Christmas etc.

Well, Christmas is over and, hopefully, Spring is on it way. soldes coque iphone Our Christmas was very quiet this year as we had no family staying with us. coque iphone pas cher coque iphone 8 plus My daughter, Kate, and her elder brother went to Chicago for Christmas and New Year to stay with my other son who lives there. coque iphone 4 soldes coque iphone coque iphone 8 plus I think they had a good time in spite of several feet of snow and temperatures of about minus twenty! The weather here has been very mixed for the last few weeks. coque iphone 7 coque iphone 4 The temperature has been anywhere between minus two and fourteen or fifteen degrees. coque iphone The cold makes me want to hibernate and the greyness of the u.k. coque iphone 7 always had a very depressing effect on me. coque iphone 5 coque iphone 7 plus I cope with winter better here, as however cold it is, the sun still shines for at least part of the day so that we can wrap up warm and take the dog for a long walk. coque iphone coque iphone Christmas in Spain is much more "low-key" than in the u.k. coque iphone en ligne coque iphone 4 The Spanish tend to have all their family home for Christmas and it is traditionally a time to stay in the warm and eat large family meals and just spend time together. coque iphone 8 This can mean that it’s rather a lonely time for ex-pats as, although quite a lot of people live here, you see few of them about (except at Bar Jesus which gets very busy). coque iphone 4 coque iphone xr However there are also more English visiting at Christmas and the small permanent English community we have tend to get together and party. We hosted a party just before Christmas as it was my husband’s birthday;our friends had one on Boxing Day and there was another last week at the house of people who still live in the u.k. coque iphone but come out here for holidays. coque iphone 8 There’s also another one planned for a couple of weeks time, so quite a few social gatherings. coque iphone xr We have some new people in the village who have bought a cave next door to the bakery, opposite our house. coque iphone 8 They are English and have been living in France for a while but have decided they prefer Spain. coque iphone 8 They did the same as we did – visited Bacor and fell in love with it. coque iphone 6 plus coque iphone 6 plus coque iphone 7 They are really nice and cooked a lovely meal for us the other night. coque iphone 5 coque iphone 5 coque iphone en ligne Our Canadian tenant has now left for pastures new. coque iphone 6 plus coque iphone pas cher coque iphone 6 We’re really missing her as she was here for three months and we became good friends. She had Christmas dinner with us and experienced Christmas pudding for the first time! Apparently it’s unknown in Canada. coque iphone 7 coque iphone xr coque iphone 7 She has now gone to explore Costa Rica for three months and has sent some photos via Facebook. coque iphone xs coque iphone 5 It’s obviously much warmer there than it is here! She went on some great trips while she was here, not just to Morocco, which she loved, but she also walked the coast road in the Cabo de Gata for three days, which she says was wonderful. It’s a trip we’d like to make ourselves when the weather’s a bit warmer. coque iphone 8 plus We now have lots of information about trips you can take, which may also be useful to anyone else staying with us. coque iphone 7 plus coque iphone 7 She very generously gave us the Lonely Planet Guides to Morocco and Anadalucia for a Christmas present. coque iphone 7 They are full of travel info. coque iphone 6 plus coque iphone pas cher coque iphone pas cher and great (cheap) places to stay. coque iphone pas cher coque iphone pas cher This is the time of year for olive picking in Spain and we recently spent a couple of days helping some friends to harvest their olives. coque iphone 8 coque iphone xr coque iphone 6 plus It was really good fun and an excellent way of keeping warm. coque iphone 6 I shall get Kate to publish a picture of Bob hard at work shaking the olives off the trees. The small olive growers take their harvest to the olive mill where everyone’s olives are mixed together and crushed. coque iphone 7 plus coque iphone 6 You can then be paid in cash or olive oil or a mixture of both, according to the number of sacks of olives you gathered. coque iphone xr coque iphone coque iphone en ligne With luck we’ll get a bottle of oil – delicious to cook with, on salads or just poured on fresh crusty bread. We took Bailey for a long walk the other day as the weather was gorgeous. coque iphone en ligne We walked up to the lake and back, calling in on the way at Club Nautico (the bar/restaurant overlooking the lake) for a drink and tapas; Bob had a beer, I had my usual tinto verrano and the (free) tapas was crusty bread with thick slices of fried pork steaks and some big green olives. soldes coque iphone Delicious! The countryside is already looking more springlike with buds starting to show, and our roof terrace is now warm enough to sit out for a while most afternoons (and to dry the washing). coque iphone xs coque iphone 6 plus I can’t wait for summer evenings spent, glass of vino in hand, watching the sun go down over the mountains.

