Just wondering.....and it's raining, third day running.....
STOP IT!!!!! :lalala::lalala:The guy who looks after our pool and garden just came to turn our sprinklers off, was telling me he was over 2000 euros a month worse off as he has lost several clients -he looks after houses, is a general handyman/jack-of-all -trades.
Yep, the outlook is gloomy, economy and weather-wise:spit:
Yes, he's not doing too badly. We pay him 300 euros a month and he comes once a week in summer to clean the pool, tidy the garden etc. He has a lot of clients and also does airport runs, building works etc.STOP IT!!!!! :lalala::lalala:
Mind you, he must have been earning a fair bit beforehand, if thats how much he's lost???
I opnly ever get asked about the weather & if the kids are doing well at schoolRe. your initial question, yes they are....especially those nearest and dearest when I'm whinging on the phone to them!!
The weather however here I can't complain about - it's been gorgeous for a while now so at least it means that I can escape for a few hours from all the bad news on the telly/online and faff around outside in the garden!!
XC...don't you ever go to bed? The time of that post....omg!I opnly ever get asked about the weather & if the kids are doing well at school
if I try to tell them how bad things are 'crisis' wise here they just say 'well at least you have good weather'
well not at the moment we haven't
the thunder's been going all night - I just gave upXC...don't you ever go to bed? The time of that post....omg!
I think it's difficult to get it across though sometimes just how bad it is...especially when they mentioned the D word as well. But I guess because it's not exactly a bed of roses over there.....:noidea::juggle:
Totally agree with that!!!!!! Ok, so we have nice weather in the summer. BUT, at the moment there is very little work, we dont have extended family (in most cases), we dont speak the language or know the system (in most cases) and there is no welfare state to turn to (in most cases), it is no longer much cheaper to live here. So for anyone thinking of coming to Spain for a "better" life, in 99% of cases it isnt gonna be!I would venture the opinion that if you're finding life hard in the UK you'll find it even harder here.
Things will get better for you, never fear. After all, you have a secure family business and property in the UK. I think you showed courage and enterprise in making the move but you had all the safety mechanisms in place.Totally agree with that!!!!!! Ok, so we have nice weather in the summer. BUT, at the moment there is very little work, we dont have extended family (in most cases), we dont speak the language or know the system (in most cases) and there is no welfare state to turn to (in most cases), it is no longer much cheaper to live here. So for anyone thinking of coming to Spain for a "better" life, in 99% of cases it isnt gonna be!
I love it here, but its a major struggle right now and we're sooooo close to going back to the UK. School fees are crippling, husband in the UK working most of the time so I'm on my own, I cant get a job, weather turning cold and house expensive to heat, so money very tight! As for the school fees, well ok, I could save a fortune if I put the children into state school, but at 12 and 14 what education would they get, how long would it take for them to learn the language well enough to get good results, exams etc.. and then what for them?? All cos mum wanted to live in Spain????
Yes, we do seem a miserable bunch dont we!! Sorry! I guess it is partly cos the summer is over and the weather is probably better in the UK at the mo and the sunshine does make eveything seem better!You're all painting a pretty bleak picture!
Other than the obvious financial effect the current situation is having, has the 'atmosphere' changed in Spain.
I guess the 'holiday' season has now ended, so what is the general feel of the place, does it feel grey and misserable, or are people just getting on with it?