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A Grand Day Out in Ramsbottom

Ramsbottom is a former mill town in Lancashire and today with the M66 motorway and the modern tram service from Bury to central Manchester it has become a rather trendy place with a fabulous range of restaurants, pubs, wine bars, cafés and gastro pubs.

This is where my son, Chris, lives with his lovely wife, Jenny.

It is quite a place and […]

By |July 14th, 2014|Andalucia|1 Comment|

My Andaluz patio: The beginning

♫ ♪ ♫ “That’s life (that’s life), that’s what all the people say
You’re ridin’ high in April, shot down in May
But I know I’m gonna change that tune
When I’m back on top, back on top in June.” ♪ ♫♪ ♫ Frank Sinatra

I’ve dreamt about sitting here, often. And now I am, a glass of […]

Proper Mulligatawny Soup:It has been a long time

When I was a young man of 17, just starting out in my working life in the big city, I discovered The Taj Mahal in Streatham, south London.At this Indian restaurant, just off Streatham High Road, was an experience that 4½ decades later I would still hanker after. Mulligatawny  Soup – a bowl of […]

The Day of the Triffid: In Flower

I had a triffic day on Wednesday visiting Jaénapart from the fact that I forgot my camera that is and also the oldest tapas bar in Jaén that we were seeking was actually closed. Well, I suppose everybody is entitled to a day off even the owners of a bar that has been in the same […]

The fascinator is dead… long live proper hats

If my little Sister can wear a fascinator then so can I wear a hat. I don’t normally do hats as it usually messes up my hair but it was my son’s wedding so it was the least that I could do on the 19th April, the first day of sunshine in England in 2013. This […]

When it is your birthday in December it’s best to celebrate it in Spain

My son and my future daughter-in-law visited me in December 2012 as part of his 30th birthday celebrations in Spain. They were only with me for a few days but we crammed a lot in. And when we weren’t walking then we were eating and drinking. Feliz 30 cumpleaños, Chris.Laguna Salobral viewed from the Via […]

Vecinos (Neighbours)

I am lucky. Very lucky as I have wonderful neighbours. On one side is Rosa and Paco and their two sons Ruben and Carlos… they have been so helpful in helping me settle into rural life. Rosa is originally from Barcelona and speaks English which makes things too easy for me sometimes. Of course, she […]

Manu is a friend of mine

Manu is a friend from the time when I lived in France. He plays chess, drinks, smokes and doesn’t like football but I like him all the same and the bar that he lives in. I stayed there for a few days on my journey to Spain. Manu Laurand, chess player.I managed to cook somethingLunch […]

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