July in the UK
John, a friend from the
There have been family problems at Verde Vent so it is now two separate restaurants. The new one is called The Teresa and is run by the son-in-law who was the chef at Verde Vent for 18 years before the split. However, the food and service is still good, only the number of seats has reduced.
The Pasta House in Moraira is now called Rudolfo. He and his partner have gone their separate ways and although the food is still very good, it doesn’t achieve the excellence obtained before the partner/chef moved on. It is still worth a visit if you like Italian cuisine.
Rob and Cath from Twixter, another Lagoon 44foot
catamaran, anchored in the bay at El Portet, on their travels towards
On Saturday, while John was still with us, they joined us for a BBQ in our garden. The weather of course was just wonderful.
They have not yet decided whether they will cross the
Only two days after John had flown back to the
We drove to Ditton Marsh, located approximately on the
It felt as though we were doing 100mph as we speeded along the country lanes at only 40mph. Even more amazing, as we drove along the wet roads it seemed as if we were doing at least 40mph as we took the corners. Looking at the speedometer, I was surprised to see that we were doing just 15mph.
We spent a few nights with Dick’s son Ed and his lovely
wife and two young sons. The morning of the day prior to their flight to
The first week we were in the
We tried to get European Health cards but it took five
telephone calls before we reached the right department, despite calling the
number suggested on the website. We requested application forms by email on the
16th June but the office dealing with this are currently only working
on requests received up to 14th June. The forms cannot be sent to a
nominated address in the
I managed to get a load of washing done the day that Dick took Ed and family to the airport. Unfortunately the weather wasn’t cooperating and although it was windy, there were a lot of showers, making drying a real problem.
We met with Chris and Patsy and stayed overnight at their house in Dorking. Chris is an artist and currently working on some sculptures made of wood which he is preparing for an exhibition.
Next day we visited his sister Maggie and Trevor, her husband in Carshalton. Maggie had thrown a party for us which was very successful. Blessed with the weather, we were able to spend a lot of time in the garden during the day. Although the party started at lunchtime, it was well after when the last guest departed and we went next door and spent the night with Mary, Maggie’s mother.
We drove to
Getting back onto the motorway we made our way to
Midhurst to meet with Dick’s cousin Robert and his wife Carolyn. They are in
The following day, we plan to visit an old friend in