Autumn arrived with a bang this year. Quite a few bangs, actually. Although this time of the year is when we expect thunderstorms, there seem to have been more than usual recently. Why should I expect something ‘normal’ in a year like 2020?
August 29th was the first big storm that sticks in our mind; this is probably because we’ve only just received and paid the eye-popping bill for the repair of the lightning-damaged inverter that keeps our solar-power electricity system going.
The latest storm a couple of nights ago appears to have affected our generator. It simply won’t start. This hulking (and noisy) beast usually kicks in automatically when the solar batteries are a little low in power – which happens when the sun hasn’t been on duty for a while or we use certain power-guzzling appliances.
Today we have sunshine, which means the solar panels are maxing out on sunbathing and our system can happily run without the generator – assuming modest use of power. But using the washing machine or the iron, for example, kicks off the generator however much sun is available.
Rugs at the Ready
Until the generator can be fixed, doing the laundry at home is off limits. Oh, and so are the air-conditioning units that do heating duty in the evenings at this time of year – when it’s not quite cold enough for a log fire (The Boss would disagree with that) but a little warmth is appreciated. It’s a cosy rug over the legs on the sofa for us for the foreseeable.
The big positive about all the rain we’ve had is that rural Mallorca has lost the veil of dust it’s been wearing over the dry months. Everything looks sparkling clean . . . except the contents of the laundry basket.
The stream at the bottom of our valley should be full of water by now, but I won’t have to resort to kneeling on its muddy banks to do the laundry. Thank heavens for gas-powered water heaters and a good-sized kitchen sink. Now, pass the Marigolds . . .
Norbert Amthor is originally from Germany and lives and works on a beautiful finca in the southwest of Mallorca. He and his wife Christiane are the welcoming hosts of the rural Finca Hotel Can Estades, located in the countryside near the village of Calvià.
Norbert talks about the challenges of the first finca he bought on the island, explains how he came to be running a rural hotel, and has some advice for anyone wanting to move to Mallorca. You’ll also hear him reveal how he met his wife, what they enjoy about the island’s capital, Palma de Mallorca, and the pastime he loves that he took up only at the age of 59.
Find out more about Norbert and Christiane’s B&B hotel here.
The theme music for the Living in Rural Mallorca podcast is titled ‘Lifestyles’. Composer: Jack Waldenmaier. Publisher: Music Bakery Publishing (BMI). All copyrights, licensing, duplication, and distribution rights for this music are held exclusively by Music Bakery Publishing (BMI).
October already! It’s when we start to think about taking long walks again – the heat of summer being over. It’s also the month I’m finally launching my Living in Rural Mallorca podcast, in which you can hear the experiences of other expats who have chosen to live in the Mallorcan countryside, as we have.
I planned to start this podcast early in 2020. Then a couple of things happened: my beautiful Auntie Joan passed away and I returned to the UK for her funeral; then, just a few days after my return, Spain went into lockdown.
Thwarted by Weak WiFi
Several famous people started podcasts during the lockdown, using online facilities such as Zoom and Skype to record remote guests. Sadly, our WiFi was too feeble and we couldn’t even watch Netflix, YouTube, or join online family meet-ups on Houseparty.
But I was otherwise ready, having bought myself a new digital recorder (Zoom H2n, if you’re interested), sourced some theme music, and created my podcast label. The final piece in the podcast puzzle was finding a new Internet service, which has made many more online things possible for us. Oh, and a first guest.
My plan is to invite expats to join me on future episodes of this podcast to share their experiences of living in the Mallorcan countryside. These guests won’t be only from the UK, as my Living in Rural Mallorca blog has readers and followers from all around the world.
In my next post, you can hear the first episode of the Living in Rural Mallorca podcast. I hope you’ll enjoy hearing about the experiences of Norbert Amthor, who lives and works in the southwest of Mallorca.