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2011
2011
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01/02/2011
Pinch, punch and all that stuff ...... where did January go? Reminds me of the adage: - Life is like a toilet roll; the nearer you get to the end, the faster it goes! The answers to last month's puzzles can be found beneath the puzzle when you scroll down.
Yesterday was sunny enough for Dawn to get 3 loads of washing done; not so good for anyone trying to weave between the vans, and getting slapped in the face with my pants. Linda brought us a bowl of homemade soup, which we had with our chicken, and very good it was.

I'll start this months puzzles with one for the under 10s, and blond people:

What are the next 2 letters in this sequence?

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What a contrast ... snow on the Sierras and blossom in the almond orchards!
03/02/2011
Wall to wall sunshine yesterday, and the same forecast for the next few days. Dawns off to visit the charity shops in La Cala; she has got a lift with a girl on the site, who works in a charity shop there. That's one good thing about living in the van, you have to think long and hard when you see something you would like to buy; there's not much free space to store stuff. (well that's what I keep telling her). I'm using the Kindle a lot now and am really impressed with it; I can get email down with the browser, even if it is a bit clunky. If we get one for Dawn we can free up a lot of space and reduce weight by not carrying round boxes and boxes of books; so that looks like her birthday sorted.

05/02/2011
Phew... panic over; there was this strange noise, which sounded very like a chain saw. After searching high and low the noise was eventually traced to the gentleman of mature years on the right; he was snoring!! Not much to report, the sun is good, so we are just chilling out and reading, between walks to the shops. Our P'boro correspondent has gone very quiet, obviously swatting up on his cooking skills.

06/02/2011
I think yesterday was our best day yet for sunshine ... of course I forgot to take my sandals off, so now I have stripy feet. We had another BBQ lunch with G&T; this time it was beef surprise! What looked like a beef joint turned out, when sliced, to be a stuffed beef roll, and delicious it was too. We had ice cream for pudding.. another surprise; we expected, after seeing pictures of fruit on the tub, that we would have ice cream on the top with a fruit layer beneath. But no, when we had reached the bottom and found it all Ice cream, Glenda pointed out that we had each eaten 1/2ltr of ice cream. Yesterday was the sort of day you hope for, good weather, good food, and good company ... a day to remember.

09/02/2011
Feeling guilty now (well just a little bit), soaking up all these rays while friends in France and the UK seem to be having a rough winter. G&T came to our van last evening for another game of Cranium .... perhaps a good job no one was filming us, as we mimed "edible underwear" and "nappy rash". Twas a really good evening, and probably the last for some time with G&T, as they are planning to move on soon. On the way back from the showers this morning I saw that someone had left rather a lot of empty wine bottles outside the van ... did we really drink that much, hic. The local cafe is starting Sunday lunches this weekend, so we will most likely give that a try, if the budget permits.

Puzzle
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The puzzle on the right was sent to me by the charming wife of our B.C. from P'boro; tis not easy!!
What is this life if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare.
No time to stand beneath the boughs
And stare as long as sheep or cows.
No time to see, when woods we pass,
Where squirrels hide their nuts in grass.
No time to see, in broad daylight,
Streams full of stars, like skies at night.
No time to turn at Beauty's glance,
And watch her feet, how they can dance.
No time to wait till her mouth can
Enrich that smile her eyes began.
A poor life this if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare.

William Henry Davies


10/02/2011
Sunday lunch is booked ... and while we were in the booking mood, we did the ferry for March 29th, Caen to Portsmouth. We are taking a friend, Marie, to the UK with us, and then on to Barnstaple, where she has family. Also booked the van in for MOT and service, and to have a new rear window fitted, to replace the one we got damaged in the gales on the trip south. The parts chap has contacted Hymer for availability and price (suspect it will be a mortgage job), and is going to contact us when he has info. It was a bit cloudy this morning but the sun is back again now so we're sitting out again .. the evenings are pulling out now, and are fairly mild, so we can often stay out for an after dinner drink.

