Sunday, November 12, 2017

Rocky goes to Ejea de los Caballeros

Rocky has been diagnosed with PDA and needed an operation on his heart in order to correct this condition.

On Thursday 9th November we drove to Ejea de los Caballeros to the veterinary surgery there so that Luis and José could perform the operation. 

As it was lunchtime by the time we had dropped Rocky off and made all the arrangements, we made our way through the town to the Restaurant Aragón...

...for a delightful 4 course menú del día.

The town boasts this rather wonderful 16th century Church of San Salvador...

...which has a most ornate tower,...

...a superb Romanesque/Gothic transition style entrance...

...and a rather elegant interior.

In the main street the trees have already been pruned ready for their growth next Spring.

When we returned to the vets, Rocky had just completed his operation...

...and was being transferred to another area for recuperation.

That night Rocky stayed at the vets. We stayed at Orés in the Albergue Rural El Fragal which was very comfortable and provided a lovely breakfast the following morning.

You can get a more detailed account of the operation from Rocky's point of view over on his blog by clicking HERE.

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Rocky has started his own blog!

Rocky, our new Doberman, has started writing his own blog!

At the moment he is just coming up to 16 weeks old but has had a very interesting and eventful life so far.

You can see his blog by clicking HERE.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Fiona and Justin visit!

We have been friends with Fiona and Justin for over 47 years. Fiona taught in the school where Margaret first started teaching and we have kept in touch ever since.

However, this was the first time they had ever been to Spain and, needless to say, the first time they had visited us here.

Despite the fact that it was getting a little late in the year, the weather in mid October can be quite changeable, we were very lucky as each day was sunny and even quite warm.

During the week we took Fiona and Justin to some of our favourite places such as the Ermita de Santa Bárbara and the Sanctuario de la Virgen de Gracia at La Fresneda in the photos above,...

...the bar/restaurant El Racó dels Torrats in our village, Torre del Compte... well as showing them around the village itself.

During the week there was an emphasis on eating Spanish cuisine and sampling the many varieties of wines.

Rocky loved their visit as this was another opportunity for him to make new friends.

Valderrobres is always outstanding...

...a visit to the castle is a must... is a meal at Fonda Angeleta, one of our favourite restaurants.

The next day to Alcañiz and lunch at Restaurant Meseguer...

...followed by coffee at the Parador.

On Sunday to Morella...

...and lunch at the Hotel/Restaurant Rey Don Jaime...

...followed by a walk around the shops.

A Monday morning a walk to the Viaducto del Val de Zafran...

...and another lunch at the El Racó del Torrats.

On Tuesday a visit to La Torre Cremada, the ancient Iberian watchtower on a hillside along the Matarraña valley,...

...the Iberian settlement at Calaceite with a view of the Ermita de San Cristóbal,...

...lunch at the wonderful Hotel/Restaurant Miralles, Horta de Sant Joan,...

...and a visit to the Convent de Sant Salvador in the afternoon.

After such a busy day, a quiet evening meal.

Next day, to Zaragoza, lunch in IKEA, then the flight back to England after a thoroughly enjoyable week.

Saturday, October 7, 2017

My coffee table is finished!

It's been too hot during the summer to work on my coffee table but for the last few weeks it's been just right.

I actually started this project last spring having got the inspiration for the legs from our visit to the Monte Cristo gardens in Gran Canaria in January and amassing the welding gear after that.

The large mosaic gecko was bought a couple of years ago. The smaller ones, actually fridge magnets, came form our holiday in Gran Canaria.

So, with the top of the table in the modernist style of Gaudí and the legs more in keeping with the surrealist style of Dalí, the entire project has finally come together. Margaret pointed out that the "flow" of the mosaic reminded her of the work of Van Gogh but that was towards the end of his life when he was a little unstable. Say no more!

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Rocky arrives!

Our Doberman puppy is 8 weeks and 2 days old and has started his life with us today!

We've called him Rocky as the name suits him now and no doubt will suit him throughout his life.

Hopefully, he will get to know his name soon. He has a lot to learn.

Rocky is very well behaved so far and has plenty of growing to do, today he weighs 5.3 kg.

He has a lot to live up to!

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Les Moles again!

We love having lunch at one of our favourite restaurants, Les Moles.

I had to take a photo of an aperitif we were presented with which was described as a sandwich.

First course for me, Fideua...

...followed by revuelto de gambas y setas. Margaret had sauted vegetables then the pork.

To finish, I always have Crema Catalana, Margaret had the melon.

Fideua, revuelto and Crema Catalana! I think I'm becoming Spanish!

Thursday, August 31, 2017


Friday 18th August was the first day of celebration for the village fiesta with the Chorizada...

...BBQ sausages with friends.

In addition to the sausages which are provided, people bring their own contribution... make the otherwise simple celebration into a splendid feast!

After the meal the musicians lead the people around the village from peña to peña where they consume a Catacrock - a gin and tonic downed in one. 

The only problem is that between the peñas other villagers are prepared with buckets of water and hosepipes to drench the participants!

Saturday 19th and there is a mass in the church at midday...

...and San Ramón is paraded around the village.

Sunday 20th: This year, as Margaret is still recovering from her back operation in June, we did not take part in as many aspects of the fiesta as we do normally.

However, one event we did not want to miss was the performance by the Jota group,...

...Mini Grupo del Bajo Aragón.

They were quite outstanding; accomplished musicians, excellent singers and superb dancers!

Their costumes were excellent and authentic.

To see them in action, click on the links at the bottom of this posting.

They gave one of the best performances we have seen over the years from various Jota groups.

Thursday 31st: At 12:00 midday another mass in the church in honour of San Ramón. This time, several members of the congregation wore traje regional, regional costume.

San Ramón was again paraded around the village...

...and through the Plaza Mayor...

...where we all met after the church service for the paella which was served for lunch.

The wine flows, people bring other delicacies to share...

 ...and everyone has a good time.

This year, we brought one of Margaret's raspberry cheesecakes - delicious!

A great end to another superb fiesta! Cheers! / ¡Salud!

Here are the links to the jotas: