Day: September 8, 2016

Cool cool summer

Average temperature was least hot for 30 years This August has been one of the least hot in years, according to the Mastral Project weather stations. They indicated an average temperature of 26ºC, which is 0.7ºC below average. The month was perhaps distinguished by night time temperatures not being very high, and nor were the days in general as except on a few they were below 30ºC. August was also a dry month, which is fairly common, but with only between 0.1 and 0.4cm per square metre when the average is 5cm. August is also the end of the meteorological summer, which has had very gentle temperatures, especially compared to last year. The average temperature has been 25ºC, one of the least hot for 30 years. The rest of the Valencian Community has had a normal August, with AEMET highlighting the lack of rain in the Vega Baja. Setpember has arrived with stable weather but also record temperatures for the month some areas on Sunday and Monday, and is expected to remain drier and hotter than usual for the first two weeks at...

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A new kind of concert at the caves

Live improvised music by international musicians in Rojales on Saturday El Encuentro (The Gathering) this Saturday, September 9th is a new kind of concert featuring and international collective of musicians, with special guest as as well. What cannot be predicted is what they will play as it will be totally live and improvised, a mixture of styles and a totally new listening experience is promised. They will be playing at the Rodeo Caves in Rojales in the picnic area, near the tea shop (teteria) from 10pm until 11.45pm and entry is completely free – so what have you got to...

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Marbles tournament in San Miguel

Make new friends and enjoy this traditional game The residents association San Miguel Arcángel has organised the municipality’s first Marbles Tournament, which will be held on Sunday, September 11th at 11am in the grounds of the old secondary school, opposite the crossroads between the streets Calle Galant Delgado and Ronda Sur. The tournament will have two categories, for children and adults, and will be played according to the standard rules of the World Marbles Federation. The tournament will be directed by Petr Sejba, ex-president of the Czech Marbles Federation. The residents association hopes this event will encourage people to socialise and recover a traditional game, and so they have encouraged everyone to join...

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Get your home ready to sell: Interior Checklist Part 1

The new low down on local real estate from RE/MAX BEACH HOMES By Erica Hayward, Manager, RE/MAX Beach Homes Many times potential home sellers walk in asking about the current market conditions for home sales in the area. Of course, our agents explain the differences between one urbanization and another and the price differences a home seller may face depending on the orientation of their home. However, one common factor is the current state of the home. Therefore, I have decided to share a handy checklist for those thinking about putting your home on the market. There are plenty of serious buyers in the market and now is the time to take action. As always we talk about “curb appeal”, however, this time I´d like to take the opportunity to provide you with what would seem to be a common sense indoor checklist, but is sometimes simply over looked by home owners.   Interior Checklist: Part 1 Floor Coverings (Tile, Carpet, Rugs, etc.) Dirt or stains? Excessive wear or damage? Area rugs tidy and stain-free?   Walls and Ceilings Dirt, fingerprints or other stains? Nail or thumb-crack holes, tape residue? Cracks, chips, water or humidity damage? Need for plastering / repainting? Neutral, light colors for a spacious environment? Clutter free walls?   Doors Dirt, fingerprints or other stains? Need new paint? Sun damage? Open / close without squeaks or...

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Legends of the Virgen de Monserrate

Tours of Orihuela Cathedral and Sacred Art museum explain veneration for Orihuela’s patron The Museum of Sacred Art in Orihuela is offering tours until September 17th about the Virgen de Monserrate, while the statue of her is kept in the Cathedral during the fiestas in her honour. Participants will learn the legends and realities about the origins of Orihuela’s patron. The visits (between 10am and 2pm, and 5pm and 8pm) start in the Cathedral where the statue is resting on the altar, having been brought for her big day on September 8th. The tour continues in the museum, where there are scultures of the Virgen from different centuries, including the oldest in the Diocese, a Virgen de Gracía sat with the baby Jesus dated from the 13th century and brought by Jaime I El Conquistador after the Reconquest from the Moors and imposition of Catholicism. Another from the 14th century survived damage in the Civil War, and an 18th century painting is one of the only images of her without the child. There are also documents in the Archive room about the patron’s role in previous centuries, including a regulated process residents had to carry out whenever the river threatened to burst its banks. This required the statue to be taken to the Puente Nuevo and from there a branch to be thrown in the water to pray for...

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