Early family visits
With Mum and Dad living outside the town on a steep hill we had to use a car for getting anywhere. The road was too steep to walk, I know as I tried several times! I stopped trying after the youngest was born as after struggling to push the buggy up the hill I discovered it was positively terrifying trying to hold onto it on the way back down and stop him falling out whilst trying to stop two other children ending up rolling down!
Dave learnt to drive in Spain without an issue the first time we visited Mum and Dad but I was very hesitant. In fact it was many years before I was persuaded to drive in Spain.
In the end it was necessity that made me learn, it being obvious that at some point in the not too distant future I might have to visit alone to see Mum and Dad due to Dad’s health issues. I don’t know why I was so reluctant to do it, there was nothing to be scared about. Mum and Dad had two cars so we used one of theirs when we visited. We would have days out to visit local places but often stayed around the villa as the garden was plenty big enough and the children all loved the large pool.
Hidden among the fruit trees Dad had created a petanque court and he invested in a plastic set for the kids. They became surprisingly good at it over the years.
The children also loved to visit the ‘100 pesetas’ shops (this was well before the introduction of the Euro!) where they could buy cheap toys and treats, a sort of equivalent of the UK’s Poundland. Later these became the 1 euros shops (which was if I remember correctly quite a lot more than 100 pesetas, so a hefty price rise!) but even those seem to have disappeared now.
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