The law regarding pedestrian crossings used to be quite relaxed and still, in no way compares to the strictness of the UK, where the driver is automatically at fault if he hits a pedestrian on a crossing. If you are the pedestrian, be sure to look LEFT first and it is considered advisable to hold up the palm of your hand to oncoming traffic. Drivers can now be penalised for not stopping at a crossing.
Be aware that traffic lights are often situated right at the stop line, making it very difficult to see when they turn green, except where there is a lower set of lights on the post. There are often flashing amber lights to warn that you are approaching a set of traffic lights and sometimes there are lights which will detect your speed and turn to red if you are exceeding the limit. Very sensibly, stop lights are often turned off, replaced with flashing amber, at night and at other times when the traffic flow is much less.
By Clodagh and Dick Handscombe
Holistic gardeners and authors living in Spain for 25 years.
Most expatriates buy properties in Portugal with a very different lifestyle in mind to the one they experienced previously. They envisage a more open air lifestyle to make the most of the generally drier warmer and healthier climate. However this is only possible if the garden is designed and constructed to support this.
• The provision of shade from the hottest suns and shelter from the coldest winds, for the extremes of temperatures are very different to the average temperatures often quoted by tourist boards, estate agents and persons attempting to sell their house privately.
• The provision of good sized covered and open terraces for when the family or friends visit for meals or to partake in hobby activities or games.
• An interesting network of paths that do not turn boggy after monsoon like rainfalls.
• Colourful perfumed and productive with minimum monthly maintenance needs especially if you plan a busy working or social life.
• Safe for both young and elderly.
• A swimming pool located and surrounded by a low leaf drop mini garden so that it is not the dominating feature of the garden.
• Cooking features beyond a barbecue so that al fresco meals can be organised daily in good weather without the style of eating becoming boring.
• A collection of fruit trees and facilities to grow at least a few ecological fruit and vegetables.
• Thick boundary hedges for privacy and hideaways for nesting birds.
• Trees that not only provide shade but also hide surrounding houses and possibly local eyesores.
• A challenge for the dedicated gardener/s in the family.
• A garden that looks great from wherever one stands or sits at all times of the year for with an outdoor lifestyle you will live within it and not just view it through rain splashed windows as so often happens in northern Europe.
• Hideaways for peaceful reads and siestas.
• Areas for children and grandchildren to play safely without constant supervision.
• Matches all aspects of the lifestyle that you foresee in both the short and longer term.
The latter is very important if you are to be happy with your purchase.
When we wrote the first edition of our practical and comprehensive book ‘Your Garden in Spain’ which applies to Portugal as well the sub title was ‘Practical ideas for gardens that suit your Spanish lifestyle’. Some years later our publisher Santana Books asked us to split the book into four in order to expand the chapters on growing fruit and vegetables and the development of gardens on apartment terraces and balconies. To differentiate the new edition of ‘ Your Garden in Spain’ the subtitle of the new one became ‘ From planning to planting and maintenance’ but an essential chapter in both is Chapter 2.1 ‘Design the garden to match your lifestyle’ which includes an easy to follow self questionnaire to help you clarify your lifestyle needs. We require that anyone who asks for assistance or coaching in designing or redesigning their gardens to first read the book and then complete the questionnaire. Do so yourself before investing another euro in the garden.
Our books can be obtained from high street and internet bookshops including Amazon, The London Book Depository, Bookworld and our publisher Santana Books.
If you are retiring to Spain a recent booklet published by Amazon Kindle ‘ Your practical guide to Having A Great Retirement’ could also be useful. If you are interested in a hard copy as a retirement present contact us via our website www.gardenspain.com.
(c) Dick and Clodagh Handscombe April 2013.
Marbella Hotels recognized for being the Best in Europe and the World at the International Hotel Awards
The Marbella Club and the Puente Romano were recognized at the Best Hotel in Europe and the Best Golf Resort International respectively at the International Hotel Awards last week. This year long competition awards hotels which have earned a truly international five-star status. Following extensive scrutiny by the judging panel, the winners were revealed at a gala presentation dinner at the London Marriott Hotel Grosvenor Square on Sunday November 4th.
