Life in 2006

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On February 5th 2006 my mother died, 5 days short of her 91st birthday. She had been in and out of hospital for several months, and I had tried desperately to get her back to Boughton in late January- but to no avail. Joanna was with her for a couple of days before she died ( an experience she found very distressing as Mum seemed only to want Hazel or me) , Hazel and Alice arrived at the hosptal just as she died . She was buried alongside Dad at the Old Cemetery, Boughton.


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Postion of the grave, photo taken 2002. The new headstone including Joan Edith Lyons .Joanna read a memorial poem during the funeral service

During the first few months of the year in Moraira we made trips to

1. Cuenca, with its wondrous hanging buildings and nearby Ciudad Encantada,

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2. Lorca , staying in the small village of Rugat, and visiting Canar, home of June & Mike, on the way back to Moraira

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June & Chris on their balcony. . . Village church. . . . June, Chris & Mike up in a white village

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Then we returned to Corisande via Galicia, staying first in Salamanca, then in an 'interesting' B & B near Ourense, then in Santiago de Compostela and finally in the charming fishing village of Cudillero, ~40 kms NW of Oviedo

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The main square in Salamanca. The B & B where they were really friendly - once they woke up!

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The awe-inspiring Cathedral in Santiago and the hotel As Apsis so close by. . . . . . . . . . . .The fishing port of Cordillero

Arriving back at Corisande before Easter- the Seeds being our first guests, arriving the day after we did! - we had a good season running the hotel, Enjoyed watching the annual Gannel Gig Race and also going to the Minack theatre.. And I, of course, had my almost daily swim in the Gannel from May onwards.

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Chris swimming. . The annual Gig race from the Gannel to the harbour . . The Minack Theatre with a cornish pasty picnic

We also visited George & Pat in Oxford and revisited Pembroke Chapel: the last time we had been inside it was on 28th June 1967!. And also visited the grave in Boughton

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Closing the hotel in late September, a visit to Cafe Eleven and then David cycled from Seville to Santiago de Compostela very soon after our return to Spain.

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Seville Cathedral
First night at Torre Reina hotel
with its beautiful setting
Roman remains at Italica
He cycled, I drove, past this
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A rare camino marker
Convento de la Parra, near Zafra
and its bridge
and its comfy Parador
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Caceres- we stayed at hotel Barcelo on the outskirts Plasencia Parador - its Comedor Cubino- the cyclist's hotel, Bejar
Hotel 'Buen Amor' - wondrous
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hotel room in a tower here
Casa Aurelia- hotel Zamora
Hospederia Carteria in Puebla
de Sanabria: its bedroom
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and luxurious bathroom
Parador in Verin
David having a lunch break
Monterrei Casle, past Verin
Bentraces hotel - fierce dogs
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but luxurious inside- breakfast
Ourense Bridge
Arrival-view from As Artes
and the plaza in Santiago
& a Compostela to collect


In Novenber a trip was made to Jativa. On the morning to travel home we had to make a dash for the lower levels of the coast as it was snowing hard

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We also flew back for Jamie's wedding to Cathy. The church service was at Minster Lovell and the reception at Eynsham Hall, where we stayed for a couple of nights. Christopher gave an impressive firework display after the reception.

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Jamie & Kathy
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Eynsham Hall
Christopher's fireworks

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Chris Grant