Final Edition

Final Edition

In the eighties Britain was in an economic slump - confidence restored by the Falkland’s War became dissipated… Thatcher’s attempt to bring in a poll tax failed - public opinion scuppered it. The property market boomed - doubled over a period of four years. Partly due to a falling demand for exports and a high interest rate, prices began to fall over the next three years. Whilst all this was going on, we had moved to College Farm - to be nearer the girl’s school – they had pressed to be daygirls. I meantime had taken early retirement. Josephine’s employers giving her an invitation to develop the peninsular for financial services – to become a Director and service expatriates along the southern coastline… an offer we could not turn down. We packed our bags. Taking Anna made our way to Andalucia and the pleasures of a white walled town and a terraced garden.

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CHAPTER SUBJECT KEY
Page Count - 72 Word Count - 23,034
Setting the scene.
I. SOTOGRANDE:- Packing up - Removers - Flying Out - New Car - San Jose School - La Fuenta - New garage and studio - The coastal area - Black Monday - London Stock Market - School Bus - Downturn in Spain - Furniture arrives - Journey from Altea - Trouble at the border - Gibraltar - Lipton's - Sir Joshua
II. LIFE IN SPAIN:- Trip to Ronda - B.A.T Industries - Office at Andalucia Properties - Gallery - Hermitage Cottage - Natalie - Casares - Puerto de la Cruz - Pili Lopez - Marie - Marbella Money Show - Margaret Stone - The Pool - Hong Kong - Furniture Arrive - Living in the village - Shutters & Rejars - Repairing the roof - Exploring the hills
III. VILLAGE LIFE:- Letters home - Private clients - Hassan's agreement - Margaret Stone - Magic of Spain - Ruff's Puppies - Porto Casares - Forest Fire - Blackened landscape - Pension lectures - BCCI - Monks cottage - Work permit - University Place - Beryl Vane - Decision to return - Trevor Dine helps out - Housing market collapses - Downturn in Spain
IV. SALE AND RETURN:- Bad time to sell - Recession - E.R.M - Spring Exhibition - Ski Trip - Final Days - Anna home - Packing up - Flying back - Holiday lets - Last visit - The Old House Aylesbury - Canadian Buyer - Ruff - Black Wednesday - Monks Cottage - Cramped conditions - Lily & Ernie Soule The Chapel, Gt.Horwood, - Verna Kilsby