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Do You Recognize This Benidorm?

My wife had a major back operation in July last year and part of her recuperation is to walk
slowly on the flat. So this morning we jumped in the car and drove from our house in La Nucia to the outskirts
of the Terra Mitica Theme Park near Benidorm. It takes 10 minutes.

Lovely Views Of Terra Mitica

Lovely Views Of Terra Mitica

The area around the park is extremely attractive and ideal for a slow stroll (as in our case), for jogging
or cycling as 10 years ago (year 2000) 10 kilometers of new avenues were constructed and landscaped.
There are wide coloured pavements (for walks) red lanes (for cycling), car parks, picnic areas and over 1,000
street lights of modern attractive designs.
Modern Roundabout Designs
The roundabouts are truly breathtaking also. There are six (known as glorietas) which represent Earth, Fire, Water
Air, Gravity & Reason and when we have visitors it is fun for the grandchildren to work out which is which. We
passed Earth this morning which is pictured.
Magnificent Views
As we walk towards Alicante in the distance on our left is the 5 star Villaitana Hotel and Golf Complex overlooking
Benidorm.
Terra Mitica
After a fifteen minute stroll and 5 minute rest we cross the road facing Terra Mitica and walk back to the car.
The theme park was opened in July 2000 and includes water rides, roller coasters, carousel swings and many more
for the very young, the timid and the more adventurous.
Holiday makers can reach the area where we walked by catching the 41 bus from Benidorm old town or, if you have one,
you can land your helicopter at the nearby Heliport!!
We stopped for coffee on the way home and, on reflection, had a lovely hour out in the fresh air - and what a difference to yesterday when we had to stay in to avoid a hailstorm!
www.discover-alicante.com has more information on what to do and Alicante Car Hire
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Geraniums And Their Care

Another post from my dad!
There is nothing more visibly striking than deep red geraniums in full bloom against a bright white terrace wall.

Geraniums Against Terrace

Geraniums Against Terrace

In my experience I have found that a crop of geraniums will give a mass of strong colour throughout the year with a little care and attention.
Three aspects to bear in mind are: watering, feeding and the African geranium moth. Water sparingly over the growing season so that the soil or compost does not become too wet (or the plants will rot from bottom upwards). Feed a general fertilizer in pellet form which releases nutrients slowly over a long period. Spray with an appropriate insecticide every two weeks to keep away the geranium moth.
To propogate I find the best time to take cuttings is between February and May before the temperatures rise. I normally take 12/14 cuttings from the parent plants with a view to a success rate of 75%. Invariably 3 or 4 will not take for one reason or another.
Cuttings should be left to dry out for 3 or 4 days before potting. If possible dip the cut end in cigarette ash or ash from a wood fire as this stimulates root growth. Any flower buds should be removed because cuttings cannot make roots and flowers at the same time and, initially, it’s the roots that are important!
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Cuttings potted in February should begin to flower mid-May.
Also beware hailstones because only last week we had a dramatic surprise hailstorm which devastated my plants - all the soft petals and leaves were just blasted away as if peppered by a shotgun! They are now in recovery.
You are not going to believe this but as I write (14th May) we have another hailstorm. What weather - when will it settle down!!
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Keeping Your Spanish Villa Warm

It isn’t always warm when you live in Spain!
Yes the Summers are exquisite but the winters can be cold. The Spanish villas are built to keep the warm out and the cold in and the one thing that my parents aren’t used too is living in a Villa with no central heating!
Yes they have their air conditioning units that keep the house cool in the Summer and warm in the winter but running these can be expensive and so my father has looked for ways in which to keep his Spanish villa warm and the following information is what he recommends.
Up until the winter of 2008 I used to search the woods in the foothills of the mountains near La Nucia on the Costa Blanca to collect broken branches from fallen trees - my source of
fuel for our wood burning fire.
Then on 24th January 2009 high winds brought down a pylon close by and the whole mountainside was lit
up - my supplies went up in smoke literally.

I lost my supplies!

I lost my supplies!

Shortly afterwards my wife saw an advert for a “BRIQUETTE MAKER” in a magazine. “That’s the answer”, she said,
“from now on you must make your own logs”.
So that’s what happened - I bought a BRIQUETTE MAKER and since then friends and neighbours have accumalated
newspapers for me and I now make my own logs. Here’s how:
Crumple 32 sheets of newspaper (Daily Mail size) or 22 sheets (Daily Telegraph size) in a standard washing up
bowl and cover with water. Stir and leave for 24 hours.

Soaking

Soaking

Give the mixture another good stir effectively making papier mache and transfer to BRIQUETTE MAKER.
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Press down hard on arms to extract water.
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Turn over and release log.
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Dry in a warm place (easy to find in Spain but not so easy in Britain).
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I told a friend of mine about the log maker so he bought one. But he told me later that living in South
Wales was not condusive to drying the logs so they were spread all around the house as close to radiators as possible!!
Each log burns for at least 2 hours and provides a clean, odour free flame.
My aim is to make at least 200 during the next few months to have a recession beating warm winter!
For more information about Alicante please refer to our home page.
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Alicante Airport - Volcanic Ash Update

I have taken the following information from the aena website today;

“According to information provided by Eurocontrol about the evolution of the volcanic ash cloud, all airports in the Aena network are open. Valencia airport, which has been closed during the early morning, is operational from 8:00 p.m.

Also, you can get more information calling the Aena’s telephone support numbers:

902 404 704

(+34) 91 321 10 00

For more information about Alicante please visit our homepage.


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Spanish Flight Disruption due to Volcanic Ash

Once again the Iceland’s Volcanic ash is causing flight disruption in Europe, this time in Spain. Barcelona, the second biggest airport in Spain is among those affected totalling 19 airports that have now closed. All of these are in the north of Spain. At the moment, these airports will be closed until 18.00.

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The following airports are affected :-

Barcelona, Girona, Sabadell, Bilbao, San Sebastian, Vitoria, Zaragoza, Huesca, Pamplona,   Logrono, Santiago, La Coruna, Vigo, Asturias, Santander, Leon, Valladolid, Burgos and Salamanca.

Check with your airlines if you use any of these airports.

Also please check flights into Alicante and Madrid from Gatwick as these may also be impacted.

Check here to see current arrivals and departures from Alicante Airport

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