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I should have left well enough alone!!

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Now you may be wondering what one of my books is doing on here, look at the title.  It has been one of those weeks up here, so I shall start at the beginning with Monday.  This morning we had a phone call from the company supplying our new wifi system to say they were on their way – well a young man was – to finish installing the satellite and phone.  No problem there you may think but although my laptop and my wife’s tablet connected with no problem her laptop just would not connect to the wifi.  So I decided to help… I think a new laptop might be in order come birthday all I know is I had one rather upset bunny  who said a few rude words and took me down to Club Nautique.  So that is how this East-End Boy was most definitely not a Pet Shop Boy.  Like I said ‘Sods Law’ is alive and kicking up here.

Club Nautique

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We were pleased to see Pep and his family when we went to the club. We were a little worried that the work that is being carried out on river road might have an adverse affect on people going there but it seems not to be the case.  Maybe not as many people there as there used to be but we are a resourceful lot here.  We have been invited to go to one of the boat race meetings one weekend and I would like that but not for the next weekends as I am playing Petanca in Riber-rojo Sunday and the following weekend in  Fayon.

Petanca at Asco

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The weekend was a success for my team, we came top in our group and won a large goats cheese, now that’s worth winning.  I was also informed that we are playing at Riber-rojo next weekend I wonder how we will do and what we might win……

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We arrived back in town happy relaxed and in need of a drink, its thirsty work playing in this heat.  So we headed for a new restaurant/bar at the top of town called Reina.  Now we have eaten here before and the food is really good it must be, it’s always full of locals and police lunch and evening time.  Having got our drinks and ordered a meal we were talking to the Chef and  mentioned that I had won a cheese at Asco and it turned out that he is a relation of our Petanca friend Reina (Rayner is the tall one in the first picture above) it’s a small world.

 

(c) Michael Douglas Bosc

 

 

 

 

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Well as I was saying Petanca season has begun and this Sunday we were at Asco. Asco? well Asco is the home of one of the two nuclear power stations in Catalonia, and sits on the river Ebro. Like most places on the Ebro, Asco has its castle where the Knights Templer used to watch over their valley and river for invaders and collected taxes from the bargees.

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So off we set this morning under an uncertain sky, into town to pick up a club member, crossed the bridge – looks familiar? (ah well this bridge was here long long before a certain food company was formed the original was distroyed during the Spanish Civil War) turned inland and headed for the pass.  The road through this pass wends and winds it’s way along side the Ebre, which glides by towards the sea on its way from Asco.  This is a pleasant journey although short through the mountains, the green of shrub and trees covering one side contrasting with the bare rock on the other. This is a National Park area so there might be the chance to glimpse an Eagle or mountain Goat. What you do see is the river running quietly past gravel islands exposed reflecting the blue of the sky – well this morning it was a sort of greyish blue – then as it curves inland there are olive, fruit and  almond groves which stay with you until you cross the river again at the entrance to Asco.

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Now I have often mentioned the Petanca Breakfast. No? well this is it:  you have a bocadillo -a baguette with tomato rubbed into it then filled with Hammon (air-dried ham) plus olives accompanied by water and local red wine. Believe me it is something we all relish, a little something to wake you up and get you playing. This is the Tivissa group enjoying theirs, then comes the competition it’s self.

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Petanca is taken quite seriously here, and the local television station turns up to film the event. When it comes to prize giving they are there showing everyone receiving their prizes then interviewing the winners and secondplace teams.  As you can see from this picture there are Mora trees (the fruit is a cross between a blackberry and raspberry very tasty)  and the shade was certainly needed yesterday as it was in the 30 dgs range.

Well we started around 9am and the final was around 2pm with a Tivissa team coming second overall winning hams.  Third places won a large round goats cheese plus a large dried sausage then the rest of us won three bottles of Corbera d’Ebre young wines very nice too. This is a wine called Mas Del Tio which I am rather partial to, a very sippable wine so I was more than happy, and if you would like to know more this is the link http://bit.ly/qvGwGd.  So here are our clubs with our prizes, first Mora d’Ebre only two teams won:

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Then Tivissa, the individual and group photos:

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Yes this is an enjoyable game and also lots of fun. As the competitions are played on Sundays when everyone has a day off, they are definitely Fun In The Sun Sundays!

©    Michael Douglas Bosc

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Well this has certainly been a weekend of mixed events, we had intended to go to the Mora Morisca on Saturday but as is normal things went a little differently.

It started with the inverter going kaput and with the World Cup Final on Sunday we really had to go into Reus to get a replacement. Priorities rule and football being a must my wife did not pick up her camera football!! So about 5pm we set off going round the town as the streets were blocked off for the fiesta.  After purchasing the replacement, we drove back to town and parked the car walking to the old part which was decorated with banners flags and various coulorful awnings. There were stalls selling various cheeses, dried sausages, herbs and sweets with displays of craft work smithies, glass blowing metal and woodworkers. At the top of the town were the birds of prey falcons, owls, an eagle and one or two I do not know. 

Walking down to the main square we found people dressed in medieval clothes both Spanish and Moorish with plenty of bars open. We had been invited to join some friends in their house overlooking the square and spent a very pleasant hour in good company. Whilst there the owner of the bar outside the house asked if he could run a large screen off their electrics to show the football, this all arranged we decided to leave as we needed to eat.  We did not go down town to watch the match it was too hot for us but we saw it on tv and heard the celebrations the flashes of the fireworks could be seen from over the hills.

Then this morning about 7am I heard a noise outside the bedroom and found to my delight a small eagle. It had flown into the  small gazebo outside the sitting room window but was thankfully unhurt, life can be full of wonderful sights at times.

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