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Apartment in San Jaime, Son Bou, Menorca

28 June, 2013

If you haven’t booked your holiday to Menorca yet, there’s still time to do so and a great place to stay, for young and old, is in San Jaime, Son Bou.  Son Bou has the longest beach in Menorca and although it gets busy, it is never so crowded that you can’t find a lovely spot to call your own for the day.

 

San Jaime Complex Swimming Pool

Situated in San Jaime is a lovely 2 bedroomed apartment which is part of the San Jaime complex. The complex boasts four swimming pools, one with a slide, and plenty of restuarants, shops within easy walking distance.

For further details of the apartment, or if you want to contact the owner to enquire about making a booking, please click here.

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Our New Home

4 February, 2012

Well, after the panic towards the end of last year, in finding a new home, we are now settled in the lovely village of Cala’n Porter, or Cala en Porter (whichever you prefer).

Cala’n Porter in winter is nothing like Cala’n Porter in summer.  Apart from it being much colder (it is currently trying to snow!) the majority of the shops close over winter.  A number of bars/restaurants are still open but certainly not buzzing with people,  as they are during summer.

It will soon be time to start organising the annual Spring cleans for the properties we look after – there is something quite nice about bringing back to life a villa, or apartment, that has been hibernating over winter.  It’s amazing how different they look, and feel, during the winter months.

Martin still has his pools to look after during the winter though only one visit a week is necessary.  He looks after a number of gardens also so this gives him more time to keep on top of those.  The rain over winter certainly brings things on, in leaps and bounds.

I’m keeping my fingers crossed that the current cold spell will soon pass – it is forecast to be around -5 or -6 degrees C over the next few days, and it certainly feels like it in the biting winds.

Roll on summer!

SORTED – Long term villa rental in Menorca

19 November, 2011

We are in the unfortunate position of having to find a new home, yet again.  The villa we are currently renting has been sold (despite assurances of probably being here for a couple of years).

If anyone knows of anyone looking to rent their villa out for at least two years, I would be really grateful if you could let us know.  The areas we are interested in include Sant Lluis, Sant Climent, Alior, Es Castell and everywhere inbetween.  We would prefer a villa with a minimum of 3 bedrooms and a pool would be nice, though not essential.  Unfortunately apartments would not be suitable as my husband has a lot of equipment he needs to store, such as a lawn mower (not the easiest of things to lug up and down stairs).

Any help would be gratefully received.

Menorca 2011

19 November, 2011

Here we are, November 2011 already!

What a fantastically busy summer season we have had.  It seems so strange now to visit places such as Son Bou and not be surrounded by lots of people enjoying their summer holidays – more like a ghost town at the moment.

The weather was a bit of a mixed bag at the beginning of summer but then, once it had made its mind up to stick with the sunshine, we had lots of it – days on end of beautiful blue skies and temperatures well into the 30’s.   We had plenty of visitors over summer, which was lovely,  just a shame we weren’t also on holiday 🙂

Now we are already over half way through November with Christmas looming closer and closer.  I love Christmas over here – none of the hype we are subjected to “back home” – makes a refreshing change and also means you don’t get brain-washed into thinking you need to spend far more than you need to.  Wonder whether we’ll be able to sit outside on the patio to eat our Christmas dinner this year!

2010 in Menorca

15 September, 2010

Wow, the summer season in Menorca is almost over already!  Been quite a mixed bag, weather-wise, compared to last year anyway.  I don’t think we saw a rain cloud from May – September last year whereas this year I think we have seen rain throughout the summer.  Quite welcome at times though, given the temperatures!

Also coming to the end of our first year of “proper” Property Management – last year was more as favours for people.  Been an eye-opener in more ways than one.  How people treat others properties, whether they are happy with everything – or not!  No two people are alike, obviously, and this certainly helps towards keeping us on our toes lol.

We have been extremely fortunate in the people whose properties we look after – lovely, lovely people, and a real pleasure to work with them this year, and hopefully next year too.

I’ve never done so much washing and ironing in my life – I reckon I have washed and ironed more in these last few months than I have done previously, over a lot of years!  Thank goodness for my wonderful steam press (though I am still waiting for the delivery of the stand).

