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Elle Draper

Elle, along with Alan, is the owner of Spain Buddy and the busy web design business - Gandy-Draper. Born a "Norverner", she then spent most of her life "Dann Saff" before moving to Spain in 2006. Elle's loves are Alan, the internet, their three bouncing dogs, good food, and dry white wine - although not necessarily in that order. More about Elle - HERE | Got a news story to share? Click HERE | Want to write for Spain Buddy? Click HERE | Interested in our low cost advertising? Click HERE


  1. Alf
    July 4, 2013 @ 3:22 am

    Too much curry and bad Fosters has a similar sound effect on some people, so I’m told ¦¬(

  2. Elle Draper Elle Draper
    July 4, 2013 @ 11:09 am

    No Alf – this is even louder than that! ;)

  3. Phyllis
    August 2, 2016 @ 12:07 pm

    Thanks for the head up on these noisy cicadas.

    What I find strange is that in a ‘blog’ I read, it said they tend to sing (if you can call it singing?) at night but ours are at least quiet at night however, the cocophony from morning till sunset drives us berserk. So much so that in order to get away from the constant noise is to go into town or to the beach for some peace!

    Neighbours say to cut the large olive tree down which will encourage these pesky insects to find alternative accommodation. Rather drastic we thought as the tree is quite old (we have been informed it is almost 100 years old) and still producing olives. Is there an alternative or just carry on sipping coffee/wine/people watching/practising beach bum lifestyle for the duration of summer?

    Your suggestion is greatly appreciated.

  4. Elle Draper Elle Draper
    August 2, 2016 @ 12:20 pm

    Hi Phyllis.

    Yes it sounds like the cicadas love your olive tree. It does sound drastic to cut it down… perhaps try putting something mobile in the trees. Are you getting a breeze? Could you put one of those kiddle windmills in place to see if the movement detracts them? Typing strips of silver ribbon may work too. Or perhaps plonking fake birds among the branches? Or keep the garden hose handy – ready for a quick blast each time one starts singing to you.

    In the meantime, enjoy the time out of the house.

    E x

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