Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Spot of DIY at the villa

There were a few things needing sorted at the villa, so I decided today was a good day for them.

Headed out to one of the DIY shops looking for bits and pieces and as usual, stumbled on a few other things.....as you do!

First up was a grate for the fireplace. There wasn't one in the fire when we moved in, and there was one sat on the shelf on the shop. I had a mental image of the size required, but hadn't actually measured the size required. Turns out this one fits perfect! The partly burnt log is left over from the last time I had the first lit.....

Next up was the central heating timer. The exiting one had those little plastic risers that you pop up and down to determine when the system goes on and off. A few of them were missing, so you couldn't have the system off from about 10:30pm to midnight should you want to. The shop had a direct replacement that I could have put in, but they also had a digital timer for the same price. This would mean that we could set a different program for the weekends etc. should we desire.

It was fairly straight forward to install, as it was simply live, neutral and switched live wires.
Old timer with missing bits on the bottom left

New Timer fitted.
There was a security light fitted above one of the garage doors. It didn't work either, it was a halogen type and either the lamp had gone or the sensor was duff. I replaced it with a new LED spotlight and sensor. I didn't want to drill more holes in the wall to match the new mounting arm, so drilled holes in the new arm to match the old holes. The terminals in the old wall plate were also completely corroded, so replaced them while I was at it.

Old light

New Light
We had also been searching for a while with somewhere that have fabric bean bags, we had found some in the home furnishings shops previously, but they were ridiculously priced (over 100€ each),  we spotted the ones below in the DIY shop, they didn't have them the last time we were there, but had some now, but only a couple in stock, so took them and ordered another couple. The kids playroom is starting to get comfier, just need a thick rug now and maybe a couple of throws for the bags!

That's all for now folks!

Tuesday, 9 January 2018

[TripAdvisor Contribution] Muse - Early dinner and beautiful steak!

Popped in for an early dinner with the wife and kids.

Arrived around 6.30 and the restaurant was very quiet, it was a Tuesday! Service was very good, the food was excellent and in particular the fillet steak. Cooked to perfection, or at least cooked to how I expected it to be for requesting a medium rare.

As the meal progressed, we did notice it start to get busy, and by the time we left, it was starting to really fill up.

Definitely be back here.

Review can be found here:

Sunday, 7 January 2018

[TripAdvisor Contribution] Suite48 - Spot of lunch after coastal walk

Located on the coast, Suite48 offers an ideal location to grab a bite to eat after being for a long walk along the coastal path, or perhaps a long walk after you have eaten to burn off the calories!

The restaurant was relatively busy, with a steady stream of people coming and going, we arrived around 1pm and managed to grab a table for 8.

Food was very good, the I had grilled chicken which was cooked just fine. Service was a bit chaotic, but don't know if this was normal or not or they were just having an off day. It wasn't bad, just had room for improvement.

Be aware of the chocolate pudding, we thought it was brownie, but this lump of chocolate cake the size of an iceberg arrived and was no way it was going to be demolished. It was served with a small scoop of ice-cream, but could really have done with more to help the brownie/cake down.

I could have easily sat there all afternoon and slowly drowned in cold beers, but alas, had things to do. Definitely be back here again.

Review can be found at:

Sunday, 26 November 2017

Meeting the local wildlife.......

I was moving some wood from outside to inside and this lovely little spider was waiting for me at the bottom of the pile.

Having tried to encourage him down the driveway with the tip of my trainer, it took a hold and I had vision of it running up my leg. After shaking it off I gave it another push, but it turned around lifted its front legs and gave me one of those 'looks'.....

From what I can gather it is a European Tarantula, but I didn't ask it!

Friday, 24 November 2017

Cloud Formation Monster

Is this some scary dinosaur or evil monster coming?

Spotted forming in the clouds above Tala.