Footnote: It wasn't too long before we discovered the great benefits of living in the north. Here, we can really enjoy being surrounded by nature and listening to the birds sing without the background of car engine noise. We feel privileged to live among our Palmeran neighbours who treat us as family (and ensure we don't expire from a shortage of potatoes!)
A lack of something to do has not of course been a problem and luckily we brought some skills with us. David is not only a mechanical engineer but had already restored a country cottage in the UK and a farmhouse in France. As for me, well I was brought up on a farm so was used to being free range, my motto being 'don't fence me in!'
As a job, I worked in hotel management .... mmm, that might come in handy somewhere ... and then as a SCUBA/Commercial diving instructor.
But now we had our own little place, nearly two acres of it along with two houses and a couple of stables. So we added a few extra touches to the already restored casita (little house) such as hot water and two patios, restored the main farmhouse, cultivated the land ... went walking ... and got chickens. And then ducks (although the ducks have now gone to play with the big ducks at a nearby lake.) Plus our lovely neighbour Pedro showed us a trick or two about country life.