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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.

the hat game

Tuesday, January 5th, 2016

got my new keyboard from Santa. turning an old but perfectly fine Ipad into with a bit of imagination a laptop.

its the kings and its raining so there will be no processiion through the village, which is a bit of a shame but the singing in the church is going ahead and most important the hot chocolate in the school hall is also going ahead. its a day off tomorrow, hopefully it wont rain as we have no idea what to do when it rains. lived here to long.

the weekend went to sort of to plan seeing as the both of us had a bit of a cold, we soldiered on. Thursday night new years eve, we went to the bar but there was nobody there so we went to Chez Luisette, it was full , we stayed for a couple then went to the bar again with the intention of going to the church square but the Olivie tne owner inited us to take the grapes with him and his 2 friends and the barmaid, we could hardly say no. we went home for a glass of wine before going to the school hall for the party but went to bed instead.

Friday we went for an extended tour de Garriguella, as usual stopping of at Pepes on the way home, Cerrie was there so we stayed for a chat. we went back in the evening as its warm in Pepes bar and we fancied Pepe food to combat colds.

Saturday we went to buy our christmas presents came home had something to eat feed the cats then went to France. we had to go over the mountains with the terrorists rather then go through the motorway border as the queue was from the border back to Figueres. it only added half an hour to the journey. we were being fed in the house of Catherine and Tims near Narbonne as Cathy and John were there, great night was had by all, going to bed at 4 in the morning.

Sunday we got up drunk loads of water and tea then drove home. the border was a breeze, we where home by 2ish. giving us time to eat something put the fire on, go for a small walk then fall asleep in front of the telly.

i woke up having sweated out my cold.



Croquet hoops

Tuesday, December 29th, 2015

I’ve got a bonfire going in an old oil can I found near Palua, have got to keep an eye on it as I don’t want the house burning down and to be honest it’s warmer here then in the house.

Christmas weekend, a long one, we didn’t see the sun the whole time, here it’s unseasonably warm. It was great to do a family Christmas again after probably 9 years maybe 10. Moira got lots of presents and a cold and I got amongst other things a new ukulele book, luckily the girl behind us when we went through security at Stanstead let Moira put half her liquid presents in her tray as she only had a lap top to put through. On Christmas Day we happily ate too much, Boxing Day we ate less but finished the day off with a very good takeaway curry. The morning of leaving to come home we ate even less, and had time to pop to sainsburys  for haggis and soya sausage mix so I can finally make a burger in the Mildred’s cookbook. Also got to speak to Farah which was really nice.

now we are home it’s back to work and try and fathom out what the man is talking about in my new uke book.

red tulips

Tuesday, December 27th, 2011

We are back home, infact we got home late last night after driving from Barcelona, mid nightish, its not that difficult driving from Barcelona just boring, i came off the motor way at Girona and went along the N11 for a bit of a change of scene.

We had been to Scotland, stunning place but it was nice to get some sun on our faces again today. We stayed at Irenes for the duration. Party the first night at Fionas then back to Irenes for a couple and to gossip about the rest of the people there.

Christmas day we were back at Fionas walking, cooking and chatting, i needed the walk, i made Delias onion and goats cheese tarts with a bit to much sage, for myself, Fiona had started to make something, i had some of the filling at the party. there was pressies as well loads of food not to much wine as i was driving, but i think every one had a good time it was nice to see every one again. then it was back to Irenes to crack open a bottle of wine and discuss how the day had gone.

The last day, and it was back up to Fionas for soup and to say ‘see you later’, thanks to the people i forgot to say thanks to on Christmas day, then in the car and home, a flying christmas visit full of stuffing.

Getting to Barcelona airport was a different story. actually getting to the airport was easy it was Ikea using Moiras tiny map was a bit opf a nightmare, but we found it, sadly, then went to a Castelldefers which is really close to Barcelona airport and is a beach resort with a really long beach where we had late lunch, did a bit of the promenade, watched the sun set, then back to the airport.

