Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Anne and Clive visit

We met Anne and Clive in 1970 when Margaret and Anne taught at the same school. We have kept in touch even when they moved to Canada a few years later.


This was their first ever visit to Spain and we were able to show them parts of the real Spain which exist around us.


A visit to our neighbouring village of La Fresneda and the ermita were first on the agenda so they could see our village across the Matarraña valley.


One of the most important things when you visit Spain is to enjoy the food. We did plenty of this and lunch that day was at one of our favourite restaurants, Fonda Angeleta in Valderrobres.


After lunch, a walk up to the castle...


...and then a walk around our own village of Torre del Compte.


Next day, a journey through the mountains down to our other house at Vinaròs...


...stopping off at L'Antic Molí for lunch.


We didn't actually have a BBQ, we were just posing...


...but we did visit the harbour...


...and Anne had a paddle in the Mediterranean.


Lunch was at the Hotel Rey Don Jaime in Morella...


...followed by a walk around the town.


Next day, Sunday, a visit to the viaduct which carried the railway from Tortosa to Zaragoza but now is a Via Verde, a walking/cycle track, through the Val de Zafán, ...


...with lunch al fresco.


Our excursion on Monday took us to the Torre Cremada, an Iberican lookout tower built 4 centuries BC where they could signal warnings of possible attack to other communities,...


...the Greenwich Meridian line which passes very close to us,...



...the beautiful ermita of Santa Barbara at Valdealgorfa,...


...lunch at Restaurante Meseguer in Alcañiz...


...followed by coffee at the Parador.


To round off the day, the last supper of the visit. Hopefully Anne and Clive will return as there is much more to see!

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Easter weekend

The weather this Easter weekend has been quite exceptional - ideal for being outside and/or visiting friends. We certainly made the most of it.



Lunch on Good Friday was a great start at the home of our very good friends Maria and Juan and their daughter Clara.


The main course was Maria's oven baked merluza, hake, delicious!


To finish the meal we had very special profiteroles from a local bakery.


On Saturday it was the Easter market in the village organised by the Amas de Casa. In the photo above Margaret is buying the small fig plant.


Saturday was also Juan's birthday so we returned to Maria and Juan's house to give him his birthday present...


...and to join with a dozen others to celebrate with cava and cake.








After the cava and cake Maria prepared her rather special gin and tonics!



Sunset was also quite spectacular!


Easter Sunday morning and it was off to the village Church...


...which still looks wonderful since the renovation works before last August.


On Easter Monday morning we had breakfast at the village bar with friends...


...before some of us went to Valderrobres to buy the food and drink for ...


...a BBQ at the finca of Cristina and Carlos which is just outside our village.


Although they live in Barcelona they spend most weekends tending their vines...


...and have spent a lot of time working on the house.






Manolo works on the barbecue first with the alcachofas, artichokes...




...as Carlos prepares the lamb chops.


Julia and her boyfriend demonstrate their castell, human tower, technique.






The meat is presented...


...and the main part of the BBQ is underway.


This is followed by cakes and, of course, strawberries and cream!



Finally, a long walk to burn off some of those calories.


A wonderful way to draw this Easter weekend to a close.