Harvesting garlic

June 26th, 2018

This weekend we didn’t go camping but Friday night we did go up to Pepes outdoor bar for the first time this year, with Cerrie, Sonny and Stuart and Isabele. Just like the good old days, including the walk home under the stars.
Saturday I worked the morning, then Moira helped me for the afternoon giving us time to go the beach, another, for the first time this year. That night was the party for Sant Juan in the village. We made it nail 1 in the morning,but Moira had to get up and do Breakfast for 8 and the music was getting worse.
Sunday was a well needed home day, Moira had 2 changeovers and I had a chain saw to try out, as well as lights to hang.


Electric chain saw

June 20th, 2018

Finally its hot, but really hot from one extreme to another. I am having to water the lawn, still haven’t been in the pool though, Moira has.
As far as the weekend went, well it was a good weekend, we stayed in Friday night as we had gone out Thursday night for Cerries birthday. Saturday morning I worked then we packed the car full of camping gear and set of 40 mins up the road to Albanya and its campsite Basagoda. Albanya is a small village with not even a shop as the shop owner has retired. It does have a bar so we stopped for a beer. It also has an observatory but seeing as it was overcast and one of the longest days of the year we gave looking at the stash a miss. The campsite was lovely, right next to the river Muga with a reasonably good restaurant.
Sunday I woke up early, to early to get a coffee at the bar so I sat in the sun and read my book. When breakfast was done we went for a walk up the Muga, stopping on the way back for Moira to sunbathe and me to read more in the shade. We got home to Garriguella via a beer in St Lorence de la Muga, watered the garden checked the pool and sat in the hammock to read more.
Back to reality Monday.


margaret goes home

June 5th, 2018

it feels like its rained every day for weeks, generally only in the evening and generally only when i havent taken along waterproofs to work.
thinfgs are a bit different at the moment as Pepes is shut, he handed his town bar over to a new couple, and is now when he is not looking after cows getting the tourtoise bar ready for sant Joan at the end of June. not to worry though as Chez Luisette is open, on Friday we went with Inger and her daughter with her daughters sons and Irena. bit more expensive then Pepes, a lot more expensive but we had a really good time, even got shown how to floss and got to pull out of the closet some really old children friendly jokes.
Saturday i worked in the morning then we went to Corca as Moira had a stall selling her jewellery at the anglican church spring fair. No one came, still she managed to sell some pieces.
that night we stayed in to watch Britains got talent
Sunday after doing the washing and the weekly swimming pool clean, we went to Palau to prune a hedge then to Roses as it was the roses fair of Roses, as usual there was very few roses. next week we will not be going to Roses as it was the second week in a row.


Despacito

May 29th, 2018

Janna canceled so I had time to take it easy and water my own garden, prune the wisteria and passionflower a bit, practice the Graller, sit down and write this. Then after I have writen this, spoken to my dad and practiced the ukulele, I will put the dinner on.
The weather is still playing silly buggers, i haven’t had to water the lawn yet and it’s really nearly June.
Friday night was the last Friday night at Pepes town bar for the foreseeable future as he was handing it over to someone new.
Saturday I worked all day while Moira got the house ready for guests. They arrived then went straight out again, while we stayed in and watched britons got talent.
Sunday morning the guests left quite early, Moira put the washing on while I sorted the pool out, which is finally looking like it should do. I think I know where I went wrong but I have already bored enough peopl to go on about it. Everything done we went to Roses as we mistakenly thought there was something special going n in Roses. Instead Moira bought some saddles and me some espadrilles, the espadrilles were for my birthday. That night we went to Pepes as it was his last night, we met up with Cerrie for a couple then came home to drink to the end of a short era.


Three quarter length trousers

May 22nd, 2018

This weekend the swimming pool has been messing with my head, we had guests until Friday morning and the pool was starting to go cloudy, they left, I chucked some chlorine in but probably not enough.more guests arrived on Saturday, the pool wasn’t perfect but they wanted to swim so I put a little bit more chlorine, again probably not enough, but then I couldn’t chuck loads in as that would mean the guest couldn’t swim. It kept looking better then worse again. The guests left as did Moira, was going to London to buy a frock. Today I have had enough and chucked all the liquid chlorine we have left at it, which probably won’t be enough.
A part from the pool everything else went well. It was my birthday Thursday, we met Cerrie, Inger, Irena and Pepe in the bar for a couple of drinks. Friday night again in Pepes this time with just Cerrie and Sonny.
Saturday I wasn’t working in the morning so went to Figueres to buy peanuts.we stayed in that night and watched the pool get a bit better.
Sunday when the guests had got up from breakfast we went to L,Escala for a walk along the prom, we ate on the balcony that night for the first time for ages, this time the pool wasn’t looking that great.
Monday morning the guests left leaving us with a name of a good Indian restaurant in Barcelona


