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Elle, along with Alan, is the owner of Spain Buddy and the busy web design business - Spain Web Design by 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, dogs, good food, and dry white wine - although not necessarily in that order.


  1. diana williams
    April 13, 2017 @ 7:43 am

    Hi Elle,
    I am still searching for a very good old friend of mine from Truro, Cornwall,. Her sister lives in San Pedro near Marbella and has done for many years. My friends name is Helen Heil. She was a keen cyclist. In her 70’s very vivacious and has bright red very curly short hair. I’m not sure if there is any way of putting out a general help/search for my friend, as she has left no trace with any of our mutual friends in the UK. I am living in Sri lanka, but visiting Almeria driving the coastal route down to Elviria where we have stayed a couple of times and doing a home search for a town house or something similar. Any help on eitehr and in particular helen would be superb!
    Love your tips on Spanish living. Any chance we might meet when we visit alemeria on Monday 15th Tuesday 16th May, just after the madrid tennis open: Hoping to see Rafa!!
    Diana Williams and Rob Cantley


    • Elle Draper
      April 13, 2017 @ 1:17 pm

      Hi Diana (and Rob). We’ll put some feelers out for Helen. No promises though. In the meantime… could you please email me with a contact phone number? It won’t be shown publicly. Then if Helen or her sister contacts us, I’ll give them your phone number and email.

      Sure – happy to meet up when you’re in Almería. But… as you can imagine… a lot of people want to meet up. So we insist they come to our little town and the obligatorty glass of wine is on them (or we’d never get any work done and would need a second mortgage for all the petrol). We’re in Vélez-Blanco, which is on the border of Almería and Murcia – just 10 mins off the motorway. Check the map and if it fits with your Almería schedule, then drop me a line to

      Ciao for now. Elle xxxxxx


  2. Irene bryson
    January 3, 2018 @ 2:25 pm

    Interested in all aspects of Spain Times of flights avoiding night flights


    • Elle Draper
      January 4, 2018 @ 3:25 pm

      Take a look at – you can search by airport on there.
      Good luck!
      Elle x


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