Tuesday, December 13, 2011
2011 - is that it?
Ho Ho Ho!
As we approach another Christmas, `thought it might be a sensible time to glance over the shoulder at what seems to have been a particularly busy year `doing` very little.
Unless I’m too strong on the fast forwarding (don’t really think so) that period will have included completing a pedestrian `flange` of paving around the bungalow, painting the remaining (house-side) wall, (G) continuing to make massive strides in the garden, re-visiting Gibraltar, and developing numerous other plans, including ways to spend any funds anticipated as / hoped to be still available once Europe has imploded!
Or, otherwise, another year seemingly of being very busy whilst actually achieving v.little!
Looks like we managed to get our year of state-sponsored (Portuguese) language Night Class in just in time – as with most things in the public budget, FE has now been severely cut back, and there is no follow-on class this year. EVERYthing has been hit by the ill-judged, ill-intentioned, illegal and incompetent actions of the wa, sorry, bankers (aided and abetted by our leaders, spending, as they do, our money, as opposed to their own). Hardly seems like only a few years ago peoples of the world were enjoying relative prosperity. What was it; 1929?
Times now are certainly (already) getting tougher here, although we’re still managing to eat out at lunchtime, quite comfortably at the same modest prices. But there are fewer places to go, less choice when we get there, and once more very few sensibly-priced options for an evening slot – especially out-of-season.
We have managed to keep in touch with several of the night class set, and, as it happens are out to-morrow evening for a(n ex-pat) Christmas `do`.
Plus, we’ve become aware and acquainted with a number of new monthly markets. Even a car boot sale (with English books!) up country!
So; onwards and upwards.
The really bitter cold (for us, it won’t often be `below` overnight) hasn’t yet arrived, and we’ll no doubt be only as non-fully prepared as we’ve gotten so far, when it does happen; but we WILL make improvement to be fully effective next winter. That could range from installing dehumidifier unit(s), at least S-facing external wall cladding, perhaps even a porch to the kitchen door, right through to the less-likely nuclear option of building our extension.
Watch this space!
Posted by eMBee at 3:28 PM