Saturday, 11 March 2017

Packing and Wine




Three days to go until we load the car and head to Portsmouth to catch the ferry to Santander.  Alas, our cellar has run dry and we were forced to spend a small fortune today in the supermarket for some bottles of wine.

Daughter is unexpectedly coming for Sunday lunch tomorrow.  Roast dinner is not on the menu as I cleaned the oven this morning and refuse to spoil its shiny, sparkling interior.  Instead I shall prepare a sumptuous stove top coq au vin. Paul says that chicken stew is not a good substitute for roast dinner.

As per usual I have packed far too early and the flat is now in disarray with half empty suitcases and bags that I keep tripping over. I have vacuum packed (great fun with plastic bags and the hoover nozzle) most of the clothes to save room in the car.  Paul has just been out to buy a second warning triangle for the car, apparently Spanish law requires two instead of one if you break down. I don’t know if that applies to donkeys.

vacuum packed clothes

The weather forecast is looking good for our mini cruise across the Bay of Biscay down to Santander. We are planning to crack open a pre-packed bottle of Prosecco once we get into our deluxe cabin.  Hopefully we won’t need to take the Kwells (sea-sickness pills) otherwise I shall spend the whole voyage in a comatose state.

We tried one of the supermarket wines with lunch today.  Paul has an app on his ‘phone which tells you all about the wine when you scan in the barcode.  The ‘phone told us that the Carta Roja was a very good value wine.

“Where’s it from?”
“Sainsburys, you were with me when we bought it.”
“Noooo, which country does it come from?”
“Spain.”

For some reason this silly little conversation made us giggle like a couple of school kids.  I blame the wine.
 


Puedo tener más sangría por favor?



21 comments:

  1. Have a nice trip. I also pack few days before i go, my son had to fly at 9.00 and at 7.oo o'clock his bag was still empty, i almost got heart attack before he left.

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    1. Thank you Yael. My kids are the opposite to me - everything left until the last minute.

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  2. I'd love to be a fly on the wall in your house; I think you and Paul, oops Paolo, have a lovely sense of humour!
    Greetings Maria x

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    1. Paolo and me don't always laugh at the same things. Most of the time we do, except for the times when I look at him and think "Whaaaat?"

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  3. I only drink champagne. Get into the swing of it please...

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    1. It's white, it's alcoholic, it's got bubbles ....

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  4. Champagne? It will need to be Cava to really get into the swing of things, but the Rioja is a good start !
    If either of you wear specs. (or contact lenses), you will need a spare pair in the car, and I hope you have your fluorescent jackets too?

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    1. I didn't know that about glasses. We only drink out of them so that's okay.

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  5. The Bay of Biscay is always a bit rough!

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  6. Wine from the back of a van in V dy Pd is still €1.40, and wine from the vineyard at St Martin le Redon is still €1.20 (per litre, of course).

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  7. We drink any old Fizz (ie the generic of Champagne) which used to be about €0.80 a bottle in Calais but more like €1.40 now in Fr Lidls. Meant to ask is your car, c/w the kitchen sink, LHD or RHD ?

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    1. Truth is it's a bottle of Blanc de Blancs - about E3.50 from Leclerc! We brought a load back for Christmas. Car is British registered RHD.

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    2. In Vladivostok they drove right and left hand drive vehicles. I became as fascinated by this as anything else I saw in that city. I mentioned it to a Brit I met one day and she looked at me as if I was mad and said she hadn't noticed. And there it was hitting us in the face all around us all the time.

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    3. That must have been a strange sight. Something to do with Japanese imports I expect.

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    4. It was a sign of wealth. The more wealthy had the Japanese imports but it never ceased to amaze me becauae it was a city of traffic jams and you couldn't miss seeing cars.

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    5. Just wonder what would have happenened if SS-GB had come to pass RHD vs LHD. Only one more episode to watch.

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  8. There should be a new comedy show on TV - not Morecambe and Wise or French and Saunders but "The Sue and Paul Show". You must be able to forge a joke out of coq-au-vin on the hob!

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