Digamextra No. 432 Sunday December 4th 2016 

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Keys Found

Friday, 2nd December around mid-day, I found a bunch of keys at the re-cycling bins by the PUNTA LARA roundabout, below AVALON HOTEL.

They look like house keys.

If you are the person they belong to call me on mobile: 0044-7815848655. Alternatively, you may be aware of someone else who has lost their keys, so please pass on this info. to them asap.



Axarquia Animal Rescue – Donations method 


For less than the price of a coffee each month you can make a difference! Please sign up for Axarquia Animal Rescue Teaming and make this doggy wish come true.
Thank you very much to all our Teamers who have supported AAR this year.



Malaga shops opening?

Does anyone know if the shops will be open in Malaga on the holiday days this coming week please. Could you reply to Digame please, to share the information. Thanks. Sandra



Services Needed –Transport

Hi just returned to UK for a couple of weeks and your latest newsletter gives details of a transport service to/return from Spain to UK but email address comes back Unknown–
Do you have correct one .
Take care, great sheet.
John k.

rentalnerja @ yahoo.co.uk



Services Available-Teaching Spanish and English

Hi ,I am offering my services to anyone wanting to learn English or Spanish .

I am an English native but have lived in Spain since I was 3 years old.

I can offer English or Spanish lessons for children and help with homework and

pronunciation. Spoken Spanish or English classes for all ages. I have four

years experience in teaching Spanish children in my home or from theirs

and have many years attempting to teach my Mum Spanish. I have a lot of

patience !

I charge between 8 to 10 euros per hour, call

Nancy on 679714873.



Services Available-General

Hi , I am looking for any work gardening ,painting

and maintenance ,no job too small,I charge 10

euros per hour and also can offer house-pet sitting

for 20 euros per night.Covering Nerja to Benejarafe

On the coast. Call Kennedy on 630792368



Services- Could you teach computer programming?

I need someone with enthusiasm to teach basic computer programming to my 11 year old grandson. You don’t need to be a teacher just have the skill and patience to pass on your knowledge.

Weekly lessons would be great. I’m sure there is a demand for this.

benjyevans45 at gmail dot com


ServicesTodo Papel – closed 6th and 8th December

This shop in Competa is not open on the 2 national holidays.



Services Available-Maintenance & Cleaning

Maintenance services offered.

Interior / exterior painting inc. rejas, railings and gates

All aspects of property maintenance.

Pool maintenance, repairs, re-grouting.


Cleaning Services available

Apartment and Villa cleaning

One off cleans, regular cleans or just as and when cleans.

Covering El Morche, Torrox Costa, Torrox Park and Torrox pueblo


11 years in Spain, references available.

Call 653938024.




Services Available Explanation of power cuts.

Though I do think this has been covered in past posts on Digamextra.

My original thoughts would have been first port of call would be telephone an electrician. Unless D.I.Y

Moving forward!!

The first outage could be a general power cut from electric company. Or a loose connection. You could ask the other tenants in apartment block if they have same problem as it is likely one of them will have same problem if shared phase supply.

The other switch I am presuming is the RCCD (residual circuit current device). If you are having nuisance tripping it could be a faulty Rccd

Over sensitive and can be tested for time perimeters with a meter all electricians should have. Pressing the test button does not mean its operation is correct it means it is not jammed.  If the rccd is satisfactory it is serving you well protecting  life, injury and property from fire.

An example: Appliance breaking down with fault neutral to earth.

Fridge / Freezer, washing machine, electric hob, oven elements, water heater.

from my experience the first thing I would look at , if you have a water heater and have access look to see if there are any signs of water marks in the cover housing. Slight seeping of water would indicate element corrosion in the housing and moisture over the connection will cause tripping. Remove power to water heater first via local isolation.

The list is endless and can at times be very time consuming if unlucky even after basic elimination but it is a start that some householders may wish to try.

If it cannot be resolved call an electrician. It is possible some wiring in the installation has a fault which can be visually inspected and tested with insulation test meter. I have known sockets to burn out caused by loose connections causing more heat transfer to connections.  especially this time of year as people are using more electric heaters that can overload circuits that may have been compromised by being bodged in the past by upgrading the circuit breaker to stop circuit breakers tripping, ignorant of the fact that  the cable in the installation is getting hotter and hotter to melting point that you cannot even pull a new cable in original conduit because it has stuck.

Enough said I am sure other sparks will share their horror stories. on this topic !!

Hope you don’t mind me taking this opportunity which I think is relevant. An observation after living here 9 years. That I have not seen any evidence of any agents be it holiday letting or estate agents or in the private sector requesting inspection or testing of business or dwelling for electrical safety inspection be it basic or comprehensive. It seems if its working it must be safe ?

