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Pomegranate margarita

Wednesday, March 15th, 2017

Well we have internet again, and thanks the cables being stolen the phone company has had too put up new and better cables which we have now have a grand 4 mb of internet speed, as opposed to 2.5mb.
I cant rightly remember what i did the week i couldn’t write the blog last weekend, i can remember last weekend though, we went to London. It was Sarah’s birthday on Saturday, we flew Saturday morning which meant we could go to Pepes on Friday with Inger and her son, having been to the Italian in Perelada on thursday with Irena, Mick, Tracy, Cerrie, Pepe and Sonny.
After Sarah’s party, where we had a Lovell time, a bit awkward at first as we didn’t no any body a part from imidiat family. We have been away for 10 years. Until Sarah’s sister introduced us to Sarah’s neighbour who comes from Spain, excuse to speak spanish. We left about 12ish and went to meet Dan and Paolo in a bar near theirs which pretty much closed as we arrived.
Sunday was a pub lunch day with Dan, Paolo and Graham as every one else had called of due to massive hang overs from the night before.
Monday i came home, a long day traveling carrying yeast flakes so as i can try and make vegan cheese.
Today the chimney sweep came round but couldn’t sweep anything as the the fire place had disconnected itself from the flue, luckily it’s not cold at the moment. It explains why the fire place wasn’t working very well and the upstairs bathroom was smelling of smoke
Hopefully it will be fixed tomorrow.

White flamingos

Tuesday, February 21st, 2017

Woke up Monday morning thinking it was Sunday morning.
Still downloading music to Moira’s old computer, it takes awhile as sometimes iTunes doesn’t want to open itself up, and then it freezes half way through downloading, will get there in the end.
Friday night started at Pepes, its getting that the same people go every week, and we all know each other well enough to chat to each other. iTunes has frozen.
Saturday we went to do a garden before going shopping and then finally coming home to do some seriously needed work in our garden. That night we stayed in, didn’t watch British tv as there was nothing on.
Sunday we went to aiguamols with Sonny and Cerrie, as we had bought Sonny a spotting nature book with stickers for his Christmas and we all wanted a go. We stopped on the beach for a picnic and a lazy Sunday afternoon chat.

There are no Dutch in Holland

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016

I couldn’t write the blog yesterday as it was Sonny Joes first school show, it went on for ages but was very entertaining, sweet to see the older kids singing in English
The weekend went as planned to a point. Friday night we went up to Pepes just us this time. We got home before the thunderstorm.
Saturday I worked all day, while Moira was trying to sell her jewellery in the garden of Chez louisette with a few other stalls. She did ok, I joined her once I had finished what I was doing. At 9 we packed up and went up to Pepes again as Moira’s aerobics class was having a dinner. I chatted to Rocky a German builder while Moira went and sat with the girls.
Sunday we went to L’Escalla to buy dad a far there day card in a shop that we discovered had shut and go for a bit of a wander, we got a card in the end, and also had a bit of a Andre. On the way home we stopped in on a expats bar on the beach. O be honest it was nicer then I had imagined, they speak Spanish for example. Finally we made it home to sit in the sun, chop wood prune a few things water the garden, then lay in the hammock for a minute of 2.

Congratulations Robbie and Emma.

Tuesday, May 10th, 2016

And it rained and it rained. Except Saturday, the start of the Temps de Flors in Girona, which was perfect, as it was forecast to rain the Sunday which meant everyone went Saturday and it was packed and hardly anyone went Sunday so there was hardly any queues and we got to see pretty much everything we wanted to see. It was a good year this year. What more we had a curry in a really good Indian restaurant. It was packed so they squeezed us next to a Spanish mother and Daughter from Majorca, there English was perfect and was surprised that Moira and I spoke Spanish as they spoke such good English because the English immigrants that live in Majorca didn’t bother to learn the language.
Friday night was the usual but this time just with Cerrie and Sonny, which actually was really nice as I hadn’t a chance to chat with Cerrie for ages. Saturday I worked all day so we stayed in for the evening so as to be ready for Girona the next day.
It didn’t rain this morning but it’s raining again now, got beer traps all around my newly planted tomatoes and courgettes.

