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Ever since we came here my wife and I have visited Bar Turu which is owned and run by Ramon and his family.  Over the years we have dined there, gone for drinks after school or petanca and consider them our friends.   Each year at Christmas Ramon holds a raffle for charity, and each year the prize is highly sought after so you can imagine my wifes excitement when I won it this year.

My wife and daughter had gone into town for some shopping and called into the bar/restaurant for a coffee and were told by Ramon that I had won the raffle.  My daughter said it was so funny, my wife kept saying ‘oh my goodness its wonderful’ they had their coffee’s then Ramon and his son kindly loaded it into the car and they came home.

Now as you can see the prize is rather large Ramon has always done both the prize winner and charity proud.  Inside were: bottles of top Cava – Flexinet & Marques de Monistrol, sweets and sweetmeats, biscuits, nibbles, dried fruit, nuts, some top quality wines – Berberana, Legitimo Blanco, Penascal Rosado  and Marque de Grinon 2008. Then came two bottles of sparkling cider from Austuriana, a sparkling grape juice (non Alcoholic), and a bottle of the following: Martini, Whisky, Brandy, but in pride of place was a large Jamon (dried ham).  If I have forgotten anything  I am sorry

So I thought I would share the event with you.  To say I was pleased is an understatement, I was delighted and my wife ecstatic.

Bon Fiestas   and A Happy New Year everyone.

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It has been a strange day, although it started out quite normal. Today was our paella day at petanca so an early start was called for. Up by 7am so we could get ourselves and our things ready and make sure we were there by 8.30 for the traditional breakfast of a boccadillo, black olives and red wine, which proceeds all the festivities.  When we arrived we saw many old friends who had been busy with harvests of various kinds all summer so lots of jokes and commiserations to be shared.

After breakfast came the competition.  For this everyone is given a number. This is drawn from a bingo style cage with each number being written down against a name on the entrance list. Next starting in numerical order from 1 to 28 the names are made up into teams of either 3 or 2.  We then play a knockout style of games and the top teams play each other for 1st, 2nd, 3rd place and so on.  Today I was paired with Pilla and we came top, beating everyone, we each won a leg of dried Hammon, whilst my wife and her partner Salu came 4th and won a dried hand of Hammon so we will eat well this winter.

Whilst all this was going on the men who were not playing began to make the paella, which being inland is made from meat, fresh herbs, rice, chicken stock and saffron cooked over two large gas BBQ’s.  We took our own wine, salad, olives and melon but you end up sharing it with friends and the coffee and whisky do the rounds along with liqueurs.  Then after everything was packed away there were a few more games of petanca before we all drifted home. Wonderful!

But! we found the strangest thing today was not easily answered.   When we looked out of our kitchen window this morning we saw a Storm Trouper standing sentinel like on the south field.

Then we remembered the ‘satellite’ that NASA said had come down, but claimed they did not know where. We all know these storm troopers are tricky people, so I wondered if there are two lost androids wandering around out there and if the ‘satellite’ was in fact an escape pod!!!!!

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It started around 6.00am with the alarm, a cup of tea, no breakfast – that would come at Mequinenza.  Time to water the plants, then in the car and down to meet the others.  We were on time for once in fact, we were early. The day before we had been playing petanca, as we were leaving one of our friends asked my wife if she would like to make up a team, so now we were both playing.

The journey to Mequinenza is a fair distance into Aragon, on the way you pass through pistachio groves then turning left you leave Catalonia and enter the plains of Aragon. Eventually you reach one of the bridges leading to the town which is overlooked by a most impressive castle.  The Petanca courts are alongside the river giving a splendid view of rowers training their coach riding along the bank with a speaking horn urging them on to greater things.

Mequinenza is also a fishing destination or renown, but there were few fishing boats out today.  When we arrived at the courts each team was given an envelope which contained raffle tickets and team numbers.  The admission fee was €5 each and for this a breakfast of a hammon bocadillo, wine and water were provided.

After this we all made our way to the courts, here we were placed on our respective courts with our opposing teams.   Three aside, four teams, two balls each, we played three teams unfortunately my side lost.  However, my wifes team won two of their games and came top in their group, so she was in the playoff  hence the hoc of Hammon.  So the photographs are taken and its all about a game that is full of characters and stirs mens passions. I have learnt many swear words since I started playing, made many friends, been both elated, amused and frustrated, I hope you enjoy an insight into my pastime.

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