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The sun continues to rise on the Costa del Sol and Moose and I continue to enjoy it together. (OK, he’s simply waiting for the birds in the awnings to wake up, but at least he keeps me company.) Click the images to broaden your horizons.
El sol siga saliendo en la Costa del Sol y Moose y yo sigamos disfrutando juntos. (OK, él simplemente está esperando que los pájaros en los toldos se despierten, pero al menos me hace compañía.) Haz clic en las imágenes para ampliar tus horizontes.
We still haven’t finished putting the terrace back together since the installation of the glass curtain. We got sidetracked by a trip to a new-to-us garden center (called a vivero). It’s a half-hour away and our new favorite place; having a car sure makes a difference.
We bought six large amaryllis bulbs and San Geraldo planted them in a long planter. We hope to have the same year-in/year-out success as the restaurant across the street (click here). We ordered a potted amaryllis for My Mother The Dowager Duchess every Christmas. As we selected our bulbs at the garden center, I had a moment of panic that we hadn’t yet placed this year’s order. Oh yeah…
So, we’ll instead think of her as ours grow and bloom.
The new awnings (toldos) have been opened and closed again. We’ve had the windows completely open, partially open, and closed again.
Today’s temps — a frigid 10C/50F earlier and now a chilly (Oh, please; I know) 18C/65F — have made us really appreciate the warming effect of a glassed-in terrace.
Dudo has been out there soaking up the sun. (Click the images to turn up the heat.)
BOTH AWNINGS DOWN.
I’M ABOUT TO REMOVE THE BOTTOM SCALLOPED VALANCE.
WINDOWS SLID. AWNINGS DOWN.
AWNINGS UP. TWO WINDOWS BLOCKING THE INSIDE CORNER. A NEW WAY TO KEEP THE CATS OFF THE NEIGHBORS’ TERRACE!
We had our entire terrace enclosed in a glass curtain (cortina de cristal) this week — glass panels that slide individually to the ends and then fold in to stack vertically. It’s like adding another 30 square meters (323 square feet) to our living space and it looks incredible. And San Geraldo can no longer complain about the cyclonic winds destroying his plants and making his life miserable. The furniture and plants aren’t back in place. But we can get that all done today even though it’s raining!
(Click the images for crystal clear views.)
I was up at 7:30 every morning to greet the contractors. I didn’t enjoy that part of things. However, Thursday morning’s 7:30 sunrise — which I would normally sleep through — made it all worthwhile.
Sunday afternoon, I had the great pleasure of Skyping with My Mother The Dowager Duchess and… drumroll please… The Kid Brother!
When I spoke with him during the week, he said he had an appointment Saturday. So I suggested he visit on Sunday and he immediately agreed. Dudo was happy to see him, too. When he hears The Kid Brother’s voice, he knows he’s going to get a treat. I put the laptop on the kitchen floor so the cats can see him and he can see them when they get their treat. (Click here to learn about Kid Brother CatSkype.)
The Dowager Duchess and The Kid Brother went out for lunch (across the avenue, which is quite a walk for the Duchess) and even did a little shopping. So, everyone was happy this weekend. (Oh, yeah, and the Dowager Duchess is amazing.)
DUDO AFTER SEEING THE KID BROTHER. (SLEEPING OFF HIS MEAL)
Monday Morning’s Magic…
Don’t fear. I’ve been sleeping a lot better recently knowing The Duchess is doing well and the Kid Brother is back to his routine.
Note: The Tokens were from my neighbourhood in Brooklyn. I went to high school with their [also very talented] sister (Maxine Margo Rubin), who is host and executive producer of the radio show/podcast “The Many Shades of Green.” Check it out here.
It’s Feria (Fair) in Fuengirola this week. I went and saw the beautiful costumes and horses today and took about a gazillion (maybe a few less than a gazillion) photos.
San Geraldo and I met for lunch, because he forgot stores would be closed and there’s no food in the house. Today was the Día de la Virgen Del Rosario (Day of the Virgin of the Rosary).
For no good reason, I went to bed awfully late Tuesday night and I was up early Wednesday morning taking pictures of the sunrise. After lunch, I had a three-hour siesta. It wasn’t a very productive day. So, long after Wednesday’s sunset, here’s Wednesday’s sunrise.
(Click any image for the awesome.)
AND THEN THE VIEW FROM BACK IN BED.
And I’ll finish with a T-shirt I saw emblazoned with my new motto — which I don’t understand.
“LOOK HERE: IT’SOWN FREE CLOTHING THE SRIRIT OF ADVENTURES DESIGN.”