The Marbella Club won three awards at the prestigious event; Best Hotel Spain, Best Hotel Europe and was highly commended for the refurbishment of its legendary Champagne Room. The Puente Romano was named Best Resort Spain, Best Golf Resort Spain and Europe and fought off all the competition be named Best Golf Resort International.
Sales and Marketing Director for both hotels, Julian Cabanillas, travelled to London to collect the awards and said “It is a huge honour to represent the Hotel Puente Romano and the Marbella Club and to collect these awards on behalf of all the team. To be recognized as the Best Golf Resort in the World and Best Hotel in Europe is an amazing accolade and confirmation that all the vision, passion and investment in the hotels have paid off to give us a product capable of beating all the competition.”
Stuart Shield, president of the International Hotel Awards, says, “The hospitality industry is notoriously competitive and so the levels of expertise and quality required to gain one of these highly prestigious awards is extremely high. My sincere congratulations to all winners.”
The Coin Branch of the Royal British Legion and the Ayuntamiento of Coin exchanged gifts at a ceremony in the Council Offices at Plaza Alameda on Wednesday the 31st of October 2012. The Chairman of the Coin RBL, Jo Taylor, presented the Mayor, Fernando Fernandez Tapia-Ruano, with a Standard that was retired from Service earlier this year. The Standard will now be laid up permanently in the museum at the Convent of St Mary of the Incarnation as a symbol of the close relationship between the members of the RBL in Coin and the Community as a whole. As a sign of friendship, the Mayor presented the RBL Chairman with a replica of the Tower from the Old Convent referred to locally as the “Torre del Antiguo Convento de Trinitarios”. This simple exchange of gifts strongly illustrates the spirit of cooperation between the Administration of Coin and the Branch of the Royal British Legion that has made its home there.
Do you know who Frank Skott is? No? That is because Frank is one of Europe’s best kept secrets.
With nearly 13 years as a singer/songwriter, a major record deal, UK tour, major single release, 2 album releases and countless live performances all over the world, Frank still feels as though he’s just getting started.
As a songwriter, Frank has worked with some of music’s most respected names, and has the rave reviews to prove it. Frank’s soulful voice has been likened by many to greats such as Stevie Wonder, Terence Trent D’Arby and D’Angelo, and his song writing has taken him to some of the worlds most famous recording studios, including Lobo Studios on New York’s Long Island, home to the likes of 50 Cent, J-Lo and Marc Anthony. He has written songs for best selling UK girl group the ‘Sugababes’, and multi platinum UK boyband ‘Blue’, as well as co-writing with some real music pros such as Jez Larder, producer for Estelle, One Eskimo and David Bowie, among others. He’s written with David Faulk ( Mystikal ), Stevie Lange ( Bon Jovi, Blue, Sugababes, LuLu ), Jeff Scantlebury ( Stevie Wonder ) and the list goes on. With a song catalogue of some 160 plus songs, there is no end to the creative well Frank can draw from, or to the number of people who want to work with him.
Frank was born 30 years ago in Copenhagen, Denmark. Having a Danish mother and a Spanish father meant Frank’s life was destined to be international from the start. As well as English, Frank speaks and writes French and his own native Spanish, and having friends from all over the world allows him to practice his languages regularly. His schooling took him from Northern Ireland, to the Isle of Man, to southern England, where he finished university in Worcester with a degree in Outdoor Rec Management. His life since then has taken him everywhere, and he has followed his passion and his dream with a tenacity and desire to succeed and improve.
He will always describe Marbella as ‘home,’ but is still desperate to explore more of the world, and surround himself with what gives him the inspiration for most of his songs; people! People that is, of all different shapes, sizes, colours and creeds. Frank is at home around pretty much anyone, and it shows when you talk to him. He seems very laid back, and almost unshockable, and his love and affection for those close to him is something he says he is too honest to hide. He lost his ‘British stiff upper lip’ many years ago, and is much happier embracing his more open, emotional Latino side now.