To add that any reputable electrician is not there to inflate costs by adding work but to advise which course of action you may wish to take if safety is compromised.

If you are interested in my services contact me. or get advice from other local electricians.

Colin Jeffrey

sparkinspain@rocketmail.com  Tel 951 242 449 Mob / Watsap 666707297




What’s NOT on Today

Various weather forecasts have been studied, and the decision has been made to POSTPONE the Christmas Car Boot at El Pantano, Lake Vinuela planned for today, Sunday 4th December. It is now re-scheduled for next Sunday 11th December. Apologies to anyone who was unable to read this in time to change their plans! Fingers crossed, the weather will be OK for next Sunday. If you require any further information, please do not hesitate to ring Sandy on 619 471 301.



What’s on Kitty Harri’s Sculpture Garden –

kittysOPEN Sunday 10-4 rain or shine!

Our tropical garden loves the rain!

We hope you will too, as you enjoy our 160+ sculptures and music from our resident Chamber Music Group.

Come and see the latest addition to the Garden – a beautiful Moorish courtyard, well on its way to completion!

Open 10-4. Only 20 mins north of Almuñécar.

Details and directions @ www.kittyharri.com

Ph: 609 706 210



What’s on – Charity Coffee & Cake Celebration Competa

This coming Wednesday we will be holding a coffee and cake morning at the Pilon restaurant in Competa.

Tickets €5 per person which you will receive 1 coffee and some cake. All proceeds will be going to the children of Competa.

If you would like to donate a cake please come a little earlier so we can arrange. Many thanks Julia

Julia_ruane @ hotmail.com




What’s on – Free tourist train Velez-Malaga

Today I experienced a great opportunity to see or introduce you to Velez-Malaga …… it’s not just Eroski !!!
Every Friday at 10.30 am a “train” leaves from outside the Guadia Civil barracks in Avenida Vivar Tellez in Velez -Malaga for a (free) three hour trip to see the town and stop and call into several interesting historical destinations .

A Spanish guide provides information at the stops in the old town including Cervantes house and the incredible Ermita de los Remedios.
Well worth trying .
Details on www.visitcostadelsol.com or search for ” Tren Turistico Velez-Malaga ”




What’s on – Christmas Fayre & Mrs Miggins home bake sale Wednesday 14th December

Christmas is coming and preparations are in hand for The Phoenix Club’s Christmas Fayre at La Vega Bar Restaurant.  Orders now being taken for Christmas cakes (made with real butter) Christmas puddings and mince pies.  We have large and small Christmas cakes, iced or un-iced.  We have our usual fare on offer as well – Sticky Lemon Drizzle cakes, Coffee and Walnut Cake, whole or by the slice, Malt Loaf, Steak pies, chicken, leek and bacon pies, quiches, scones, cupcakes, pasties, sausage rolls, pakoras, curry puffs and curries.  Why not place an order so you won’t be disappointed?
We have small iced Xmas cakes, just enough for 2 from €8 a cake, all iced and marzipanned.
We have a bric-a-brac table with many bargains to be had including a new steam iron – too many to mention and Tombola, come and try your luck!
If you would like to book a table to sell your own wares, it will be €5.
When?  Wednesday 14th December
Where?  La Vega Bar Restaurant in Torre del Mar
Time? Doors open at 12 noon
Next Trip to Gibraltar – 6th January 2017

The Phoenix Club are off on their next shopping trip to Gibraltar on Friday the 6th January 2017 and we have a few seats still available.  We have pick ups at at the A1 Garden Centre, Torre del Mar bus station and finally at Algarrobo Lidl at 08.30.  The bus is parked in Morrison’s car park and we leave Gibraltar at 16.30.  Due to visa restrictions on entering Gibraltar, please advise if you are a non EU citizen when you book.  Also it is important to remember to bring with you your EHIC card, just in case, and passports are essential.  On the way to Gibraltar we stop to spend a penny and for coffee.

We would greatly appreciate if payment was made before the journey.

The price?  €12pp includes a €1 gratuity for the driver.  Children under 12 can join us for 1/2 price.   Still the best value on the coast!
Early booking is recommended if you like a particular place, as seat numbers are allocated on a first come, first served basis.  Plenty to see in Gibraltar apart from the shopping!

For more information or to book a table please call Mary on 951066684, email phoenixsocialclub@yahoo.co.uk or catch us on the web at www.phoenixsocialclub.co.uk.

The Phoenix Club is a registered association raising funds for 3 local charities and Help4Heroes in the UK.  We meet every tuesday at the bar restaurant La Vega in Torre del Mar between 12 noon and 2pm.  Bookings/payments can be made from 12.15 onwards.


