilst at the market. Organised for them to come to us on Thursday to collect all of the donations / items that we have put out for them. Did not do the normal long walk to Las Americas today as so much to do at home, wanted ... read more

Europe » Spain » Canary Islands » Tenerife September 16th 2011

Harry a local builder came to us today to install the new dishwasher. Whilst he was here, we went through all the large works that we are planning to do. He advised that it would be cheaper to get them all done at the same time. The works we have so far are: Replace furniture and taps in upstairs bathroom Replace shower and sink/taps in downstairs bathroom Replace sink area under stairs. Harry advised that it would be about the same price for the two bathrooms to get everything replaced including the tiles rather than doing bits of it. It would also look a lot better. Harry also asked if we had thought about moving the washing machine that is currently in the large bedroom into the area outside under the stairs. Also here today was ... read more

Europe » Spain » Canary Islands » Tenerife September 15th 2011

We had a really good tidy up today and started to find homes for all our belongings. Started wading through the various rooms in the villa and are really surprised at some of the things that have been left behind. We do not want a lot of what is here, but have decided to donate what we do not want to the local dog charity and the local recycling facilities. Started boxing up these items and storing them at the front of the villa. ... read more

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