Day 1879 – Cabopino – 24 April 15
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Apologies for the lack of blog to you and all of our readers.
It's been 92 days since I reported on our life in Cabopino and although life has been hectic, there is no excuse for not blogging. Another problem has been the inability to attach photos to the story, which has disinclined me to chat.
However, three months is too long to go silent, so I’ll report on the major happenings since we returned from Benidorm after the New Year.
17th Jan: The first major event was the Twenties Casino, kindly hosted by Bryan again. It was a great night and about 50 fellow campers dressed up in Gangster Gear and entered into the spirit of the night.
Olivia won the best costume, John S and Val won best dancers, whilst Phil the Foot broke the bank and won best gambler. Kelly and her birthday girls didn’t quite make it – sun and vino to blame!!!!
Thanks everybody for coming. Next year it the Swinging Sixties – don’t forget to bring a photo of yourself from those days.
21st Jan: A group of us went down to Albert’s in the Port to experience a Wine Tasting evening. Great value at €22 which included at least a bottle of wine each and four huge starter size tapas. A good night had by all and we learned a fair bit about wine.
23rd Jan: round to Edna and Steve’s for a superb steak pie; great evening.
25th Jan: Burn’s night at John and Eve’s. All the normal grub including Haggis and Whisky. Speeches great – especially from Pat.
28th Jan – Round to Pat for her birthday and more cake!
5th Feb: Mo’s birthday bash sitting in glorious sunshine on her pitch with 40 others. Jackie B and Peter came to supper.
Our friend and Peter’s brother sadly passed away on the 8th. He was a lovely chap and will be missed.
9th Feb: Gunter’s birthday party on his pitch. Great German fare.
Shirl has been having trouble with her hip, so after a consultation with a local doctor, she went for n X-Ray in Marbella - €70 but instant results – which is more than you can say for the NH bloody S! The hip is dodgy but not too bad. She will have to take it easier from now on. Less gin might help!!
17-24th Feb: Shirl in England to visit you and attend the Twins Christening. A week of peace for me!
25th Feb: A repeat of the Wine Club – 20 people this time.
26th Feb: Round to Alison and Mike’s for supper.
27th Feb: At Val and Dave’s fpr his birthday BBQ. Another great afternoon in the sun.
5th Mar: Lawn Bowls competition organised by John S at Miraflores which John and Eve won on countback from me and Shirl. Followed by a great party at their place with a bit of group Karaoke and an impromptu striptease by Bryan….oo-er!
7th Mar: You ran your 10K in London. Well done!
8th Mar: Sunday lunch with Eve, John, Alex and Britta. It was a thank you to our Danish friends for offering their pitch to us. We had coveted it for some time but never thought we'd get it for the caravan next year. Great news!
12th Mar: Round to Elaine and Jim’s for supper.
14th Mar: We moved pitches – only two up from the old one but we gained 15sq metres of space and we get the sun ALL DAY! It's brilliant. Shirl has organised a small cottage garden. It's very pleasant.
15th Mar: Off to La Sala Restaurant in Puerto Banus for lunch with John and Eve – a treat from Chloe for Mother’s Day.
18th Mar: An excellent lunch for 14 at Eve and John’s to celebrate Robert and Alice’s 60th Wedding Anniversary – and Robert still drives to and from Cabo to Scotland every year. Marvellous! Hope we can still be that active in our 80’s?
20th Mar: The tree fell on Kelly’s pitch. It was raining hard and a mud slide tipped it over onto the awning. It was clear negligence on the part of the Campsite as they had been warned about it several times. I had been inside the awning only 2 minutes before it crashed through. Oooh…so close to compo!!!!
Anyway, Kelly flew out and with the help of many willing campers, she turned the 'van through ninety degrees and fitted a new awning within a week. It's an ill wind! It all looks great now.
22nd Mar: We had a Fondue Party at Eve and Johns. Great fun followed by raucous game of Cranium! Some competitive people here!
25th Mar. My birthday. Thanks for pressie. Shirl and I went to La Cala and had an excellent 5 course lunch and wine over 3 hours at the Arroyo Chiringuito on the beach. Nice day.
26th Mar: The weather delayed Race Day at Bryan’s. 50 folks dressed in racing gear or green and we had six exciting races. The old race course got flooded with vino, so there’ll be a new one next year.
28th Mar: Paella Saturday at Steve and Edna’s in the best weather for two weeks. We did have a patch of 5 days horrid rain, but it's gone now. We snuck in a WOK to cheer ourselves up!
2 Apr: Over to Wilma and Pete’s new Casita for a BBQ. It's very luxurious but at £40k plus too rich for my blood. A money pit!
3 Apr: Into Fuengi by bus with J & P to check out Tipi Tapas for lunch.
4th Apr: Sundowners at Phil and Doy’s where they put on a great spread in the evening sun. Wilma managed to force me into revealing the new tattoo!
5th Apr: Steve and Edna came to lunch to discuss the trip to Croatia in the late summer, when we hope to meet up. Kelly and the kids arrived.
6th Apr: We bussed into La Cala to have lunch with Andrea and Ron. Andrea is an old junior school chum of Carole’s. Small world eh! They have a bungalow in La Cala.
10th Apr: After Bowling, we held a street happy hour for our new friends from Gibraltar, Sharon and JP, Bryan and his family who are visiting, Eve and John, Kelly and Paul and Jackie. I think it got rather raucous and the Table Tennis cabaret provided by Paul and John was the highlight.
13th Apr: Off to Fuengi with P and J and Bob and Pat to watch ‘Allo, Allo’ by the local Amateur Dramatics Society. A late supper finished off a pleasant evening. (I won't be going to watch anymore amateur dramatics!).
Well, that's almost that. We have played literally no Petanca, except for at the Camp BBQ – which P and J won again. We Lawn Bowl every week and play a bit of golf. Quizzes every Tuesday – which we win quite often.
So you can see, in between our busy social lives and admin, we don’t get much time to blog.
The campsite is now quite quiet as many of our friends have headed off home. The Spanish were on camp for Easter in great numbers. However, it's a bit of a ghost-town now. We go on 11th May via France and should be at Lee Valley by 25 June.
Hope to see you out here on 30th April – notwithstanding the effing French ATC Strike! Typical of the French. If it's not ATC, it's the ferries or their lorry drivers blockading the ports. And they want £900million of our money! Pah!
Well, that's all for now,
M and D
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