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It has been a strange day, although it started out quite normal. Today was our paella day at petanca so an early start was called for. Up by 7am so we could get ourselves and our things ready and make sure we were there by 8.30 for the traditional breakfast of a boccadillo, black olives and red wine, which proceeds all the festivities.  When we arrived we saw many old friends who had been busy with harvests of various kinds all summer so lots of jokes and commiserations to be shared.

After breakfast came the competition.  For this everyone is given a number. This is drawn from a bingo style cage with each number being written down against a name on the entrance list. Next starting in numerical order from 1 to 28 the names are made up into teams of either 3 or 2.  We then play a knockout style of games and the top teams play each other for 1st, 2nd, 3rd place and so on.  Today I was paired with Pilla and we came top, beating everyone, we each won a leg of dried Hammon, whilst my wife and her partner Salu came 4th and won a dried hand of Hammon so we will eat well this winter.

Whilst all this was going on the men who were not playing began to make the paella, which being inland is made from meat, fresh herbs, rice, chicken stock and saffron cooked over two large gas BBQ’s.  We took our own wine, salad, olives and melon but you end up sharing it with friends and the coffee and whisky do the rounds along with liqueurs.  Then after everything was packed away there were a few more games of petanca before we all drifted home. Wonderful!

But! we found the strangest thing today was not easily answered.   When we looked out of our kitchen window this morning we saw a Storm Trouper standing sentinel like on the south field.

Then we remembered the ‘satellite’ that NASA said had come down, but claimed they did not know where. We all know these storm troopers are tricky people, so I wondered if there are two lost androids wandering around out there and if the ‘satellite’ was in fact an escape pod!!!!!

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One of the nicest things about living here is the night sky. After my weekend game of petanca we stopped off at the Club Nautique for a drink – strange thing there since the fiesta the patrons seem to have vanished, people we normally see are no longer around such a shame – but I digress. 

After dinner my wife and I went up on the roof and sat on the loungers watching the stars.  We are in what can only be described as a halo of night sky, no background scatter just dark,  sprinkled with lots of twinkling lights. There is an aura of reflected light over the hill in front  and the maser behind, and to the left we can look down the valley towards the mountain range that separates us from the coast its above these that you get a sense of the towns behind them as the light scatter is quite large and bright. 

Looking up you see the dusty shadow of the Milky Way, like a faint cloud stretching from east to west. I can understand how the acient astrologers made pictures of the stars. Now and again a plane would wink its way across the sky and a satellite wobble or whiz over head. Sitting there in the quiet we could hear the owls calling to one another the odd dog barking perhaps a pig was near its finca, then suddenly the midges were there then whoosh, small bats came to feed, silently diving and darting around us. The first one to arrive made us jump but it was fascinating to watch them.

Then it began to get cold (nearly 2am) so it was time for bed.  The hunters arrived this morning around 7am so Autumn is on its way, next thing is olive picking but that’s another story…..

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