Are you looking for a last minute holiday in the Murcia region or Menorca booked with a budget airline, cheap self-catering or hotel accommodation,  need to rent a car, or perhaps want to look at property but avoid going with one of the large property companies? The site offers information about cheap flights, telephoning within Spain and to the UK, car rental, hotels and apartments, foreign exchange and health matters. My main area of knowledge is the Costa Calida and Costa Blanca South, i.e., south of Alicante and as far as La Manga. This area is served by Murcia Airport (San Javier) and Alicante Airport . These tips are hard to pick up without your being out there for some time, and they may save you money and time...


Accommodation  Some recommendations of self-catering apartments and hotels from personal experience.

Apartment to let in Son Parc, on the northern coast of Menorca, near the golf course (Spanish).

Timeshare for sale or rent throughout Menorca and along the beaches of Alicante.

Money  How to get hold of euros without being ripped off by the foreign exchange dealer. Getting a free euro account with a bank makes a lot of sense, or sign up to the Nationwide.

Telephone  How to phone home (or within Spain) without paying a fortune. Cheap phone calls even from hotel rooms or telephone kiosks. Advice on calling cards and using your mobile phone abroad. Phoning from the U.K.

Car Rental  Avoid the big companies and save money with budget car hire companies operating out of the airport car park. Cheap car hire can be arranged over the internet.

Buying a villa or apartment? A few words of advice...

Flights  Budget airlines flying to Alicante and Murcia airports

Health Advice and why the Costa Blanca area is good for chronic health complaints. It's all to do with the salt lakes and the mud.

Driving in Austria (NEW!) Some advice you won't find elsewhere.

Other Sites with General Information Links to related sites

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Ruth Thomas (McFadyen), Artist and Children's Author

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                                                                                          The Owl and the Sparrow


                                                      Revision 2012


 The Owl and the Sparrow is a book about a battle that takes place in a forest. The battle is between the birds on one side of the forest,  which they themselves  call the good side of the forest, and the birds (vultures) on the other side,  the dark side of the forest.

 Owl is the leader of the good forest and his adversary is the Condor, reputed as being the darkest force in the forest.  Into  the story enters an apparently naive sparrow who is seduced by Condor into the dark side of the forest against the rulings of Owl. Owl refuses to send help because he does not want to endanger the lives of more birds, but also because he is furious with the sparrow. He says that  sparrow was asking for trouble.

 Also on the good side of the forest are an incredibly silly group of finches who like to play games and torment the vultures. But their silliness  and game-playing skills are no match for the profound darkness of the vultures, and some are captured, and terrorised.

  Golden Eagle rules over the whole forest, but he gets little involved because he has left Owl a set of rules. Finally he gets angry with what he sees happening on both sides of the forest, and  realises that rules are not enough. So  out of his concern and love for the birds , he sends his  son, Silver Eagle, to the  forest.   The book covers the events that follow including  a bitter battle and the discovery that there is an unknown traitor within their camp.


Author Ruth Thomas

Editor Joan  Mitchell

First version typed up and suggestions made by Deborah van Welie



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