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by Fincaman
Sun May 07, 2017 12:03 pm
Forum: Gardens & Gardening
Topic: Growing almonds from nuts
Replies: 8
Views: 3331

Re: Growing almonds from nuts

I have looked this up and there are indeed two distinct varieties. Prunus amygdalus dulcis is the sweet almond, whereas prunus amygdalus amara contains prussic acid. In some countries the latter is banned, which would hardly be possible if it could occur at random from seedlings. Anyway, back to the...
by Fincaman
Sat May 06, 2017 10:19 pm
Forum: Gardens & Gardening
Topic: Growing almonds from nuts
Replies: 8
Views: 3331

Re: Growing almonds from nuts

I have picked many almonds from self-seeded almond trees and they were certainly nit bitter. Surely the bitter almond is a different variety? Or can it result from normal almond seeding?
by Fincaman
Sat May 06, 2017 1:27 pm
Forum: Gardens & Gardening
Topic: Growing almonds from nuts
Replies: 8
Views: 3331

Growing almonds from nuts

Hi everyone, Having recently buried a large area of dead prickly pears - 9 hours work by the local digger - I now have to decide what to do with 250m2 of bare hillside. I would like to extend my almonds but don't want to fork out for so many trees. And I'm quite patient, so I am thinking of growing ...
by Fincaman
Thu Jan 26, 2017 1:00 pm
Forum: DIY, Pools & Home Improvement
Topic: Weak electricity
Replies: 10
Views: 3131

Re: Weak electricity

We had much the same problem when living in a remote spot near Algarrobo, also with a 3-phase supply. In this case it persisted for many months with almost daily tripping-out. Repeated complaints to Endesa were either ignored or replied to by saying there was no fault. In the end our local internet ...
by Fincaman
Thu Jan 26, 2017 12:40 pm
Forum: Cars, Bikes & Motoring
Topic: Problems cancelling car insurance
Replies: 5
Views: 2507

Re: Problems cancelling car insurance

There is a happy ending to this, although it took more than two months to resolve. Lessons learned are- 1. Yes, there are advantages in taking out insurance in Spain which is responsible to the UK Ombudsman. 2. If you have a genuine grievance, always take it up with the insurer, follow it through an...
by Fincaman
Mon Jan 16, 2017 1:22 pm
Forum: Moving to Andalucia
Topic: Purchasing Property
Replies: 91
Views: 25340

Re: Purchasing Property

Your agent is quite right about one thing - saying that "our lawyer will need to negotiate that and he thinks it will be problematic and difficult." You may have the land sold to you, swapped or otherwise made to become your property, but that does not mean it can be segregated and registered with t...
by Fincaman
Sun Jan 15, 2017 3:59 pm
Forum: DIY, Pools & Home Improvement
Topic: Encargado de Obras en Ayuntamiento
Replies: 2
Views: 1096

Re: Encargado de Obras en Ayuntamiento

Was he just describing his work or quoting his job title, I wonder. Obviously the literal translation is "in charge of works" but that could just refer to the ayuntamiento's local contracts for such things as road maintenance, i.e. clerk of works, as opposed to issuing building permits. I think only...
by Fincaman
Sat Jan 14, 2017 6:37 pm
Forum: Moving to Andalucia
Topic: Purchasing Property
Replies: 91
Views: 25340

Re: Purchasing Property

The land has been surveyed and topographical maps drawn up and signed and agreed by him and our assessoria is in the process of getting the plans changed on the main register although it can take years to go through. Yes, many years. Our land is correctly stated on the escritura, correctly surveyed...
by Fincaman
Thu Jan 12, 2017 6:29 pm
Forum: Moving to Andalucia
Topic: Purchasing Property
Replies: 91
Views: 25340

Re: Purchasing Property

I agree with what everyone has said, and in Spain you should be cautious about trusting anyone without getting a second opinion (and yes, even include registered estate agents, mayors and solicitors in that category). There is even an organisation, SOHA (Save Our Homes in Axarqia) to support all tho...
by Fincaman
Thu Jan 05, 2017 11:34 am
Forum: Cars, Bikes & Motoring
Topic: Problems cancelling car insurance
Replies: 5
Views: 2507

Re: Problems cancelling car insurance

That is certainly a point which I would recommend everyone to check before taking out or renewing a policy - but the annoying thing is that I did just that! Refunds are in fact allowed and covered in the printed terms but they avoid giving actual figures except during the initial period of cancellat...
by Fincaman
Mon Dec 26, 2016 5:53 pm
Forum: Cars, Bikes & Motoring
Topic: Problems cancelling car insurance
Replies: 5
Views: 2507

Problems cancelling car insurance

Have any other members experienced such problems with obtaining partial refunds, or is it just me? Twelve years ago I had to cancel a "direct" Spanish car insurance halfway through its year. It was far from easy to extract any refund from them, and initially they were most evasive. However, I persev...
by Fincaman
Mon Dec 26, 2016 2:46 pm
Forum: DIY, Pools & Home Improvement
Topic: Terrace 'Barro' tiles
Replies: 3
Views: 1410

Re: Terrace 'Barro' tiles

We sealed the ones in our bathroom with Aceite de Mora which is very effective and only richens the colour a little. The downside is the smell, which lingers for a couple of days. In the kitchen we rubbed them with three coats of Briwax, mixing clear and brown. This looked lovely but after ten years...
by Fincaman
Fri Dec 23, 2016 6:28 pm
Forum: DIY, Pools & Home Improvement
Topic: Winterised pool
Replies: 5
Views: 1638

Re: Winterised pool

I have always understood that winterising is for the period the pool is not in use with the pump turned off. I suggest you check with the manufacturer if there is a helpline number on the pack, which I am sure will reassure you. As for draining the pump and filter, this is to prevent frost problems,...
by Fincaman
Thu Dec 22, 2016 5:53 pm
Forum: DIY, Pools & Home Improvement
Topic: Building and DIY translations
Replies: 55
Views: 93248

Re: Building and DIY translations

There is a very good English/Spanish pictorial dictionary of technical terms, with pages on construction, DIY, engineering, plumbing, electrics etc., and every item is iillustrated. I can't quote the exact title as I don't have it with me; assuming it is still in print, any good English bookshop sho...