Plans and planning

How do you arrange your day-to-day planning? I am an inveterate note taker! On the fridge we have a magnetic whiteboard that can be written on and erased. We use that for jobs that are not urgent but need to be done, sometime. Then we have a weekly piece of paper, always the back of an envelope or other piece of paper we re-use, which has jobs to be done that week.

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Publishing

Okay, so you want to write a book. A novel, a biography, a non-fiction or a book of poetry. For months you slave away at your computer, or if you are old school, your exercise books.

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Weekend Break in Murcia City

A while ago John asked me what I wanted for my birthday, to which I replied I needed nothing. So, I then asked what he wanted, and his reply was the same. Then, almost simultaneously we said, why don’t we go away for the weekend?

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Easter

Easter in Spain is celebrated in a very different way to in the UK. The first main difference is in the name, Easter and Semana Santa, the Spanish allocate a whole week to it, as opposed to the UK’s long weekend. It is likely that the word Easter developed from the name of the pagan goddess of spring and fertility, Eostre and, although there is a Spanish word for Easter which is Pascua, a Spaniard is more likely to use the term holy week, Semana Santa.

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International Women’s Day

Friday 8th March was International Women’s Day, a day to continue our promise to empower, support and uplift each other, and to remember that there is still inequality in the world. For that reason, I feel that it is sad we have to have an International Women’s Day. By now, in this 21st century equality should be a given.

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Valentine’s and an Anniversary

Valentine’s Day fell on a Wednesday this year, and as John doesn’t get home until 10pm, we thought it a little late to go out for a meal. The Spanish would probably disagree, especially in the summer!

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Feria de la Matanza

On Sunday 4th February the first fiesta was held in our town, the Feria de la Matanza. This fiesta is based on a traditional event, that still happens in Spain, the killing of the pig. 

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A busy weekend

Our weekend, because of John’s work, is Sunday and Monday. Normally we do work around the house, or chores on the Sunday and then, on the Monday we will do the weekly shop.

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New year, new hip and new beginnings!

Well, 2024! Almost a quarter of this century is gone! I remember worrying about my daughter, Sarah, going to an all-night party at a club in London for the millennium. Now she has a teenage daughter of her own!

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A Different Christmas

Those of you who read my blogs regularly will remember that we could not go on holiday in the summer due to my impending, at that time, hip replacement operation. Throughout the summer though I saw loads of photos of beautiful bays and coves in Majorca, so John suggested we could go there for Christmas. He hadn't been there for about 30 years, when his parents had lived there and I hadn’t been there for over 40 years.

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