A look at 2018

Costa Levante News - - MOTOR - Na­ture Trail by Mal­colm Palmer

Our year has been mixed. In early Jan­uary, I per­formed a grace­ful pirou­ette on the eight steps out­side our apart­ment I have safely de­scended thou­sands of times, and ended up in hos­pi­tal. I now have a ti­ta­nium plate in my an­kle to add to the var­i­ous hard­ware lo­cated in my body. (Fun in air­ports). I was im­mo­bile for the whole spring mi­gra­tion sea­son, which was frus­trat­ing.

Juani’s health has been del­i­cate all year, and she is not re­ally up to a lot of trav­el­ling. We did, how­ever, get to Eng­land in Sep­tem­ber to en­joy the splen­did wed­ding of niece Emily and Tom, at Cam­bridge. It was my first visit to my na­tive land for three years, and I was shocked to find an over­crowded, di­vided, sad na­tion, wor­ry­ing it­self silly over the id­i­otic and un­nec­es­sary busi­ness of Brexit.

Back home, I’m glad to say that fam­ily mat­ters are look­ing up, with el­dest son Emilio back from a wor­ry­ing six months in Afghanistan.

Grand­daugh­ters Con­chita and Noelia have both grad­u­ated, and Marta is the next to go to uni­ver­sity. Lit­tle Aizkoa is a bun­dle of fun, and Iñaki and Unai are con­stants in our life. Jo­hanna now has work, which has im­proved – if com­pli­cated ­ her lot. Laly copes won­der­fully with her MS.

I still find time to get out bird­ing once or twice a week, and write my col­umn in the lo­cal rag. I also get to the bar when­ever Real Madrid are on the telly, and fol­low their mixed for­tunes (cur­rently poor) as avidly as those of Donny Rovers (not do­ing too badly) and York­shire cricket (could be worse): Sad, or what?

The pho­to­graph is of (al­most – Juan’s wife Car­men was in the loo!) all the fam­ily at Juani’s 76th. Should you have any­thing to re­port, or any queries, you can con­tact me at mal­[email protected]­hoo.es

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