November in Spain
When we arrived back home from
One afternoon, we watched a Hoopoe wandering around on
the grass, between the pool and the terrace, This was the first time we had seen
this species of bird in our back garden but some friends who came round for
supper soon after the event, told us that they had seen quite a few from their
casa, in Javea, overlooking the Mongo. On further investigation, it seems that
these birds don’t tend to come much further north than where we are situated in
Another day, we found a very fragile looking insect which looked like a very skinny praying mantis. It was balancing on the edge of part of the balustrade on the front porch area.
For the second time this year, I slipped on the back steps, still wet with dew, when I took out the laundry to dry. This time there were more abrasions and I needed help to get in and out of bed but thankfully I have recovered well. The crocs, my ugly, Mini-mouse shoes are lethal on a wet floor and are now a thing of the past. I was so lucky not to do permanent or disabling damage to myself, even though I am still walking a bit like a cross between a crab and a duck.
Jean and Mike from Jeanius (WARC participants), arrived
in Moraira and gave us a call to let us know that they were in the vicinity. We
hadn’t seen them since we left
Their holiday home is less than a mile from our casa and
they joined us for a meal on Sunday evening; the same day that David and Susan
(also WARC participants) came to visit us, en-route to
Although expected, it was still distressing when my Mother passed away around Sunday 13th November. She was 86years old and appeared to have no quality left in her life.
We sorted through a wardrobe where Dick still has two
suits, a pair of slacks and a blazer, any of which might be suitable as funeral
attire. He hasn’t worn any of these clothes since we moved to
The charity shop will have to wait for the clothes but
the wheelchair, which we kept in
It took five calls in order to cancel our Spanish credit
card which had been cloned. Fortunately, the purchases were not accepted by the
bank, which sent a text to our mobile to inform us of the situation, thus
alerting us to the fact that the card was being used fraudulently, outside of
It is great to be squeezing our own oranges to make juice for breakfast. Until the last few days we have bought packs of oranges from the supermarket while we wait for our own fruit to ripen. The Clementine’s are still not ready so we will miss out on those.
The frogs have now been moved away from the pool and will adorn the back porch, pretending to be watch dogs, until we return next year.