Spring IS in the air

The weather here in Antequera has finally turned to a lovely early Spring, full of unexpected but much needed showers.

The change has spurred all the garden into rampant growth and there’s a lot to do to get everything looking good before we bug out for the Summer. Ursula and I have now decided to get some help with the two non-stop jobs at the villa, mowing the grass and cleaning the pool so our new friend Rolando at AquaGarden (one of the many new businesses springing up in Antequera) is going to help us out.

Even though we’ve been here over 3 years now, the friendliness of almost everyone we’ve met around here is still impressive. It’s just not possible to rush around doing business in the coldly efficient way of our old life in London. Here it just seems rude not to spend as much time as necessary talking about friends and family, especially as we have some!

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This is our swimming pool in Antequera


This is our swimming pool with peach, plum and walnut trees in the background

A load more photos can be seen at Antequera Villa Rental

Search Engine notification

Well, just spent some time notifying Google and other search engines about the villa rental site, Antequera Villa Rental so here’s hoping all the hard work pays off.

It’s a six page site now, which I built with a free download of Web Studio 4. Being only the second time I’ve built a commercial site, it was quite a steep learning curve, but I managed to complete the design before the 30 day free trial expired! and I even wrote a page of the new site in Spanish! Hope there aren’t too many mistakes!

I did then go on to buy the software too, so it proves the wisdom of giving in order to receive… The original design was knocked up in 4 hours of brainache using Microsoft Publisher 2003 – yeah, I know, but fools rush in, you know. Unfortunately, MP wasn’t good enough to cope with my ignorance and the resulting site went up with a broken link, much to my annoyance, to say nothing of the frustrating visitor experience the site was offering. Hopefully the new layout and added functionality will improve the experience.

Alright! Just noticed I can stick photos in here, so once I’ve set up a Hello account and installed Picasa and uploaded some photos, that’s what I’ll do. Watch this space…

Welcome to the World!

And yet another blog is born. Let’s hope it’s as fun and useful as I hope…

This blog is going to be a personalised mixture of useful or interesting information, details of (any) interesting events or thoughts about my work, currently a strange mix of villa rental in Spain, for which see http://www.antequeravillarental.com, a small luxury boutique hotel, see http://www.cortijolasvinas.com, my latest adventure as the Spanish and Hispano-American representative of a potentially fantastic new business http://www.liveaccounting.com

Then there will also be the usual mixed commentary on the personal and public challenges of adjusting to a new life in a new country, a new language and culture and all that goes with it.