|Winter Walk by Lesley Collinson|
Back in 2012 I saw a beautiful art exhibition at the Chapter 12 Wine Bar in Hailsham, Sussex. I had thought I would miss seeing Lesley Collinson's work there due to commitments elsewhere, but her paintings were already displayed in the venue when I visited for a gig. The image above, Winter Walk, was my favourite.
|The pretty Serro da Bica campsite near Ourique|
In 2013 we were caravanning at the pretty Serro da Bica campsite near Ourique in Portugal and my 27th December blog post was a description of the fabulous meal our Dutch hosts had cooked us all for Christmas Day. Three courses and ridiculous quantities of food for each! We learned a new Dutch word - 'outbouken' - which means to sit back and let your stomach hang out after having eaten too much.
|Teepee tiles at El Quinto|
|Still Autumn in December|
Last year we Christmassed (is that a word?) in France, at a tranquil campsite in St Jean Pla de Corts which is only about a 10-15 minute drive from where we spent this Christmas! My blog post on the 27th December describes a superb walk we took on Christmas Day in the hills and along a narrow canal above Ceret. We even got to see a waterfall, albeit from a distance as I didn't fancy scrambling over too many rocks to get there.
It feels quite weird to see that we were in different countries for each of the past four Christmases. Perhaps we should have gone somewhere random this year instead of repeating France!