This year, Penny, Carol & Barbara decided to go to a class on
how to create a Christmas table decoration out of woven palm and
other natural plants and fibres, that was being held at the Museu
de Pauma in the village. Our Dutch friends Mark and Margreet
were over visiting their new property in the campo and decided to
join in the fun too.
break was taken at elevenish when everyone was able to sample some
of the gorgeous pastries at La Miranda and have photo opportunities
with a baby goat. Then it was back to the museum for more work until
lunchtime at No. 11, where the intricacies of weaving various numbers
of strands where practised during coffee.
the end of the day the decorations were all finished. Ours is the
centrepiece of our Xmas scene.
It seems like the sheep have taken a liking to the grass below
our house. The clonking of their bells drifts up the hill giving
us a chance to get out on the terrace to watch them pass.
what life in the UK is like becomes quite difficult when these things
happen outside your windows. It really is a different world.
A misty morning in the middle of the month. I must get my Nikon
setup for these pictures. Pretty please, someone buy me a f2 graded
filter so I can balance out the sunlight and foreground properly.
This is about my 6th loaf and I think I am beginning to understand
the processes that are at work. It looks OK, but there is still
a long way to go before I would give a bit to our village baker.
Our Christmas was a bit of a blur. The travelling didn't work out
too well, but once there, we had a great time with both our sets
a quick early morning Christmas Eve shop for those last minute presents,
(in surprisingly quiet shops) we met old friends at The Unicorn
before getting an early night.
Xmas day, my sister excelled herself with an amazing feast for about
15 of us. Boxing day was at Penny's parents with her brother and
couple of days later and we were leaving for the train to Gatwick,
only to find that the trains were cancelled. A call to our taxi
re-routed him all the way to Gatwick. Thanks a bunch Great Western.
Penny's brother got his present earlier than most. Very smart and
with a beast of an engine.
What we had hoped would be a really special year turned into a bit
of a bummer, with the total loss of the olives and various other
us all hope that 2014 brings better tidings to everyone.