2014 has been the hottest and driest in the 7 years since we moved here and when the rain finally came in September, it was the first significant amount for almost 12 months.
However, it was a busy summer, particularly the latter part, which saw our youngest son Chris and his wife Georgie spending a 9-day holiday with us. As usual, Chris took every opportunity to use his photography skills, especially when we took a boat trip from Denia to Javea. We also visited the Valor chocolate factory in Villajoyosa, the town of Altea, a walk around Fontilles and enjoyed many great evenings out in local restaurants.
In September, Mary-Louise, our other daughter-in-law celebrated her 50th birthday and invited us to a party held at the Kenza Restaurant in London. We had a great weekend, including an evening at the Piccadilly Theatre seeing ‘Jersey Boys’ and a rainy Saturday morning in Covent Garden!
Immediately on our return from this trip, rehearsals started for a Careline Theatre Group show called ‘Lest We Forget’, which played to almost full houses in our Alcalali theatre in mid-October, then one night in Calpe. The first act of the show celebrated the 100th anniversary of the start of WW1 and the second act covered WW2. The show comprised songs, dances and sketches from those eras and Celia and I appeared in most of the scenes on one way or another, resulting in 8 costumes changes each. Vernon played a starring role as Captain Blackadder in a sketch from the famous Blackadder Goes Forth final episode, which culminated in the cast ‘going over the top’. Celia’s tap dancing skills were put to the test again with several numbers, including the songs In the Mood and Candyman. The photos below show Vernon as Capt. Blackadder, Celia (background) dancing to In the Mood and in a less than flattering costume for her role as a WW2 factory girl! We received many flattering reviews in the local press but we both found it an exhausting production and may well not become involved next year.