Living In Mallorca

Relocating to Mallorca

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A life full of firsts

Life is like that, it chops and changes, and then life is full of ‘firsts’ once again.

You know what I mean.  As a child and you go to school – the first day at school, the first homework to bring home, the first friends, the first exams.

Life is full of experiences and with those come all the firsts, scary, unsettling, unfamiliar, but all they are just ” firsts”.

When you get married that first year is the year when you experience your first birthdays in your own home, your first Christmas, your first anniversary, your first child.

Now that we have embarked on our new adventure we are beginning our year of ‘firsts’.  We have already had our first Christmas and soon we will experience our first New Year.  Each day I am watching as the weather and the seasons change marking in my mind again all the firsts that I see.  I look forward to all the firsts that come along as we go from winter to spring, from spring to summer and then autumn back to winter.

The cycle has to go around, the changes have to be seen.  All the experiences have to be experienced until the firsts appear to be no more.

But they never go away.  Each season, each year, each decade, the firsts continue to pop up to surprise us.

Without the ‘firsts’ without the changes that life brings we would become stagnant and stale.  Change brings ‘firsts’ and firsts bring change.  Life is cyclical but ever changing.

I wouldn’t want it any other way!

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Boxing Day and after – Spanish style

Boxing Day here is definitely different to the Boxing Day being celebrated back in the UK.

While friends and relatives in the UK are still enjoying their public holiday and eating, drinking and making the most of their time off, here work day is as normal.  The builders are back next door getting on with the refurbishment of the apartments and the post lady has been and dropped of the post with a cheery ‘buenos días, que tal’.

The festivities here will commence again on the 28th December when it is Santos Inocentes (Holy Innocents) the equivalent of April Fool’s Day and then 31st December, Noche Vieja, when we will be joining in with eating our 12 grapes as the new year is chimed in.

On the 5th January there can be processions and floats where sweets are thrown out to the children and on 6th January the day all Spanish children look forward to – Feast of the Epiphany (Día de los Reyes Magos) – when they wake to find that the Three Kings have left them presents.

As we are still newcomers here we don’t yet know what is being celebrated in this area but from what is read in the papers most of the celebrations will be held in Palma.  Perhaps by next year we will know where all the local fiestas are being held but for this year we will watch it on the TV as we raise a glass or two!


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Weather Patterns

I find it interesting learning about the weather patterns out here.

Today I awoke to see a mist blowing off the land. Now I am used to mist and fog in the UK but this was different as I could almost see that there was a sun above it.

Now only half hour later the white mist has a definite yellow glow to it as the sun is trying to burn through. I reckon that it is going to be a hot one today.

I should get to take my photos of paddling in the sea after all then!


Going to be a scorcher.

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Christmas Day

Good morning and Merry Christmas to everyone.

I awoke this morning to the sound of my Skype going off. Dashing to answer it I was too late. My mum had rung off and did not answer when I returned the call. So I guess she is playing with her iPad again.

The same happened yesterday and when I phoned her and asked why she didn’t answer I was told she was watching You Tube. I guess she is doing that again!

Oh well I am up now so I will wait until she is ready to answer.

What a Glorious Day

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Today, 23rd December, I awoke to a fabulous day. The sun is shining, the sky is blue with just an occasional fluffy cloud, and the temperature is 23 degrees and rising.

It is almost Christmas and we hope the weather on Christmas Day will be just as good, for I have planned a stroll on the beach, with perhaps even a paddle, and to take some photos to send back to family and friends.

Glorious day!