2018 – what a troublesome year!

I am slightly fed up with 2018. I am wondering what more this year can throw at me.First there was the water damage that forced me and my cat out of my house for one month while the building recovery firm made my house liveable again. While we were in exil, I decided to pop over to Denmark for a short week.

When Coco and I came back home, I had to find someone to do my garden. The lady I found (temporarily only) came with me – to check the flat – in Spain. It had become a dump! Grrrr.
We spend the whole week cleaning the flat for the next lodgers.
I manage to organise that the flat got painted from top to bottom, incl. the outside balcony rails and fixing this and that that had been left and not fixed; like the air-con that had never been serviced.

When I got home I wrote a “Dear John” letter to the keyholder and sacked him.
Luckily, I had another key-holder lined up.
I will meet her in October when I am returning to Spain to finish refurbishing the flat (new sofa, armchair, dishwasher …).

And the saga goes on and on, but I wont bore you any further.

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The 1st of August Swiss National Day.

Today is the National Day in Switzerland.

The date of the Federal Charter was signed in Pacte du Rütli, early August 1291, when three Alpine Cantons – Schwyz Coat of arms of Schwyz, Uri Coat of arms of Uri and Unterwald Coat of arms of Obwalden , swore an oath of confederation an action which later came to be regarded as the founding of Switzerland.

 

Parking dispute at no.31

There was a person parking on my garage forecourt Sunday-Monday.
I had a doctors appointment at 10am and couldn’t get out of my garage.
I had never seen that car in the area before, so I didn’t know where it came from.

Anyway I got a taxi to and from the surgery and when I was back home the car had gone.
But low and behold, at 2pm the car was back! Swear, swear … more swear!
So I checked online what I could do and everything I read was contradictory.

Hence me writing the following words, printing them and sticking the print onto the windscreen.

Private property of number 31
Please DO NOT PARK here ever again
You owe me £6 for taxi as I couldn’t get my car out this morning

After which the car disappeared.

When I got home late Thursday-Friday night, I found a letter in my letterbox with £20 and a letter from the guilty person:

Dear no. 31,
I extend my sincerest apologies for parking across your garage a couple of days ago.
I mistakenly thought it was part of no.30, but it was gross misjudgement on my part. Your actions were completely justified.

Please accept this as my goodwill gesture to you. I hope it helps bury the hatchet. It’ll never happen again.

You owe me £6 for a taxi, as I couldn’t get my car out this morning.

 

I can only say many thanks the the owner of the car for his/hers kind gesture.

Lunch at Café Lindevang

I took my friends out for lunch on the last day in Denmark. We went to “Cafè Lindevang” på Peter Bangs Vejen. It’s a place where you get good old-fashioned traditional Danish smørebrød (open sandwiches), and I would dare anyone to order and eat two portions. I know out of experience that the portions are gigantic; but check the pictures and judge for yourself.
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2x Pan fried plaice fillets w.Shrimp — 1x Prawns w. mayonnaise
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Tatar w raw egg yolk and garnish — 2” Burger w Fried Egg
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I was struggling even though the portions were smaller than last time I was there.
I would have preferred to have a starter split 3 ways followed by the main open sandwich. Yes, there is bread under the mountain of meat, its not gravy nor shadow its bread.
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A novel way to shop

I was introduced to this app while in Denmark. ‘TooGoodToGo’ and it’s absolutely brill.

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My friend Whita bought from the local supermarket’s baker, via her app, a goody-bag for 25.-DKr (approx £2.50)

5 breads, 4 tea cakes, 1 winerbrøds stang (a danish pastry 45cm long) the value of all of that would cost roughly 200.-DKr.

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