June update

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Jun 122016

DSCF4622 - Copy (578x1024)Celie finaleCelia appeared in a show at the Careline Theatre in Alcalali on 12th June to celebrate the end of the Careline Dance Academy term. She danced 3 tap numbers – In the Mood, Chicago and One of the Boys.






DSCF4684 (1024x606)In June 2016, we visited Terra Natura near Benidorm with some of the parents and children of Guardian Angels, the single-parent charity with whom we are both associated. Everyone had a great day and we were able to take some great photos of animals, which you can view below.


13592701_1020743807980548_1390996642743406445_nVernon appeared in a concert with the Costa Blanca Male Voice Choir at the Salon de Actos on 1st July, finishing it’s summer season with a unique concert at Teulada in memory of our great friend Keith Hart and raising a magnificent €2,504 for the Make a Smile Charity. Apart from our normal choral pieces, the lads performed a range of unique pieces from Master of the House, a Policeman’s Lot, Vernon’s amazing monologue of ‘ 50 shades of Grey’, Albert and the Lion, Lonnie Donegan, a bit of Welsh, superb singing (and drumming) from Terry and Claire and her flute, with Heather’s magnificent piano as always, all brought together with the terrible jokes of our beloved President Mike Evans!

We have finally booked our long-planned trip to Vietnam and Cambodia, including an 8-day cruise on the River Mekong, for January 2017. We shall be spending New Year in Wexford at Simon and Mary Lou’s new house and Chris and Georgie will be joining us. We’ll then fly back to the UK to see Vernon’s Dad and then fly out from Heathrow to Hanoi to start our next big adventure!

Chris bookChris published his first book, A Celebration of Aviation”, earlier this year and it’s selling on Amazon

He also accompanied Vernon’s dad, Phil Pearce, when he was invited to attend a special event commemorating the 80th anniversary of the first Spitfire flight on 5th March. View a slideshow of the photos he took on the day here


Costa Brava Music Festival

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May 272016

DSCF4439 (1024x614)The Costa Blanca Male Voice Choir of which Vernon is a member attended the Costa Brava Music Festival in Lloret del Mar in May. 23 choir members and their partners, together with the musical director and accompanist, travelled by coach and stayed  for 4 days in the Hotel Miramar on the sea front.

We were joined by 13 other choirs and 2 bands from 12 countries, including Canada, Norway, Ireland, Turkey and Sweden. Each evening in the town’s very modern theatre there was a concert at which 5 of the groups performed and it was wonderful to listen to such varied and culturally-different music. On the second day, there was a procession of all the festival participants through the town and along the seafront, culminating in a concert in the square outside the town hall.

DSCF4515 (821x1024)One of the days was completely free and so our choir arranged to travel to Barcelona and look around the city. It was our first visit and we strolled down the Rambla and looked around the old Gothic quarter. We then took a taxi across town to see Gaudi’s still-being-built Sagra de Familia. We weren’t able to go inside this ultra-modern cathedral but walked around the outside, trying to decide if we understood what Gaudi was trying to achieve and how it compared to our traditional view of what a cathedral should look like! Finally, we visited the modern shopping centre that has been built into the old bullring, an incredible piece of engineering that retains the original brick facade.


It was a very enjoyable trip, both musically and socially, with lots of late-night drinking and acappella singing in the hotel bar.

Click here to watch a slideshow of some of the photos taken on the trip, set to one of the choir’s songs.

A trip to the Land of the Templars with Chris and Georgie

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Mar 312016

Our son Chris and his wife Georgie visited us earlier this month and we decided to take them on a trip that would enable them to explore a different part of Spain and an area that provided good photo opportunities. We re-visited part of the ‘Land of the Templars’ route Celia and I followed last year in the Maestrazgo region, north of Castellon.

DSCF4357 (1024x684)We stayed one night in Morella, a medieval town situated almost 1000m above sea level, where the temperature as we explored the castle was only 4C and we had to shelter from a hailstorm!



Coves de San JosepThe following day we travelled via the medieval village of Mirambel and the town of Ares de Maestre, perched 1500m up on a mountain,  down to the coast where we spent two nights in Peniscola, finally returning via the Vall d’uixo, where we visited the wonderful flooded caverns of Coves de San Josep


IMG_20160324_213243 (768x1024)On our return home, we enjoyed several local walks in the mountains and celebrated Chris’ birthday at the local Indian restaurant.





A slideshow containing photos taken by all 4 of us can viewed here.