Life in 2019

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We were near the end of a voyage on the Silver Discoverer in Aldabra on New Year's Day.

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Then stayed 12 days in the Seychelles form January 5th until January 18th


Valentine's Day was celebrated by a special tournament & dinner at the Bridge Club


Sunset from our Moraira balcony

We strayed up into the mountains one day to admire the annual almond blossom

Next was a quick trip to Oxford to seek a second opinion on my knee at the end of February

On our return we enjoyed a glass of cava & icecream cake at Carol's wondrous new house



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JBC had its AGM on March 16th and this was followed by a light lunch & then a tournament

Then on March 18th we flew to Sicily

Followed by 11 days in Malta

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After a Wine Group meeting with Chris & Anne Evans and Celia & Charles
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Easter bunnies in the lobby, Hilltop & the Boyzz with Easter bunny, DuDu, Figola & a bowl of Easter eggs

and then the Easter Tournament at JBC

In May we had 5 nights away in Teruel Province, Spain

And a Dutch Supper at JBC on May 16th

Ted and Cilla came to dinner one night - I was able to cook meat!

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Then, after an absence of 3 years, another trip to Ireland, from Galway up to Donegal along the Wild Atlantic Way


On June 20th another Ladies Ascot Day was held at JBC

and a week later Peter & Esther Haywood gave an exhibition of their amazing quilts at JBC, our 52nd wedding anniversary


And we ended up the month by going to see Donizetti's Lucia de Lammermoor at the Valencia Opera con Jessica Pratt y Alessandro Luongo . El opera fue basado en la novela 'The Bride of Lammermoor' de Walter Scott. Descubri Fraser (con su esposa Pauline) en la silla al lado de la mia. Y tambien encontramos Mark y Eric.

Also had lunch with Marie in Zensatez and played bridge with her at JSBSC in the Parador


July saw us heading for Cordoba & Seville for a 4 night break


A trim for our resident palm!

In August we set off on our annual pilgrimage to the Gunns, staying in Ezcaray en route to 3 nights in Cognac, then 2 nights with Gaynor & Victor before 2 more nights in Brinas, Rioja

And straight back to the big money JBC Bridge Tournament- never again!

David's birthday in September saw us returning to France, this time for a hedonistic 4 days at Chateau Castigno in the film set village of Assignan, near Narbonne



Photos received from friends during the year

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