What’s on Christmas Craft Market at Viveros Florena, Cómpeta on Wednesday 7 December
Our very first Christmas Craft Market is

only a few days away!!

The countdown is on, so here are some details to excite you too!

Stalls will be set up all around the Garden Centre; here are just a few:

Don´t we all adore sausage rolls and mince pies? Well look out for Kim’s, they’re extra special!

Carina has cheeses you’ll crave for.

Carmen will make your nails look stunningly beautiful.

Vanessa is selling gorgeous jewellery.

Don’t buy Christmas cards, paper, planners & notebooks until you’ve seen Amandas’- they’re lovely (and cheap)

Christmas jams and chutneys, knitted scarves and babies bootees all from Nia.

Mercedes has very special gluten and lactose-free cakes and biscuits. Yummy and healthy.

Natural and organic soaps from Rosa, and they smell divine.

Rafa and his gang from La Teteria will be selling a delightful range of Moroccan gifts.

Katie and Katja are sharing a table – bean to bar can’t-resist chocolate and beautiful macramé bracelets.

Stuart has an amazing range of Christmas lights and decorations – candle, solar or electric, take your pick.

Rachael bakes organic stollen cakes (to order please), pasties, quiches and will have pots of jams and chutneys. Homemade organic, vegan mincemeat, pulses, seeds, spelt flour etc.

Mike is bringing his fabulous outdoor sculptures made from scrap metal.

Wicked lotions and potions made from natural products, just right to treat yourself and friends, from Sue

Janet paints evocative and beautiful landscapes.

Dulces El Cedro make fabulous Lebanese cakes and sweets and savory empanadillas.

Tania is showing us ‘Playmais’ a natural, biodegradable craft material. Great fun for kids and the child in us.

Fran is bringing a wide range of giftware, windchimes and lovely ducks!

Sally and Gemma make wonderful Christmas baubles, hand-painted glass, jewellery and recycled gifts.

Fabulous Cómpeta pictures and flamenco scenes from Mitch.

Book swap. Bring in books you’ve finished with and swap them. Stock up with Christmas reading. No charge.


Also planned, special talks and demonstrations:

At 11am    Sue is giving a talk and demonstration on how to make her wonderfully wicked lotions and potions.

At 12noon  Tania will demonstrate her wonderful Playmais – fantastically creative for the kids and grand-kids                but also great for more adult projects. Decorate your own plant pots?

At 1pm     Lara is back! Suggestions for rosé wines, red wines and cava for Christmastime. With free tastings.

At 1,30pm  Jukebox Bandits. Live music – after wine and cava we’ll all be dancing around the Garden Centre.

At 2,30pm  Katie will show us how to make her fabulous chocolate. Drool. A sweet end to a sweet day.

Throughout the day tea, coffee and water will be free – as always.

To keep your strength up, a wedge of tortilla with beer/mulled wine for €2.


Worried about parking? Don´t. Our car park at garden centre level will be retained for those with poor mobility and for loading. Roadside parking, as always. And NEW – our overflow car park – just across the road on the big bend.

A huge array of plants, as always. Poinsettias, Christmas trees, gift items, organic products, gift vouchers (if you don´t want to show a value, name a plant – eg. gift a David Austin rose, a Bramley apple tree, the book Mediterranean Garden Plants by Lorraine Cavanagh. Or why not gift an hour or two of Lorraine’s time? She can visit gardens giving masses of invaluable advice – what a magnificent gift!)

We think we’ve thought of it all – so how can you resist!

See you on Wednesday 7th December between 10am and 4pm




Tel: 689928201

Tel: 681168400



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Wanted- Sauerkraut

Does anyone know where to buy live sauerkraut around Nerja, Torrox, Velez Area? Not the processed sterile stuff from the supermarket.

Contact me

karen huffine at hot mail dot com.



Wanted – Excercise bike

Nothing fancy.

Margaret 645953572

wildemargaret @ gmail.com



For Sale Wood Router and 15 router bits.

Good Condition, Little used.

Price: 20 Euros

located in Torrox Pueblo.

email: toroxman @ hotmail.com


Tel:  666 114 268 or 95 253 9357



For Sale Solid wood television cabinet/credenza 


76 cm high, 83 cm wide, 41 cm deep, with removable glass top.  In excellent condition.

25 Euros.

Email Valerie at vsheppard7 @ gmail.com



For Sale-Floor Lamps  


2 x black metal floor lamps for sale. 1x 145cm high including red shade. 1 x 160cm high (no shade).
15 euros each. In perfect working order.
Can meet in Nerja or at the BP garage in Torrox
Email nandsrussell @ gmail.com



For Sale- RoboRaptor –

robot robot02

radio / remote controlled dinosaur


Nerja 634-454-234




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