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Archive for December, 2018

A Crappy Winter Morning

Lovely winter morning? Not lovely winter morning! The first of these pictures was sadly taken precisely 1,198.3 miles (1,928.5km) North of the second (hence the quality variation) mid-morning this morning. For anyone looking in while enjoying the sunshine in Southern Spain, please spare a thought for friends suffering the current god-forsaken weather in the Northeast of England.

Crappy winter morning

Lovely Winter Morning

Still, at least we still have mail from China. I’ve spent much of the Christmas holidays collecting new toys from our oriental friends, a great way to keep warm and at least I can keep an eye on our bolt-hole in Galera and enjoy the sun by proxy – a poor substitute for the real thing.

Christmas here has been quite pleasant, had two of our grand-children over for Christmas eve and Christmas morning and we’ve already been visiting with friends with more tomorrow. Meanwhile Maureen has been frantically decorating (we’re still renovating from the disgusting mess the Wouts left our home in but it’s now coming along nicely) and I’ve been frantically catching up on my tech video production after a marked absence over 2018 – along with doing lots of writing and office renovation. We’re all done with travel for a little while now, the plan is to head back into the sun in April, hopefully not before seeing friends we’ve not caught up with yet.

Chicago then back to Blighty

After a very pleasant trip to the USA to visit friends and relatives in and around Chicago, we’re back in the UK. Time to get on with our various winter jobs and to catch up with our friends over here. Meanwhile here are some pics from our trip to Chicago.

Food pic from USA store

Due to the weather – it was snowing much of the time, I took lots of pics of brightly-coloured food of the kind you can’t get here. Food was high up the list on this trip as a central theme of the visit was Thanksgiving. Between that, Black Friday and Cyber Monday we had lots of reasons to go shopping.

Freezing cold snow

Lots and lots of snow in Chicago…

Lots of Christmas lighting

But it didn’t snow all of the time – which let folk put up some great Christmas lighting.

German Christmas market

Maureen enjoying the German Christmas market in downtown Chicago.

Birthday party

Birthday party for the newest addition to the family over there.

Buddy Guy's Legends

Evening entertainment at Buddy Guy’s Legends in downtown Chicago.