We’ve been here in Navarra for a month now, and Casa Los Fueros is already referred to as ‘home’ – with only the slightest of hesitation. The hire car – a Seat Leon – we picked up on our way here, at Bilbao airport, has been handed back (with scraped rear bumper) at Pamplona (in Europe, 31 days is the maximum duration for car rental), and a Seat Arona collected for the second month.
A good point to take stock – photographically.
Benbecula – Flight to Glasgow
Edinburgh Airport – Control Tower
Daughter Catherine and Grandson Enaut
San Martin de Unx
Rio Salazar – Foz de Arbeyún
San Martin de Unx – Boyeral
Santa Crix, Roman settlement – near Eslava
Casa Los Fueros – DIY fit-out of wardrobe
Sierra de Guerinda – Molino de Olletta
Casa Los Fueros – DIY installation of external light
San Martin de Unx – Calle San Salvador
San Martin de Unx – Jonathan in the Boyeral
Casa Los Fueros – The first frost, and snow on the mountains
Casa Los Fueros – Our terrace garden starts thus
Wild-grown figs – so juicy and tasty!
Wild-grown grapes – astonishing flavour
Casa Los Fueros – view towards Ujué
Bardenas Reales – Acequia de Navarra
Bardenas Reales – Autumn Crocus
Bardenas Reales – Camino signpost, Embalse Ferial
Bardenas Reales – El Castillo de Tierra
Above Arnadillo, La Rioja
Arnadillo, La Rioja – House sales have hit rock bottom
Jonathan: A change of car today! My blue Vauxhall Astra steadily deteriorated over the last 8 years it’s been here in Uist: the salt air and the sand will certainly have played their part but lots of short trips (mainly to the croft just 3.5 miles away) will have taken their toll on the engine. But that said for a 14 years old it could have been worse, and anyway we were prepared to put up with doors that didn’t lock, turning lamp lenses missing, back hatch that didn’t shut properly … After all the alloy wheels still looked great, the silver sheen set off nicely against the deep ochre of rusty wheel arches. When the engine oil started to foam about 6 months ago, I started to suspect that the cylinder head gasket was not all it should be, but when during the last week I found I had to top up the coolant with about 2 or 3 litres every other day, it was clear we’d hit the end of the road! At Laing’s garage they estimated it would cost £500 or so to get the car back on the road and through an MOT: Seaumus suggested we consider a 7-year old Astra for £2000. My reaction was – we don’t have that kind of money! But on reflection it was clear we could easily end up spending far more trying to keep the old one on the road. This afternoon I went to drive to Lochboisdale to return with the ‘new’ – and the old Astra wouldn’t start: cylinders flooded with coolant! Laing’s had to send round a mechanic to get it started: a tow-start in gear drove the water out of the cylinders and then thankfully the engine burst fitfully into life – for its last drive to the garage for breaking up.