Combination Adam

February 16th, 2019

We was in the bar last night as usual for a Friday night, not as usual for every night. Friday night Fish n chips night but nun of us have fish n chips because the bar is in a small village in Catalunya and it’s not something they do. Still, we like it, it’s always a friendly atmosphere and we always eat well for very little money. Pepe was telling me about a cow that has been so over breed that it can’t give birth naturally but has to have a cesarian section every time , that’s frightening, what are we doing? Moira has gone to Scotland, she says it’s probably the first time in her life that she has looked forward to it, strongly enough I go to England in a couple of weeks to help Dad with the garden and I am also quite looking forward to it, chance to speak to mum, don’t know, certainly not for the weather. My last chance to be in England while it’s in the EU possibly. I don’t know about anyone else, I just wish they would man or women up and say Sorry we lied to you, we had no idea what we was getting ourselves into, we had no plan, nothing. we have messed up, basically. Now we all have a better idea of what is involved, and are better informed, let’s start again have a proper referendum where everyone in Britain can vote just like in Scotland, not the expats or immigrants as they refuse to call themselves who have lived outside of the U.K for years and then stick by the result. Glad I got that off my chest.


Fishing rights

February 2nd, 2019

For the first time in years i missed living in London last night. I love living here, the highs far out weigh the lows, but some times. How do you tell someone that the European Union wasnt dictating to them when they never voted in any of the european elections, didnt even know they could. Then they blame the EU for not knowing and not the UK. Thats just one of the small village minded comments that bothered me. I have also ended up playing in the pool competition again. The pool competition was great to start with, I got to know some of the bar going people in the village. I know them all now, they all know me, I don’t need a another pool competition. Then all of a sudden you look at the sky and it all gets blown away quite literally.


Zumba

January 21st, 2019

Its supposed to be gralla or graella, not sure, tonight, or sex trumpet, as named by my nephew. Its a traditional catalan instrument bit like a recordar but sounds a lot more basic and a lot louder. Its interesting, bit folky and very catalan, they wont be having me swing anything. I got roped into playingit last year and being me i stuck at it bought myself a gralla, which wasnt cheap made of almond,you can get olive or boxus or even tropical wood grallas, i wanted almond because i like almond trees. White flowers in spring to say norhinf of the actual almonds them selves. Its supposed to be our weekly practice whoch i cant get to while Alfred is here and also its seems to have not started up again. The last practice was before christmas. Easy going


Sound of silence

January 15th, 2019

Its been a while maimly because the 2 people that religously read this blog,/one of them has died and thanks to whatsapp i now speak to the other one at least 3 times a week. Kind of negating the need for me letting them know what i am up to.

Still i feel i should keep it going even though like Lorna says about Facebook, its like hanging out your dirty washing for the world to see. Thing is what am i goung to write about? Dont know. I read once a book on how to write books, that practice is important, you should just write it doesnt matter what about but just write. I doubt if i am going to write a book, not yet any way.

Its also something to do while im having a can of beer.


Frogs can’t access the internet

November 1st, 2018

It’s warmed up a bit, the day of the dead, all saints day, day after Halloween, castanada and a holiday in Spain the day to go and tidy up your ancestors grave. We went to Aigumols walked to the beach sat on a large piece of drift wood and had soup and a beer while the waves made a racket behind us.
Bit worried about the palm tree, more then a bit worried. Probably because I’m looking at it while I am cleaning my teeth, I see it every day. I want to keep it alive, because I am a gardener, it’s also quite a statement in the garden and it deserves to be looked after even if it means spraying it with stuff that normally wouldn’t enter into this garden.
It’s Thursday which is a bit weird feels like a Sunday.


