Tuesday 23rd December 2014
We spent the morning mooching around the campsite waiting for the call from Jill & Martin to arrange meeting up with them.
Whilst walking the dogs we saw a MoHo parked 50 metres away from a spot that I had included in a previous blog – this guy wasn’t parked close to any of the beach bars and it was probably OK to stay for the day – not sure about overnighting here, a good day location though.
Jill & Martin strolled into our camping at around 11:00am and the four of us took off for a walk around the Playa Granada resort. The resort was busy with many owners/renters now in residence for the Christmas period – we have seen very little evidence of Christmas in this area, less than a handful of shops, properties and campers displaying any festive decorations.
Once back at camping, a long awaited Lidl visit was high on the list of priorities.
The 4 of us (plus our hounds) set out in Martin’s hire car for Lidl in Salobrena..
Can you believe that, since we started this trip, I have yet to enter any supermarket on mainland Europe!
Salobrena Lidl was to be no exception, someone had to nurse Shakey and Tilley!
I secured the dog leads to a railing, did some people and vehicle watching whilst looking for any opportunities that may befall me and the camera that I had at hand – not a lot came my way really.
Searching for something, anything and with time to let my mind wander, there it was – a picture of a ….
Yes, sorry, but that was the best that I could muster – it would have been cruel to all the UK blog readers to take pictures of all the folk wandering around in bikini’s and beachwear! (it would also have been impossible as none existed!).
Back at Twernt, shopping was stowed but there wasn’t a Mintoe in sight,
I need to break my <Euro-supermarket> ‘duck’ and cross the threshold to scrutinise Spanish ‘staple’ food offerings – how the peoples of any country can be expected to survive without Mintoes is beyond any ‘call of duty’ ever known to man. This is surely what ‘Judgement Day’ will be all about?
How do they expect a man to survive on ‘Menitas’ (Spanish mints); This is an unacceptable state of affairs and I intend to put my foot down with a firm hand – I see a rat and I can see it floating in the air and I intend to nip it in the bud.
“Come on Roy, let’s go over to the villa, you’ll like it” – “Sorry, but I can’t leave here just now because I don’t feel too good” – “What’s wrong with you?” – “I’ve got a bone”.
Ironic mixed metaphors prevail if you test me – and yet, as if by magic, they’re non-existent if I’ve got Mintoes.
Learn from this Grasshopper.
My <supermarket> time will come!
Jill and Martin placed us ‘under orders’ to pack our gear and join them at the villa, well it would be rude to refuse that, wouldn’t it?
We had stayed in one of those ‘exclusive’ villa’s some 10 years back and knew the level of luxury and the views on offer……plus……they have a bath!
We knew that at least four of us would be together for the ‘Day-of days’ dinner, but we had believed that we would be staying in Twernt.
Jill and Martin took off to in order to stow their own shopping whilst we packed our gear for a stay at their villa, I Googled the villa and found some pictures (although a renter, the villa is also on the market – http://www.rightmove.co.uk/overseas-property/property-37335961.html – just over £0.5m – should you have some spare change! – and if you do have that kind of spare change you’ll probably need the services of ‘Housekeeper-Gardener-Guard Dogs-to-go’ – apply right here!.
Amanda prepared a meal for when they returned and we later deserted Twernt for our first night away since the day we bought her/him/it.
Wednesday 24th December 2014
Our ‘Knights in White Satin’ had arrived and brought with them a promise of ‘Beauty I’ve always missed – with these eyes before’.
The coming days would be elevated to ‘Luxury Status’.
This morning Jill & Martin attempted to ‘dip a toe’ in the pool, Jill achieved just that – a toe – whilst Martin discovered that H2O requires a temperature hike if he was to progress any further than ‘level one’ in some new game that he’d invented.
I think that it works something like the ‘Snakes and Ladders’ game.
‘Cooly-Gooly‘ will be coming to a store near you quite soon.
His spin-off game ‘Snakes in Pools‘ is still under development (and it’s likely to stay that way for as long as he ‘s playing his ‘Cooly-Gooly game).
The rest of our ‘Day-of-days-eve’ was occupied with a ‘Lazy Sunny Afternoon’, baths and power-showers, followed by dinner and drinks and then by more drinks and then baths and power-showers again!
Did I mention that Jill is an excellent cook? Whereas I, her brother, am content with Pot Noodles (except on Friday, then it’s fish and chips. Oh, and Saturday – curry time. Sunday’s were made for pizza, so, overall, Pot Noodles on only four days of the week – by my reckoning that must surely constitute a balanced and varied healthy diet?).
Under Amanda’s culinary skills and now Jill’s, I rarely get the chance to discover just how good my own choice of food could be, still, it’s good to have a back-up plan.
A man needs a plan, now that seems to be better than what Neil thought when he sang ‘A man needs a maid’ – he should have sung ‘A man needs a maid but he needs a back-up plan as well’.
Had he done this then he would probably be as poor as I am now – so there’s another lesson for you Grasshopper, part truths can sometimes get more out of this life for you!
Thursday 25th December 2014
‘Day-of-days’ is here, Bucks Fizz all round and once my fizz was bucked up we took off for a morning walk on the beach of Salobrena.
There are two parts to this beach, the commercialised side where many apartment blocks overlook the beach and the ‘lower’ side which remains largely ‘pre-man’.
And then it was back for our ‘Day-of-days’ dinner – thanks Jill & Martin – we were onlookers and they would have it no other way!
The day went by in a haze of tranquility and family Skype calls. The overcast morning developed into 19°c/20°c by afternoon and we had a great peaceful ‘Day-of-days’ – in the dream of a ‘living the dream’ location. Thanks Jill and Martin.
Friday 26th December 2014
Back home this is ‘Boxing Day’ – no such thing here so, in honour of our Boxing Day, we had anointed it Lazy Day – walking locally, taking pictures locally and sunbathing in a villa with great views
We all said that one of these days we’ll drive on up to Granada…………..