So our last day in Madrid, with no more classes and no commitments we go a visit to the Feria de Madrid where they just happen to have an exhibition of superdeportivos (super sports cars). Good news is that we both chose a white model (so far so good). Mine was the Pagani Zonda F - 10th fastest ever on Top Gear with a nice pink undercarriage and wing mirrors. However Les chose the Aston Vantage S - not so nippy but you could 5 of them for the price of the Zonda. Good point Les, but I only need ONE car. Wonder how it drives in the snow? At least I could find the Zonda in a blizzard!
Sunday, 11 December 2011
Oh, yes another reason was the resident cook & general factotum at Adulam- Marcileno from Gran Canaria.
Now tell me you guys, who wants to volunteer for a bit of buiding work - the food is fantastic!
Thursday, 8 December 2011
Tuesday, 29 November 2011
Madrid is starting to feel all Christmassy. We have watched them building the tree outside the college all week and then on it goes. I didn't have my camera when the crane came in and was telling my Turkish friend that I had missed a great shot - she looked round and said " Mire! Mire! Alli es tu marido" - sure enough there he was in the crowd snapping away - clever! (his first phone photo - ever)
Sunday, 27 November 2011
Baking life and Farmville are two things I have never tried on facebook. I maybe have had enough practice at the real thing, and have no wish to contact friends for a donation of manure. I have however really wanted to email friends for a bag of castor sugar or cocoa or whetever else the recipe needs. Despite various experiments I never seem to get the right mix to make self raising or mincemeat. However I have found The Food Hall - just a short drive away . Everything you could ask for in the baking department. Yes it would be cheaper to buy ready made cakes but with St Andrew's Day approaching we are keen to give our Spanish friends and students a taste of real Scottish food stuffs. So far the list goes: Mum's shortbread, doodlebugs, duff what else? Ideas please before Wednesday! Thanks
Tuesday, 22 November 2011
Saturday, 19 November 2011
Monday, 7 November 2011
Last week Les had his first solo gig to play at the opening of the Kofi Jaus (Coffee House) in Alcala - he began by playing Tea for Two there not being many songs about coffee! A local cooncil dignatory cut the ribbon and then we had wine & canapes (no coffee!). The mastermind of the venture is Ken Barrat - back centre and the two chicas in the front are Belarmina and Nuria both friends from an English conversation group. The venue is part of the Brethren Assembly in the town and is now open for activities and concerts, possibly even for coffee??
Tuesday, 1 November 2011
Saturday, 29 October 2011
Friday, 7 October 2011
Inside our school however it is work as usual and the concern is more for the exam on Friday - if we don't pass we have to go back and pay another month's fees to repeat. This class has 4 Turks, 4 Germans, 1 Indonesian, 1 Chinese 1 Pole, 1 Italian and 1 Orcadian - the other is a Swede - handy for clapshot!
Monday, 3 October 2011
Did a big sum this morning, think I have had over 40,000 injections since I first started on insulin in 1981 - 30 years ago today. If I keep this up for another 20 years I get a medal. They won't care if I have missed a few. I am not complaining - I am ALIVE and I wouldn't be here without the work of Banting, Best Macleod and another Orcadian scientist who retired just before they announced the Nobel Prize for Insulin. Anyway I am happy to have insulin available until they can do the islets transplants (which have already cured one lady in Scotland) - just think, if it becomes available before 2031 I won't get my medal, but then if I am sorted before then I can have a chocolate one instead - every cloud has a silver lining! No picture - sorry!
Thursday, 22 September 2011
Monday, 12 September 2011
Friday, 9 September 2011
Wednesday, 7 September 2011
And if there wasn't enough alcohol in that I had to admit that the cake aslo contained a bottle of brandy. No wonder the lobsters look happy! The cake was fine and the lobsters had been specially commissioned from my neice Julie Hagan of Gogo Olive fame.
Monday, 29 August 2011
Thursday, 25 August 2011
Les was more than happy to see:
His pen pal Jose de Jorge
His pen pal's boat
All the other "gadgees"
The Valoria -
Boat belonging to Amancio Ortega, (founder of Zara and the tenth richest man in the world.)
However as it hasn't a mast, she is no longer interested.