Fiesta time again.

First post for a while. No real excuse except that I’m too lazy. coque iphone 8 plus We’ve had some really nice people in our apartment lately, so thankyou to any of you are reading this. coque iphone xr My daughter has now completed the bit of our website that publishes tenant’s comments so you can now read these and If you would like to add one you can email it to Kate and she’ll put it on. coque iphone It’s Bacor fiesta again so the village is full of relatives and people from the outlying villages who have come to join in the fun. coque iphone 8 plus coque iphone en ligne Yesterday was the paella picnic which ended in foam and water fights, good fun! We danced till late on Thursday night, at one point doing the Birdies song – we were either very drunk or very sad. coque iphone en ligne coque iphone 4 coque iphone 4 Last night the local disco was crowded and many people didn’t crawl home till five or six this morning. coque iphone 6 coque iphone 7 plus Today is the final day , this evening we will be joining the procession to carry the statue of Saint Bernabe around the village. coque iphone 8 plus coque iphone 8 plus soldes coque iphone I hope it will be a little cooler by then as it’s over fifty degrees centigrade at the moment. coque iphone coque iphone 6 coque iphone coque iphone 8 coque iphone en ligne My son came for a visit a couple of weeks ago, the first time since we actually moved out here. coque iphone pas cher coque iphone 6 We had a great time with him. soldes coque iphone coque iphone 6 plus coque iphone xr He brought his mountain bike with him and measured the mileage we cover on our walks with the dog up to the lake. coque iphone 7 plus coque iphone coque iphone 7 plus We were quite pleased to find that we walk 9.6 kilometres each time we do this; don’t know why I haven’t lost weight, I think it must be the tapas and alcohol that we consume in between walking there and walking back. coque iphone 5 coque iphone 7 coque iphone 4 coque iphone 8 plus Anyone following my blog will be pleased (and probably surprised) to hear that our table is finally completed and, more surprisingly, has turned out quite well as you can see by the picture. coque iphone 8 coque iphone 8 plus coque iphone xs soldes coque iphone coque iphone 7 It has already been used during previous barbecues and we are planning another one next week. We have booked flights to the u.k. coque iphone 7 plus coque iphone 5 coque iphone 5 for a couple of weeks time. coque iphone 6 plus We can’t leave the dog for too long but have arranged for a friend to look after him for a week then Bob will fly back. coque iphone 6 plus coque iphone xs I’m going to stay there for most of July to spend some time with my mother and my children and grandchildren and to catch up with friends. coque iphone 7 plus coque iphone 8 coque iphone 4 My younger daughter will graduate from university while we are there and I am hoping that most of my family, who are fairly well sca ttered around the world, will be there. coque iphone xr coque iphone en ligne coque iphone 6 It’s a few years since we have all been in the same place at the same time so I’m really looking forward to it. coque iphone coque iphone 7 plus Kate will now have to start looking for a job, which seems to be very difficult at the moment, so fingers crossed. coque iphone 4 coque iphone 5 If anyone wants her to construct a website for them, please let me know! More news on our return from the u.k.

Hasta luego a Espana?

