Postcard from Arrecife

24 Oct

Things we have learned in Lanzarote:

Calum reacted best out of all of us when the lift jammed between floors. This made up for his vomiting on a sizal mat outside the spa in the hotel.

Sylvie is very good at arranging holidays. This makes up for her ordering the most  expensive thing on every menu.

Spanish windows are cleaner than English ones which is the only explanation for Chris walking into one. He is unharmed.

Honey rum is very nice.

Limpets are not.

It does rain sometimes in Lanzarote, but at least it is warm.

It is best not to approach cacti when wearing clothes which snag easily.

Cezar Manriques was very good at designing party spaces.

Fireworks are quite frightening when you are on the 14th floor and they are exploding level with the 15th.

Volcanoes are interesting and Chris can pretend to be the quite well known vulcanologist called Chris Kilburn.

What we haven’t learned:

Why Lanzarotean wine is not readily available where we live.

Adios.

xxx

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18 Responses to “Postcard from Arrecife”

  1. Trudy Robertson. October 24, 2011 at 9:24 pm #

    Sounds like you are all having fun.
    Trudy.

  2. Deborah Morgenstern October 24, 2011 at 9:27 pm #

    Volcanoes are extremely cool (not literally, obviously), but oxbow lakes are still top on the Geography Spotters’ Guide List.

    Glad to hear you are having fun.

  3. Dollydimple October 24, 2011 at 9:30 pm #

    sounds like you are having an eventful time! Are the windows cleaner or had Chris been on the Lanzarotean wine? Nice to hear from you – enjoy the rest of your hol x

  4. Coz Al October 24, 2011 at 9:58 pm #

    The rain isn’t warm here…sigh…
    Hugs
    x

  5. Chris October 24, 2011 at 10:25 pm #

    Dear Jo, Chris, Sylvie and Calum,

    Sounds like each of you have enjoyed the holiday and got up to the usual things we all seem to do. Not tried bear hugging cati though, lol.

    I bet Chris instantly looked around to see who was watching after he walked into the glass? Don’t worry Chris, seen many people knocked out cold from doing them same. Good to hear Sylvie and Calum doing the usual tricks all young people seem get up too, where would we be without them, lol? I guess Jo you was busy with the good old motherly hugs that take the pain away after the family member feel sick?

    Yep, fireworks are loud when the explode level with or just above your room, they also make your room darker after the bright flash of light turning you temporarily blind and deaf with the firework flash and bang too, hence walking into furnature and windows, ouch! Never tried to pretent to be an expert on volcano’s but often felt like I was walking on hot coals as fathers usual do, Chris?

    Jo, I bet you was glad you was in a different part of Spain after hearing the sad story on the news the senior British couple in their 70’s was swept away to their deaths after terrible flash flooding in the street and market place. Sadly the bad weather and flash floods have now reached the UK, time to dig out the wellingtons and winter rain coats too.

    Not many wine stores stock regional Spanish wines like from Lanzarote, better known as Al veno colapso, might be worth next time bring or shipping a few crates back with you Jo? We did the same after living in Germany for many years drinking the Mosel wines after visiting the Rhine in Flames festival.

    Good to hear you all had a nice short holiday, xxx

  6. Jackie Mash October 24, 2011 at 11:00 pm #

    So glad to hear the fact finding mission is going well! Enjoy xx

  7. anita Connah's mam October 25, 2011 at 7:05 am #

    Are you ever allowed to go back to the same place twice? Fab update, please try and behave for Sylvies sake, she has a reputation to think of! Enjoy the rest of the week 🙂

  8. celia butler October 25, 2011 at 7:29 am #

    All that and you’ve only been there a few days…
    Honey rum sounds rather nice, haven’t heard of that before. And if you can’t get the wine you like at home you’ll just have to make the most of it while you’re away!
    Sylvie – well done on the planning front, you sound like my daughter Hannah who is a holiday planning queen, Also similar ambitions to make sure that mum and dad don’t have too much in the way of spare cash!
    Keep enjoying, especially the sunshine and warm rain.
    Love to you all. x

  9. Catherine Dufour October 25, 2011 at 10:12 am #

    The last time I got stuck in a lift, I had to be rescued by the fire service. Luckily I had a book to read while I was waiting. And on a positive note, the nice fireman that rescued me asked me out on a date. But I haven’t been sick on a mat.

  10. Helen & Harrie October 25, 2011 at 12:11 pm #

    I would expect nothing less from one of your family adventures!!! Hope you are all making the most of your time away, taking the opportunity to relax, enjoying the sun, taking in the sights, spending quality time together, and of course, the odd tipple or two (not Cal or Sylv). See you soon xxx

  11. Georgina October 25, 2011 at 4:45 pm #

    How lovely to hear that you are all having some FUN – well done and enjoy the sun!!!!!!! Big hug and love – Georgina xxx

  12. Chloe Taylor-Jones October 25, 2011 at 6:43 pm #

    I am glad you are enjoying your holiday, you all deserve a break. It’s pouring with rain here. Hope the sun is shining for you all X

  13. Ros October 25, 2011 at 7:41 pm #

    so glad that you are enjoying the Island…I lived there in the 80’s to early 90’s so have a real love for it……its a pretty special place…………recharging your batteries and feeding the soul.
    Enjoy all of Cesar Manriques wonderous places….truly magical and………… just relax
    Ros

  14. Georgia October 26, 2011 at 12:45 pm #

    Good to hear you are all having such a nice time, Sylvies pictures on FB look brill! Very Jealous as it wont stop raining here.. and its not warm!
    See you soon,
    G

  15. Claire October 26, 2011 at 9:39 pm #

    The first boy who wanted to marry me (Raymond Oldham where are you now?) planned to take me to Japan on honeymoon so he could go to a motorbike race & I could climb a volcano . Ok, we were 9 at the time. The things you Kilburns make me remember!

    Sick on sisal is pretty grim, especially if the mat was not removeable. When we opened the gallery my daughter & a gaggle of 16 year old friends were persuaded to hand round drinks & nibbles. Unbeknownst to us they then took all the half finished bottles out onto the balcony & had their own private party, which culminated in one throwing up on the stripped floorboards upstairs. It took us weeks to scrape the gaps clean.

    Honey rum; is that like rum with honey? Off to experiment…..

    Have a wonderful rest of holiday
    xxxxx

  16. Debbie October 26, 2011 at 10:51 pm #

    Wasn’t Spock a Vulcan? So does that make Chris someone who is prejudiced against people with pointy ears? Or someone who studies them? Pretty weird, whichever. Please don’t get arrested.

    Very glad to hear you are having a good time, and an educational one at that. Lovely to hear from you!

    I can’t see who won the most votes on Community Force. Anyone know if we made it with Hope?

    Debbie x

    • celia butler October 27, 2011 at 7:32 am #

      They’ve taken the vote details down now. The website says the winners will be announced in November when the votes have been counted (!!). So guess we just have to be patient….

      • Debbie October 28, 2011 at 9:28 pm #

        Thanks Celia. Fingers crossed then

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