The run up to Christmas 2015 has been very busy here on the Finca. This past month has seen us helping friends collect olives, preparing for Christmas and also sorting out paperwork for my social security payments, which will now give us state health cover while we are living here in Spain.
Christmas is a difficult time for anyone when your family is far away, be they in another town or another country. This year I found it harder, since our grandson who was born earlier this year would be celebrating his first Christmas. However it is important to get things into perspective, there are many people in the world with far worse issues than being away from family at Christmas, you only have to watch the TV and see the appalling pictures of families fleeing war zones, people living in areas suffering from natural disasters to realise that it is more important to be grateful for the life you have and that all your loved ones wherever they are, are healthy, safe and happy............Christmas really is only ONE day in the year, its about the birth of Christ, it is not about how we see and treat each other on one individual day in a year, it is about how we treat each other for the other 364 days that is what really counts I will be returning to the UK next week for 10 days and will have my December 25th with my family early in January but my thoughts are with them the whole 365 days of the year.
The olive harvest here is almost finished, Blane spent at least 7 seven days helping Miguel collect his, and we both went over and bashed 7 trees to help some other friends.
Getting our Social Security sorted was not really difficult, but was a drawn out affair, it took 4 trips to Caceres ( the main city here in the Province of Caceres). Eventually the nice man stamped the paperwork and now we are covered by state health care here in Spain.
Christmas day 2015 has seen additions to the Finca family.
Christmas day was a busy day, but the weather was stunning, the sunshine was warm and so in the morning, once the dinner was prepped and in the oven, I took 10 minutes out with a glass of bucks Fizz on the terrace. Delicious.................
|This is Billy..............Thinking she is due very soon|
PS the heading says, All things Turkey, Chickens Ducks and Goats...........The Turkey... well he was in the oven