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13/02/2011
Woe is me .... I've got the worst case of man flu ever; still I won't let it stop me from going to the cafe for lunch. Sun's creeping over the trees already, looks like another good day. I borrowed a ladder and cleaned the solar panels yesterday; we get some sort of resin from the fir trees near us. Before I cleaned them they were putting in 5.8 amp, after 7.4 amp; next winter we will bring a small folding ladder, so that we can clean them more regularly. We are using the inverter more (Toaster, iron and, of course, the computer charger) now that we know the panels will soon charge up the batteries again.

14/02/2011
Had a smashing, au revoir, Sunday lunch with G&T at Barboru; they left this morning, and within half an hour another English van had taken the pitch. Seems odd coming to Spain and eating Sunday roast, but most of the comments, from people who visit Spanish restaurants, are of poor service and mediocre food. We have a Spanish restaurant on the site and are going to try a paella, when I have got my sense of taste back, and have saved up enough from the housekeeping!

Crossword clue :- Snappy type, turned on by the over 30s. (5,6,)
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Little boy stood at the foot of the stairs
Clutched in his hand was a bunch of grey hairs
Bloody great carving knife there on the mat
Christopher Robins castrated the cat.

15/02/2011
Got a text from G&T; they are up in the mountains, chasing eagles. They knew when to leave; it's hissing down here and looks as if it is in for the day. We booked in for lunch next Sunday at Barboru, and had a chicken curry while we were there! Got your message Ann, and forwarded it to Jean so that she can tell Mum; please give our love, and wishes for a fast recovery to Mrs B. Got to check the gas bottles today (when it eases off) as they will want filling soon; that means a trip along the coast road to Malaga. It's a very pretty run but you can't take your eyes off the road for too long with the kamikaze antics of the Spanish drivers. Well looks like a Kindle day.

How many Eagles can you see in this picture? There are supposed to be 9 hidden eagles; I've marked ones found.
16/02/2011
We've refilled the gas bottles, and diesel, so we're good for another 2 months. Gas had gone up by only €0.02, so not such an increase as diesel. Also stopped at Lidl, in Fuengy, on the way back and topped up with milk and canned drinks. We are now having lunch in a thunderstorm, back at the site.

Another crossword clue, as the last was so popular:

"A pretty light for Caesar" (5, 6, )
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This is Barboru ,where we seem to find ourselves most days; whether it be for just a coffee, or something more substantial. It's the only cafe we have found where we always get a friendly welcome and their range of food is excellent. If you are ever in this area it is well worth a visit; try the apple pie with homemade ice cream!!
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20/02/2011
Roger and Linda invited us to a paella, last evening, at the restaurant on our campsite; we had a very enjoyable meal and finished with a few glasses in the awning of their caravan. As we had already booked Sunday lunch at Barboru, it would have been rude not to go; so Dawn had roast beef and I had the pork ( very good it was too). This is beginning to sound as though all we do is eat and drink, possibly true, so tomorrow Roger is dropping us into Fuengy where we are going to try and walk some of it off, and update the Ipod at a wifi cafe. G&T have skyped us, and are now in Portugal heading west along the Algarve towards Alvor, where we stopped last winter.

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These seem popular so here's a harder one!
Trivia : What was it that Harry Beck famously designed in 1931?
Trevor: One aire I meant to tell you about, Batalha in Portugal N39.661417 W8.825267. Smashing Cathedral/Big church .

24/02/2011
The end is nigh; everyone is planning routes home and swapping info on Aires and places worth stopping at. We have just paid for our 3rd month here and can't really see any reason to move sites before the journey home. The obvious, and easiest, route for us seems to be via Caceres, Palencia, Cap Breton and Duckworth Towers in France. Le Lude is then only a day's travel away and we will spend a while there, looking up old friends (most of them are old now!). Weather here is still well warm, with nary a cloud in the sky.

27/02/2011
Dia de Andalucia tomorrow, another holiday! We shopped on Saturday because most of the shops will be closed, and not many cafes open. A couple of Scandinavian vans, that have been next to us over the winter, have started taking down awnings and drying out groundsheets, prior to moving off later in the week. With everyone talking about routes home and seeing family in the UK, we are also getting the bug to get back to the UK and catch up with friends and family. We are also looking forward to getting back on the boat and have got a few trips planned out already; the Leeds and Liverpool will be one of the first, in case they have the same water shortage problems they had last season.

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