Happy birthday Dad

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016

That was one hell of a week. Monday Moira couldn’t switch the light on in our bedroom, neither could I so I took out one of the bulbs to take to the shop the next day. Tuesday morning my mobile decided to get a virus my fault I down loaded a video from Whatsapp Monday night that I shouldn’t have, I thought it had come from Jesus. Found the old mobile that I bought Moira balanced my mini sim in the slot of a normal sim and went to work. That evening we went to Figueres to buy bulbs, check out how the well pump was doing in the mechanics and to see if I could do anything with the mobile. Having been told the pump still wasn’t fixed but was at the front of the queue, bought 4 new light bulbs and starters, found out that in theory, I could get rid of the virus on my phone and Moira buying a new coat stand with her birthday money, we came home.
Wednesday I changed the bulbs, the light still didn’t work, nothing I could do, so I went round the corner to see the electrician, who came along later without tools, took one look at the light and asked if there was another light switch for the light. It turns out there is and it was switched of which is why the light had mysteriously stopped working.
Friday I went to pick up the pump which had finally been fixed, did the shopping then to Pepes for the usual this time with Cerrie, Sonny, Bob and Jackie.they have been coming here lots but this is the first time we have really got to know them, a nice couple.
Saturday I worked in the rain pretty much all day, while my mobile was being fixed. Then we went to Pepes again as Irena has here family here and had invited us, a room full of big Dutch people all speaking impecable English.
Sunday, day off, we went to Figueres as there was a fair, market like we have in Garriguella at Easter but much bigger. We bumped into Ian and Dolors which was really nice. TheN came home after a beer in a bar in a new street Moira had found.

A cherry moon

Tuesday, April 26th, 2016

What a strange start to the week. The light in the bedroom we talk 4 light bulbs at once, and today my mobile decided to get a virus and now does nothing except show me a sad face on a blue background.
The weekend went well though, starting with Friday, as usual we went up to Pepes, this time to meet Sue and Bob. Carrie and Sonny where there, and also Jackie and the other Bob. They had had a nightmare renter in there house as where at Pepes for a stiff Brandy or 2. Pepes is Pepes, it’s where we go Friday’s and as always we had a happy, chatty night.
Saturday I worked pretty much all day which Moira had to drop me of, go and do the shopping then come and get me later. Moira had organized to go round to Irenas for a glass of wine at 7, se had bought some cheese, bread and Doritos. What was supposed to be one drink need up with us getting home at 10.30 the worse for wear for Irenas over generosity with her wine.
Sunday was windy, very windy, we went to Jonquera shopping center even though it wasn’t raining via a garden center as I needed to get compost and basil seeds. Moira bought some shoes, I tried an aftershave that I thought I liked but was wrong Moira thought it smelt of rotten oranges. We came home then did the tour de Gariiguella, as usual via Pepes for a refreshment.
This afternoon we went to Figueres, to ask how my broken pump was, not yet fixed, do something about the light in the bedroom, 4 new light bulbs and starters bought, and to see if someone could get rid of the virus on the phone, it seems it’s possible. Will take the phone to Figueres sooner or later to get sorted.

Cross fingers

Tuesday, April 19th, 2016

Moira is home she got back Thursday the day before Jonathan and his dad arrived. Friday night we went to Pepes with our guests. Cerrie, Sonny and a couple that are here once in a while they have had there house for over 20 years in Garriguella aparantly it’s changed quite a lot.
Saturday while Moira worked Jonathan, Clive (Jonathans dad) and I went to the botanical gardens in Blane’s and then Cap de Cruz as Jonathan loves it there and he loves to drive which is handy. Sunday they went to France while Moira and I caught up with ourselves. Monday they went to Girona but came back to take us out to eat in Roses.

