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.

Pickled chillies

March 22nd, 2018

It was Moira’s birthday yesterday, we went to a Turkish restaurant in Figueres, more like a charming Turkish cafe, really good and really cheap.
Moira had a weekend on her own, Friday night she took me to the train station Saturday night she went to Pepes and Sunday night she picked me up again from th same train station. I had gone to England to plant, as it happens, I had gone to England to plant while it was snowing, breaking all the gardening rules but, Dad and I did a good job.
Saturday night we went for a pub lunch, it was still snowing which made the drive home interesting.
Sunday morning it had been snowing so much that we really could do nothing rules or no rules. Mid day I started to make my way home. A good weekend planting and playing the ukulele and cooking when necessary.
Tuesday I had a funny one, I was doing a hedge when a big bag flew by, that never happens thanks mum I thought to myself. Then Jesus found 2 more big bags blowing down the road the next day.

Beetroot vindaloo

March 14th, 2018

Bust busy busy, which is a good thing I suppose. It’s because Easter is only 2 weeks away and Jesus has a load for me to do before then, before the clients arrive, getting there but I am starting to fall asleep in front of the tele. What with all that work the Gralla group told me that I will be playing with them at the Easter fair in the village, no pressure then. I also still want to play the ukulele and learn Catalan, might give the learning French a miss for a while.
As for the weekend, It wasn’t Pepes, actually it was for me, because there was a pool competition, I entered knowing I had to loose as the next round was Saturday night and we where going out with Inger Saturday night. I did loose, although at one point I thought I wouldn’t as the bloke I was playing was worse then me. Moira’s stayed at home as did Cerrie and Sonny.
Saturday night we went out with Inger to Chez Luisette, we had their pad Thai which was delicious last time I had it but lacked zest this time. So glad I learnt to eat with chop sticks when I was young.
Sunday we went to Mollet de Peralada as there was a cod fair on. Barely any cod was available, but there was 3 Gralla groups doing their bit which was interesting for me, maybe not so much Moira. We also found another place to buy pellets, I think we are liking Lydia’s pellets at the moment. That night we meet Ian and Stewart in Pepes, Inger and Irena came along, and the Steve and Maria. After everyone went home Maria come over to ours for a bit to much wine for Sunday night. We all made it Zumba the next evening though.

pellets from Asturias

March 7th, 2018

Funny day today, after a really nice weekend. So nice that yesterday i was quite shattered, the rain didn’t help either. No today, my mobile decided to ring of it’s own accord 2 people with news.that I needed to know. In the morning it rung a client who while on the phone told me that his daughter was arriving the end of next week which meant I had to get the garden looking at least tidy. The in
the afternoon it rung Joanna, who again while on the phone told me that she couldn’t make this evening, which was a shame but just what I needed to know, so as I could work half an hour longer and getvan olive tree pruned. I not sure I believe in ghosts as such maybe the spirit does live on for a while after someone dies. Don’t know and not sure knowing would change the way I live my life, but It was a nice feeling thinking that it was my mun helping me out a bit.
Friday night we went to bar. Moira has got herself a Vale and was trying it out, she still feel she needs to go outside.
Saturday we shopped then I worked, then we watched a film in front of the fire
Sunday we went to Boadella to see how low the water level was on the dam. It was low, lower then we had seen it for years. We also went to see a building on the river that feeds the lake, that not only Jesus had told me to go and see but Inger as well. Interesting iglf you like swiss built hotel spars in the middle of the Catalan countryside

Paneer or holoumi?

February 28th, 2018

It’s raining, in fact it’s been raining pretty much all day, while the rest of Catalunya has snow.
Friday night we went to Pepes for the usual
Saturday we went to Roses to by a doorbell, the car was over heating so on the way to the doorbell shop we popped into a garage, they had a look at the car, there was a leak in the cooling system, they ordered the piece they thought they needed and filled the cooling system up with water so as we could get home. We got the doorbell but forgot everything else that we had gone to Roses for. We got the car home and after I had topped it up again the car got me to the garden I was doing and back. That night we had Cerrie, Sonny, Irena and Inger over for haggis, just because we had the haggis and it needed eating. At 10.00 we went to the bar as the garriguella carnival was going up the high street, every year it gets bigger with more floats. Irena and Inger went home and I went its Cerrie and Sonny to the school hall for a bit of a dance.
Sunday was Ranxo, everyone form around garriguella goes to the school hall to eat salad, a rice stew and Brunyols. Also to drink quite a lot, we loved it, even though I have to take my own rice stew.
I am now waiting for the garage to ring me to tell me the car has been fixed so I can go and pick it up and pay.

chocolate bar wrapper

February 21st, 2018

Weve decided aki pellets are no good. Which is a shame as they are the easiest to get, and we are going through another cold spell.
Back to normality a bit with the weekend. Friday night was Pepe’s night with Cerrie. Saturday Moira helped me to a garden and the in the afternoon I did a bit to my garden. Annoyingly I discovered that the palm tree had been got again by the palm weevil sometime last year,my fault as I had cut back on the amount of times I was treating it. That night we stayed in and wayhed a DVD infront of the fire.
Sunday was an almost lovely day so we packed up a picnic and went for walk to the beach through aiguamols to see the flamingos. Half way to the beach is the bench Mum made it to before she had to turn back. It was mums bench, every time we go to aiguamols, it reminds me of her and gets a smile. Simple things.
Monday was Gralla class, I learnt a new tune which I planed to remember to practice later after Zumba. After Zumba I couldn’t remember the new tune.

the mouse room.

February 14th, 2018

something happened tuesday night, because i woke up Tuesday morning as if a weight had been lifted, but not really a weight because that signifies a burden nor did i have a sence of relief. it was probably something to do with standing up infront of 90 people and telling them how i felt about my mum, something i had needed to do since the 18th of January, the best explination i can come up with, is it was something like having a fairy born your my head.
it was a weekend i probably will not forget, so little need for documenting it.

a sequin and a smile

February 9th, 2018

What a week. The weekend seems like age ago. Its been a rollercoaster ride of emotions since Friday
Friday night was the bar as usual, I read Cerrie my speach then apologised as she cried.
Saturday I worked pretty much all day, then we stayed in and ate something from the recipe book that mum bought me for Christmas. I can’t tell her I also can’t tell her that the kitchen is now warm enough to sit in now the pellet burner is up and running.
Sunday I worked in our garden catching up with myself. Moira thinks I am working to hard, no more then usual I’d say.
Monday at Zumba I told someone about mum then had something Lima an anxiety attack while trying to learn the new steps
Tuesday night was Joanna, she’s easy to talk to even in Catalan.
Wednesday night the gralla. The moment I can play one tune I will buy my own.