The article here on the Olive Press site has a neat approach to cooling the inside of your car.

Given how hot it is here at the moment I might be using this advice from the Guardia Civil Twitter account.

Mercadona Trolleys Marina 8 July 19

Mercadona Trolleys Marina - 8 July 19

Thanks to Sara G for these photos from early this week. Sorry for the delay in publishing them. Jacqui and I had to go back to the UK for a few days earlier this week. Here is what Sara had to say about the photos.....

"ALMERIMAR has gone off its trolley! -

Seen today in Darsena 2. A diver connecting discarded trolleys to a crain then lifted tin a truck. We counted at least 20! At least Mercadona's new trolleys are plastic so will float....
Thought people would find this amusing."

Years ago on the old version of this website I wrote a long detailed article about the way you get an ITV (MOT) done on your car. This information got lost when the site was hacked in around 2012.

I got our car done today. So here is a summary of the process.

Read More for details.

Further to the video in the previous article. Here is the videos page on the youtube channel of the town hall.

There are loads of videos on there. The oldest one is from 12 years ago in 2007 when the Rolling Stones performed in El Ejido. I remember that as I attended the event.

Yesterday we paid a visit to the indoor market in El Ejido for lunch with a couple of friends. We have been having lunch there once in a while for around the last four years. Following another friend, Shaun P, telling us about the experience.

I will not go into details in this article. Instead I will just provide a link to an article here that I wrote when we went there in 2015.

Around a year later one of the people who was working in the tourist office at the time sent me the information here. This is about a similar experience that you can have at the indoor market in Santa Domingo. This is on the right hand sign on the way in to El Ejido. Not far past the school on the right hand that is quite away beyond Lidl. As yet, I have not tried out this place. However others have told me it is good fun as well.


On last Tuesday night Jacqui and I went the Italian in the square for a bite to eat. As you can see I was very lucky as Tuesday nights is now their build your own burger night. For 12 euros you get your custom made burger plus a drink.

You get to choose between a burger bun or a pizza base. Then you choose between two types of meat (beef or crunchy chicken) burgers, two types of fish (hake or prawn) burgers and two types of vegetarian (quinoa or courgette) burger. Then choose what toppings you want (bacon, egg, tomato, lettuce, cucumber and cheddar cheese). Then choose what sauce you want (ketchup, mayonnaise, mustard or bbq). Finally choose your side dish (thin cut fried potatoes - a bit like home made crisps, chicken wings, onion rings, chicken nuggets or potato croquettes).

I chose a burger bun, crispy chicken, tomato, lettuce and cheese served with the thin cut fried potatoes.

I think I might be spending a few Tuesday nights there in the future. Trying out other combinations.

I had to drive up to El Ejido a couple of times today. I was also driving around Almerimar for various bits and pieces today.

While doing this I noticed loads of adverts for the various political parties. Having checked I now know that the local elections are taking place a week on Sunday. On 26 May 2019.

Jaapnese garden - 7 May 19

Normally when I do an out and about article I talk about various changes around town. This one is a little different as the photos were all taken as Now photos for Then And Now pictures on the Memorias de Almerimar Facebook page.

The photo above is of the Japanese garden being prepared for the summer season. The painters who were painting the bridge blue are out of shot.

You can see a number of other photos in the Gallery. You will also see edited forms of some of them over the coming weeks on the Memorias de Almerimar Facebook page.

Early this morning the Ideal site published the article here about the Ikea shop that I think was originally supposed to open in Almería in 2019.

It seems to cast doubt on whether this building will go ahead. As Ikea has yet to apply for a building licence. Also, it suggests that if the building work does take place it is likely to be a smaller style shop opening in 2020.

One other interesting point in the article is that there is now an Ikea pick-up point in Viator, close to Almería. So you can purchase things online and collect them from Viator. Rather than go to Murcia or Málaga to collect things. Or, of course, you can have your online purchases delivered to your home.

Read More for a Google translation of the article.

Sorry for not posting much recently. I have been very busy with golf competitions. Plus there has a load of other stuff I have been dealing with.

The work is continuing both inside and outside Mercadona. I will take some photos when I get a chance.

Another thing to say is that it has been very windy and pretty cold recently. So wrap up warm if you care coming over.

On the subject of golf, the new greens on the Classic are slowing down a bit but are still good. The other 18 greens are slow but playable. Hopefully they will be as good as the new ones by the time the 18 hole course re-opens again in September (it is due to close in May 2019 to replace the greens).

I was up at Copo yesterday afternoon buying the prizes for the winning team in the 2019 Woodsly Cup. The traffic in the area was really bad. I eventually found out why.

It looks like the stretch of road between Copo and the hospital has been resurfaced. This work had been completed. However there were people re-doing the road markings. Hopefully they will finish quickly.

I guess this is a preliminary step in advance of the remodelling of the bridge over the motorway.