Happy New Year – these are a few of my favourite (Spanish) things …

Yes I know it is a little bit late but had a house full of people when we got back and then have been laid up with the dreaded chest infection so have not had time to post since we returned from sunny Spain.

We had lovely time – it was mostly very warm and sunny and we had a couple of visits to the beach and a few bike rides. Also did Karaoke with my cousin Joanne which we really enjoyed – Ellie and I did a couple of  rockin’ Meatloaf duets!

Have got a couple of pics of the seaside bit –

Kids and Granny Pat on La Marina beach
Kids and Granny Pat on La Marina beach
The pic below was taken on Xmas day where we had a very nice picnic and Granny Pat and I shared a bottle of Cava to celebrate the festive season.
Us on the beach Xmas Day
Us on the beach Xmas Day
And we paddled of course as is traditional now. I do love Spain , it has a very unique atmosphere and I love visiting as well as being there to see my family. These are a few of the things that I really love about the place.
Ice cream – the Spanish really do ice cream properly, they have loads of fab ice cream parlour cafes where as well as brill coffee you can choose from about 50 flavours – not only does it taste good it is all so prettily presented with each flavour decorated – so much better than the bricks of Walls Neopolitan that we grew up with. This is taken in one of my favourite places on the seafront at Torrevieja where we went on Christmas Eve.
Ice cream!!
Ice cream!!
Tapas – I love little bits and nibbles and what I really like about all the bars are the little sandwich tapas that they have , this one is salmon and cheese with a glass of red -yours for 2 Euros in a little backstreet bar in Bendorm.
Yummy tapas
Yummy tapas

To counteract all that eating and drinking you need some exercise and one of the things I like most to do in Spain is go cycling. This is Jake in one of my favourite places to cycle, the scrubland just about 5 mins ride from my little Spanish house. It is a big off road paradise (much easier on the bones than the Annapurnas!) with the most wonderful views of the mountains and sea.

Jake off road
Jake off road

I also love the weather of course , that pic above was taken on Dec 23rd – look at that sun! Nothing like Yorkshire.

This pic below is the view from my little house the morning after we arrived,  the 22nd Dec – you can’t tell but you can see the sea through the gap in the houses – fab!

View on a sunny December morning
View on a sunny December morning

I also love the fact that the Spanish do Xmas very traditionally – there are lots of lights and all the beautiful large scale nativity scenes – the Belen. This is the church square in Torrevieja.

Torrevieja Church all lit up
Torrevieja Church all lit up

They have a celebration on Christmas Eve called Papa Noel where Santa (0r in Torrevieja a whole train of them!) comes into town and gives the children sweets or presents. Most of the children dress in Santa outfits – this little girl was waiting to see him all dressed up looking very cute.

Girl in her Santa outfit
Girl in her Santa outfit

Sandcastles – I remember building some pretty good stuff as a kid on the beach at Weston Super Mare – boats and cars etc but the Spanish sand artists are amazing – this was one on the beach in Benidorm this Xmas.

Amazing sandcastle
Amazing sandcastle

We came back to the UK on the 30th and spent New Year with my sister, her two kids and cute dog. New Year’s Eve we had my brother Ben and his girlfriend Amanda round and our neighbours.

This is Ellie with Isabelle, our neighbours’ beautiful granddaughter, who was with us for a bit on New Year’s Eve before she got sleepy.

Ellie and Isabelle
Ellie and Isabelle

Do not have any other good pics from New Year’s Eve sadly as old camera does not like taking pics in low light – new camera has been written off by the menders and they have sent vouchers towards a new one so will be sorting that out soon – will try very hard not to get this one wet – but will buy insurance as a precaution!!! However do have a very cute picture of Buffy my sister’s dog who behaved very well on her first visit here.

Buffy
Buffy

Well I hope that you have all had a good festive season and are looking forward to 2009. It has been a very sad year for lots of close friends with lots of heartache and we have had our share of traumas here but I am confident that the future will be so much better.

I am very, very  lucky. I also have the most fabulous kids in the world and fantastic friends and work colleagues who have been so supportive – couldn’t have done it without you guys, thank you all! Wishing you all the best for the coming year.

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2 thoughts on “Happy New Year – these are a few of my favourite (Spanish) things …

  1. Hi Alison,
    Thanks for visiting my blog and for your nice comments 🙂
    I enjoyed your pictures of Spain very much. If it was a bit warmer you’d have me running out for ice cream 🙂
    You have a very nice blog. I love the medieval costumes.

    Margaret

  2. Hi Alison,
    Thanks for visiting my blog and for your nice comments.
    Pretty pictures of Spain. If it was a bit warmer you’d have me running out for ice cream 🙂
    You have a very nice blog – love the medieval costumes.

    Margaret

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