The Joys of Unexpected Shopping!

Spring is finally in the air and there is a lot of work to be done as we prepare the villa for it’s first season as a holiday rental in Antequera and yesterday (Monday) was the day for our big shopping day out on the Costa Del Sol.

We needed a full set of bathroom fittings for the planned power shower room so a full tour of Bathroom and DIY shops was in prospect but fortunately Leroy Merlin proved equal to the task of satisfying the fabulous but demanding taste of Ursula, my wife, on the budget of, well, not a pauper, but certainly not a prince!

This gave me a chance to sneak off to the nearby record store and stock up on a few bargains, one of which was the Madness singles compilation, “Heavy Heavy Hits” , rare on Amazon but here a snip for 7 Euros!

23 UK hit singles in 7 years, many of them sublime (House of Fun, Shut Up, My Girl’s Mad At Me, Our House) is a pretty impressive record by anybody’s standards and many of these songs are genuine classics.

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.