You maybe wondering how our part-time business (back in the UK) fits in with my full-time job here in Spain.
Ever since leaving college back in the early 70s I have always worked at sea and at present I am part of the site team involved in the building of a new vessel for the company I have been working with for the past 20 years.
A few years ago we (that is Sue and myself) started a part-time business at home marketing household products through a network of similarly self-employed distributors.
Usually I work 6 weeks on, 6 weeks off with my seagoing job so work in the business on my off time. However, this assignment in Spain is for the duration of the build so Sue is running the business in the UK pretty much on her own.
This seems to be working out quite well as the team turn-over for the past four weeks was £128,000.
This brings the team turn-over for the year to date to just over the £1,000,000 mark, not too shabby for a part-time business.
This means our income from the business for the past for weeks is a healthy £5,056.
This is something of a milestone for us as our monthly cheque has been around £4000-£4,500 for the past few years and this is the first time we have tipped it over £5,000.
Well done Sue.
If you would are interested in looking into the business for yourself contact Sue on 07968822426 or fill out the form at www.amazing2ndincome.info
Amazing walk today, and I did not think I was going to get outdoors at all. We have had rain all week here in Galicea and it was pouring down when I got up this morning. However, this walk was recommended by my local hiking and fishing guru, Anxo, and I was keen to try it.
While eating my Frosties this morning I had been watching Bear Grills on the TV so I was fired up. Packing my brolly in the rucksack I hit the trail about mid day. The rain had stopped by then and by the end of the afternoon I was walking in sunshine.
The trail was round a line of about 30 small disused watermills on the hills above Rosal. Due to the rain over the past week the water was pouring off the hills in torrents and it was easy to see why these mills had been built here. It must have been a hive of industry in its day.
It was a bit surreal walking over water-logged ground seeing burned trees and undergrowth from the fires which swept through here not two months ago.
I was puzzled at first by horse droppings up by the mills. Who could have been scrambling up this path on horse back? However, during the afternoon I came across a group of wild ponies in the woods. Back in the day I guess the grain was brought up to the mills by pack pony and the flour taken down by the same method. The ponies here today must be descended from these pack animals. They live up here all the time.
So, I did not get rained on and I did not see another soul on the trail all afternoon.
I completed a couple of river bank walks this weekend. The first turned out to be more of a scramble than the leisurely stroll I imagined.
I was lead to believe there was a trail along the banks of the Rio Verugo from Arcade to Comboa but I found myself struggling through undergrowth and brambles shortly after setting out. (Note to self: pack work gloves to deal with brambles…or a machete).
Being of a stubborn disposition I was not going to turn back and struggled on till I eventually came upon a path. The opposite bank of the river looked equally inaccessible. I prefer to keep off the roads when I am hiking but on this occasion I was happy to return to Arcade on the tarmac. All in all an exhausting day.
I had been told of an easy walk along the banks of the Rio be Baruso, North of Pontevedra.
Rain was forecast for Sunday so I decided to tackle it, hoping to get back before the rain started. Surprisingly the plan worked, and I got to watch the Japanese F1 Grand Prix before I left home.
Rio de Baruso is only a small river but has many waterfalls along the length I visited. In bygone times the flowing water powered flour mills and the stone buildings housing the mills can still be seen along the river. Some of the larger stone buildings have now been converted into picturesque restaurants.
So all in all a satisfying weekends walking in Galicea.
For more photographs visit http://www.pinterest.com/geoffburras/walking-in-galicea/
Someone switched the sunshine off last Thursday. Rain showers and overcast over the weekend.
I had already given some thought as to what I was going to do with my spare time over the winter as I can’t sit in the apartment all weekend. So I got myself some new walking shoes and headed for the hills outside Vigo.
Galicea is very like the Lake District back in the UK, same climate, same rain, so I feel right at home.
I picked a couple of local trails this weekend, mostly through heavily wooded areas and came on some interesting archeological remains. On Saturday I passed several stone buildings in the woods which turned out to be water mills. There certainly appears to be plenty of fuel for them this weekend.
I have been travelling again this weekend, this time to Copenhagen.
My hotel was in the city centre close to the famous Tivoli Gardens so I got a chance to wander the streets for a few hours on Saturday evening. As expected there were interesting historic buildings, monuments and the busy canal side restaurants. However, I was surprised to find an exhibition of sand sculptures. The city is not renown for its sandy beaches but the enterprising inhabitants shipped in 3,000 tons of the stuff so they could build some sand castles.
As can be seen the results were well worth their efforts.
Apparently some clay is mixed with the sand so the sculptures will last longer.
Just goes to show, by using a little imagination you can achieve the unexpected.
More photographs at http://pinterest.com/geoffburras/copenhagen/
Sue and Geoff have been helping people set up their own part time business for over 10 years. For more information check out www.amazing2ndincome.info
This week I found myself in Turku, which of course is in Finland, home of ace rally drivers and Moomins.
OK, I had never heard of the place either, but having discovered it I would recommend it to anyone interested in a few days sightseeing and relaxing.
The culture here is somewhat different to what I have been used to in Spain the past few months. The Spanish have a cavalier attitude to rules and regulations, speed limits and no smoking signs being pretty much ignored and they seem to take a delight in double parking and causing obstructions. In contrast the Finns are more straight-laced. The speed limit is strictly observed and they would not dream of using the car horn at every junction.
Finns appear to believe rules are there for a reason and not to be flouted.
Anyone remember the Moomins? I had completely forgot about these children’s animated characters, but they are still alive and well here in Finland where they were created. I have to admit to donating some Euros to the Moomin shop in Helsinki airport in exchange for something for the new grandson.
This time of year it does not exactly get dark here, a twilight in the early hours of the morning is all you get, then the sky slowly lightens again. Not too bright today though I am watching the rain falling at Helsinki airport so I am looking forward to a weekend of sunshine back in Vigo.
However, I would love to return to Turku in December for the Christmas market and guaranteed snow.
For photographs from my trip to Turku check out http://pinterest.com/geoffburras/turku-finland/
Sue and Geoff have been helping people set up their own part-time business for over 10 years. For more information check out www.amazing2ndincome.info