I give my legs and feet a rest today, so no morning walk. We need to pack and load the car up as we are leaving Dave and Fi for the housesit in Ambolo. Its not dramatic as we will only be 10 minutes away from where we are now, but kisses and hugs. Dave and Fi are the salt of the earth and made us very welcome as always. I met Fi when I was working for Oracle Corporation in Wellington, New Zealand. That was well over 20 years ago … how time flies.
And so we retrace our drive from last week towards “Calle Davis”, arriving in good time. Steve meets us at the gate with Barkley and Mini. No bell to ring of course because the dogs respond to every sound and rush up the steps barking to warn us that this is private property. Two fierce looking black labradors ready to bite off your hand! Oh yeah … rather, 2 of the soppiest creatures on Gods earth. But they do a good job pretending to be wild. They are actually good protectors and from the moment we met them and Steve & Helen (S&H), we felt like old friends. Funny that really!
Helen is nowhere to be seen, but I can hear a hairdryer going so know that she is in the later stages of getting ready. And so I go through a quick recap of things with Steve: Light switches, door locks, the BBQ and some logistics. He fires up the BBQ and tells me that the bottle is full. Great! Printed are some notes and plenty of stuff on the dogs. Walks and food! There is a whole page dedicated to the 4 remote controls that contribute to the entertainment system. There is enough technology to launch a rocket to the moon and I am grateful for the notes. At least Sarah will be when I pass them to her. I have got as far as noting where the “On” button is!
Helen appears and clearly they are getting close to leaving. Within 30 minutes of our arrival I am helping Steve take the luggage up the steps to the cars. They are taking 2 cars to the airport as Steve will drive south for a golf tournament on his return from the UK. Steve takes me through all the keys and just hands them to me while Helen is trying to sneak more things into her carry-on luggage. Then they are off and we are waving goodbye. They leave the house as though they will be back in an hour. They have literally just handed everything over and gone.
But they are not coming back in an hour and will be away for almost 2 weeks. Soon the builders arrive to continue their work on the pool. Fortunately they are further down the hill and do not disturb us, although of course they are making some noise.
Barkley and Mini (B&M) growl at every little noise that they don’t like, rushing to the top gates and barking at the sound of a dog or unfamiliar footsteps. They know mine now and never bark when I come to the gate … both of them waiting for me and we haven”t been here a full 2 days yet.
We unpack in our allocated quarters on the lower level. It is a lovely room. It also has access to a seperate kitchen with all mod cons although we will use the upstairs facilities as there is still some building to finish off on the balcony at this level … -4 … the pool on level -5. There are 6 sets of stairs. When you think you are up, you are only halfway and you get the same feeling going down.
The main balcony has nothing less than a stunning Mediterranean view across the small cove that is very popular for diving.On the other side of the peninsular is the infamous Ambolo Nudist Beach. It is exactly aligned with the house, but because there is no access or cliff path it takes about 20 minutes on foot as you have to follow the road round. We have a bit of lunch and take in the Suns rays and our new view. We found a bottle of bubbles to accompany our snack, but it must have been hotter than we thought as it evaporated quickly!
The ocean rolled in along the cove, gently caressing the rocky feet of the cliffs. Motor boats come and go. This is a popular spot for divers and so diving markers can often be seen bobbing on the surface. Today we notice 2 birds of prey circling. Perhaps Kestrells? And then a seagull that they are stalking. A series of dives and manouvours to escape the Kestrells seems fruitless as these large dark birds with huge wingspans menace the seagull. 2 or 3 seagulls now appear to distract the Kestrells and so their mission is now not so easy. More diving, more soaring, more acrobatics. A cry from the seagulls goes out and even more appear. The increasing numbers now taunts the Kestrells, perhaps even threatening them as the seagulls charge at them. Eventually the Kestrells give up their prey. I suspect only for another day. They will be back. Nature is a fascinating thing.
Until next time 🌏