Just got the key back to the comms room from the man from Movistar who is in the process of installing fibre-optic internet in our apartment block.

I asked him had he finished the installation yet. He said no. I asked him when he might be coming back to finish the work and he said he did not know.

He has my phone number so I guess at some point he will give me a ring to get the key and finish the job.

Still no sign of the other installation company. So we are also still waiting for the installation for Jazztel, Orange etc.

La Almunya del Sur - Botanical gardens
Gabriel from the tourist office in Almerimar has been in touch to organise a visit to the La Almunya del Sur botanical gardens. Thanks Gabriel.

You can see more details about the gardens here.

After our initial visit I may look to organise some form of group visit at some point in the future.

Some Movistar workers have started feeding fibre-optic cables to our apartment block. They have got the key to get into our comms room and have said they will return it when the work is complete. It is not certain but I am hoping they will have completed the work in the next couple of days.

Cherry time - 8 June 2016

Jacqui is back from the Wednesday market in El Ejido saying how good the cherries are at the moment. Apparently they cost 3 euros for a kilo earlier today.

Thanks to Sylvia for prompting me to write this...

Earlier today I was popping down to see Pauline to get my hair cut and I spotted Movistar vans working their way along Calle Alcor feeding cable underground. So I guess that they are installing fibre optic cable close to us now.

I walked home over the golf course after having my hair cut and again spotted them working on Calle Alcor on my way home.

Sylvia says they are now working on Calle Foque.

I have been busy working on other things this morning so have only just got around to publishing this news.

Fibre optic internet is getting closer in Almerimar. Yippppppeeeeeeeeee!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Mr President will be happy. Almería managed to get a draw away from home last Saturday. This and other results ensured that they just avoided relegation from the Spanish 2nd division (after relegation from La Liga the season before).

Also, the El Ejido team reached the promotion play-offs in their division. It seems that these play-offs involve multiple rounds. They got through their first round play-off matches OK and qualified for the second round. In the first leg of their 2nd round they drew 1-1 at home to Lorca yesterday. The second leg is at Lorca next Sunday.

I was up in El Ejido earlier in the week getting a cockroach removed from the water overflow pipe from the aircon in our car. There was a strange sound from near the glove compartment whenever we turned the car to the left. The sound only occurred when the aircon was switched on.

While there I called in to various places - El Corte Inglés to buy a cheese cutter. Then Baena to get keys for the swimming pool gates cut for our community. Then Fincal to hand the keys over to the administrators.

I also called in to the Orange shop to ask whether they had any news about when fibre-optic internet access will go on sale in Almerimar. We were originally told sometime in May or June. In typical Spanish style the answer is now "we have no idea".


Convivencia Almerimar - 5 June 2016

I received this photo from Christina G earlier today. Funnily enough I had spotted the poster on Facebook last night and had already made myself a note to publish it here.

Bring your own table and chairs to the rugby pitch this coming Sunday (5 June 2016) starting at 12:00 noon and enjoy a "Day of Coexistence". With free fried food provided (using products from the area).

The is being organised by the Junta Local for Almerimar and some local associations for Almerimar.

This sounds like an interesting way to spend a Sunday afternoon.

I have been told that the thieves are out and about in Mercadona again. Beware of anyone trying to distract you then having an accomplice try to steal your handbag etc.

Properties prices and sales Q1 2016

I found the article here on the Fuster & Associates site via an article that I spotted on Think Spain.

Here is a quote from the article "Prices were up by 6.9% for the quarter and sales had increased by 9.8% with both statistics illustrating just how strongly the sector is bouncing back from the crisis."

When I was driving past the roundabout by the golf hotel this morning I spotted a Movistar tent and 2 Movistar vans in the centre of the roundabout. Then when I drove up the road out of Almerimar I saw another set of Movistar people working by the side of the road before you get to the new chemists by the Velas Blancas roundabout.

It looked to me that they had test equipment out and they were testing fibre optic internet cables.

I guess that the day we might join the 21st century is getting a little closer.

Just received the following from a reader....

"I have two Z beds for sale, only ever used once for one night. I want 50 Euros for the two or 30 Euros for one. Can deliver within Almerimar."

If you are interested please get in touch and we will give you a contact telephone number for the seller.

By now some of you may have noticed that information about Mel's Monday golf no longer appears anywhere on the site.

I apologise to those people who used to like looking at this information.

In the past I have published this information as a gesture of goodwill despite being sorely tempted to remove the information due to various issues caused by Mel.

Over the years on a number of occasions I have believed that Mel's behaviour has been unacceptable. Even so, I continued to publish the information he provided to me.

I have now decided that I have turned the other cheek one too many times. The last ounce of goodwill has been removed from my body.

The article here on the Olive Press site has details of new rules that come into play for short term rental properties in Andalucía starting in May 2016.

We have been told that properties covered by the new law will have to be inspected to ensure they meet specific standards. However due to the likely initial surge in people registering properties this inspection process may take some time.

We understand that previously in the draft version of the legislation there were requirements to provide free wifi and fire extinguishers in properties. We have been told that these requirements have now been removed from the legislation that comes into effect reasonably soon.

Looks like it is very busy in the golf hotel this coming weekend and the start of next week. I guess it is because of the May Day bank holiday.

I have been told that some people were looking to book in to the hotel for a week and have been told that they will have to use the beach hotel instead.

Wherever I go in Almerimar at the moment I seem to see Movistar vans and people putting cables underneath the pavements and streets.

Hopefully it will not be long now until we are able to order faster internet.