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Peas

Although our garden is tiny, our balconies are large, and this year I decided to see if I could grow a little bit of organic veg in containers. For one thing, there’d be no food miles involved. My friends from Franceses gave me three pea plants. When we went on holiday, they were about a foot high. When we came back they were about four feet high, and caterpillars had…

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Hen Party

Last night I went to a hen party – my first in 16 years of living in Spain. It wa great fun of course. Here’s the bride-to-be with two of the entertainers. And I’ll leave the decoration on the cake to your imagination! All in all, I’m really not sorry that my tour-guiding job today was cancelled. It meant that I didn’t have to go easy on the drink and…

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Bad news

We’ve had a heatwave, and I’ve been busy. On Monday afternoon as I passed through town with my son, the thermometer outside the port read 40C (104 F). In that sort of heat, you don’t feel like doing much, although I did continue my battle against the fleas. On Tuesday my friends Helen and Theresa finally collected their Spanish number plates, so later that morning I went with Helen to…

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Simplify your life

Today is the start of “Simplify your life” week. Great idea. But how? I suppose we could all become nudists, so I’d have less ironing to do. I did all the easy simplification years ago, like always putting the car keys down in the same place so I can find them when I want them. Actually I did the best bit simplification when I stopped worrying about being cool. It…

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More paperwork.

Today was busy. This morning I went to El Paso with my friend Helen to collect the paperwork from the technical inspection of their van, and then take it to the agency in Santa Cruz. When we got to the agency, the door was open and nobody was there. So we went for a coffee and cameback. Still nobody there. We went to the bank. I’ve had people phoning me,…

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Whyever not?

The Roque’s been in a state of some excitement lately. This is GranTeCan (Gran Telescopio Canario), the new Spanish telescope on the mountain top. The photo doesn’t really give you a sense of scale, but it’s huge, with a main mirror 10 metres (33ft) in diameter. Look for the door at the base to get an idea. On July 15th, they had the first light ceremony for it, with the…

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