Apologies for the long silence. The blogging muse (Cryptico?) appears to have gone on vacation. Navidad, Nochevieja and Los Reyes Magos have been and gone - I didn't participate in the local festivities this year due to a bad cold and a bad back, and anyway I've described them all before. I did hobble up to the Plaza Alta to enjoy a marvellous concert by the Orquestra Joven del Bicentenario, who played Beethoven's Fifth and the Nutcracker Suite with great aplomb. We had our customary walk along the beach on Christmas Day and watched The Godfather on TV.. Nothing much.else.
Nothing much from our illustrious Ayuntamiento either. The new Mayor is scarcely seen nor heard in the town and we have had no announcement about budget plans for the coming year, as we used to under the previous administration. There was a bit of a kerfuffle when one of his councillors organised a coach trip to a shopping centre in Jerez just before Christmas; the Alcalá shopkeepers association complained bitterly about taxpayers' money being used to take people out of the town to shop rather than supporting local businesses. Following admonishments from the Mayor she promptly organised a second trip, this time under the auspices of the local equivalent of the Women's Institute, but still funded by the Town Hall.
Even the weather has been uneventful so far this winter. We have had no rain since October, the odd windy spell but generally just one warm sunny day following another. This is fantastic for us of course, but bad news for the farmers and livestock breeders.
Anyway, a belated Happy New Year to you all and I will try and think of something more interesting to write about soon!