Photo Diary for 2014

After a wonderful holiday on Australia, 2014 continued badly with the sad loss of Pembroke Castle and Somerxille College Bears in a robbery at Barcelona Airport.

A website was then set up for them, and the blow slightly softened by the arrival of Somerville Bear and Pembroke College Bear- note the slightly different names!.

February saw us visiting June & Mike in Canar, followed by a few days in Malta

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The new boys arriving in Moraira and scenes of the White Villages and of Canar

In March we went on a week's carribean cruise to St Martin, St Thomas and the Bahamas, courtesy of Park West Art .

In April we enjoyed a meal with Anne and Graham at Ca Pepe, and a meal by ourselves, but Oz came too, at Bon Amb, now of Michelin Star fame.

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The night of Easter Monday we enjoyed dinner with Marie and Des in Sensatez.

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And on Thursday 24th April, after an interesting Urbanisation AGM at Los Leones, at which David unfortunately became the president for 3 years, we relaxed at Vall del Cavall with Maria, the newly arrived Bill & Ben & friend Tobias

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At the end of April, after David had been forced to become President of our Urbanisation ,we had 4 weeks in Bolivia and Argentina

Once back I was persuaded to play in the bridge match against the Vallees on June 7th - JSBSC narrowly winning. Jane and Ed, my faithful chauffeur, came back for a barbecue

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And the following Saturday I went by myself to the annual Bridge Club summer party at the Javea Golf Club.... and thoroughly enjoyed it

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And a week later Jo came over for 6 days - lots of meals out: DGust, Ca Pepe and after some 'Bridge on the beach' in Javea

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The months of May, actually just the last week, & June & July were plagued by the noise and inconsiderate parking of the builders next door. David excelled himself creosoting the boardwalk to the pool - leading to avoidance tactics for a few days to reach the pool, but the boyzz managed it! - , painting the pool shower building and getting a man in to give our palm tree a hair cut

 

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The start of July saw another visit to Malta

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The end of July saw a barbecue at Ed's & Jane's, then a splendid wine tasting with great food at Ted's and Maureen's.

 

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At the start of August we visited Medinaceli, Bilbao, Gaynos and Vic in the Dordogne , then returning via Rioja

Once back on Spain, a pleasant barbecue at Jackie's and Mike's

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In September we visited England for 2 weeks; a week in London seeing friends, researching Irish History in the National Archives for David, then visiting friends near Bath & in Stratford before participating for 4 days in the 50 year on from matriculating at Oxford. England 2014.

We suffered from ill-mannered builders modernising the house next door to us , and the new owners, not here to witness the event, were less than repentant!. What will life bring when/if we are both in residence at the same time??

Then in October, after taking delivery of more stones for the Urbanisation, we were off again to the South Seas for over 6 weeks

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Then we spent 24 days in Malta over Christmas and New Year

 

Chris Grant