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 ......

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

February 2010, and we can report that Gibraltar is still there.
After a  v.damp and thus fairly quiet past year, we (three of us, including Sophie, our Cocker) have just spent an enjoyable week or so driving down -as you do- to Gib; overnighting just North of Seville as well as in the Lisbon hinterland (the Alentejo) en route. Spain lived entirely up to expectations. The village we stayed in was called Torre de la Reina, and while the Hotel was excellent -Geraldine particularly enjoying her first cooked breakfast in a long time- both the immediate village area and the closest two towns (between them, all three sitting on no more than a ten mile stretch of road) clearly primarily existed as dormitories for Seville itself; a further few miles distant. It WAS out of season, but the place was dull, dank and deeply depressing. G tells me that the Government has put a stop to building, and certainly there was evidence of variously (in)completed buildings in what  appeared to be abandoned sites; but the hoardes of people milling around, and on street corners, really did reflect the near 20% national unemploment rate. That`s more than twice even N.I.


Mortimer Sturgess said...

Hello M&G,
The pics of the bungalow show just how much work you have done. The drive is looking well.

PS. Commiserations on Portugals loss to Spain in SA.

PPS. I remember us talking once about your collection of books versus the number read 'in toto'. Was reading a blog entry about the disgraceful closure of Public Libraries in Belfast and found this quotation.....

A man should keep his little brain attic stocked with all the furniture that he is likely to use, and the rest he can put away in the lumber room of his library, where he can get it if he wants it.” The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, (1892) from ‘The five orange pips’

Seems you and Arthur Conan Doyle think along the same lines!


Mortimer Sturgess said...

Just in case you are wondering, the pics referred to are the ones you sent by email!
Just remembered my blogger password and commented to test!