Being in the Basque country means doing without some of the new-fangled inventions of the 21st century such as satellite TV and broadband internet connection.
Monthly Archives: Apr 2021
The Blue Beast Twenty-eight
The festival is said to originate from the 1830s custom of locals using buckets and hardware from the water pump to mock the soldiers.
The Blue Beast Twenty-seven
Zorionak! That’s Basque for Merry Christmas.
The Blue Beast Twenty-six
Chewy Duck, the Bobby Sands of Chabola
The Blue Beast Twenty-five
I never asked to have ducks.
The Blue Beast Twenty-four
Still the sun is shining, the sky is blue, I don’t pay taxes and I don’t
give a hoot!
The Blue Beast Twenty-three
I walked out into the street and I’m not sure if I was blinking at the early evening sunshine or the pricking, burning in my eyes.
The Blue Beast Twenty-two
I don’t know what happened next but I woke up in my tent at 6am feeling as right as rain.
The Blue Beast Twenty-one
‘Chabola?’ I hear you say, ‘Surely you mean Chombola?’
The Blue Beast Twenty
I have received numerous complaints and rude comments about my address. Now look here, it’s not my fault if I don’t have a simple postal address.
The Blue Beast Nineteen
I’ve been tending my vine.
The Blue Beast Eighteen
“Taffy was a Welshman, Taffy was a thief, Taffy came to my house and stole a leg of beef…”
The Blue Beast Seventeen
Tears in my eyes
The Blue Beast Sixteen
Cobweb Cottage, Casa Cat Shit call it what you will, it’s my home for the next six months.
The Blue Beast Fifteen
It is about 30 miles south from San Sebastian, the same to the north of Pamplona and only 40 miles west of Biarritz.
The Blue Beast Fourteen
I have been offered a house way outside the wine region, mid way between Bilbao and San Sebastian but isolated in the middle of the country, surrounded by apple orchards and mountain pasture.
The Blue Beast Thirteen
Must do more research. Into the consumption of wine, that is.
The Blue Beast Twelve
A perfect end to a perfect meal with my perfect hosts.
The Blue Beast Eleven
My race through France heading for Spain and a new life seems to have been brought up short.
The Blue Beast Ten
Leo has promised me wobbly liver.
The Blue Beast Nine
I sat on a low wall, gazing at the night sky feeling very content.
The Blue Beast Eight
Isn’t it amazing how things seem so much clearer after a couple of glasses of wine?
The Blue Beast Seven
I am going to make a serious attempt to head south today.
The Blue Beast Six
Fat and happy.
The Blue Beast Five
Seems like the old charm is still working.
The Blue Beast Four
An Alcohol Free Day
The Blue Beast Three
It’s people I don’t like I’m beginning to realise.
The Blue Beast Two
Lunch was a long, boozy afternoon which ended with the Persian Rug flat out on the floor.
The Blue Beast One
Best two hundred quid I never spent.