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open house [Mar. 23rd, 2009|04:40 pm]
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I would like to be back in UK for the event(open house coffee and cakes 18th april) even if it is to have yet more surgery. It is such a shame that the hospices have to be self funding it is about time these lovely caring places were funded. The government can provide child allowance for polish children living in Poland and yet cannot support our own fragile children in hospice care.
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roof [Jan. 27th, 2009|01:00 pm]
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We now have some of our new roof tiles on. The very heavy strong winds stopped all work on the roof it was far too dangerous. A lot of damage was done windows blown out and a very severe fire raged for almost two days. The whole mountain at the back of Benidorm was ablaze the firefighters could not get access by air it was too dangerous. The cause has now been established a pylon was ripped up and fell onto the substation causing the fire. About 24 houses were destroyed it was horrific. Brian and I stood on our friends balcony and watched for a while but it was too dangerous to stay there so we came down and stayed at floor level. All is well now but it has gone quite cold.
Rachael will be 18 years old on Thursday I believe a buffet is being arranged as she did not want a party. I hope everyone has a good time and I will see her next weekend the 6th feb. I will catch up on all the gossip then.
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Noise [Jan. 22nd, 2009|05:14 pm]
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The roof repairs have started and it has been said that the new roof will take about a month. After watching the men work I think it may take two months. So we decided to move to a hotel for 3nights because of the workmen starting at 8am each morning, (we are out most nights until 3am) and get out of bed about 9.30am. So we booked into the hotel further down the road and what happened!!!!!! the airconditioning is being replaced so we were awoken at 7am with the loudest noise you can imagine a hammer drill in the next room to us. No rest for the wicked it was a good job we were in bed earlier than usual 2 30am after a lovely birthday party of my friend Wayne who owns the hotel wait until I see him later I hope he has got a hang over. His mother is waiting to see him aswell as she stayed in the hotel rather than travel to Waynes villa which is a few miles away. Never mind I have come back to the house and will have a siesta later before returning to our temp accom.
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another tommorrow [Jan. 21st, 2009|08:27 am]
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Woken up yet again with 2 workmen clambering on roof. They start or should I say come to work early, the wAY THEY are working it could be two months before the roof is finished. They are removing each tile cleaning it then stacking them but are not going to use them on our roof They must be collectors items. We are having our lovely Spanish orange and yellow tiles replaced by some awful red brick type if we were in UK the building would be listed what a shame to allow a lovely roof right in the middle of the old town to be ruined.
It is a lovely sunny morning I hope that terrible cold wind does not appear today it has been lovely and sunny but a very cold wind so sitting on the balcony playing scrabble with Mum has been a no no for a few days now, but it is still warmer than UK.
I watched most of the new presidents inauguration yesterday it was good to watch history being made. As Luther King once said I have a dream and yes it has come to fruition I just hope that the speach he gave was as sincere as it sounded. Maybe one man can make many changes just let us hope it is for the better. As they have been saying over here. VIVA BARAK OBAMA!!!!!
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a rude awaking [Jan. 19th, 2009|07:53 am]
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long last the workmen have arrived to replace the roof tiles. I was awoken to a loud noise scaffolding being offloaded. If it gets too noisey we will move into the Hotel down the road its only £10 per night b and b. We had some thunder earlier no rain but the sky is clearing nicely and looks like it is going to be another sunny day. I am off to get a shower now before all the workmen encroach any further.
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sunny Spain [Jan. 15th, 2009|09:49 am]
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Well today we have woken to a clear blue sky the only thing missing is birds singing! we do not have many birds here on this coast not many seaguls either I wonder why. After a quick shower I will have a stroll along the prom and maybe a coffee at one of the cafes although they charge tourists rates nearly as dear as UK prices. Brian will be traveling back to uk for his great grandsons christening he will be leaving on the 30th Jan and return on the 4th Feb. I leave for UK on the 6th Feb until the 16th feb.
