42 – How Many 5s Make 21?

There are seven houses in my little street.  Possibly six.  Maybe even eight.  It’s a bit hard to tell with Spanish families living next door to each other ….. or just in a different part of the same house.  Anyway, I’ve always reckoned there are seven.  I think.

42-21-2So it always seemed slightly odd that mine was number 21.  Continue reading

38 – A Spang-ly Spang-lish Christmas

Traditions from home and abroad mingled this year, and new traditions began as old ones were put away.  The warm sun made this a very different Christmas from those of previous years, plus a new village, new neighbours, and the first Christmas in 54 years without Mum. Continue reading

37 – Gold, Frankincense and Wensleydale

So.  First Christmas in Spain.  It seems to me there are three ways of doing this – (1) try to import all English customs and do it as Englishly as possible;  (2) try to do it completely Spanishly and be a bit confused throughout;  or (3) try to do it as Spanishly as possible but with just a couple of familiar things in order to remember what day it is.  I went for number three. Continue reading