Tuesday, 8 March 2011


We've been quiet for a couple of days because we've been on a fantastic long weekend trip to Baiona in Spain.  We went to celebrate our 10th wedding anniversary, and treated ourselves to a stay in a fabulous medieval castle, one of the Parador hotels of Spain.

Fortunately our visit coincided with the local medieval festival of Arribada, meaning arrival.  The arrival being celebrated was that of the first galleon to arrive back in Spain after discovering America. The Caravel Pinta landed in Baiona in 1497, giving generations of locals a brilliant excuse to dress up in medieval costume every anniversary, to eat and drink in high style, and even have jousting competitions on the beach.

The sun shone, we ate too much and we had a great time.  There was a lot of alpaca natter, and time for planning of the jobs list.  We arribadad home last night to -4 degrees and I took a hot water bottle to bed.


  1. You'll have some exciting new Arribadas to contend with shortly too! Don't park up the wheelbarrow or shovel just yet, Andrew, you'll probably need them. Hope you had a good holiday. Take care. Shirley & Robbie

  2. Congratulations! Glad you had a lovely holiday. Look forward to seeing you both at The Futurity...you might even pick up some poo collecting ideas!