It’s now chilly in the mornings and at night in our little village in the mountains, but the afternoons are still beautiful (30 degrees on our roof terrace the other day) and this is making it all the harder to leave Spain for a while. coque iphone 7 coque iphone pas cher coque iphone 8 plus The recession is still biting in Spain and Bob, my husband, has been offered work back in England, so we have little choice but to return to the U.K. coque iphone 5 coque iphone 8 plus coque iphone 6 soldes coque iphone for a while to try to earn some money to bring back out to Spain so that we can survive here a bit longer. coque iphone 7 coque iphone coque iphone 4 coque iphone en ligne coque iphone en ligne coque iphone 5 We shall so miss our lovely home here as well as our friends, though it will be good to see friends and family in England again. coque iphone 4 coque iphone en ligne coque iphone 8 coque iphone 7 plus Anyway, it won’t be forever and meanwhile we’ll come back to Bacor for holidays whenever we can – definitely for the village fiesta in June. coque iphone 8 coque iphone 7 coque iphone 6 coque iphone 6 The biggest problem at the moment is finding somebody to look after Bailey, our dog, while we’re gone. coque iphone 6 plus coque iphone xr coque iphone 4 coque iphone pas cher The ideal thing would be to rehome him with someone else who would love him as much as we do or to find a foster family for six months until he can have a passport and we can take him back to England with us. coque iphone xs soldes coque iphone coque iphone 5 coque iphone pas cher Under Spanish law, although he has been vaccinated, he has to have blood tests and more vaccinations, then a 6 month wait to make sure he doesn’t have rabies before he can be taken to the U.k. coque iphone pas cher coque iphone 7 coque iphone xr I have already asked everyone that I can think of and put posters up in all the surrounding towns and villages but we have had no replies, presumably because so many English people are returning home and also need homes for their dogs. coque iphone 4 soldes coque iphone coque iphone 7 plus coque iphone 8 coque iphone xr A lot of dogs have been left to fend for themselves or have been put to sleep but I can’t face either of these options so, unless we can find someone, I may have to stay here with him for six months. coque iphone 4 coque iphone 4 coque iphone coque iphone 8 plus As you can imagine this option is not very popular with my family. coque iphone coque iphone en ligne The only other idea I’ve come up with is to see if anyone would like to dog and house- sit for six months free of charge, so this message is to anyone who would like a long holiday in beautiful Andalucia absolutely free apart from giving my dog his meals, a long walk each day and lots of affection. coque iphone 7 If anyone is interested, or knows anyone alse who might be, would they please leave a message on my blog or email me at c.j.england@hotmail.co.uk. coque iphone 6 coque iphone 7 plus Bailey and I would both be extremely grateful. coque iphone coque iphone en ligne coque iphone 7 coque iphone 6 plus coque iphone xs We have a lovely family in our apartment at the moment, they have travelled from Australia and are spending a month with us. coque iphone 6 plus coque iphone xr coque iphone pas cher There are three children and Bailey is having a great time with them; he alternates between getting very excited while they are playing and running about with him and lying in a sad-faced heap whenever they go out without him. coque iphone pas cher coque iphone 5 coque iphone xs coque iphone 4 Bob has already been gone for a month so Bailey is very bored with only me for company. coque iphone xr coque iphone 6 Actually I have also been quite short of people to talk to, so now that we have people here I have to keep apologising for talking all the time, though my children tell me that I talk all the time anyway! I’m going to make the most of the sunshine now and take Bailey out for a long walk through the olive groves.

Back home?

