Harry in Spain

November 2020


Not all Scots are mad but I am



Its that time of the year in the Costa Blanca and Costa Calida, Spain. The fruit pickers are out in force, first it was the pomogrants, now it’s the turn of the lemons and in a few weeeeks the oranges will be ready to be picked.

When you live on the Costa Blanca or Costa Calida ( Murcia ) you see all the fruits being picked. Lemons are picked twice a year and oranges, tangerines are usualy picked from early November through till February.

There is nothing as refreshing as making your own fresh orange juice from freshly picked oranges with no preservatives. Yes it’s tasty and frothy and the smell is fantastic and the house is filled with fresh orange smell..
Freshly picked lemons squeezed over salads and fish makes them even tastier, and if you can pick your own all the better. Our garden is abundent with all sorts of fruit. Oranges, lemons, tangerines, pink grapefruit, grapes, olives and figs.  We are surrounded by pomegrants but not growing in our garden. The area is 4,500 square meters and also has a selection of herb and flowers which are flowering all the year round.


Hola buenos dias.
I am ashamed to admit I can’t speak Spanish after being in Spain eight and a half years. I put it down to the fact I can’t speak English that well either.(preterite tense, what the heck is that). Margaret speaks Spanish very well and converses with it all the time. Me poco poco.  Tonight is my second lesson at Spanish and I do not have an excuse as the teacher does not speak English and I have to learn the way the kids do by listening and repeating. (I am just a big kid anyway) It is not easy listening to someone when you only understand about one word in ten he is saying. So my second lesson is tonight and I am going back for more.  We have ben told the class starts off with 30 pupils, but after one month only half will be there.

There are students from the UK, Germany, Morroco, Denmark and France, all learning Spanish by just listening.  You have to be fast at using a dictionary as well as writing down the words. But spelling is my bad point but not so with Spanish as they spell it like it sounds with a few exceptions  ( I thought so )
I will let you know how I get on in a new post in the future.

Now what a lot of problems there are for poor people with Blackberry phones.  Reading my grandson,s face book (Jamie) he wrote saying when he heard that Blackberry went down for a second time yesterday, he said oh no and was worried then he realised he had a Nokia phone, he then burst out laughing.( What no iPhone? ). Jamie is my oldest grandson and is a master vehicle mechanic. Why vehicle? he repairs large heavy goods trucks and knows everything about all kinds of cars and lorries there is to know. Hey he has being doing it since he was four in his grandfathers business ( not me his other grandfather). but what I want to know is how he pulls the girls as he always has lovely girl friends.

Well the Scottish football fans are away home now and even although they got beaten by a far better Spanish team they are still upbeat about how we will be back next time, brave heart indeed. The weather is still surprisingly very hot with the thermometer reaching 37 yesterday. The beaches are still full of people lapping up the sun and the med.
I am still watering the plants every night and the rose bushes are out in full bloom for a third time this year.

Hats Luego


Hola  This is a very special night for over 15,000 Scotland fans who are here tonight in Alicante.   Alicante Airport is used to seeing lots of Scots pass through on their way to Benidorm, but not to Alicante the city. Spain vs Scotland European football game is on tonight and the stadium seats 25,000 of which at least 15,000 of them will be from  Scotland. Plus the ex-pats will be there as well cheering on their home country.

The Spanish press do not understand this as Spanish football fans travel in there hundreds not thousands to away games. Alicante city will be thrilled at all these Scots spending their money and at the beaches in their kilts. The plus side for the Scots is the weather is grand with temperatures of 32 degrees and the sun is shining.

All I can say is come on Scotland do your best and show our team are as good as the fans.