We had some sad news last night a dear friend of ours a lovely man has died of breast cancer, he was a keen cricketer and made bats for all the top English team members he will be sadly missed. I wonder who will take care of the kitty purse when the rest of the party come over here a hard act to follow. I suppose at my age I will be losing more friends than I make. Well that is enough of my ramblings I am off for the promised walk and the lovely sunshine. Cheers
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(no subject) [Jan. 9th, 2009|02:28 pm]
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I have been back in Spain since Sunday and have spent most of my time in bed,I started feeling quite poorly at 4am tuesday morning although I feel a little better now I am still not back to my usual self.I thought I was better yesterday but have spent most of today in bed again. Well that is enough of my rambling there is always someone worse than ones self.
Not much change here in Benidorm the £ is struggling still but a bit stronger than last week at he moment we are gettin e108 to the £ a big change since last May 148 euro to the £. When will we see some recovery. The one conselation is it is warmer here. So we can take a stroll along the beach it is a lovely promenade which streches for a couple of miles, Plenty to see and many cafes and bars for light refreshments while we can still afford a coffee outside of the apartment. Lets hope a quick recovery of the financial markets is on the cards,
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(no subject) [Jan. 5th, 2009|11:55 pm]
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Well here I am back in Benidorm after quite a hair raising experience at Liverpool Airport.
I traveled back here with my mother and her partner (mum has to have wheelchair assistance to board the plane as she cannot managed the aircraft steps) We had a delay boarding as black ice descended without warning. We were taken out to the ambi lift sliding and slipping with terrible ice under foot (mum in wheelchair) we were loaded on to lift and raised about half way, what happened next was unbelievable! the hydrolics on the lift froze and we were trapped in a freezing cold lift on the tarmac. After about half an hour the back of the ambilift was thawed enough for us to be lowered, a treacherous short walk to the steps of the craft was then undertaken by Fran and myself Mum being pushed by two ground staff. We managed to get mum up the steps of the aircraft by her taking her time and lots of help from the fabulous ground staff. At last on board the Easyjet staff were wonderful they made us hot drinks and gave us warm water bottles to hold to get our hands warm. There was one lady and gentleman on the plane already and I asked how they got on and was told they where still on after arriving from Malaga as the lady was immobile they had been waiting an hour to disembark, eventualy two ambulence men came and carried her off the plane in a chair.

I have got to say the Ground staff and Easyjet staff were excellent because everyone was caught out with the speed that the black ice formed. So here we are in warmer climate laughing off our cold experience and if that is the worst that can happen we will not be doing too bad.
As for our stay in England well we did enjoy all the festivities being with the family and the Hotel wasnt too bad either. Never got room service once we will have to work on that next time. All that remains now is to wish each of you a peaceful New Year.
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christmas and New Year [Dec. 31st, 2008|02:27 pm]
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What a lovely time we have had.Our stay at Angela and Andrews has been lovely and we have been made very welcome which is quite a blessing when one is homeless.
We have been very busy catching up with mail ect. I now have to put my car up for sale (poor aggy) I have had her from new but as one says all good things come to an end,
The year has passed very quickly to think this time last year I was in Broadgreen Hospital after having a replacement valve I was not joining in the usual festivities to welcome in the new year in fact I was more than likely asleep as I do not remember much about it. So this New Year will be extra special. Lets hope that peace will start to prevail in all the war torn ravaged parts of the world and all the armed forces can return to their families.

Brian and I wish everyone a peaceful happy healthy New Year cheers x
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Christmas has started [Dec. 19th, 2008|12:03 pm]
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All packed ready for the off cases by the front door (fullof oranges mandarins and tangerines all freshly picked) Even if we are overwieght in the cases it will still be cheaper than buying fresh fruit in UK. The list of festive fayre was a mile long so we had a good shop yesterday and we did not forget the roca cebolla for Karen or the cashews for Angela and I. Must post now as taxi is due, merry chrtistmas every one.
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