Well, the excitement of Kate’s graduation is now over and I’m back in Spain again. coque iphone coque iphone 5 I never know whether to say "Spain" or "home". coque iphone 6 When visiting the u.k. coque iphone xs coque iphone coque iphone xs I tend to say I’m "going home" but get told off by people here who tell me that as I now live in Spain this has become my home. coque iphone 8 I’m not sure about this as some of my children and my grandchildren and lots of my friends live in England and it’s also the place where I was born and where I’ve spent most of my life; doesn’t that mean that it’s still my home? I’d love to hear anyone else’s thoughts on this. coque iphone 5 coque iphone coque iphone 4 coque iphone pas cher Anyway, I digress. coque iphone xs coque iphone 6 plus Kate was awarded a 2:1 for her Bachelor of Science degree in English and Computer Science and we were really proud when she walked up in her cap and gown to receive it. soldes coque iphone This is supposed to be where the rest of her life begins but, unfortunately, she and thousands more new graduates are finding this very difficult as there are very few jobs for them. coque iphone xr coque iphone 4 coque iphone xr coque iphone 8 I know Kate is finding this very depressing and demotivating so if anyone out there wants to pay her to construct a website for them, please let me know! Though England was cold and rainy I enjoyed being there. coque iphone 8 coque iphone 4 I spent time with my youngest son and his partner and their two children and now miss them more than ever. coque iphone 7 soldes coque iphone soldes coque iphone My older daughter and her two boys were also briefly back from Africa and it was wonderful to see them as it happens so seldom. coque iphone 4 We almost had the whole family together for the first time for many years but unfortunately my second son, David, was unable to get away from his job in Chicago. coque iphone 5 coque iphone 8 coque iphone coque iphone 6 Anyway I met up with lots of friends and was taken out for lots of meals and as a result put on half a stone in weight! Now I’m back here and walking the dog and eating my usual healthy diet of lots of fruit and veg (easier to do and cheaper here then in the u.k.) I’m back down to my normal weight, thank goodness. coque iphone en ligne soldes coque iphone coque iphone 5 I also spent a lovely few days with Kate and the wonderful family that she is presently staying with. soldes coque iphone If Ann and Rob read this then I want to say thankyou so much for your warmth and hospitality towards both Kate and me. coque iphone 7 plus coque iphone 6 plus coque iphone 6 As you can probably tell I’m finding it more difficult to settle back into life in Spain then I usually do. coque iphone 8 plus coque iphone 7 coque iphone 7 plus coque iphone 7 plus coque iphone 4 One of my best friends has just returned to the u.k. coque iphone 7 for personal reasons and I’m missing her, I’m also worried about Kate and about my mother who will be ninety-one tomorrow. coque iphone 6 coque iphone 6 coque iphone pas cher coque iphone 8 plus coque iphone xs coque iphone xs She is wonderful for her age and is still managing to live on her own, grow vegetables in her garden and walk her little dog. coque iphone 6 plus I expect her to go on for a lot longer but every time I leave her there is a lump in my throat and a dread of maybe not seeing her again. coque iphone 7 plus This is the price you pay for "living the dream"! Anyway, the sun is shining here and every morning my husband, the dog and I eat our breakfast on the roof terrace, gaze at the beautiful sight of the mountains and olive groves surrounding us, inspect our thriving "garden" and listen to the quiet – only broken by the loud horn-blowing of the baker’s van advertising his arrival to anyone who hasn’t yet bought one of his huge croissants for breakfast. coque iphone 7 plus coque iphone 8 plus We went into Baza yesterday, as it was market day, and paid a visit to Baza Books, a secondhand bookshop selling English books. soldes coque iphone coque iphone 7 coque iphone xs coque iphone en ligne Nikki, who owns it, reminded us thet it will shortly be fiesta time in Baza again. coque iphone 6 plus coque iphone 6 coque iphone 8 This will be heralded by the traditional oil run, explained in one of my previous posts, and this year we are determined to go and see it so, hopefully, there will be pictures of this on my next post. coque iphone xs coque iphone pas cher I’m signing off now as the dog needs a walk in the sunshine and so do I.