Today I am going for lunch at Bar Irenes in Calas Fons with one of our clients – we have been collecting the odd euros and cents found whilst cleaning and have actually managed to accumulate nearly enough to treat us lunch out – certainly won’t need to subsidise it much.  It’s like a big Thank You for all the hard work this summer 🙂

Well, that’s about it for now – sure there is far more I could say but I will leave it at that for now.

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Weather in Menorca over Winter

25 February, 2010

Crikey, I cannot believe it was November when I last posted on here.  We are now in February 2010 – where on earth has the time gone?

Well, weather-wise, as said in my last post, it has been a mixed bag.  Strange really because apart from definitely winter, and definitely summer, there doesn’t seem to be much in between.  It has been cold, very cold due to the wind, and damp, over the last couple of months and we even had snow for a day!  It actually feels colder than it did back home in the UK alot of the time and this is apparently because it is such a little island and surrounded by water, so mix in the wind and it feels very cold and damp – goes right through to your bones.

The walls inside most of the villas, apartments etc.  tend to suffer badly over winter and nearly everyone I speak to accepts that you need to get a few bottles of bleach, rubber gloves, scouring pads and start cleaning off the mildew which is very common.

Anyway, we have been fortunate enough to have had a few very nice days, especially when sheltered from the wind so fingers crossed things are starting to improve a bit.  Certainly not as cold as it was and even our 10 little tortoises have all popped out to eat a bit of fresh greenery.  I was a little worried that a few of them might have perished over winter but no, they all look absolutely fine and healthy.

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August, September & October Weather

18 November, 2009

August was more of the same – very hot, very sunny – wonderful.

The weather did break in September and came as quite a shock to the system – much cooler, lots of rain and felt like we had been transported back to the UK!

October was a mixed bag, sunshine, wind, rain, warm and then cold – I suppose nothing unexpected really and certainly can’t complain given the continuous glorious sunshine and heat during the summer months.

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June 2009

2 June, 2009

17th June – 30th June 2009

The last day of June already – where has the month gone?  Well, apart from 3-4 days when it was a mixture of clouds and strongish breeze (and I think there was a very brief shower) the month has been blisteringly hot – hotter than the norm for Menorca in June apparently.  Even during the overcast days it was still very pleasant, temperature-wise, in fact it was a bit of a welcome respite.  This morning when I checked the thermometer (in the direct sun) it was at 42 degrees C – thank goodness for swimming pools!  See you in July.

16th June 2009 –

I have decided not to add daily updates unless anything changes dramatically (to avoid boring everyone).  So, if there are no new entries you can take it that it is still lovely and sunny and warm and very enjoyable 🙂

15th June 2009

Sunshine all day but very humid too which made it feel very warm indeed.  Still 27.8 at 9 p.m.!

14th June 2009

Very hard to remember just how cold and damp it was in November/December.  Another beautiful day today – temperature currently 32.4 degrees C (8.25 p.m.)

13th June 2009

And another very, very warm day – broke out into a sweat just pushing a hoover around this morning – should have waited until after I had done it before I had my shower!  Live and learn.  Remained very warm for the whole day, so warm in fact that eating our tea in the bbq area, which is in the direct sunshine around 5-6 p.m. proved too much for me to cope with so I had to move back under the shade!  Thermometer showing 25.7 degrees C at just gone 11 p.m.

12th June 2009

Yet more of the same – blue, blue skies, strong (and hot) sunshine and very little breeze.  Gorgeous day and lovely evening.

11th June 2009

Another wonderful day here in Menorca – clear blue skies, lots of very warm sunshine – what more do you need?  Sun just gone down and still 28.1 degrees C (9 p.m.).

10th June 2009

Getting a little repetitive now – another lovely day with plenty of sunshine.  A slight breeze picked up in the afternoon and a few clouds appeared early evening.

9th June 2009

Lovely day, lots of sunshine and just a slight breeze.  A few clouds around but nothing to worry about.  Temperature currently around 28.8 degrees C at 5.50 p.m.