Courgete spaghetti

Tuesday, April 12th, 2016

Moira is still in China. It’s a big house to keep tidy and do a full time job.
The weekend went well, Friday night I met up with Cerrie and her mum and dad also Irena and Inger all at Pepes bar. Had a lovely night, must remember that I owe Irena 10 euros. Saturday I wasn’t working, so I went to the market, did a bit of shopping took my time then home. After eating something I attacked the boiler that was being thrown out of Alfred’s house and started to turn it into a little stove. It’s getting there still needs a lot of work though to stop it looking like a bridge job made up of of bits of crap that I have found in our garage.
That evening I got a message from Inger, she was having dinner at Chez Luisette, I went along for a drink and a chat as I had eastern so much while making falafels, peanut butter then a satay sauce that I wasn’t hungry, she hadn’t been invited into Mark and Wendy’s either.
Sunday I was supposed to be meeting up with Tina’s brother to give him the keys to their flat, good excuse to not go anywhere, so I did some gardening in my own garden, for most of the day. Met up with Tina’s brother Tony, had a drink came home, did a bit more gardening then watched tele, after eating what I had meant to eat Saturday night.

No me dejes perder la maravilla

Tuesday, April 5th, 2016

Moira has gone again, last Wednesday she went to Scotland to sell jewel left and see family and friends, I picked her up from the train station on day midday and this morning she went of to China, it’s all go in this household, the cats are well confused, Sparrow wouldn’t leave her alone yesterday afternoon he was quite vocal about how annoyed he was that she had gone away.
As far I a was concerned, the weekend went quite smoothly after I had planted 5 massive vines for one of Jesus’s clients, I got home here at 7.00. Cracked open a beer and let the weekend begin by falling asleep on the sofa almost immediately after I had eaten something.
Saturday I worked most of the day in the rain and for the evening, there was a football match between Barcalona and Madrid on the tele in the bar, I go for the atmosphere not the football sadly never of the 2 were that inspiring, I had a good night, Barcelona didn’t.
Sunday Irena and I went to Port de la selva for the annual asparagus fair, we had a wander, a drink and some asparagus croquettes then home for some wine in the garden, the excuse was she needed to borrow our sanding machine.
After Irena had gone I did the tour de Garriguella passing by Pepes for a refreshment. Then home for the usual ukulele practice.

Forgotten your password

Wednesday, March 30th, 2016

Mum and Dad have gone home, in fact they are there as I know because I rang them when I got home after going to drop the pump of with the man who I have been told fixes pumps, he wasn’t the most charming of people, I had prepared loads of stuff to say to him and he wasn’t interested. Your pumps broken ok leave it there, name and number, you can get out by that door.
Moira has also gone, she went to Scotland this morning to sell jewellery. It’s just me and the cats.
After a long weekend of doing hardly anything how comes I’m exhausted. Mum and Dad arrived last Wednesday. Thursday we went to eat at Chez Luisette after I had met up with Joanna to do my intercambio with her mum and dad came along while we were speaking English.
Friday I wasn’t working we went shopping in the morning and in the afternoon Dad and I went to trim a hedge, we stayed in to eat that evening.
Saturday we had to get up early to set up a stall of Moira’s jewellery in the village sherry and doughnut fair, a great day to spend a sunny day watching people go by, chatting to people we knew and every now and then selling some jewellery. Natalie and Andy arrived mid day. That night we went to eat at Can Battle, the first time this year, it hasn’t changed.
Sunday was Natalie’s and Moira’s birthday party, Tina and John where here from France, Sonya and Max and the girls came as well. Irena as well as usual on form, great fun and the bad weather held of.
Monday another day off, we went to Empuria Brava to go on a boat round the canals then to eat in the Italian. We seemed to do a lot of eating this weekend. We ate left overs for the evening.
Tuesday back to work, but Mum and Dad wanted to take s out for a meal, old faithful, the pizza in Roses.