Hard Times

This week has been rather depressing weatherwise as we have had to suffer high winds, rain and black clouds blocking the sun. coque iphone xs coque iphone 6 plus coque iphone 8 plus coque iphone 6 plus coque iphone 6 However yesterday was BEAUTIFUL ! I spent a large part of the day soaking up the sunshine on our roof terrace. coque iphone 6 coque iphone 7 coque iphone 6 There was not a cloud in the sky and the only sounds I could hear were from the several small birds perched on the roof twittering away and obviously enjoying the sunshine as much as I was. I should really have been spending the time studying my Spanish language books but I am afraid I read a novel instead. coque iphone 5 coque iphone 8 plus I started the day wearing several layers of clothes and gradually shed most of them as the day got hotter. coque iphone xs By 6 o’clock I was down to t-shirt and rolled up jeans (to get my legs brown). coque iphone xs coque iphone 7 plus It reminded me that this is what we came to Spain for. coque iphone xs coque iphone coque iphone 5 My husband has been very busy the last couple of days as a friend of ours has been told that he can gather wood from one of the nearby fields and has asked Bob to help. coque iphone 8 plus coque iphone 7 plus coque iphone 7 plus coque iphone pas cher coque iphone 6 coque iphone 8 This is actually a great oppurtunity for us to stock up on wood for the woodburner for next year. coque iphone xs coque iphone 7 plus Many of the fields around here are planted with very tall trees with straight narrow trunks; I don’t know what they are but they are used to make furniture. Apparently this is the reason that wooden furniture is fairly expensive in Spain, the sort of large trees that are grown for this purpose in the u.k. coque iphone 7 plus don’t grow out here. Anyway, the tops and bottoms of the trees are not needed and would just be bulldozed and burned but they are ideal for the fire and, with luck, a few days hard work will give us enough wood to last all next winter. coque iphone 7 coque iphone 4 coque iphone 8 It’s good for me too as while Bob is out doing his hunter gatherer bit I can laze away the day with a book in the sunshine and no-one to make me feel guilty about it. coque iphone soldes coque iphone coque iphone en ligne On a more serious note, times are becoming hard in Spain as the recession starts to bite. coque iphone 8 plus coque iphone 8 plus There is now the highest unemployment in Spain for years and the service industry is suffering badly. coque iphone 5 coque iphone 7 Goods in the shops are not noticeably more expensive but gas and electricity have both risen slightly though are still a lot cheaper than in the u.k. coque iphone 6 plus coque iphone 7 plus For people whose income is paid in euros there is little difference but for people like us who are dependent on a u.k. coque iphone xs pension, life has become much more difficult as the changes in the exchange rate has eaten up about a third of my income. A lot of English people have returned to the u.k. coque iphone 5 coque iphone xr as they are finding it too difficult to manage financially here; however it seems to me that life in the u.k. coque iphone would be just as difficult, if not more so, and at least here our home can’t be repossessed as we have no mortgage to pay, and we can guarantee that we will always have a great summer. coque iphone pas cher coque iphone 8 plus coque iphone 7 As soon as Bob has finished his woodgathering we need to continue with our two ongoing projects, the table we are building on the roof terrace and the still unpainted patch on the outside wall (see previous posts). coque iphone en ligne soldes coque iphone Both were abandoned for the winter, partly because it was too cold and partly because we were just too lazy. coque iphone 6 plus soldes coque iphone I think we must have both been Spanish in a previous life as we have so quickly adapted to the "manana syndrome". coque iphone 8 coque iphone en ligne coque iphone Anyway the village fiesta is in June and soon everybody will be repainting and otherwise improving their houses again. coque iphone 6 plus coque iphone 8 We can’t let the side down so will have to do the same ourselves.It lookas though the only answer to the wall problem is for someone to lie full length on the roof and paint downwards, I think we might have to toss a coin to decide which of us it will be. coque iphone en ligne I don’t like heights and Bob doesn’t mind them but is extremely accident-prone. coque iphone 4 coque iphone 8 coque iphone coque iphone 6 plus Whichever one of us does it it’s a long way down! The table, on the other hand, is becoming more complicated, and heavier, day by day. It tends to sway alarmingly when leant on and Bob spends a lot of time studying it from different angles before claiming that he now sees what’s wrong with it and how to put it right. coque iphone 6 coque iphone 7 plus After the application of various struts and supports it still sways and there is now not much room to tuck the chairs (or people’s legs) under it. coque iphone xr coque iphone It’s also now too heavy to move so will have to stay where we’ve built it; still the view’s nice from there. coque iphone 7 plus coque iphone xs coque iphone xs I need to close now as the sky is blue, the sun is shining and I need to hang the washing out, get out my deckchair and top up my tan.