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Posted on 27 Apr 2011 10:47:19 BDT
I Readalot says:
On a book related note has anyone read the 'Songs of Ice and Fire Series' by George R R Martin? I have watched the first 2 episodes of 'Game of Thrones' and it is amazing, one of the best things on TV at the moment, OK it helps that Sean Bean is in it but my favourite character has to be the dwarf. I don't read much fantasy nowadays but I am almost tempted to read this series.

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Apr 2011 10:43:28 BDT
Karen Lowe says:
Am sure it'll be great by the time you go. It looks like being cool and rainy here anyway - good for the garden at least. My stepdad's hoping for a wet May - probably doing a Devonshire raindance even as we speak (well, type...)

Posted on 27 Apr 2011 10:19:56 BDT
G. D. Buxton says:
Just been checking the long term weather forcast for malloca, it does not look great 20 degrees cloady and rain some days. I hope it changes by the time we go away

Posted on 27 Apr 2011 07:52:12 BDT
G. D. Buxton says:
I had a pub meal bank holiday monday and I felt totally cheated, the mashed potatoes were instent ones. They can't be doing that for the price ,just for the ease.

Posted on 26 Apr 2011 18:57:51 BDT
Lez Lee says:
Sprinkle the spuds with some cajun seasoning before you put them in the oven. Yum!

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Apr 2011 17:29:43 BDT
Florence43 says:
Or a favourite of mine - Sausages, red onion, potatoes (skin on), parnsips, carrots all tossed in a small amount of olive oil. Baked for about 40 mins.

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Apr 2011 17:18:29 BDT
Completely agree on the potatoes. I made twice cooked potatoes and onions all the time (microwave red potatoes, dice and put in a fry pan with a bit of oil and onions.) Better than French fries!

Posted on 26 Apr 2011 16:11:37 BDT
Florence43 says:
And a waste of time. Just chip some potatoes toss in olive oil and bake, you'll get a better result.

Posted on 26 Apr 2011 15:13:52 BDT
G. D. Buxton says:
Oven chips they don't evan taste like chips,even the Brand names.

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Apr 2011 15:12:25 BDT
G. D. Buxton says:
I think that alot of Spanish resorts seem to cater for the Brits so you get alt of fry ups now.
BIL says he is staying for 3 months but cannot leave the country.

It as been very hot for the time of year here in the UK,hotter than Spain which is worrying.I remember going to Halkadiki around 5 years ago in may and it rained everyday, the temp was only 14 degrees.

In reply to an earlier post on 25 Apr 2011 15:39:12 BDT
Roasting is the word. It's been above 30 for several days. We expect a cooler front on Wed and Lord have Mercy I am so hoping it arrives. Sometimes those weathermen lie, you know.

If he gets married, I suppose the US will let him stay. :>) I don't know all the rules. He can get extensions for a while unmarried. I do wish him well. I hope the woman feels as strongly about him as he does her!!! I'll hope for a job to land in his lap as well; Austin isn't as bad as some areas of the country.

We vacation much as you describe--staying places where we can do our own food. We had a bit of a time of it in Spain because finding stores that sold more than some fruit/cheese/crackers was difficult. We just didn't know our way around! Not to worry. If I ever find myself traveling there again, I'll be better prepared. I don't think we'll be taking a vacation this year. My parents are not in the health they used to enjoy and if my husband and I go anywhere they wish to go along as they cannot travel by themselves anymore. The logistics become difficult and with petrol prices so very high, staying home looks quite attractive at the moment!

tootles,
Maria

Posted on 23 Apr 2011 20:22:59 BDT
G. D. Buxton says:
I have just found out my brother in law is trying to stay in the states if possible,I do not know if he can that?
Just started reading 'Next' by Michael Crighton I can't get into it at all, its not half as good as Prey.

I had a toast problem this morning I forgot to get the bread out of the freezer and I do not know if it is just me but if I defrost the bread in the micro wave it just does not seem the same.

In reply to an earlier post on 22 Apr 2011 19:54:24 BDT
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G. D. Buxton says:
Maria he is visiting a girl he as bieng seeing since 2003, He is very much in love. I don't Know how he will keeps the relationship going.He says it is roasting out there.

