Many thanks to our great friend (and high-minded painter) Andy Baird, who both conceived and jump started this attempt to contemporaneously record at least some of the eventings of one move abroad. Regarding content, the narrower column on the left is the supposedly more timeless and reference stuff; ongoing entries are in the larger-width column on the right of the script below - following the (red)


by-line below. The plan is for these at least to be augmented over time.

It should also follow, therefore, that the most recently added post will always be at the top of this right-hand column; so if you want to get a flavour from earlier times, scroll and start NEARER TO or EVEN AT THE BOTTOM (only, please, please if you chose this option, allow yourself a series of snack-breaks; it can be repetitive, and boredom is guaranteed to increase with intensity of effort!)- but ANY comments are not only also welcomed ->but positively encouraged

Remember this folks ......

Remember this folks ......

Sunday, February 21, 2010

2010 – aye right!

quick 2009 update first: As per what was ever envisaged, last year proved indeed to be a ‘holding’ year. We could perhaps have begun landscaping and developing our new plot, but that arguably would have been before we had fully understood the intertwining of `hads` and `wants`, and in any event we were kept busy enough with tidying up and odd jobs.
In the event, after a fairly average summer we, like Britain, we plunged into both wet and –for us- cold weather before Christmas, and, like Britain, this has continued with varying intensity until now, with March almost upon us.

We ARE anticipating a much busier incoming summer, so partly with that in mind we have just returned from a short break; essentially a celebratory week driving to and from Gibraltar.

The rock is still there (although never doubt the willingness of ANY politician; or for that matter Foreign Office twonks, to actively seek to remove it, one way or t`other).

Our trip –about 450 miles each way- centred on a three-night stop in La Linea, a few hundred metres from the Gibraltar border runway, and apart from the game-plan theme of celebrating a third of a Century of married life, was a tester for the appropriateness of Sophie, our Cocker Spaniel, accompanying us.

Highlights included

  • superb roads throughout; trouble-free driving
  • “pets accepted” Hotels (N of) Seville, going, and Moura (Alentejo) coming back
  • Sophie, in each case, formally and with Hotel blessing, staying IN OUR ROOM
  • T-shirts in Gib: snow on the Portuguese border next afternoon!
  • good, treat-y if extravagant BRITISH shopping (at Morrisons) in Gib
  • `Woods 100` rum at a fiver a litre
and altogether a v.pleasant break.             ……sometime again, for sure.

1 comment:

Mortimer Sturgess said...

Crackin' picture of Maurice.. Just how much Grecian 2000 did he use before the photo shoot!!