My Birthday Dinner

Trip Start Mar 02, 2013
Trip End Apr 06, 2013

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Flag of Spain  , Andalusia,
Saturday, March 23, 2013

Tomorrow, Mike and Debbie head to Paris, we have had a great time!


Every day we laughed, Mike my apologies but also my thanks for being the best sport ever! Debbie and Mike made us the best anniversary/birthday dinner. The day started out fine but when it came time to barbecue the rain of course began, the temperature dropped and the wind blew up BUT we carried on and it was wonderful. Salad, steak, mushrooms, onions, olives, it was perfect and a great cake made out of individual pastries! Thank you very much!

Tomorrow Mike and Debbie leave so we reflected on our week together and highlighted here, are a few favourites! Of course we talked about Gibraltar, the Alhambra and Jerez but what about those moments at home when we are all a little tired and relaxing?

Mike every morning would go out and harvest the grapefruit, and avocados, his two favourites. We would talk about the changes in the other trees, every day there are new buds, or flowers somewhere and we would be amazed at how fast a fig could grow overnight! Coffee and tea would be made and everyone helped themselves to breakfast when they felt like it, usually fresh fruit and yogurt!

We would move with the sun during the day and if it rained we were inside playing cards, writing, reading, knitting (Debbie is making a baby sweater for a friend). I brought knitting but somehow I have misplaced my instructions, hopefully it is with my misplaced iPod! The boys would always have an afternoon sleep and Deb and I would listen to them in perfect harmony with every snore! Sure wished I had my iPod for my music, instead of the snoring symphony!

At lunch we would move to the tables by the pool and there would always be fresh bread, tomato and avocado salad, olives and something leftover which had been turned into a soup or filled a sandwich! We would have sangria or rosé. The olives here are very fresh, all made in their own way with herbs and spices and olive oil, depending on the town where you pick them up and individual marinades of the region. We will marinade our own olives at home, easy to do because fresh olives are available, in jars, ready to be rinsed and dressed!

We walked some days and we drove somedays to the town depending on our need to pick up anything for supper. There are lots of wild flowers to be picked for a bouquet so I get my floral fix and fill the house.

New drinks were concocted, one morning Mike almost put white wine in his coffee mistaking it for milk! Tony introduced Mike to Compari and orange juice, Mike tried it and we noticed he switched to something else after. We squeezed grapefruits from the trees and added the vodka, so refreshing. If we had been able to make avocado juice, I think Mike would have loved them with Vodka, I should have made him a smoothie. We made Sangria, so much fun! Don Simon is my new best friend, he makes a wonderful crisp white in a tetra pack for 1.80 euros!

Our favourite Tapas was the eggplant much to our surprise, but not Tonys. He continues to remind us that he is Mediterranean! There has not been a bad meal yet. For our special dinner, my cake consisted of four different pastries all light and melt in your mouth, chocolate, walnut, cream and custard not a speck left on the plates! When you go to the pastry shop early in the day the counters are full. The Spanish are known for their pastries and they are all a work of art. If you are late in the day, everything is probably gone and you will find the door closed!

We played cards most nights and anyone who had me as a partner lost, so my game is still rummy and Tony's is euchre!

We all talked about the roads and the driving, as I told you anyone not used to it goes into panic mode, the braking, the prone position, the gripping of the door handle or loop above the window, and then there is the position where the passenger slowly creeps over to the opposite side of the car when they first see the sheer cliff, without guardrails on their side! Mike wanted to sit on Tony's lap several times!

Then there was bottle bowling with grapefruit.....oh dear! We will drop Debbie and Mike off at the airport tomorrow and then we had better head straight for the local Betty Ford Clinic for a few days!
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Debbie on

Just now catching up on your blogs as Internet not good in Paris - laughing at the memories. We thought of Tony and how much he would have enjoyed the challenge of Paris traffic while Mike shuddered at the idea of driving there. Happy and sad to be home (in the snow). Miss you.

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