Tuesday, 18 January 2011

Xmas in the UK - 2010

 We returned to a very cold UK for Christmas with the family.

 For the Birds in our garden bathing was out and skating was in!

 The snow was 7" deep but we kept our paths clear and enjoyed the Christmas Spirit and lights!

 After our traditional Xmas "sweet making" we enjoyed lunch with our four grandchildren.

 Jon opens presents with Henry (4) and James (6) on Christmas Day.

 After Christmas lunch a walk in the snow.

Grandparents enter into the fun - love the Rabbit ears!
A good time was had by all.

Sunday, 16 January 2011

A winter week in Moraira - 3 December 2010

 MONDAY (11th October)
We always walk with the Monday Club and this is our first walk after the summer break. Ten of us walked along the coast from Javea to Portichol, a shorter distance because of the very hot weather.
 This coast is really beautiful but quite rugged, our picnic lunch was on the beach at Potichol. What a lovely way to start the week!

A favorite local walk of ours is to the beach at Portet, there is a very good path and lovely coastal views. Here Rosemary is looking out over the Moraira Marina with Cap D'Or in the background.
 Portet beach is quite small but the combination of soft sand, shallow water and two Beach Bars is fantastic!

Peter Green (centre) leads this walk from the mountain village of Tarbena for the Costa Blanca Mountain Walkers Group (CBMW) who organise walks on Wenesdays and Saturdays. Here a group of us pose on the edge of a deep baranco (ravine)
 Spectacular views and good company were followed by a well deserved lunch in a Tarbena Restaurant.

 We usually walk into Moraira several times each week, Rosemary absolutely loves to sit admiring the sea as well as looking around the many shops!
 The weather is cooler now but still 10 degrees warmer than the UK. The flowering Hibiscus bushes do not seem to mind the cold and Rosemary wears her Pashmina!

Friday is Market day in Moraira and althougth there are not as many stalls at this time of year the market is still large and a useful place to buy small Xmas presents as well as the regular vegetables, cheese and aceite(olives etc). Montgo makes a dramatic backdrop for the commercial bustle (note the full shopping bag)!
 We are always cheerful at the sight of food!
 And later at  lunchtime we are at Pepe's Restaurant in Alcalali village in the Jalon Valley for our Christmas Lunch with some of our walking friends.

 Another CBMW walk in the Marnes Valley with our friends Paul & Jan.
 The Bernia Mountain Range makes a dramatic backdrop for our "banana break"

 A different route into Moraira across the beach on another lovely winter day.
 The sea providing some spectacular sights with Moraira in the background.
Then home to our little apartment for tea and cake after another brilliant week in Spain.