8th June 2009

Plenty of sunshine again today with a few clouds around but nothing major.  A bit more of breeze making it feel slightly cooler than of late.  Temperature currently showing 28.9 C in the sun (4.45 p.m.)

7th June 2009

Very short shower first thing, with a bit of accompanying thunder.  Then the sun came out for the rest of the day – lots of gardening done.

6th June 2009

Very hot and sunny day, all day.  Martin was doing some gardening for one of our customers whilst I did the weekly shop – went to pick him up and helped him finish off.  Drove home and both in the pool 10 minutes later – bliss.

5th June 2009

And another lovely day with plenty of sunshine and few fluffy clouds floating around.  Breeze was quite a bit stronger today and picked up more so during the evening, as did the cloud, but still very pleasant.

4th June 2009

Another superb day – lovely and warm and sunny but with a few more clouds around.  Now quite a covering of cloud (7.15 p.m.) but not the menacing type!  Still very warm – thermometer currently showing 27.6 degrees C.

3rd June 2009

Very sunny and very warm all day – slight breeze picked up during the day but only served to make it even more pleasant (and bearable in the direct sun!).

2nd June 2009

Happy Birthday Dad, wherever you are up there 🙂

Beautiful, beautiful day – very warm and not a cloud in the sky.  Not sure exactly what the temperatures were as each one I look at seems to give a different reading.  The one in the direct sun this morning, at around 9.30 a.m. showed 35 degrees C, and it certainly felt very hot.  Still warm now at 10 past 11 at night – 22.3 degrees C.

1st June 2009

A mixture of cloud and sunshine, with more sun than cloud – feeling very warm in the direct sunshine and very little breeze.

March 2009

1 March, 2009

31st March 2009

Cloudy all day with periods of rain.  Not quite as breezy as the last couple of days so not feeling quite so cool.

30th March 2009

Another wet, breezy and grey day.  Feeling quite cool too.  Fingers crossed the sun soon makes a welcome appearance!

29th March 2009

Rain, rain and more rain!  A very wet day until late afternoon when it finally stopped and the sky cleared.  Quite a cool day with a gusty breeze making it feel cooler.

28th March 2009

A rainy start to the day but it did stop between around 10.30 – 11.00 a.m. but remained cloudy for most of the day.  The sunshine did manage to poke its head through a few times, for short periods.  Still feeling very mild though with temperatures between 18-20 degrees C.

27th March 2009

Yet another day, very similar to the last few though the breeze does have a bit more of cooler edge to it today.  Thermometer in the direct sunshine at 2 p.m. was showing 26 degrees C!

26th March 2009

Another day, very similar to yesterday – very pleasant.

25th March 2009

A mixture of sunshine and clouds and feeling nice and warm in the direct sun.

24th March 2009

Beautiful sunny and warm day until around 2ish when the clouds seem to appear from nowhere, together with quite a strong breeze.  Clouds eventually disappeared but remained quite blustery for the remainder of the day and night.

23rd March 2009

A lovely sunny and warm day with the breeze not feeling as cool as it has lately.  Thermometer is currently showing between 25-26 degrees C in the direct sunshine.

22nd March 2009

Another day very similar to yesterday.  Lovely  in the direct sunshine but the breeze has quite a cool feel to it.  Thermometer in direct sun is showing between 17-18 degrees C.

21st March 2009

Lovely sunny day again with a slight breeze which made it feeler cooler.

20th March 2009

More cloud around today and breeze a bit stronger than yesterday, making it feel a bit cooler than of late.  Plenty of sunshine mixed in the clouds though, so nothing to complain about.

19th March 2009

Another lovely day with clear blue skies.  Slightly cooler due to a light breeze but still very, very pleasant.

18th March 2009

Another warm and sunny day in paradise!  In the direct sunshine the temperature (on our thermometer) showed around 26-27 degrees C.

17th March 2009

Wonderful, blue skies, very little breeze and lovely and warm – still showing 24 degrees C on our thermometer at 4 p.m. (a bit of a sun trap though!).

