Un-Economy #2

FRANCISCO could see that I was not best pleased about my gasless air-con unit. 'The pipe has a hole in it.' He assured me cheerfully. Well, if you...

Un-Economy

THIS will be my first summer with a fully functioning (hopefully) air-con - it's a long story, but the bottom line is that when Procoal put in...

Simplicity sought

THE microwaves sat in a long row, silent and inscrutable, and all looking pretty much the same apart from the price tags. Due to the demise of The...

Disaster – the sequel

THE Empress, who had dominated our kitchen for so many years, and upon whom I relied so heavily in times of hunger, was in the tender care...

The dog’s day

EVERY dog, they say, has his day. And Lucy, The Dog That Is Not Ours, had her day recently. She was trotting ahead of me on the...

Disaster

MY culinary skills, or the lack of them, is legend. I rely heavily on the microwave, a huge silver beast known as The Empress, and this reliance...

Rules #2

Despite there being a ‘no animals in the bedroom’ rule I sleep with the bedroom door open, so that should Lucy need a ‘comfort break’ during the...

Rules

I AM the arbiter of the House Rules, which are few and simple: No dogs on the furniture. No cats on the work surfaces. No animals in...

What happened next #2

I LEFT the Farmacia of the sainted Felix and drove home, concentrating on how to remedy the slur on the House of Biggs. As I went in the...

What happened next

THOSE who know me also know that I am more than dissatisfied by my experiences with the execution of the Funeral Plan and with the off-hand attitude...

Ocular conundrum

PETER had once again thwarted the telly’s ambition of non-compliance with my wishes, even if I asked it ever so nicely. He had returned from whence he...

To streak or not to streak #2

Embarrassing does not adequately describe my predicament. I was separated by the open hallway from modesty and my bathrobe and someone was at the door. My choices were:...

To streak or not to streak

IT was somewhat later than my usual showering hour, because I had done the fireplace first. Thus I was in my fireplace cleaning clothes, which are not...

Not always right

WE learn through life that some opinions are right and true, and some are disproved by the relentless march of time. As a child I had to...

The dark side of the moon #3

I WAS still not confident that the English speaker, despite speaking very good English, had fully grasped the situation of our fire. If her local knowledge, or even...

The dark side of the moon #2

THE English speaker had grasped the bones of the situation - we had a fire in the campo, and we wanted the Bomberos. ‘Where is the fire?’ ‘In...

The dark side of the moon

OUR doorbell had decided to work, so I noticed that someone wished to speak to us. As the doorbell had made a special effort, and because I am...

Hieronymus

I am no particular fan of housework - it is not a pleasure, but it must be done. It is a chore, and gets in the way...
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