We have a president

May 16th, 2018

Back to writing on the old iPad that I have to say is quicker then the computor even though it’s older then the computor.
The weekend, we had guests, it rained, but not Friday night, Friday night was off course Pepe with Cerrie. Isabel and Stweart were going to come along but didn’t feel we deserved to have to listen to Stewart’s sister in law who apparently doesn’t stop talking.
Saturday I worked all day, finished doing the garden of the Austrains which should mean that for the next couple of weeks I won’t have so much work to do. That night we did have guests and that night it did rain all night. it was Eurovision night, it was so good that I feel asleep half way through.
Sunday was cold and wet. We went to Girona Temps de Flors as we always do, except last year, a lot less people then normal due to the rain, but still enjoy the whole thing especially as every year we always see something new. We had time for a curry then a bit more of a walk round looking at more flowers then home by the slightly faster train then the one we got to get there. I took Mums wedding ring to Girona, If I remember I will take it to Pepes next weekend.


Aunty Mary had a canary

May 8th, 2018

got the old computor out for the first time for ages, had a bit of time as Joanna cancelled, she is working, and i had no need to go to Figueres with Moira. time to catch up, water the garden, check the pool, practice the graller and the ukulele and even do a bit of studying catalan, then make dinner using the peas grown in the garden.
Friday night as usual was Pepes night, he might be able to get me the coffe bags i use for our coffee machine, which will be brilliant, as being Pepe the coffee will be good coffee and if i buy it using his name he vcan claim back the I.V.A.
Saturday i worked, it didnt rain like it was forecast, came home and mowed our lawn, as we were having lodgers, they turned up hung around a bit, disapeared, then returned saying they had to go as the daughter had been rushed to hospital, it seems she is ok now. they had booked and payed for 3 nights, we stayed in that night.
Sunday i worked a bit with Moiras help, then we went to Figueres as there was a fiesta going on, we stayed had a look around, drunk some beer, felt a bit like we where on our holidays then came home for something to eat and a walk up behind the village.


The jet washer

April 26th, 2018

Time to write the blog, been a busy week, what with Graller practice and all that.the weekend started as it always starts in Pepes after a short visit to see Inger and I Rena on Ingers terrace.
Saturday I worked all day and we also had people staying that night, a nice French couple that spoke fluent English. Sunday I went off to do a couple of hours of work while Moira tidied up the house after the French couple left.
Monday night was Graller practice and then straight on to Zumba, Tuesday night I had Joanna, Wednesday night I had nothing to do but then I worked an extra hour for Jesus, then went to do half an hour in a garden in the village. Then tonight I cycled to Marca because Moira had the car, for more Graller practice.
The palm tree needs spraying


The fallen almond tree

April 11th, 2018

It’s winter again, rained pretty much all day today as well as all day Sunday, watered the tomatoes in though.
Last weekend started Friday night in the pizza restaurant, Peralada, it was our 22nd wedding anniversary.
Saturday I worked most of the day while Moira shopped and took delivery of 32 sacks of pellets for the stove. We stayed in that night.
Sunday was so bad that the walk we had planned to do turned into a trip to various supermarkets and a hardware shop that I like to go to. On the way home we popped in to Ingers to pay her as she had ordered our pellets on the order for her pellets and payed for the lot, also she had Vogt some beer in for us, so it would have been rude not to visit her. That night we put the fire on for the first time for a week.
Suggested Fly me to the moon, to the Gralla group and they loved the idea, not going to be easy making it sound Jazzy on the Gralla.


Maria goes to the Colombian shop

March 29th, 2018

I reckon by Saturday I will be able to play, El Circ, Rock, a bit of a white stripes song, a bit of a pasa doble, Nino nana or something like that and the first bit of la manta al cool. On the gralla, whether I can play them on the day is yet to be heard.
Last weekend was a bit busy, Friday night we went to Pepes as usual.
Saturday it rained all day but we still managed to go Max’s party, which we go to every year in his workshop near Marca. Then host a curry night for Moira’s birthday at home.
Sunday was Pepes birthday party, it wasn’t raining which was handy as he had cooked calcots, for us and his family.
Monday we had a bit of recovering to do before my last Gralla rehearsal and then Zumba.