Good evening from the plague house. We both seem to be on the mend but somewhat devoid of energy. The white cross is down from the door and the neighbours have stopped making the sign of the cross as they pass by, and are no longer sliding pizzas under the gate. We have both been out for a short walk today and should be back to normal soon.
We spent most of the day working on our travel plans and have booked campsites for the first two weeks of our travels. We have also sorted out a ferry back to England on 28th July. Hopefully “The Beast” will keep going until then!
We Have just bought a brilliant painting from Paul Gough, the artist who is staying in our flat, so we will have to buy a house to hang it in in the not too distant future. Paul is really talented, and if you google him you will probably find your way to his website, the address of which escapes me for the moment.
It was great to be able to see Nicki and the kids on Skype for the first time today. Chloe looks so grown up, and has got a bob haircut that makes her look like Mireille Mathieu. It makes such a difference to be able to see people’s faces and we owe a huge thank you to Christie who spent hours working on our computers when he wasn’t coughing in our bathroom, and has done a fantastic job. We also got a video message from Rock, so hopefully our ability to communicate, which has been the bane of the whole trip, will be much improved.
Some of you may remember that I used to enjoy firing the odd letter off to the local paper. Having not much better to do I’ve started doing the same out here. The latest one has suggested a major cull of domestic pussy cats rather than badgers as a means of controlling the latest outbreak of TB, so it will be interesting to see what sort of reaction that provokes.
I have given all my monsters to a girl called Nikki Luxford, who by sheer coincidence is also from Worthing. Ann has given her a couple of paintings, and she is going to auction them all off to raise money for a schools project that she is running in Malawi. We have also agreed to sponsor one of the children in the school for the next few years, which will give us a good excuse to go out to Africa on a visit a few years down the road.
All the best, Andy
Greetings all from the Costa Blanca care home for sick Brits. We have had Gavin, Stephen, Jan and Christie to stay recently, and all have arrived with various lurgies. Is there anyone fit and well left in England? I have finally succumbed myself today, and have stayed at home while the others go to explore the caves at Benidoleig. It’s just started raining so I hope they aren’t too far underground!
Life here is still pretty good. Ann has posted photos of the Costa Blanca MVC singing to a full house of 650 at the new theatre at Teulada. We were the lead choir and it was a really good night. We found a nice Italian restaurant afterwards.
Teulada is a town about the size of Steyning. It has the new theatre, with a £200,000 Steinway, a massive sports centre, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, loads of tennis and paddle tennis courts, plus a town hall and town square big enough for a major city. It also has in excess of 10% of it’s properties empty, enough public debt to choke a rhino (they can’t even afford the interest payments at present), several of its more prominent citizens including the former mayor, the planning officer and the chief accountant awaiting trial on corruption charges, and absolutely no prospect of ever being solvent again. It is in many respects typical of Spanish towns, and though our initial thoughts were that we might buy a place here, I think we have both decided that political and financial corruption is so endemic that it would not be sensible.
We are beginning to turn our thoughts to moving on from here in the middle of May, so if anyone in a reasonable state of health wants to pop out for a few days, let us know as soon as possible. We are planning a swoop through Southern Spain, then up through Portugal and into Central France, probably the Limousin, in mid-July. Plan is to look for a low-cost building project, then come back to UK end of July to get an MOT for the car and see everyone before returning to France for a month towards the end of August, hopefully in a position to buy. Whether it will work out like that who knows, but I think we both feel that we need a base to call our own, and neither of us are in any hurry to return to England. Ann is quite happy lotus-eating, but I am beginning to climb the walls and can’t take many more three hour lunches. I’m just getting fatter and more alcoholic, and definitely need a shed and a garden! If anyone has a house that they want holiday-sitting for a couple of weeks, or a bed we can crash in for a couple of nights from 25th July, please let us know.
All the best,
Andy is in there somewhere! The Costa Blanca Male Voice Choir joined up with three other choirs to perform a lovely concert in Teulada.
We had a great evening last night at the Parador Hotel in Javea. Randy Greer quintet played some really good music, including Route 66. They must have known Jan and Christie were in the audience!
Hi Jan! Don’t forget to pack your cossie!!