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So the World Cup has come to an end, and for once the best team has won. But even more than this there has been a fairytale ending to the romance taking place on the sidelines.  For those of you who don’t know, the Spanish goalie Iker Casillas (Saint Iker as he is known here in some places) has been discreetly dating Tele 5 sports journalist Sara Carbonero, who incidentally was recently voted the world’s sexiest woman by FHM. But when Spain lost 1-0 to Switzerland she was... + read more
We finally finished our new playroom at the weekend and I am still in shock at what a difference it has made to the whole house and its inhabitants. Almost two years since we began closing off part of an upstairs terrace it was finished in just a weekend.  Once the men came and laid the floor the change was instant, then Juan set about putting up the storage units while the girls and I began sorting the toys. I collected toys from all over the house; from cupboards, from the sitting room... + read more
We’re now back in Spain after spending the ‘summer’ in the UK. This year we chose to drive through France over a couple of days rather than taking the longer ferry from Bilbao to Portsmouth. This was for two reasons; firstly our voyage back last summer had been so horrendous thanks to a storm in the Bay of Biscay which left the four of us vomiting and realising we weren’t cut out for long sea journeys, and secondly because I am now too heavily pregnant for any other... + read more
FOR nine days in May the northern Spanish city of Girona becomes a giant garden with a wealth of scent and colours as it celebrates the festival of ‘Temps de Flors’. The fiesta, now in its 49th year, sees traditional and innovative displays of flowers and plants in dozens of locations. Based mainly in the old town, the festival includes monuments, churches, as well as public and private gardens and patios. Whether you are a keen flower arranger or not the festival is well worth a... + read more
A couple of winters ago we enclosed part of an upstairs terrace to make a playroom. After an ongoing saga of leaking roofs , badly-installed air-conditioning units and an unlevelled floor, I may finally be able to exile all the toys upstairs and reclaim the living room.  But will it be the answer to my prayers? Or will it just be a dumping ground for my daughters’ junk?  When we decided to enclose the terrace it seemed so simple, the perfect solution to our toy invasion... + read more


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