Saturday, September 30, 2006

#107 a-weemaway, a-weemaway, a-weemaway,

. . . . the lion sleeps tonight, etc, etc.
a group of choristers fetched up in our square and started singing! and its only 86 shopping days to Christmas.

Friday, September 29, 2006

#106 Fornasetti

I've got some nice ties in my wardrobe, but they never get seen because I'm not that formal these days. I rarely wear a shirt and tie, in fact, at this very moment, I'm not even wearing a shirt! (sorry, is that too much information?).

This is a detail of a Fornasetti designed tie. He was a Milanese man who liked to draw faces (mostly the same one).

#105 Crevé Cat

When you edit your own magazine, you can do anything you want.
Like put yourself on the front cover.
I must admit this is not a recent picture.
You can tell 'cos its black & white.

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

#104 On the Beach

I took this picture of my friend Carol (she's the one with the muscles) taking a picture of the morning strollers on the beach at Santos in Brazil in February 2002.

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

#103 A la Recherche du Temps Perdu

Plus de photos de les archives:

Cette image a été prise il y a quelques années, (à gauche à droite) moi avec mes amis du vélo Dave Lancaster et Brian Wilkins.

Je pense que cette photo de nous (au-dessous) au fin d'une course cycliste en France, a été prise en 1962, mais Dave exige que c'était '63. Il devrait connaître bien parce qu'il la a gagné! - Vas-y les gars!

#102 La Cuidad de las Artes y las Ciencias

The other day we went to Valencia and passed by the City of Arts and Sciences. Here you can see the new Opera House (looks a bit like a martian fish) and the Hemisphere (which looks like . . . a hemisphere!)

Not shown is the Oceanographic Park and the Prince Phillip Museum or even the car park which has a futuristic garden on the roof. The whole 'city' is built in what was once a river running through Valencia. The river is no longer there but they still have lots of water around the place.

This man decided it was much too far to walk all the way round the lake to get to the Prince Phillip Museum - so he waded straight across!

Saturday, September 23, 2006

#101 Local Gossip

Mánia, our neighbour from the cafe round the corner, explains to Sally how to put a big white bandage on her arm - then hold a packet of Marlboros and a half smoked ciggy - all at the same time!

#100 = One Hundred Posts!

This Applause picture has been on various walls of ours for nearly 25 years.

When I bought it, it was really, really expensive ( about 115 of your English pounds) and at the time we couldn't afford it, but I bought it anyway - and we've enjoyed it ever since :-)

Friday, September 22, 2006

#99 Crevé 3

Issue #3 just back from the printers.
Subscribers: you should be getting your copies in the mail very soon!

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

#98 Coup en Thailande

Jay and Carrie support Thai produce - by drinking their Singha beer and and eating their beef curries - albeit in Battersea and not Bangkok.

Friday, September 15, 2006

#97 Jazz - nice

Thursday, we went to see some jazz - nice :-)

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

#96 Call the Plumber!

. . . . or Do-It-Yourself.
Wednesday spent the morning repairing leaking toilet cistern.

This entailed four! trips to the plumber's shop to;
(1) Check availability
(2) Buy replacement
(3) Take back faulty bit - after I'd fitted it - grrrr
(4) Return to buy different plunger guide
Now we don't have a leaking cistern, hurrah!

I would have shown you a picture of the old one, but it wasn't that pretty. So here is a pic of Kate Moss instead :-)

Saturday, September 09, 2006

#95 Mates round for Dinner

Friday night we had some mates round for dinner:
Sushi to start then Thai fish curry, plus wine (quite a lot) . . . . . . .

Pictured (above) on our terraza: Sally, Lorena, Chelo (my intercambio compañera), Maria Luisa and Jaime. They all work together at a travel agency Viajes Halcon (except Sally, of course).

Then they left - good job we have a dish washer :-)

Friday, September 08, 2006

#94 Tapas

On thursday we went to El Marino for tapas. We had Tellinas, Mejillónes and Pulpitos.

Our waiter is standing by the bar, wondering if he should, ever, bring us the bill.

Saturday, September 02, 2006

#93 Poulet au Estragon

Chef Carbo Load explains how to cook Chicken Tarragon.
You will need a pan with a lid.

Chicken thighs
Small onions
Very sweet wine or sweet sherry
Tarragon vinegar
Crème fraîche

Slice garlic.
Peel onions. If you have lots of onions boil them briefly first - it makes peeling much easier.

Trim any fat, skin or broken bone bits from the chicken pieces. Dust with salt and black pepper. Then, with the garlic, fry for a few minutes either side.

Add onions and wine/vinegar mix (about 400ml wine - 100ml vinegar) plus some tarragon.
Bring to boil, cover and turn heat down to a simmer.
Cook for 25 minutes, turn chicken occasionally, take off lid.
Cook another 20 minutes or so, uncovered, so that the liquid reduces.

To make the sauce; remove chicken and onions (keep them warm) and boil the remaining liquid furiously! When reduced to a creamy consistency stir in a couple spoons of crème fraîche.

Pour the sauce over the chicken, add a bit of tarragon for show, and - Voilà !

#86 Thai Fish Curry
#73 Hot & Sour Prawn Curry

#69 Captain's Chicken Curry

Friday, September 01, 2006

#92 I was a bit of a blur!

Last Sunday we went and ran an evening 7k running race. Very picturesque route round Las Rotas, all the way beside the sea, and back to a nice restaurant called Mena. After that we got on our mountain bikes and rode back home (its not that far).

Our friend Christine was 3rd Lady vet (right on podium pic)
I think I was 4th . . . . . . (Lady vet).
Sally was 5th Lady vet :-)

#91 American Motorhome For Sale

5 berth luxury Winnibago Windcruiser for sale.
Petrol engine recently converted to LPG.

"Good little runner, Guv"
. . . . . . . (wink).