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by ashtondav
Sat Feb 17, 2018 7:38 pm
Forum: Computers, Internet, Telephony, TV & Electronics
Topic: NowTV black box
Replies: 1
Views: 102

NowTV black box

Just a heads up for NowTV users. I have had problems with accessing iplayer through the nowtv white box. I have just found out that iplayer is slow and unresponsive or plain useless because of the limitations (memory) of the white box. These are overcome by the newer black box. Apologies if this has...
by ashtondav
Thu Feb 08, 2018 6:22 pm
Forum: Living in Andalucia
Topic: Frigiliana campo water - safe to drink?
Replies: 5
Views: 196

Re: Frigiliana campo water - safe to drink?

Frigiliana water is fantastic, coming as it does from aquifiers deep in the mountains. Elsewhere it would be bottled as mineral water. The only problem is that it is high in calc so can sometimes appear cloudy. Never drunk anything else for 15 years and all internal organs are safe and sound. The sa...
by ashtondav
Mon Feb 05, 2018 7:28 pm
Forum: Travel, Tourism & Destinations
Topic: Ryanair luggage change
Replies: 55
Views: 2604

Re: Ryanair luggage change

Oh for gods sake, buy a bl*ody seat if it so damned important. Ryanair's policy is clear: if you don’t buy a seat it is likely you will not sit together. Either cough up or ditch the airline and go some other way.
by ashtondav
Wed Jan 24, 2018 8:45 pm
Forum: Moving to Andalucia
Topic: Choosing / changing electricity contract
Replies: 34
Views: 821

Re: Choosing / changing electricity contract

Underfloor heating. Lovely and toasty, but flippin' heck you might as well throw €10 notes up the chimney.
by ashtondav
Sun Jan 14, 2018 7:39 pm
Forum: Computers, Internet, Telephony, TV & Electronics
Topic: iPad lightening charger cables
Replies: 11
Views: 187

Re: iPad lightening charger cables

What I don’t understand is that they remain able to recharge the iPhone (5)
by ashtondav
Sun Jan 14, 2018 1:28 pm
Forum: Computers, Internet, Telephony, TV & Electronics
Topic: iPad lightening charger cables
Replies: 11
Views: 187

iPad lightening charger cables

I seem to be getting through charger cables like a dose of salts. Some last me two weeks, some longer but they soon expire. Confusingly they still charge my iPhone. I buy them from Tesco, Apple, B&M - all with the same result. Nothing to do with dirt in the charging dock as it charges when I buy...
by ashtondav
Sat Jan 13, 2018 11:19 pm
Forum: Travel, Tourism & Destinations
Topic: Ryanair luggage change
Replies: 55
Views: 2604

Re: Ryanair luggage change

Yep, my December trip brum to Malaga was £33 return. Train fare Northampton brum was £26 return. Taxi to and from station, £15.

What’s not to like!
by ashtondav
Wed Jan 03, 2018 7:39 pm
Forum: Moving to Andalucia
Topic: Choosing / changing electricity contract
Replies: 34
Views: 821

Re: Choosing / changing electricity contract

This is good news. I only require 8KW December to March when i have several electric fires, kettle, hairdryer and water heater on. The rest of the year I can manage on 4Kw, as long as I can juggle hairdryer and kettle :crazy:

Could save me some money?
by ashtondav
Wed Dec 27, 2017 7:30 pm
Forum: Food, Drink, Recipes & Gastronomy
Topic: sprouts and parsnips.
Replies: 9
Views: 319

Re: sprouts and parsnips.

Finely slice then sauté gently with garlic, salt and pepper. Yum!
by ashtondav
Fri Dec 22, 2017 11:21 am
Forum: Living in Andalucia
Topic: Spain isnt cheap
Replies: 97
Views: 5022

Re: Spain isnt cheap

petrol? 1,000 litres at a saving of 30p per litre - another £300pa cheaper living in spain.

