leaves for the UK
After a fun three & half months with us in Catalunya, Loz has
had to get back to the UK to get some work and earn a bit of proper
money so that he can pursue his intention to travel the world. We
have had a lot of laughs and he has worked hard pruning the olives
and strimming the grasses and plants under the trees for very little
reward. So all the best to him and thanks for the help.
Loz will be back early in the New Year, especially if he hears that
by then we will have a tractor with a desbrozadora to keep the grasses
down and Alex will have a 3G internet connection.
Just before Christmas, the local motorcycle club made its annual
Papa Noel run round the local villages to collect the childrens
Xmas lists and hand out a few presents. It was quite a site as 40-45
Santa Claus's riding motorbikes and quad bikes through the village.
collecting the childrens lists, they got out of the Santa gear and
retired to Bar Mario for a slap up and very rowdy lunch. They were
particularly pleased to get copies of the photos I took.
room full of booze
The pool room in the bar also acts as their storeroom. You are not
likely to see this happening in the UK.
As mentioned above, we have been looking for a tractor to work the
olive groves and help cart things around when we start restoring
the Moli early in the New Year.
a lot of searching and investigative work, we are looking at one
of the local dealers who can supply Kubota tractors amongst other
makes. The one we fancy is the 66bhp M6040.
we get it, we will also need a trailer, a mower and a "pala"
which is a multi-purpose shovel like thing which fits to the back
of the tractor and can be used for all sorts of jobs including scraping
the ground flat.
We got a shock when we were turned back from crossing the bridge
to get to our finca. They were putting in fancy new railings to
replace the smashed up concrete parapets.
in the UK
We took a week long break over Christmas, to visit our families
in the UK. Spent 6 days making the most of the sales in all the
shops and had a good time seeing all our friends as well as having
a great Christmas day and Boxing day with our families. We just
managed to pack all our goodies into our suitcases and stay within
the Ryanair weight limit for the return trip to Catalunya.
Year in Mas de Barberans
With only two days to prepare, we managed to arrange to borrow our
landlords garage and have a New Years eve meal with our Irish and
Australian friends who have holiday homes in and around Mas. They
were excellent company and after we finished (around 1 am) we went
on up to the Adjuntament to join in the dancing. The locals were
quite taken with my kilt, so I had to pose for photo's with various