Clowning Around

A clown travels the world
It's been quite a while since Epiphany, hasn't it?! We have met the two most wonderful, talented, deelightful clowns in the whole world. Allow me to introduce Elli and Angele. We keep meeting up here in southern Spain and have yet to decide who's following who. I just hope they'll follow us home and then I can keep them with us forever 'cos they're soooo nice.

But I want that doggy in the window!

A local dog
I would love to have a dog / many dogs, so my husband has started barking and howling as he thinks that this is a good enough substitute for a dog. I'm not sure I quite agree with him. Fortunately, he hasn't taken to jumping up on our guests or wetting on the floor and insisting on being toilet trained, but you never know.

Tapas Time

Tapas
Fried calamari pieces with anchovy stuffed olives

Seeing as this is something of a food blog, I thought it about time to write something about the food in Spain. Tapas is a great invention of the Spanish and I think it's right up there with discovering fire or the wheel and stuff. I mean, you go into a bar for a drink and get full-on food. Five drinks and you don't need supper anymore. You are also paralytic, but hey, what I don't do for this blog.

Epiphany to us and Christmas to the Spanish

The wise men of Maro
It's 25°C on January 6th, 2013, and I'm sitting here in Maro southern Spain unable to believe my luck. The sky is the most amazing blue and we've just gotten back from a walk to the beach where I sat in my bra in the sunshine. There were some rudey nudeys on the beach, both male and female, but I opted to keep my big sports bra on, thank you very much.

Merry Christmas everyone!

Strawberry snowmen by Laura
Merry Christmas everyone! Big hugs and kisses to all of you and may all your wishes come true in 2013 (uness they involve George Clooney then none of them will come true as he's mine).

Willow Creek - Goodness in their Nature

The squeeze bottle of olive oil
The favourable terroir of the Nuy Valley (South Africa), with its lime rich soil and
Mediterranean climate, is especially suited to the production of premium
quality olives and it is here that you’ll find the international award-
winning Willow Creek Olive Estate. True to their reputation as producers of
excellent olive oils and leaders in olive oil packaging, Willow Creek this
week launched two new products that are sure to please consumers no end.

Squeeze Me

The View Restaurant, Hove, England

A beautiful bench near to the restaurant
My mother recently had her 65th birthday and so I happily flew over to England to spend it with her and my Dad. They are in the deevine Victoria Nursing Home and the chef made a wonderful birthday cake for her, with candles and the whole 9 yards. Then my aunty Wendles and my uncle Peter organized a wheelchair accepting van and we took them down to the Hove beachfront for a walk/push and a meal.

Celebrate milk from cow to kitchen

A beautiful photo of milk
Exchange the hustle and bustle of city life for the farm-friendly atmosphere
of the Cape Dairy Experience, taking place from 2-3 November at Sandringham
(next to the N1, halfway between Cape Town and Paarl). Experience the
complete journey of milk: meet the 2012 Absa Dairy Queen (SA's best bred
cow), cook with dairy, taste a variety of dairy-related products and enjoy
the thrill of a real agricultural show where more than 500 world class
animals brag about their breeding.

Marciac Jazz Festival

Covered areas for jazz festival
The Marciac Jazz Festival 2012 started 3 days ago and I haven’t even gotten round to posting about last years event… What can I say, I have on occasion been overtaken by snails. So without further snail-poo, let me tell you about a wonderful event that takes place in the middle of nowhere, but which attracts large crowds and big name artists.

Computers, defrosters and pork dinners

Computer
“Home computers are the perfect thing for women who don’t feel that Men provide them with enough frustration.” Unknown*.
How do I get to combining computers, defrosters AND dinner you may quite rightly ask. This is actually quite new to me to, and I am thinking of patenting it, because it is such a damn clever idea. My well-worn-but-still-working computer, unlike my brand-new-one-that-wants-Euro379-to-continue-to-do-what-it-should-have-been-doing-all-along computer, overheats. It not only overheats, it gives your legs third degree burns before crashing and losing everything you’ve been working on, including my sanity.