I do agree about heat and comfort. Much more cosy in the UK with GCH, insulation and carpets.
by ashtondav
Mon Dec 18, 2017 7:49 pm
Forum: Gardens & Gardening
Topic: Drought tolerant ground cover
Replies: 14
Views: 2048

Re: Drought tolerant ground cover

As the OP , thanks for that. But where do you buy them. I've been googling belly button plant and Aptenia on and off all afternoon and cannot find a uk source. When in Spain I do visit the garden centres but usually fail to find these succulent type vigorous ground cover plants. Frustrating!
by ashtondav
Fri Dec 15, 2017 10:12 am
Forum: Living in Andalucia
Topic: Parcel of land
Replies: 23
Views: 819

Re: Parcel of land

Hang on, this parcel is on a road that has houses all the way down. So it's probably "urban" not "rural".
by ashtondav
Thu Dec 14, 2017 3:32 pm
Forum: Living in Andalucia
Topic: Parcel of land
Replies: 23
Views: 819

Re: Parcel of land

The only way you will get permission in Andalucia is if you have a productive piece of land and are registered as a farmer. That rules out 99% of most aspiring expats. We got permission in 2002 to build on 8000 m2 at a rate of 0.15% of the area, in other words about 115m2. The minimum plot since 20...
by ashtondav
Wed Dec 13, 2017 12:03 pm
Forum: Living in Andalucia
Topic: Parcel of land
Replies: 23
Views: 819

Re: Parcel of land

Well I've just asked and the asking price is €120,000, but open to "offers". Any ideas as to how to find out what a realistic price would be, for example this looks like a similar dwelling permit, on land half the size. https://www.thinkspain.com/properties-in-spain/3/22/32/3058/4#p:/spani...
by ashtondav
Tue Dec 12, 2017 3:07 pm
Forum: Living in Andalucia
Topic: Parcel of land
Replies: 23
Views: 819

Parcel of land

Hi A parcel of land has just got ne on sale next to our property Frigiliana torrox road. About 11,000 sqm with a permit to build a 40sqm "apero" - it has electric and water supply. I also assume you could plant several hundred fruit trees. I've not enquired about price yet, but does anyone...
by ashtondav
Mon Dec 11, 2017 7:30 am
Forum: Living in Andalucia
Topic: OTC drug availability
Replies: 12
Views: 390

Re: OTC drug availability

Yes I've had an exemption for years in the uk. However I'm sometimes here for three months and the convenience of popping down to the chemist is worth it. I wonder if the Spanish farmacia would dispense my sleeping pills? I do know they won't dispense anti biotics because I once heard someone making...
by ashtondav
Sun Dec 10, 2017 10:42 am
Forum: Living in Andalucia
Topic: OTC drug availability
Replies: 12
Views: 390

OTC drug availability

I forgot my supply of thyroxine for my thyroid condition, and was very surprised when I asked at the chemist that they supply it otc. I didn't even have to show the empty box with my details on it. Not only that but the cost was under 5€ for 100 tablets as opposed to my monthly uk prescription of 28...
by ashtondav
Fri Dec 08, 2017 8:37 am
Forum: Living in Andalucia
Topic: Small flies
Replies: 3
Views: 250

Small flies

Whenever we leave our property empty for a month or more we get loads of very small flies. Judging from their presence they appear to come up the drain of the shower in one bathroom only.

Any prevention ideas - other than fly killer on our return.
by ashtondav
Fri Nov 03, 2017 7:10 pm
Forum: DIY, Pools & Home Improvement
Topic: Drains Smelling
Replies: 7
Views: 373

Re: Drains Smelling

Absolutely. Never use bleach if you have a septic tank. Mercadona sell a tube freshener. The problem is that in good old Spain u tubes try out and quite often there is no u tube so you get smells. Flush clean water down and a cleaner. BUT NO BLEACH for septic tanks. If you do have a septic tank and ...
by ashtondav
Thu Nov 02, 2017 1:55 pm
Forum: Travel, Tourism & Destinations
Topic: Malaga car hire.
Replies: 108
Views: 14594

Re: Malaga car hire.

Flash, that's good news. They used to have an appalling reputation. Now we just have to wait for the transformation of Goldcar and delpasso. Can't wait for Gus to enlighten us on the latter in the new year. And I posted the royal website and think my post was pulled. Don't understand as no personal ...

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