16th March 2009

A bit more breezy today, with quite alot more cloud around.  Thermometer (in the shade) showing a maximum of up to 16 degrees, so still not bad really 🙂

15th March 2009

Quite a  bit cooler with a mixture of cloud and sunshine and a slight breeze.  Still very pleasant but definitely not as warm as yesterday.

14th March 2009

Fabulous day – temperature on our thermometer, in the full sun, was showing 33 degrees C over the lunchtime hours (honest!).  Ideal for sitting on “the Fons”, enoying a cool drink.

13th March 2009

Lovely and sunny and warm with temperatures in the shade around (at least) 18-19 degrees C.  Beautiful day.

12th March 2009

Sunny and breezy during the morning, with the winds dropping during the afternoon.  Very pleasant and warm in sheltered spots.

11th March 2009

More cloud than sunshine today (where I was anyway!) but still pretty good, temperature-wise.  A bit more sunshine in the afternoon with a light breeze.

10th March 2009

A mixture of sunshine and cloud, pretty much all day.  Temperatures still very pleasant and very little wind.

9th March 2009

Lots of sunshine during the morning then cloudy for much of the afternoon.  Skies cleared again late afternoon and temperatures throughout the day were very pleasant.

8th March 2009

Glorious day with beautiful blue skies and not a cloud in sight.  Temperatures up to around 20-21 degrees C.  So nice in fact that “sun stopped play” (gardening) and a trip to “The Fons” was in order for a cooling drink.  W0nderful.

7th March 2009

VERY windy but blue skies and sunshine all day.  Temperatures feeling slighter cooler because of the wind.  Wind finally calmed down around 6 p.m.

6th March 2009

A very wet and windy start to the day but the clouds eventually disappeared, leaving lovely blue skies.  Temperatures between 12-15 degrees again but remained very windy throughout the day.

5th March 2009

A mixture of sunshine and clouds but very windy.  Temperature anywhere between 12 -15 degrees.  Clouded over by teatime with lots of rain during the evening and night.

4th March 2009

Very wet start to the day and looked as though it was set to last.  Cleared up by mid/late morning and then a mixture of sunshine and cloud.  Temperature currently between 16-17 degees C.

3rd March 2009

Another pleasant day but with more cloud around.  Showers in the afternoon which turned much heavier during the evening/night.

2nd March 2009

Yet another lovely, sunny and warm day.  It did look as though it was going to pour down whilst we were in Son Bou around lunchtime but we seemed to escape any downpours when we headed back towards Mahon.  Clouded over by teatime but still feeling very mild.

1st March 2009

What a lovely day to start the month of March off.  Blue skies and very little breeze with temperatures at midday between 21-23 degrees C.  Starting clouding over by tea-time but still feeling very mild.

Menorcan Horses

20 January, 2009

Well, we returned to Es Castell square on Sunday lunchtime to see what all the sand had been put down for and were very pleasantly surprised when four of the beautiful Menorcan horses (and riders!) arrived to show us their fancy footwork.

menorcan-horse2As I have said previously, I am not a great horse lover but there is definitely something special about these magnificent creatures and I just couldn’t tear my eyes away from them.  They are both majestic and “pretty”, if that’s the right word to use, and so elegant.  It is virtually impossible to see or hear the riders/owners instructing these horses to change direction, change their footwork etc. – they just appear to know when and what to do.

Below is a little information about the history of the Menorcan horse.

Menorquina horse

The Menorquina breed of horse is from Menorca and is famous for its exciting performances at traditional festives and fiestas throughout the island.  The horses are descendents of the Spanish Andalusian and Arabian breeds.

The origin of the Cavall de Raca Menorquina (the horse of the Menorquina race) can actually be traced back to two significant periods in the history of  Menorca.

  1. In 1301 the establishment of the cavalry troops by King Jaume II of Majorca, where the horses that were used as cavalry mounts were agile,  strong and manageable.  These are all traits which are still as important in the Spanish breeds of today and which are typical of the early ancestor of the Menorquina horse, the Andalusian.
  2. The second important period was in the 1700’s – the arrival of the English.  The English brought horses of thoroughbred blood and the influence of this can be seen in the elegant heads and long legs of the Menorquina horses.