Boyzz Life in 2020.

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We came back from Malta in early January and made ourselves at home again in Moraira, before going out to a special dinner at the Dauphin the next night


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6 wines were supplied by a Valencia bodega. Once it started, the food was great. Bert & Caterina were welcoming hosts

On January 21st we went to the Opera., Elektra, in Valencia .

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A pleasant lunch on arrival in Valencia. Followed by Tapas in a local bar after the 1 Act (=no posh tapas) Opera


Then we had to bid a tearful Farewell to Lausanne Ted- his 46 plus years had worn him out

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Farewell, old friend

Then Margaret & Sally came out for a few days on February 10th

They bought us Steiff Fynn plus suitcase


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And we bought a posh cloth down at Cafe 19 during our lunch there. Then visited Albarda Garden
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before lunching on 5 Tapas at El Templo restaurant in Benidoleig

Their visit was followed immediately by a 5 day trip to Berlin

And then, our last outing before the great Coronavirus lockdown, a long weekend in Catalonia

The great Coronavirus Lockdown started on March 15th and for 58 days, during whish we were not even allowed outside in the streets for a walk: luckily, being the only bears present in our Media Luna Urbanisation, we could stroll around the pool so did not accumulate too much excess weight( though, to disperse the general gloom, the madre was quite generous with our treats!). Then until Lockdown 98 ( and we counted all these days down ourselves!) we were allowed out for once a day within a kilometre radius. And . . . we were allowed out for outside meals

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Celebrated the madre's birthday- cake on the small size! . . Monitored her walking laps on the pool terrace. Tried to avoid the road blocks & cheered on the fire fighting plane


Unfortunately the madre decided we were a trifle scruffy! But we did receive lots of corks- Cava a Lockdown treat!
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First outing in 60 days- Cafe 19 and some funny masks!
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Then lunch with Carol in Sensatez , socially distanced of course! And yet more good grub down at the Food Bar
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Tha State of Alarm ended on Lockdown 99 and on Lockdown 100, June 22nd, we had our suitcase packed and were wending our way North East to Asturias- a 9 hour car journey. There we stayed for 10 gorgeous days with Alfredo & Jimena- the padres tried to persuade us they were perfecting their Spanish, but, us lads, we did not notice much improvement!!

Come August, on the new Normal 45, we set off to France for 8 nights

After our return the padre celebrated his birthday at Le Dauphin - my those petits fours were yummy!

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Then we were allowed to wander as far afield as Denia for another treat- a lunch with Brenda & Bill at 'Food at the Republic' in Denia . . .. And Brenda adores Teddies, so well "mimados"

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Carol introduced the madre to Bites & Bubbels, a new Dutch cafe near her house. We met there several times for breakfast or tapasand we suspect the padres are still sneaking out weekly for something there- however cold and windy!!

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The padres also discovered a good new restaurant - well, actually one that had changed owner - Amante : the food was really good, the position and vista superb, and we felt really safe from the virus in its fresh air. So we visited every 2or 3 weeks

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We also went back to the Michelin starred Casa Pepe in Ondara- we had been there once many years previously

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Then we were invited to a delicious lunch, along with Maria & Carol, at Daniel's and Genevieve's, just down in San Jaime . The French pastries for pudd were super duper

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We visited Tula, another Michelin starred restaurant, in Javea on November 15th- we had booked it a month earlier, this being the first availability . . .

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Mid December we met up with Bill & Brenda again for an outdoor lunch at Amante

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We often feel pampered at home, but, gosh, Auntie Brenda does love us so!!


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Yet another lunch at Vespa's, the madre's favourite due to its yummy burrata & sumptious tiramasu - a wee vespa too!

And thus on towards Christmas. The padres decided it was not worth the risk of going to Malta - a vaccine was certainly on its way, though its rollout threatened to be slow - and thus we bunkered down in Moraira for our tenth consrcutive month. But a bonus was some- or rather a mountain of- Christmas decorations ( used at JBC in 2019): we could hardly believe our wee peepers- what was that pathetic show of decorations we had got used to each year in Malta??!! - all thanks to Carol.

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What a cheery house we had . Also some good wine- Chateua d'Yquem and Chateau Latour 1969 , this a trifle tired!1
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A Christmas repast of duck breast and a super duper chocolate tren- really good chocolate . Even Grandma's old tablecloth proved festive!

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