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??