Frank Skott is a man of many contrasts; the intellectual, the thinker, the philosopher, the writer, singer and poet, the Casanova, the epitome of the ladies man. He spent 16 years of his life in boarding schools and was, in his words, ‘raised by an old school system with old school values.’ But there’s the side of him that gave him the muscles, the scars, the tattoos and that long blond hair, his love of rugby, mixed martial arts, rally driving and weight lifting. You can tell from the soul in his voice, and the thought behind his lyrics, that this man has really lived, loved and lost. ‘Looks like a fallen angel, sounds like heaven,’ is how some would describe this talented mystery man.
Frank is now in the process of writing and recording his third album, coming out sometime later this year. His work can be found on iTunes and most other major internet music download sites. His albums, ‘Hard To Say’ and ‘Under The Streetlight’ are a must for music fans.
At present, he is in his hometown of Marbella, on Spain’s Costa Del Sol, and will soon be performing there and throughout Europe whilst promoting his up and coming album release. His smooth, heavy RnB and Soul grooves and his truly excellent vocal performances are something not to be missed. You can keep yourself informed on Frank’s up and coming performances, past appearances, interviews, songs, photos, videos and info on the following websites and links.
For details on upcoming shows, and for booking enquiries, contact Frank Skott on 0034 633 089 098.
Don’t miss Frank at The Cosmopolitan, Marbella, Friday 27th April, 8pm.
Information provided by the Frank Scott promotion team
Almonds and oranges are abundant in Andalucia, we are often given a bag full of oranges by neighbours and we have to be fruitful in our recipes to make the most of the glut. Orange curd, orange marmalade, orange juice,to name a few. The orange is this recipe gives this torte style cake a rich moistness.
1 large orange
3 medium eggs
250g ground almonds
½ tsp baking powder
Icing Sugar to decorate
• Put the orange in a small pan, cover with water and bring ot the boil, simmer for at least an hour.
• Remove from heat, and leave to cool in water overnight.
• Line a spring from cake tin.
• Halve the orange, remove pips, and whizz to smooth paste including skin.
• Whisk together eggs and sugar until pale, fold in almonds and orange puree & baking powder.
• Pour into tin and bake for 40-50 mins at 170 c until skewer comes out clean.
• Let cool.
Serve with crème fraiche or natural greek yoghurt.
The Spanish government has recently passed new laws aimed at encouraging property owners to rent out their properties. It is hoped that, by simplifying the eviction process, non-resident homeowners will be tempted to become landlords. The new law will also speed up the judicial process with which landlords were formerly faced when requesting that tenants vacate the property due to non-payment of rent.
The new legislation has resulted in three basic improvements to the current system.
· Firstly, there has been a reduction of the time period for filing an eviction application from two months to four weeks from the landlord's formal request for payment of outstanding rent. Of course, should the tenant make good the situation in the meantime, this application can be avoided.
· Secondly, the execution of an eviction order can be performed rapidly. A court sentence is now sufficient for the eviction notice to be carried out on the day noted in the sentence.
· Thirdly, the entire process can now be undertaken verbally, without the need for complicated documentation. Theoretically, this will allow for the passing of a court sentence in as little as five days.
The new law also means that, in certain circumstances, the landlord will no longer be bound to a minimum contract of five years. The instances in which he or she can end the contract now includes cases in which the property is required for personal use, extended to parents, children or spouse.
However, these contractual limitations must be included in the rental contract and, if the tenant finds that the property has not, in fact, been used for the purpose claimed in the termination of the agreement, the landlord will be compelled to return to him the use of the property. Additionally, he will be obliged to pay financial compensation to cover the costs of finding alternative accommodation.
Again, these conditions should be clearly stated in the rental contract in order to facilitate swift action in the case of non-fulfilment by either party.
