Sunday, 26 January 2014

Fair fa your cara tan guapa...


Our first Burn's Supper in Spain, with MacSweens Haggis bought at the Airport. Our Boss and some friends came to share it with us and we had a fair bit of culture as well. We were quite proud of Andrew's company - Whitespace- who produced a Burn's history in less than 3 minutes - I suppose if you only live til 37 it is possible. It is on YouTube at

Sunday, 19 January 2014

Dionisio Gamallo Fierros No more!

Just when we dicovered a statue of Dioniso in the park (writer & journalist born here) in fact just when we sent out 250 change of address cards saying this was the name of our street, in fact 20 minutes after I pay to register my UK vote at this address, I return to the flat and get a letter saying they have changed the name of our street "Please tell the bank and all your contacts" - aaaargh!
For those of you who have our address just substitute the new name "Praza da Musica" with the same flat numbers. We are sorry for any inconvenience - they're not.

Friday, 10 January 2014

New Year and New Partners

We had a lovely start to 2014 when we were invited to attend the first Sunday service in Dunbar Church of Scotland. One of the elders there was moored behind us in Fort Augustus in July and we kept in touch. Here Mike and his wife pose with us after the service - Emma is holding flowers as the next day they were moving to a new house. We were surprised and delighted that they want to adopt us as partners. What a great congregation, and what a great bacon roll we had upstairs in their fantastic premises. It may have been a place of worship for 1,000 years but inside the church it is the last word in luxury and high technology.

Wednesday, 8 January 2014

Beasties from my besties

I am very lucky to have such great friends in many time zones around the world. However with some the time is irelevant, when we talk we continue to chat as if we hadn't been apart for months or years. This year all 4 of my besties sent me wee wooden dogs, none of them knew the others had done likewise. Do I love them? Yes. And the dogs.