The article here on the Eye On Spain site has an interesting article about very drinkable cheaper wines available in Spain. It covers 8 bottles on sale at supermarkets for under 2 euros a bottle.

I have just spent approximately 1 1/2 hours sending a certified letter.

I had to drive up to El Ejido, find somewhere to park, walk to the post office, queue up in the post office, send the letter, walk back to the car and then drive back to Almerimar.

What a massive waste of time.

We really need a post office in Almerimar and have done so since I first came here almost 14 years ago.

I have been asked to advertise some items for sale. If you are interested in any of the items below please get in touch and I will give you contact details for the seller.

Item No. for sale Price 
Vacuum Cleaner 1 25 €
Oak bedside cabinets 3 25 € (each)
Dressing table with mirror & stool 1 75 €
Brown leather footstool 1 10 €
Oak lamp table 1 25 €

The article here on the Eye On Spain website has some interesting information about the expected rate of property sales in Spain in 2018.

I know from chatting to our friend Sharon, from Alcor Properties, the market is certainly picking up in the Almerimar area at the moment.

One of the things I have yet to do is visit the catacombs that are under the city of Almería. They were built to provide safety during the Spanish civil war.

Some friends are coming over in June and they have booked to do a tour of the catacombs. Sadly, the tour they are doing is now fully booked. So we will have to book this trip for another time.

If you are interested in seeing the catacombs you can book tickets here. It looks like the price is only 3 euros a person.

Alastair Stewart Expat MPs - 14 April 18

Alastair Stewart has asked me to publish the link here to his latest article about the petition for overseas MPs.

The petition is well on the way to having the first 1000 signatures of the 10,000 needed for a government response. This number of signatures has to be reached by 6 October 2018.

Further to the recent article about the petition for specific MPs to represent expats in the House of Commons. You can see more details about the petition here.

Here is a quote from Alastair Stewart who created the petition:

"Full-time MPs, elected by citizens abroad, are urgently needed to represent our issues and concerns. While we can register to vote at home, we’re voting in a constituency that some people have little connection to anymore and might not have visited in years.

It’s completely unjust that someone living in say, Edinburgh, has to fight to have their representative solve local matters all while someone living out-with Britain is taking up the time of the same MP."


One good thing that is happening at the moment is the plan to remove the current 15 year time limit on voting rights for people who move abroad. Providing clearer representation in parliament for these voters seems sensible.

One of our readers has asked us to publish this issue.....

"I’ve started a campaign calling for an MP to represent British citizens abroad. It would be hugely appreciated if you’d consider posting this on Almerimar Today"

You can see and sign the petition here.

In the last couple of days we have had our first significant encounters with mossies this year.

On Sunday afternoon we played 9 holes of golf from around 4pm in the afternoon. Just before we finished at around 6pm we started to have some drizzle. As we were playing the last hole we spotted a few mossies flitting about.

Then yesterday afternoon Jacqui spotted a mossie in the apartment. This is a reasonably unusual event as the fly screens normally do a good job of keeping them out.

I hope this is not a sign that we are going to have a lot of them this year. Hopefully the extra money the council is spending will keep the numbers down.

It went very dark for a few minutes last night. Not long before 10pm if I remember rightly.

Looking out of the window it seemed like the whole of the town had suffered a power cut. Luckily it only lasted a few minutes.

Car For Sale - March 18

One of our readers has asked me to advertise this car for sale.

It is an 08 Fiesta 1.4 diesel with about 40,000km. It is on Spanish plates, 5 door, Zetec model with alloys, air con etc. Been mot'd recently and is in unmarked condition inside & out. 4750€. It is in Almerimar.

If you are interested please get in touch and I will pass on your details to the seller.

Thanks to a friend who pointed out the article here on the Euro Weekly News site quoting the trigger speeds for Spanish speed limit cameras.

Useful information for us all.

Disposing of old furniture

A couple of weeks ago someone asked me about how to dispose of unwanted old furniture. I just spotted the notice above on the Almerimar Junta Local Facebook page.

Telephone Lirola Brothers.Free service for up to 3 pieces of furniture at a time. Pick up between 08:00 & 14:00 and 16:00 & 20:00, Monday to Friday.

I understand that they ask you to tell them the address to pick up the furniture from. Plus they ask you to leave it outside your apartment block close to the road on the day they agree to collect it.