If you would like to know how these new laws might affect you – either as a landlord or a tenant – the team at Perez Legal Group can offer you help and advice. Our highly experienced lawyers will be able to answer all your questions and put your mind at rest.
John Pearson, a Cudeca supporter, is organising a fundraising event in aid of Cudeca at the Bell and Bottle Pub in Los Boliches on Thursday 15th November from 2 – 5pm.
There will be typical English Cream tea, a raffle, charity auction, articles for sale and live entertainment for the afternoon.
Come along and enjoy this fun packed afternoon for all the family and support your local Hospice.
For more information, please contact John Pearson on e-mail email@example.com or on tel 671 983 689.
Parents often tell me they find it difficult to find balance after the baby is born. They feel constantly occupied with the daily routine, but they miss the feeling that they are really bonding. Baby massage is a natural way to communicate with your baby. By massaging your baby you learn to know each other better and in a conscious and loving way you create an intense bond with your baby, it offers peace and relaxation.
The main effects of Shantala baby massage is that the bond between you and your baby is strengthened and that you learn to understand his / her body language. In the first months, body language is the only language the baby knows. Massage has a calming effect on the entire organism. The sense of touch is developed, so that the baby learns to respond with confidence and gentleness. This confidence is a good basis for building a strong relationship.
By regularly massaging your baby, you promote relaxation and a more regular sleep pattern, it improves digestion, encourages adaptation and improved intelligence. It also minimizes the effects of colic, constipation and facilitates bonding between parent and baby. The massage has a significant influence on hormone production. There is a decrease in the amount of stress hormones like adrenaline and cortisol. In addition, a rise in the hormone oxytocin. This hormone plays an important role in feelings of tenderness and bondage.
It can also be extremely worthwhile and useful if you have a baby that cries a lot, is not growing, is hyperactive, was born prematurely, have a disability, can not relax properly or does not like to be touched.
You can find more benefits and details on www.shantalacare.com "Being touched and caressed, being massaged, is food for the infant, food as necessary as minerals, vitamins and proteins!" Dr. Frederick Leboyer Shantala Care provides quality, comfort, convenience and relaxation for all parents and parents to be who wish to learn this technique.
Besides learning the massage technique, massage to relief colic, gas and constipation, you will receive information and advice to support the baby´s development and you will learn to understand your baby´s body language, as well as the use of specific oils.
Classes are available for pregnant woman or newly parents and are given in the comfort of your home.
“And by giving them the best of ourselves, we get unconditional love back.” And now you can also offer originality and health with our Shantala Care gift voucher for christmas, pregnancy, birth, baptism, birthday,.... or simply to surprise someone!
A Shantala baby massage course is a wonderful present to young parents or mothers to be! We now give you a 10% discount on the baby massage course and any giftvouchers before the end of November!!
For further information please contact 639205518 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
It’s showtime again for the Homes Gardens & Outdoor Living Show 2012 at the Palacio de Congresos in Estepona on Friday 9th & Saturday 10th November!
Taking place this weekend is an exciting event with hundreds of exhibitors that will not leave you disappointed. With everything you need for your Homes, Gardens and Outdoor Living and much, much more! In addition there is a Mind Body and Soul section where you can find everything from spiritual healing to organic soaps, all with your health and wellbeing in mind.
As well as all the products and services on offer, there are lots of freebies and competitions going and a few familiar faces to answer any of your questions. Just ask football pundit Steve Claridge about his footy career or gardening guru Charlie Dimmock on how you should really be taking care of those gardens...
So whether you are a keen gardener, want to relax or learn something new…come visit us on Friday and Saturday in Estepona! This unique event is definitely not to be missed! Entrance is only €2.50 and under 14s are free. The show is open both days from 11.00am to 8.00pm.
For more information visit the website: http://homesandgardens.es/events/
Or like the Facebook page for daily updates: http://www.facebook.com/HomesGardensOutdoorLiving
…Hope to see you all very soon!