In reply to an earlier post on 22 Apr 2011 19:52:28 BDT
Last edited by the author on 23 Apr 2011 21:39:58 BDT
G. D. Buxton says:
Lez really, Sheffield fc are doing really well these days good gates ect. Alot of poeple do not believe me that Sheffield is the home of football/ soccer. Its a pitty that for such a large city we do not have a really big football team

In reply to an earlier post on 22 Apr 2011 19:49:36 BDT
G. D. Buxton says:
Sorry, it feels like I am a widower. My wife works evenings and weekends I work from around 6am to around 6pm (til late at night when my wofe as a night off).
I do apologise if you thought that, It is a hard way of life but in this day of age we are just lucky to both be working.
As for the holiday you just have to drop lucky, we paid 500 for the 3 of us including insurence. We are not taking much spending money, just going to make our own meals and get the odd bottle of wine.

Posted on 22 Apr 2011 00:37:54 BDT
Last edited by the author on 22 Apr 2011 00:38:43 BDT
Lez Lee says:
Garry, what a coincidence! For 35 years I lived in Sandygate Road, Sheffield - a few 100 yards from Hallam F.C. the world's second oldest football ground. I now live near Falkirk, Scotland.

Posted on 21 Apr 2011 23:22:04 BDT
Garry, I'll say hello to your BIL if I see him. :>)

In reply to an earlier post on 21 Apr 2011 23:21:26 BDT
Hi Florence,

Yes, Malaga. Deep friend potatoes, fried meatballs (I think they were meatballs. We weren't entirely sure.) and deep fried fish. We tried Paella, but it wasn't a very good/authentic version even though the place had come recommended. I've cooked with saffron and I'd guess curry was substituted--along with tomato juice. The rice wasn't quite done enough and the prawns were mushy.

It's not that the food was terrible; it's that I love cuisines and love trying things. I just wasn't hitting any big favorites or places that I wanted to go back to on a second night.

We were briefly in Barcelona and visited Monserrat. That was quite lovely. I have read about the upper coast and I think that would have been more our thing. Of course any travel in Europe is an adventure and only my dad speaks fluent Spanish. He had some trouble with the cadence and some translations, but overall that went well. I think part of the trouble is we are all outdoor types and Malaga, as small as it is for a Spanish city, is quite large!

Maria

Posted on 21 Apr 2011 22:11:25 BDT
I haven't had a proper holiday (like going abroad or going anywhere other than to stay with a friend for a couple of nights) for about 10 years because I can't afford it. I would just love a proper holiday.

Garry, you kept talking about looking after a little kid on your own so much that several of us thought you were widowed and didn't like to ask about your wife.

In reply to an earlier post on 21 Apr 2011 21:30:02 BDT
Last edited by the author on 21 Apr 2011 21:30:45 BDT
Florence43 says:
Are you talking about the Malaga area? When you say deep fried - deep fried what?

Posted on 21 Apr 2011 21:28:25 BDT
Last edited by the author on 21 Apr 2011 21:29:06 BDT
G. D. Buxton says:
Maria.
Actually we are going to Mallorca for the second time, Its great if you have kids. It takes only half an hour to the airport and around 2 hours to fly with only a hours time difference.
Believe it or not it's very dry here in the UK and its hotter here than it is in Mallorca at the Moment.Funny enough My brother in law is in Texas at the moment, not sure where.

Posted on 21 Apr 2011 21:21:58 BDT
I'm from very sunny Texas. We could use some rain. Where in Spain? I was there a couple of years ago, but wished that I had gone to the northern coast. We did the southern coast. It was okay, but finding food I liked (usually not a problem) was hard. They don't seem to eat many veggies in that part of the world and "deep fried" was common on a lot of menus. I wasn't there long, however. With another day, I'm sure I'd have figured out the food part.

Posted on 21 Apr 2011 21:16:35 BDT
G. D. Buxton says:
My wife thinks I am crazy, Ive done my part of the packing already (going on hols to spain in 2 weeks). Well I might be crazy but we went to Eygpt a few years ago and she did her packing at the last miniut and forgot all her bikinis. Ah.

Posted on 21 Apr 2011 20:53:52 BDT
G. D. Buxton says:
Where is everone from on this thread.

The G in my name is for Garry, I live in Dronfield sheffield and just a little bit of trivia for you, Dronfield is the home to the worlds oldest football club Sheffield FC.

Posted on 21 Apr 2011 20:49:13 BDT
G. D. Buxton says:
Yes mabe 80s tv was a bit cheesy but at least all the family could watch,CHiPS for example in all the years it run they never raised a pistol,they were positive role models telling kids crime and drugs were wrong. I can't think of a program even family entertainment that as no violence in it.
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