It was an early start, for me at least, this morning; we went with Dawn, to Carrefour, in Santa Pola; first, we stopped at a local merchant, so Dawn could get some locally produced red wine; at 1,40€ a litre, you can't go wrong. We were getting supplies for the 'No Wives Club' party tomorrow. Once again, it is all change here in Spain. Andy has already left, Gran Alacant, returning to the UK today. Pete, Dawns husband, flies in from Africa today and Darrell leaves on Tuesday.
Thank you to Paul and Michele, for a delicious meal this evening, at their lovely villa in Gran Alacant. it was fantastic reminiscing about the old days, living in Britain; the way things used to be. Stories about school dinners, cooking with lard, growing ones own vegetables, carpets and central heating. All the things, that seem a long time in the past now, as all of us make a new life in Spain!
Had a wonderful evening at Zest last night. Most of the 'No Wives Club' were there, enjoying a glass of red wine or two. It was good to see Katie, who I haven't seen for a few weeks, since she started working at Jet2; all going well, by all accounts; After a long day out, we were home relatively early. Darrell made me an avocado, emmental, red pepper, tomato and herb, toasted baguette. He wouldn't tell me, what the herbs were, but it tasted gorgeous. Considering Darrell never cooks, I was pleasantly surprised. He will most certainly, be cooking more in future!
A big congratulations to our friends and members of the 'No Wives Club', Paul and Michele Stokes on the opening of there new shop at the Santara Life Resort, in Gran Alacant.
It was an early start on Saturday. We popped to Santa Pola market with Dawn, to have a mooch around. I have been to Gran Alacant market, but never the one in Santa Pola. It was mighty impressive, I have to say. The strangest thing for me, was the stall selling real fur, coats and stoles. You just would not get that kind of thing, in the UK, Britain would never allow it. The stall was packed; Dawn bought a leather waistcoat.
We had a couple of drinks and a catch up with Dawn and Andy last night. I actually don't think I've chatted so much for ages. We must have totally chewed Steve's ear off, behind the bar. I don't think he minded too much and was happy to join in our conversations, commenting 'We do chat about some strange things, don't we?' Our chatter did range from 'what was your favourite time, in your life?' 'motorbikes,' 'religion' and 'death.' The thing I like about Zest, is the staff, their welcoming nature and the relaxed atmosphere, always a pleasure having a drink or two.....Thanks Steve for putting up with us!
Dawn popped over yesterday, while I was cooking up my weekly meals, to invite us out for lunch. We went to our favourite restaurant in Gran Alacant, the Dutch owned El Hatsikidee, next to the GA Centre. After lunch, we rushed home to rescue the food I had left in the oven; returning to Dawns villa afterwards for a few drinks.
Andy finally flew in to Alicante for the summer on Sunday, the last of the 'No Wives Club' to come back to Spain. Only Pete is now out of the country, working abroad. It was a day of drinking at Zest, after picking Andy up from the airport, with Paul and Michele joining us in the afternoon and Dawn in the evening. The weather was glorious in the main; it was lovely, sat in the sun chatting; nearly all of us back together in the same place.
The whole process should take a few months to complete, then finally we will both be legal in Spain. We do seem to spend our whole life, filling in forms, because of the relationship we have; that is something, that will continue for a lifetime. This is just how it is, if you have a foreign partner, who is non EU; on top of that , Brexit will have its own problems, for our ability to stay in Spain. Other factors that are aggravating the issues we are facing, include, Australia not recognising gay Marriage and Darrell's 'Indefinite Leave to Remain' visa, expiring once he has been out of the country, for two years. Added together, we have quite a few hurdles to overcome, still.
When ones partner is away, working or as in my case, caring for his Mother, family and friends are invaluable. Katie is lucky enough to have two great parents, who spend time with her, in Gran Alacant, as often as they can. Like most people, they had reservations, about their daughter, moving to a foreign country. It is natural to feel loss, in these circumstances.
Pete and Carol are two people, I have had the pleasure of meeting on several occasions and whose company I appreciate; welcoming and generous, I enjoyed my evening with them, last night.
I have been surprised at the community spirit that exists in GA. It is an unusual concept for me; rather like steeping back in time, to an altogether better era. The Expat's that have made this place, their home, are a wonderful advert for 'Brits Abroad;' now that's something to relish.
When faced with periods of loneliness and isolation, as can often be the case here, others do take on the role of family, when ones parents are hundreds of miles away. Pete and Carol are very similar in nature to those I have met, whilst living in Spain. Very different people, to those I have known in the past, but a much welcomed change. The fact they are now comfortable with their daughter, husband and granddaughter living abroad, is testimony to the relationship they have with their family. These are the times, when support is necessary; Katie has all the love, reassurance and encouragement she needs. That's what parents are for!
Had a lovely time with Dawn yesterday, sat at her new villa, drinking red wine, on a warm spring day. Life always seems better when the sun is out. It was great to catch up with Dawn, it has been a couple of weeks since I last saw her. In the evening we spent time with Katie and her lovely Mother and Father, which is always a pleasure. Politically myself and Pete, her Dad get on, like a house of fire. I don't get to talk politics much out here, so relish the opportunity, when it arises!