The Story So Far...

Week 1

In January 2020 Mike and I embarked on our biggest adventure yet. The purchase of Casa Perla Negra, two cottages set in a beautiful village

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Week 2

At the start of week 2 we began the process of removing the old floorboards which were riddled with woodworm and replacing them with new

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Week 3

This is the view that makes all of the hard work and mess worth while, The stunning Picos de Europa – The peaks of Europe.

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Week 4

Week 4 and its time for Ivan the electrician to work his magic. The guys were working so quickly we had to finish building a

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Week 5

Week 5 and we are starting a job that we’ve not been looking forward too, the removal of an old dresser. The mould was awful

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Week 6

The commencement of week six in glorious sunshine. Ceilings progressing from some not very ‘elf n safety’ angles with the aid of some really useful

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Week 7

Week 7 and WE HAVE INTERNET! woohoo!  Ceilings pretty much up and Cris is back to do some plumbing for which he needed to drill

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Week 8

Week 8 and getting closer to moving in day. This week was the installation of the flue for the pellet burner through the existing chimney

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Week 9

Week 9 and we are moving in! Our lovely friends Carolina and her husband Manuel kindly offered to help on moving day, We hired a

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Week 10

Week 10 – A quiet week recovering from the move. The local cats are finding places to escape when Sparrow breaks into chase mode and

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Week 11

So week 11 saw us bounce back into action in the kitchen and the garden. The land underneath where bramble mountain once stood had a

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Week 12

Week 12 saw the first week of Covid 19 Lockdown. At this point we were so grateful to have the new house and so much

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Week 13

Week 13 and the sun shines, Spring has sprung and the Wheel B Q is born! With all of this extra time on our hands

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Week 14

And just like that it snowed! Quite a shock after last weeks shorts and T-shirt weather! We decided to process the wood from Bramble mountain

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Week 15

Week 15 and Mike REALLY needed a haircut so in true lockdown fashion he got his beard trimmer and shaved it all off! Not a

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Week 16

Week 16 and more time spent on the garden. When we arrived the pig shed was in a very sorry state, full of cobwebs, and

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Week 17

The battle of the strimmer begins! We had ordered a Brushcutter trimmer from a third party seller on Amazon and when it finally arrived it

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Week 18

Week 18 and we have relented to allowing the neighbours cows into the garden to tackle the grass as we still have only half a

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Week 19

After a mammoth fight the strimmer finally arrives!  Rufino came round this week with a beautiful stem of roses – 4 colours on one stem.

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Week 20

The invasion of the Asian Wasps! We had been seeing a large Asian wasp flying around the house and in and out of the roof

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Week 21

In Week two of Phase One of the lockdown deescalation and we get to go to the garden centre!! woohoo!!! This was Mikes first trip

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Week 22

Week 22 and into Phase 2 all be it we really don’t fancy going far.  The Weber BBQ has arrived, the sun is shining and

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Week 23

Phase 2 for one more week. Sorry! More plants!  The raised beds are coming along and the fence is up in its final position. Thyme

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Week 24

Into Week 24 and Phase 3, Things are starting to happen again and we were able to take delivery of some wood from our lovely

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Week 25

In week 25 still in Phase 3 Mike finished the greenhouse after we could go to Bricomart (B&Q) to buy some plastic for the roof,

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Week 26

Week 26 – The new normal. With the beginning of week 26 as we enter ‘the new normal’ The aeroplanes return to our blue skies,

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Week 27

Week 27 and lots going on, We haven’t been able to use the balconies on the houses very much as the wood was so rotten,

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Week 28

Week 28 and a poorly pirate puppy. Sparrow has always been a delicate little thing and the pollen here is so abundant that her allergies

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Week 29

Week 29 – Sparrow update, we went to the vet and got her some anti itch pills, her scabs have healed so off with the

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Week 30

Week 30 – This week we were very excited to welcome Cris back to do what he does best – knocking holes in walls! So

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Week 31

Week 31 – Not a lot to report this week I’m afraid, with the weather being so ridiculously hot we decided to have a slow

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Week 32

Week 32 and another week of veggie gardening and not a lot else as it was Mikes Birthday, we took a long weekend and went

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Week 33

Week 33 and exciting things are happening once again. Up until now, in order to get to the other side of the house we had

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Week 34

Week 34 and as promised another wall demolished! With the two new doors it felt right to take out the dividing wall between the two

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Week 35

Week 35 and a quiet wet week here at Casa Perla Negra. As expected we had a weekend of torrential rain which gave us the

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Week 36

Week 36 – Another reasonably quiet week here as Autumn starts to set in. We awoke after all of last weeks rain to snow on

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Week 37

Week 37 – A bit over due! This week our lovely neighbour in the village just below us gifted us some produce from his beautiful

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Week 38

Week 38 – Still playing catch up! This week has been all about the beetroot! I was slightly concerned about the flavour and texture of

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Week 39

Week 39 – Behind again!  Another relatively quiet week here, although we did enlist the services of a local ex pat man with a van

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Week 40

Week 40 – On time! Woohoo!  Just when I had got on top of the dust from the woodwork M decided part of the ceiling

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Week 41

Week 41 – Happy Birthday to me!! A lovely and productive week this week. I shall spare you the successes of the mouse trap pictures

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Week 42

Week 42 – Running late again! A quiet week here at Casa Perla Negra. With stormy skies and rain looming we turned our attention to

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Week 43

Week 43 – Running late still! This week Mike turned his attentions inside to the cable management and draught proofing. We will never get an

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Week 44

Week 44 – Back on track! Having lived with the improvements that we made in the kitchen for a few months now we decided that

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Week 45

Week 45 – A busy and exciting week at Casa Perla Negra. This week Cris is back helping us with the waterproofing of the back

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Week 46

Week 46 – Beautiful weather and the waterproofing continues. We were lucky enough to have Cris back this week to continue with the waterproofing and

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Week 47

Week 47 – Beautiful weather and the waterproofing continues. A busy busy weekend here again. The tin roof shelter is complete so we set our

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Week 48

Week 48 – Late again! During Fernando’s visit last week he offered to chop down our very sad walnut tree that was losing branches in

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Week 49

Week 48 – Taking late to a whole new level!! Apologies for these last few weeks of silence, I lost the swing of things and

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Week 50

Week 50 – Its beginning to look a lot like Christmas! We were cheered to see the Christmas tree and lights up in Infiesto and

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Week 51

Week 51- Its Christmas! A very quiet Christmas here at Casa Perla Negra. We woke up on Christmas morning and had a lovely zoom call

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Week 52

Week 52 – And just like that its been a year! What a year it has been too! We hope you’ve enjoyed our adventures so

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