Saturday 23rd December
How time flies, last time I blogged we were the newbies, now I’m in charge!! Peter and Tina have returned home for Xmas and left Lucy and me in total command of 130 odd campers (and most of them are pretty odd!!)
We have now been here for seven weeks and have just one week left. Are we going off doing our touring bit you may ask – no, we are heading straight for Marjal to be assistant stewards there for three more months. We also have a Summer Sun rally lined up for May and June next year in the Loire Valley.
In the first couple of weeks we were here there were week long fiestas taking place in our neighbouring town, the highlight being the fireworks display.
For a relatively small town the display was really impressive, easily surpassing any display I have been to before.
Occasionally we get time off and headed for the lights of Benidorm. In some respects it is just as bad as I had feared but the beach is great, much of the town is great and there are drinks and meal deals round every corner.
You can even watch fireworks in the middle of the day. We missed the evening fireworks and the fancy dress parades, something to see another year.
We have tried to take part in every activity. Here is my very first hand in whist, hearts are trumps. Did I win this round? All I can say is that my partner was rubbish. I’ve been plagued with poor partners ever since we arrived.
We’ve run parties in the street, this is coffee, cake and brandy.
We’ve been on the weekly walks, here are some avocados.
… and Altea cemetery.
One of the back roads in Altea
And the view from Altea church. The lighthouse is at the far left of the promontory and you can see the high rise hotels of Benidorm to the right.
Occasionally (always) we stop in a bar half way round our walks / bike rides / shopping trips / days off, etc. We don’t really need an excuse for a bar visit.
Oranges are growing everywhere around here. I still find them fascinating (I had a sheltered upbringing – we only saw oranges at Xmas).
Another day in the street, can’t remember what this one was!
The site is being constantly maintained and improved, savings made on health and safety equipment are ploughed back into something or other.
We had a little friend come to stay for a little while.
The back streets of Old Altea…
… and a church on one of our walks. Carnations are hanging from strings – who knows why?
Flowers for Mother – do you want me to take some cuttings or can you get some seeds from Rainham Horticultural Society?
One of the many staggering sunsets – they aren’t always so colourful but often very pretty.
Tapas Alley in Benidorm, 70 plus ralliers dressed up in Xmas gear walked into Benidorm and availed themselves of the wide selection of tapas bars – who wouldn’t, €5 for a litre of beer or a bottle of wine and 5 tapas.
We have had a great time here, it’s like an East Essex DA rally but for two months and in the sun. I’ve been the quiz master at one of the quiz nights, Lucy and I have shepherded a large group into the chocolate factory in Villajoyosa (and didn’t lose any of them), I’ve led bike rides and walks, today was a walk to the local flea market where you can buy second hand socks or odd shoes. We’ve helped run a tapas afternoon, tomorrow I’m cooking 160 sausages in a roll, a couple of weeks ago I cooked chilli for 40 plus ralliers. We’ve run skattles matches and been to the boules games, don’t forget the coffee mornings, administration, board game nights and problem solving (water leaks, toilets not flushing, medical issues, insurance issues, dog issues, cat issues). Lucy has a new found talent for taking peoples names for the various lunches and nights out in bars and restaurants.
One week left here and then on to another adventure.
Lucy and I would like to wish everyone a very Merry Xmas and a Happy New Year wherever you are. We get Xmas day off so might go for a paddle in the sea and do a bit of sunbathing – or we might just hit the booze, choices, choices.