It seems like so many people in Almerimar have either a cold or the flu at the moment. It feels like Almerimar is the cold and flu capital of the world based on the percentage of the population suffering.

Hopefully the many people involved will all be feeling better soon.

One of our readers, Dawn, asked us to advertise this.....

"New dance/exercise class for mature ladies, held at Golf Hotel, Thursday at 11.10.   25 euros per month."

If you are interested please get in touch and I will pass on contact details for Dawn.

Due to the festivities I missed this story on the Euro Weekly News site. There was a significant earthquake in the Almería area on the Saturday before Christmas. You can see details here.

An El Ejido born film director and writer, Manuel Martin Cuenca, has had a film nominated for 9 awards in the 2018 Goya film awards. It is called El Autor (The Author).

You can see more details here on the Sol Times site.

We had a number of electricity power supply glitches overnight. Plus another one just before 10am this morning.

I am not sure how widespread this was. Perhaps it was only our part of town.

It was a bit of a nuisance as our house was a bit like the Blackpool illuminations in the middle of the night.

Each time the power came back on again the light in our living room came on automatically. Plus the telephone handsets in our bedroom and living room pinged and lit up. Plus our speakers have lights on them. The lights on these were flashing for up to a minute or so before the speakers connected themselves back to the wifi and switched their lights off.

Hopefully the power supply will be back to normal now.

Thanks to Peter H for getting me to check this....

It appears that the new series of A Place In The Sun - Winter Sun is starting earlier than in previous years. Previously it normally started in January (according to their Facebook page).

The new series of A Place In The Sun - Winter Sun has started on Channel 4 on 20 November 2017. So I had better be on the lookout for episodes from the Almería area.

If anyone is looking at the TV schedule look for a couple from South London viewing property in the west of Almería (including Roquetas and Almerimar). With Jonnie Irwin as the presenter.

The email I received recently about the 2018 Burn Night Supper has got me thinking.

One of the services I would be happy to offer to the Almerimar community would be to advertise events in the area on this Almerimar Today website (that also automatically feeds through to an Almerimar Today Facebook page).

From time to time I hear of all sorts of things happening in the area. Both one off events and things that happen more frequently. For example, things like:

- I think there used to be regular quiz nights over the winter period organised by people who moor their yachts here;

- I think there used to be some Tai Chi classes happening somewhere in Almerimar;

- I think there are some groups that play boule regularly in Almerimar;

- I think there is a Wednesday morning walking club that some people organise for part of the year;

If any people involved in this type of thing would like to advertise events on Almerimar Today feel free to get in touch. If you provide the material I am happy to publish it here.

Snow On Mountains - 20 October 2017

The bad weather earlier this week has changed the views from Almerimar.

I have seen a few pictures on Facebook of the snow on the mountains from the golf course yesterday. This is my version. I have edited the photo so there is the original picture off my phone plus a zoomed in version. So you can see the snow a little better.

Autumn is here.

Gerry S has been in touch with details of the 2017 poppy appeal in Almerimar.....

You can find poppy appeal boxes ar Leo´s, Ankara, Stumble Inn, MacGowans, Almadraba, Charity Shop, Baobab, Bonnie & Clyde, Alamar and Pauline´s hairdressing salon in the golf hotel.

In addition you can buy raffle tickets at Leo´s and Ankara. Plus you can get raffle tickets from Gerry (get in touch if you want his phone number).

According to the article here on the Euro Weekly News site "The ban prohibits the burning of vegetation or agricultural waste and the use of barbecues even in designated areas at camping resorts and any area within 400 metres of a forest."

Almería war shelters

The article here on the Sol Times website has some information about the Almería war shelters.

I have yet to take the tourist trip around the shelters. I guess I will get around to it one day.

 Mojácar Bowls - 30 September 2017

Five local bowlers had a visit to the Mojácar Bowls Club over the last weekend. We had a great time and it was very good value for money.

The thing that impressed me most was the model that was used for the creation of the bowls facility. It came into being around 3 years ago.

My understanding is that the council funded the building of the bowls facility. They then leased it out to the Servigroup Marina Mar hotel on a long term lease. The hotel runs the bowls facility. The Mojácar Bowls Club contracts with the hotel to use the facility part of the time. The rest of the time it can be used by hotel guests or visiting bowls clubs.

It provides an additional sports facility in the area and provides an opportunity for the hotel to increase occupancy.

I believe that doing something similar in Almerimar would be a great idea. For me, the perfect location would be on part of the car park close to the golf clubhouse. I guess that the council own this land. Plus I guess they own the "unused" grassy area between the car park and the road that goes past the tourist office.

The grass area near the road could be levelled and the car park extended in this direction. The bowls facility could then be built close to where the herb garden used to be on the edge of the golf course.

You can see a few more photos from the trip in the Gallery.