Martin & I are a mature couple who met online in 2008 – yes it does sometimes work. Having got married in 2015, we moved here to Spain.
I run our rental business, you may see Martin in passing, but he doesn’t get involved much.
I grew up in the hospitality business as my parents were publicans. My father was a chef before he met my mum, and I spent my life, from the age of around 2 till leaving home at 18½, living in pubs or hotels.
In my working life, I spent 12 years in the armed forces, taught in colleges and university, worked for local government and a couple of charities. One other thing that I did in the UK was host French and Dutch students.
I was doing this before I met Martin, so he had to fit in with me, my son and our ‘little guests’, sometimes up to 4 of them at a time. This is where he had his ‘crash course’ in hospitality
We have to go back, before we can go forward.
This picture is from 2012 before we did any work on the house.
When Martin bought this property in 2003, it was totally uninhabitable, but he moved his family here and worked hard to get it in a suitable condition to live in. Unfortunately, they didn’t stay here long and the house was once again left empty.
We came for the first time together, in 2009 and since then many changes have taken place.
Thankfully Martin can do all the work himself, so this house really is a reflection of us.
He was a welder/fabricator prior to leaving UK, but has had, like most folk, a variety of other jobs, some were quite interesting.
Remember to ask him when you visit – from boat building to dodging bombs!
Oh, I suppose I’d better mention our foster cat 😺, Maisie. and now our New Additions
She was dropped off by her feral mother, Misty, when she was only 3 weeks old in March 2019, the only 1 of 3 kittens that survived.
She has beautiful markings, but no tail. Apparently it’s a genetic thing.
We now have three more kittens by Misty. Born in the house on March 2021, and have quickly become a great source of delight.
There are 2 black kittens, one boy, Boo Boo , and a girl, Cinders. Cinders has a tiny white tip to her tail.
The other is a tabby girl, Molly. She is so like Maisie except she has a tail, as do the other two.
The cats have moved with us to our home but you may still see Misty on the living room windowsill.
We are both very conscientious in everything we do and we try to be honest and open with everyone we meet.
Now, having moved to Spain, we want to share this beautiful part of the country with you.
We are lucky to have welcomed folk from Spain, UK, Germany, France, Belgium, Mexico, USA & the Netherlands.
In our down time, we both love traveling & good food. Life is here to be enjoyed and this is even more a priority now as we realise how lucky we are.
Liz & Martin