Saturday, February 4, 2017

Santa Águeda

The celebration of Santa Águeda is here again. This is a special day for the ladies of the village which starts in the bar with breakfast.


As you can see from the photo above there was a good turnout.


Breakfast consisted of a hearty jamón bocadillo.


In the afternoon there was the service in the church...


...and Santa Águeda was taken around the village.


After the service everyone returns to the salón for the special cakes,...


...cava and entertainment.


A good time was had by all!

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Gran Canaria

We're into January and it's time for our annual trip to Puerto Rico in Gran Canaria for a spot of winter sun.


Each year we go to the same hotel, Riosol, and almost the same apartment with the same view.


The great advantage of going to the same place each year is that we have, as far as we are concerned, done everything. 


Because of this, we don't have to go exploring the island - we can have a relaxing holiday!


This year the holiday was rather like déjà vu.


There may have been different plants in flower...


...but for the most part, we had done it before...


...even down to our return visit to Cocodrilo Park to see the Fennec foxes and all their other wonderful creatures,...


...the photos of the sunrise...


...and sunset,...


...the visit to Montecristo gardens...


...to see the exotic plants and works of art...


...and the pleasant walk along the front at Puerto Rico...



...not forgetting the stop for coffee.



We also had a walk along the front of the next beach, Amadores,...


...which is very popular with sun worshippers of all ages and consequently is packed out. You don't come here to get away from it all!


One thing we did different this year was to go with a group of people from our hotel to the village of Valsequillo to their Almond Festival. The town, half way up the mountains on the east side of the island, was absolutely thronging with visitors...




...as well as displays of farm animals, artisan stalls selling produce of every description...


...and groups of musicians and dancers where you just had to join in. A great day out and another wonderful holiday!

To see the short video of my performance as a dancer, click HERE.

To see the short video of us feeding the deer at Cocodrilo Park, click HERE.

To see the short video of how to feed crocodiles at Cocodrilo Park, click HERE.

To see the short video of how to feed the tiger at Cocodrilo Park, click HERE.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

HONA'S GONE....

HONA'S GONE.... A very sad day, especially as we are on holiday, This morning the vet phoned us to tell us that Hona needed a serious, urgent operation on her stomach and may not recover so we had to make a very difficult decision. We felt that this was the kindest thing to do especially as she had been suffering from arthritis and she had lost the use of her left hind leg. 


During her life she had survived 2 invasive treatments for Leishmania but despite all this she had had a very good life and had given us lots of love and devotion. She was greatly loved by all who came into contact with her and will be sadly missed. We are devastated by the loss of an adorable, intelligent and loyal friend who will be remembered for ever.

This was one of the last photos I took of Hona, the reindeer antlers arrived a few days after Christmas!


We are having her cremated and in the spring will plant a tree in the garden with her ashes sprinkled in the hole to provide nourishment and be a permanent reminder if we ever needed one!



Thursday, January 5, 2017

3 Kings

Thursday 5th January comes very quickly but not quick enough for the children as this is when they get their main Christmas presents from the 3 Kings who bore gifts to the baby Jesus.


It always seems strange that the day after the 6th January is a holiday then it's back to work as usual.


This means that the children normally don't have long to play with their new toys.


However, this year was much better as the event was followed by a weekend and the children go back to school on Monday morning after they have enjoyed their toys for a few days.


As usual we had the torchlit procession through the village following the Kings and their 3 Pages on the trailer pulled by a tractor from the salón next to the bar...


...through the Plaza Mayor...


...to the Church where the tractor turned...


...the Kings and their Pages posed...


...then got back onto the trailer...


...and everyone followed them back through the Plaza Mayor...


...and down the main street back to the salón next to the bar. 


This year we had fireworks by light from the moon.


The Kings and their Pages positioned themselves on the stage... 


...and everyone, young and old, eagerly waited while the names of the recipients were called out...


...to collect their presents.



Our presents came from our good friends Maria and Juan...


...who had made a special effort to be in the village for this occasion.


Maria is getting so good at taking group selfies!





Sunday, December 25, 2016

Merry Christmas everyone!


Church this morning. 21 people there including the priest...


...but not including the characters in the nativity scene!


Posing with our Christmas tree on our return.


Coffee time and time to open the presents...


...and I got the best Christmas jumper yet from Margaret's sister Eileen!


Then Christmas dinner after the Queen's speech on TV followed by a relaxing evening. Perfect!