Change of tack

October 28th, 2018

It’s pissing down on a Sunday my day off, it’s also really cold, too cold for here at this time of year. This time last year we where sitting by the sea drinking beer at Sant Marti. Looks like it’s going to be cold until Monday. Last week it went from flip flop weather to winter and thick socks, stopped me treating the palm tree. I planted a vigorous climbing rose that I got from a cutting last year, it’s under the palm tree, just in case one day the palm tree finally sercums to the red palm weevil.thats the reason I planted a fig tree there as well although the fig is going to take a while to grow as it is not even a foot high and I planted it in October last year.
We went to the bar Friday night, it’s not Pepes bar anymore it’s Antionellas bar I suppose, it was nice Moira and I talked to each other which like most long term marriages doesn’t happen very often,not in a bad way but you tend to know what the other person is going to say as you was possibly there when the thing happened that they are going to talk about. We remained, not keen on reminiscing but some times it’s a good thing while in the local bar drinking wine and eating egg and chips.


Papa luna

October 16th, 2018

PeƱiscola, a new fizzy drink or a small peninsula with a templars castle built on it surrounded by beach and tourism. We went there, to camp, to be tourist and to switch off for a couple of days. Get up when we wanted and siesta when we wanted. The castle was very interesting, the indian restaurant was good and the sun shone while allaround us were being rained on. Seen it, probably wont bother to go back.
We arrived home on the Friday,Malcom and Fiona took us out to eat at Can Batlle.
Saturday i worked with a little help from the team, then we went for a walk round Roses, shopping really.
Sunday the big day, the walk from Roses to Cadaques. The weather was perfect it rained once for 5 minutes, the 5 minutes that we where under pine trees. Always wanted to do it and really glad ive done it. Next time knowing how far it is we would probably take our time as 5 hours was pushing it including a half hour stop to eat. The bud back was interesting.


There is nothing as queer as folk.

September 26th, 2018

Had a cold last week, a good excuse. I had no idea how bad it was. I kind of got rid of it then it came back, dehydrated and coughing up broen stuff. Carried on working, couldnt work out why i was so tied. It also didnt stop mr going in a sind tu nel for tourist ( a birthday present gro Inger). Woke up this Sunday morning feeling un feverish which is when i realised what an idiot i had been. Still coughing but that always happens to me after a cold.
Meanwhile Irene arrived Thursday afternoon. Ww went yo Can Batlle Friday nifht. They gave us the meal for free, we have sent a lot of people to them this summer. I wasnt tge fact that we saved so money it was the sentiment, we are foriegners here it finally felt lije we were being allowed to integrate.
Saturday i worked and we stayed in as Irene wanted to wtch strictly.
Sumday we went to Darniua, taking a picnic and a few friends to celebrate Irenes birthday.
Monday lunch time i met the in the coop, her actuall birthday and that evening she came to Zumba with us.
Ian out of Ian and Diane died last week suddenly, we assume a heart attack. Rest in Peace Ian.


Lemon grass oil

September 11th, 2018

La Diada, Catalunyas day off due to losing there country to Spain. We went to the beach instead of Barcelona, but last night we did participate in the Diada party as the street cats association was providing the old and drink. Hundred people and more turned up to eat sausages and white beans, I have to say though that it was good fun, I got to talk Catalan and politics all in one night.
The weekend, there was music up at Pepes on Saturday night, so instead of going out Friday night we ate at home then went to the bar for a couple. Saturday night t pass the time before the music started, we went for a very good curry in Figueres.
Sunday we had guests, the last weekend with 2 couples, after Moira had tidied up and I had cleaned the pool and done a bit of gardening we went to Castello de Empuries as it was their medieval festival, we go every year.


August 29th, 2018

While taking some gazpatcho i realised that i could write my blog on my phone, its onlt taken me 10 years, lije they say here without rushing but without stopping.
The weekend went well a part from founding out that one of the cars side lights had melted while going in to the garage to get the brake light fixed.
Friday night we went ti el Moli as there was the same bloke pkaying that played at Irenes birthday party.
Saturday i worked the morning then when Moira had finushed we went to Figueres to buy some garden chairs and a garden light. We git what we wanted and some.
Sunday Moira had a bit to do, ehich meant we had time to go to the beach for a couple of hours ti try out our new beach brolly, and get back in time to meet Irena and Inger for Sunday lunch in Carmens on Irena. As a thank you for her birthday party.