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Try looking in the monthly archives. December 2015

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Life-changing 2015 – now we look forward to New Year

 
 
 
 
 
November 2013: In Barcelona we saw Columbus’s monument and met ‘Marilyn Monroe’.
Well, it has arrived – the very last day of the year. Tonight, at midnight, we say a fond farewell to 2015 and look forward to what we hope […]

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Coffee and orange trees in town centre

This morning, December 30, Lisa and I went into Cuevas del Almanzora, the nearest town to us, to visit our doctor to obtain the first of our Spanish ‘repeat prescriptions’ since we arrived here.
These are to treat various conditions caused […]

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Grateful to have left stormy weather behind

 
Contrasting Decembers: Floodwater in North Wales; Oranges growing in the sun in southern Spain.
I feel really sorry for friends, family and others we left behind when Lisa and I moved to Spain. No, I am not being smug about the […]

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Extremes: Communities can recover, lives lost cannot

Tornados in Texas.
Bad weather happens. We expect that, to a greater or lesser degree depending where we live in the world; sometimes where we live in a country.
From time to time, extremely bad weather happens. That, too, we expect but […]

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Returning that unsuitable Christmas gift you received

In most countries, Christmas gift-giving is over so now the serious part begins. It is time to return those presents you think are unsuitable.
Now, the problem you are most likely to face is that recipients of gifts are rarely given […]

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Strange British-led tradition of Boxing Day holiday

 
 
 
Today, Boxing Day and its promise of bargains in the sales bears no relation to the day’s origin.
 
In some countries, notably Britain and those in which it has historically had a major influence, today is Boxing Day. And, Being British, […]

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A very Merry Christmas from Spain

Merry Christmas to all family, friends, neighbours and followers/readers of this blog, wherever you may be. And, if you enjoy a different holiday, such as Hanukah, Yule or one of many others, have a really great time.
To everyone, Season’s Greetings and […]

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Dining the Spanish way on Christmas Eve

 
 
 
 
 
Cordoro Asada, Roast Lamb, is just one of the main courses that could be served.
 
Here in Spain, the main family festive meal is enjoyed fairly late tonight, often at 9 or even 10pm. It is known as La Noche Buena, […]

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Building up to Christmas – part three: It’s really close now

Two days until Christmas Day and we are still receiving deliveries of the various household items that Lisa and I need in our new home. In an ideal world, they would have all arrived by now but there are still […]

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Looking forward to winter?

A satellite image taken at 6am CET on December 22. The UK and most of northern Europe is hidden by clouds but in southern Spain it is clear and sunny as usual.
With the passing of the winter solstice this morning […]

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