Well, what a busy time we're having relaxing - and because of that this is going to be a quickie! At the mo we're residing on the Monmar Campsite at Moncofa and taking part in the Caravan and Camping Club Rally there! And this is definitely something we've never done before, but we really are enjoying ourselves and we've made loads of new chums so it is quite likely to be on our itinerary for future years!
But to start with we want to send greetings that aren't of the Christmas kind -
Sarah and Paul we hope you had a lovely day on your 15th Wedding Anniversary on the 22nd xxx
Then back to our story - on Tuesday we'd been out for a group ride with our fellow campers, and along the way we'd enjoyed a coffee stop and a picnic at a nature reserve, and then later it had been a natter in the pub! However, all that hadn't really given us any settling in time so on Wednesday we just meandered into the town, did a bit of shopping and then participated in an easy afternoon basking in the warm sunshine.
On Thursday it was Tapas day - that is everybody who wants to join in prepares a dish and then all the goodies, along with a large bottle of whatever you wish to drink, are taken to the warden's encampment and shared - and what a feast that was! I mistakenly thought people would just bring cold nibbles so our contribution was quail and mushroom bites along with a take on one of my signature dishes - raspberry and white chocolate cheesecake! When we got there, initially the tables looked a bit bare - but then everybody started to arrive loaded down with electric pans and slow cookers filled with fantastic fare which included mussels, prawns, curry, gruyere cheesey potatoes, and a wonderfully flavoured frittata to name but a few!
|And this is only a tiny amount of what eventually landed on the table|
Then on Friday it was out on our bikes again but this time we headed in the opposite direction to Tuesday's ride and this took us into the town of Burriana, and along the way we found these fellows hanging out in the breeze to dry! We picnicked on the beach and exploited the warm sunshine as much as possible before heading of to explore the town and surrounding marinas.
Saturday - well first we attended the Rally coffee morning where we were given info about forthcoming festive events, and then we nipped off on our own to the wetlands we'd visited previously, and there we participated in a bit of bird spotting before enjoying a very peaceful and tranquil lunch beside a lake, a hot water spring and an orange grove from where we scrumped fruit for our desert - BLISS😋 !
Then later it was a knees up in the social room with carols, Christmas songs and silly hats - and a very good time was had by all!
And that brings us around to Sunday - Christmas Eve which we decided would be a gentle restful one in preparation for the adventures of tomorrow.
We had another little walk into the town to pick up some last bits and bobs that we couldn't possibly do without, and then we lazed about by the van chatting with the neighbours and watching the world go by. Tonight it's another get together with bottles and nibbles, and then I suppose we all need to be tucked up early so that we don't miss Santa!
So that's all from us for now except to wish all our readers
A Very Very Merry Christmas with lots of lovely surprises and over indulgences!
Take Care and Love to all 😙
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