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Thursday, 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

Sunday, 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

Tuesday, 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.

Wednesday, 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

Tuesday, 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.

Wednesday, 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.

The parsley got a massive shock

Monday, August 20th, 2018

We was a bit busy last week de to Dad being here until Tuesday, paying guests, Joanna and then the fiesta Major of Garriguella.
Friday night was the disco mobile in the cementeri vell behind the church, for us, until 3 in the morning as Moira had to get up and do breakfast at 7.oo, b for some people it went on until last at least 8.00 am.
Saturday I had some work to do as did Moira,new guests arriving and then more fiesta. We didn’t make it till 3 this time.
Sunday Moira had a double change over, so I did the garden. Until she had finished then we went for a vermouth put on by the village and then up to Pepes before we had to back home to meet and greet the new guests.

Placido Domingo

Wednesday, August 1st, 2018

It’s hot, and tomorrow is going to be hotter, it’s so hot when you rest your elbow on the table to type it slides off.
I’m going to go backwards last night we went to the bar as Mick and Tracy where here for Irenas birthday and her birthday party which was Monday night. Inger arranged music and food Moira did more food and got in touch with old friends of Irena, they did loads and it payed of. She loved it, we all had a great time in amongst the vine yards drinking, chatting and listening to a man playing a guitar.
Sunday a part from blowing up Balloons, meeting mick and Tracy in the bar tidying our garden up for the next guests while Moira worked on the house, making vegan cheese, as by sheer coincidence we had 3 vegans staying. A part from all that we did very little.
Saturday I worked as did Moira and that night we stayed in and sat on the balcony until it was time to go to bed.
Friday night we went up to Pepe o eat and watch the moon eclipse and turn red.

The flirt.

Tuesday, July 24th, 2018

Quite weekend, or that was the idea.
We didn’t go out and eat Friday night as we had eastern out a lot over the last 2 weeks so we went to the bar after dinner for a couple. Then Steve and his father in law turned up. They were about to leave when Maria and her step mother turned up. They were finishing their first drink when Tina and John also turned up. When we left we left a good tip.
Saturday I was working and we stayed in for the evening.
Sunday it was a bit over cast so when Moira had got rid of the guests and cleaned up we went for a walk to Pepes via the tour de Garriguella. About an hour after we got home Pepe turned up to take the old boiler away, we have already payed for the new one, not as much as we feared. That night we had no guests the last night until the end of August. We sat on the balcony and enjoyed every minute.


Tuesday, July 17th, 2018

Two weeks, last weeks excuse was we had just got back from Kirstys and Willys wedding in Tain, we where there for the weekend, had a ball, I wore a kilt, danced to much, but got home to Garriguella at 4 in the morning. 3 hours before I had to get up to go to work. Meanwhile the boiler was playing up and the cat had got in a fight. We took the cat to the vet and got the boiler replaced and then it was Friday again.
we went to Pepes with Cerrie and Sonny up at the tortoise bar again.
Saturday I worked all, the evening we stayed in to eat and then met Inger and a slightly very drunk Irena to go and see The Full Monty in the little square in lower garriguella, not that many people there, we were ok as we had brought along some wine. What a great film.
Sunday I had a couple of hours work while Moira tidied the house then we went to the beach for a couple of hours to get Moira out of the house. We came home early as we had been invited to Stewart and Isabelle’s for tea, she’s a good cook, the risotto was delicious.
Semi back to normal, the cat has been steadily better. The new boiler works a dream, the sun is shinning and the pool seems to have worked out what it should look like.