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Jun 8, 2017 - Tina complete with Baby Bump

Hi Everyone Paul and I are getting very excited about seeing Tina, our daughter. She has arrived in Valencia, Spain, for a works conference but before flying off she will be joining us in Benidorm for a few days. It will be the first time we will have seen her with her baby bump. Now back to what has been happening. The weather is getting warmer, high 20's to low 30 deg c most days with bright blue skies and the odd white, fluffy cloud passing over head. We are camped on a slight rise so we get a gentle breeze blowing through making things...

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May 2, 2017 - Procession of Our Lady of Hope and Peace

Hi Everyone After weeks of bright blue, cloudless skies we have woken to grey clouds wreathing the tops of the hills and mountains surrounding us. Edges of the clouds are a deep grey, the wind is blowing with a cold chill so we may be in for some rain! Now back to Easter. On Good Friday we had dinner out at the mussel restaurant that is hidden away in the Old Town with friends Bette and Andy. After eating plates of steamed mussels and mussels covered in a yummy cheese sauce we went hunting for a spot to watch the religious Easter parade. We...

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Apr 12, 2017 - Farewell to our friends

Hi Everyone Spring has sprung and now summer is on its way here in sunny Benidorm. Any spare piece of ground is covered with the bright faces of yellow and white daisies and in amongst the colour of sunshine, pillar box red poppies wave their soft petals in the gently breeze. In a tree outside of our van are two collared doves. Mrs Dove is leading Mr Dove a merry chase. One minute she is keen for his attentions and the next she's flapping and pecking, telling Mr Dove to move out of her personal space! We have been enjoying the continuous...

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Mar 22, 2017 - A sea of green for St Patrick's Day

Hi Everyone I’ve had a very busy few weeks, not too sure how active Paul has been though! It all started with a lovely lady on our camp site, called Joy, holding Afternoon Tea for a Cancer Charity. On a sunny day, under the gazebo in front of her caravan, six of us ladies enjoyed a glass of pink champagne before our little pinkies were extended for drinking tea from dainty bone china cups. We nibbled on delicious finger sandwiches, then scones smeared with jam and a great dollop of fresh cream before eating our way through a tiered plate of...

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Mar 3, 2017 - Benidorm, we have arrived!

Hi Everyone Well we made it, we have arrived in a not so sunny Benidorm. They have had a horrible winter here with torrential rain, buffeting winds and hail storms. Awnings have been ripped apart, windows smashed and leaks have sprung in caravans and motorhomes due to the horrendous weather. According to the long term weather report the sun is set to make an appearance this week. I am certainly looking forward to that as my legs have been encased in jeans for over 3 months and are looking very pasty and need to see the sun. Before we left...

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Mar 30, 2015 - Apprentice Reunion

Hi Everyone Step back in time to 1971 when a group of young men, with long hair, wearing Ben Sherman fitted shirts and hip tight flares, started out on their chosen career paths as apprentices with the A.W.R.E (Atomic Weapon Research Establishment) at Aldermaston. Amongst these eager beavers were five likely lads – Paul Clarence, Dave Jackson, Keith Harmsworth, Chas Hills and Richard James, all ready to learn the intricacies of engineering. Its now more than 40 years since they completed their apprenticeships and the five are together...

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Mar 14, 2015 - The Sounds of Music!

Hi Everyone Our friend Mary’s twin sister arrived for a holiday and within a few hours of touching down Frank whisked the two of them and myself off to Auditori de la Mediterraneo in La Nucia (just west of Benidorm) for an evening of music. It was the 10th anniversary of the ‘Friday Choir’, made up of Dutch and British expats. They sang a wide variety from traditional Spanish folk songs (sung in Spanish), songs from Broadway musicals, ABBA’s ‘Lay all your love on me’, along with Elvis, Michael Jackson and Meatloaf hits and one of my all...

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Feb 28, 2015 - Street Luncheon Party

Hi Everyone Once again its carnival time in Benidorm and the town is full of people in a wonderful array of costumes. Nearly one thousand people paraded through the Old Town as they took part in the town’s fancy dress competition. The costumes were outstanding with flamingos, boxes of popcorn, a dinosaur and a shark being chased by a harpoon welding swimmer. The “Cremation of the Sardine” marks the end of the carnival and the beginning of the 40 days of Lent. An effigy of a huge sardine is laid in a coffin as a priest (!) waves his incense...

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Feb 15, 2015 - Eat, drink and eat some more!

Hi Everyone Spain has been in the grip of an intense cold spell. Snow, rain and squally winds have pummelled northern and eastern parts of the country. As strong winds continue to batter the peninsula they make the already chilly temperatures feel degrees colder. Fortunately here in Benidorm we are faring better than other areas. There has been snow high in the mountains only a few miles from town but none of the white stuff has fallen on us. We still see the sun most days although the gusty winds are continuing to blow with a decidedly icy...

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Jan 31, 2015 - Happy Australia Day

Hi Everyone Happy Australia Day to all the Aussies! This Australia Day was the 25th anniversary of ‘The Clarence Family’ emigrating to the land down under! We clearly remember arriving at Sydney airport just a minute or two past midnight on the 26th January 1990. After the 24 hour flight, along with the upheaval of leaving our home and family, it was great to see the welcoming face of Paul’s new boss as he greeted us at arrivals. He loaded all our luggage into his car, squeezed in Paul then whisked Paul and our suitcases away into the...

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Jan 15, 2015 - King's Day

Hi Everyone Hope you all welcomed in 2015 with a bang! Coming out of a restaurant early evening on the 30th December we passed a familiar looking couple. A few seconds went by then the penny dropped. It was Aussies Alison and Alan, who we first met in Italy in 2011. We lost contact after we had flown home in 2012. They have been continually on the road travelling Europe and thought we had returned to Australia for good. They had only come to Benidorm for a few days over New Year so it was a real chance meeting. Arrangements were made and...

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Dec 31, 2014 - Happy New Year 2015

Hi Everyone We hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and are looking forward to the start of the New Year. Our celebrations started with a Christmas Soiree held by Debbie & David and Yvonne & Ray. The four of them worked diligently for days putting a glorious spread together. All us guests sat there with our mouths hanging open as platter after platter of delectable food was put before us. Where do we start? What do we choose? There was only one answer…….We will have to try one of everything! I think most of us had one of everything a few...

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