The meal after the pool competition was hilarious and i have the video to prove it.

they dont have a subjunctive bone in thier bodies

Sunday, September 18th, 2011

Its Sunday evening and im righting the blog because what else is there to do, its bucketing down outside and windy, what did we used to do in London when the weather was like this?probably not much either. We have been to 2 village fairs though today, Llado, the cheese fair, the eweatherhadtaken its toll on the the usual amount of people that turn up, but its was still worth the visit and as usual we came away with a huge lump of parmessan, traditional catalan cheese. and then we came home via Villabertran, just passed Figueres, as it was the stuffed apple fair, it was coming to an end when we got there but there was still a few stalls, the weatheragain hadnt helped the turn out. Moira drove, which she was quite chuffed about.

Last night we stayed in and barbequed veg instead of roasting the veg, to go with cous cous and it worked, we went to Figueres in the morning to my nut lady who im getting the feeling is starting to recognise me, we then went on to the beach at Almadrava.

Friday night was Can Batlle which as always, was nice, the mushrooms where a bit to oily, but wont stop me ordering them again.

the snowdrops are coming up

Tuesday, February 1st, 2011

Just packed for coming to England

The weekend was, well we didnt really do much, apart from go to Mark and Wendys for dinner with all on Friday night, we didnt get too pissed which meant we could go to Figueres Saturday morning to look for bathroom stuff, had something to eat, we went to a little bar where i had a 3 cheese rustic sandwich with lettuce and walnuts, a sandwich unheard of here, it was quite nice, in the afternoon i pruned the olive tree, i have brought it down a bit more this year, its not as tall, which means we will have a bit of olive to burn next year. you have to find the balance between what is good for the tree and what is good for the fire place.

Sunday we went to France via a road that i went on while Moira was in India, very windy and lots of puddles as it has been raining,we went for a stroll round banyols while we where there and Moira bought a box of happy cow cheese. we can home via the bar, had something to eat then made our way across the road home.

Still havent heard from the dish washer man and Moira is having trouble with the internet, it seems that in Spain we pay more for the internet then the rest of Europe, so its a trip to Figueres either tomorrow or next week to sort a few things out.

egg banjo

Sunday, October 31st, 2010

nearly the end of my holiday, if it wasnt for the bank holiday tomorrow it would be, and quite a packed 2 weeks its been, after London we got back, Fiona and Malcom arrived the same day then a couple of days with them we went to Tarragona stayed in a campsite near there which was a lot better then originally appeared it was really near the fishing/ tourist village, Cambrils, we meet a english couple that had been there for months and loved it there, we would stay there again if it was on route, one day in Tarragona, was enough, interesting roman ruins and old town, but no Sephora for Moira.

We then went on to Tortosa on the river Ebre, i would say a bit more interesting the tarragona, lots of ruins as well but more old islamic which then became christian then, tiny city but really interesting, i would go back there again, as there was so much more around there to see. We stayed in a Parador hotel, a huge castle looking over Tortosa, the view was amazing, i could easily say the same about Tarragona, the building was amazing but the bar and our room smelt damp and 4 star hotel with a campsite restaurant, the food was a bit disappointing. breakfast was included so we filled up for the journey home via the Ebre delta, where rice is grown, i have seen paddy fields before but i havent driven through them in a fiat 500.

We got home after an uneventful journey on the motorway, Fiona and Malcom where still here, Fiona made a really nice welcome curry that night, i walked Malcolm to LLanca the next day, then Friday we went for a little walk with Fiona, as Moira and I where of to France for Jonathans and Katherines birthday as soon as Moira finished work, we got there no problem some road works but nothing a fiat 5oo couldnt handle. that night was a party in Katherine house with loads of british some of whom spoke french and a couple of french, but loads of people, thanks to facebook, all went well until we tried to get into our rented apartment and the key wouldnt turn, the 5 of us tried it but it wasnt happening, Jonathan drove us back to Katherines and Tims, Moira and i got Issacs rome jonathan stayed in a friends house down the road and Margot, kevin and Robert slept in the living room. we got in the next day but we just picked stuff up then went back to Katherines, we then went for a walk round a lovely little french village and its ancient salt lakes, didnt see any flamingos, that evening we went for a meal in a village up the road from our apartment, food was good, plenty of chips. this morning we got up in the bed we where supposed to be in had a shower, then breakfast on the terrace and went to Katherine and Tims again as there was a huge car boot in the village, Moira and i bought a big glass bottle, one of which we have wanted for ages, both of us. now we are home, nobody is here, its just us, the cover is going on the swimming pool tomorrow, im almost glad the summer is over, but i know with out a doubt i will be looking forward to the next one.