Sheila was in the UK for a few days, including spending a special weekend with Oliver in London. She came back yesterday and today we went for a hike in the wilderness behind the Mortitx winery. Some of the area is closed from February to June because of vultures nesting there. We saw some vultures, but far away. We were probably walking too fast.
We do get bad weather in Mallorca occasionally, and yesterday and today we experienced a strong southeasterly wind and big waves. Almost a third of the boats in the anchorage, 18 in total, were washed up on the beach and our patio got covered in seagrass and saltwater. Tomorrow the weather is supposed to improve and there will be a bit of cleaning.
The patron saint of Pollenca, San Antonio, is celebrated on January 17 each year and the day is a big event in many towns and villages across Mallorca. In Puerto Pollenca this starts the evening before, with huge bonfires lit and public barbecues on many streets for the locals.
On the day itself, all kinds of animals are blessed in front of the Catholic church and a bare pine tree, made slippery with soap, is climbed by the local youth.
I missed all the fun as I went for a walk with a German group on Thursday, and lunch afterwards took rather long. Yesterday, I went for a stroll along the beach between Colonia San Pere and Can Picafort, much more quiet and less smoky.
The weather this week was sunny and warm, now the forecast is for three days of rain before the nice January weather will hopefully return.
Another set of visitors, this time German friends from our time in Heidelberg. Today we went for a hike around Lluc, and stopped for a visit at the rock formation called Es Camel. It looks like a dromedar. Cloud in the morning, sunshine later, and at the restaurant the monastery they gave us a bottle of champagne because we came back again. Nice day with a sunset at Stay.
We spent some nice days in Siegelbach and Kirchheimbolanden with the family over Christmas and are now back in Mallorca. Today we hiked from Soller to Port Soller with some of the Jenkins’s crowd who are staying close to us. Tim, Andrew and Daniel took the bikes to Sa Calobra (and back). I think we had the easy part today!
Christmas: Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift! (2 Cor 9:15)
Weihnachten: Gott aber sei Dank für seine unaussprechliche Gabe! (2 Kor 9:15)
We are very grateful for another good year with lots of time spent with family and friends in Canada, the Caribbean and Europe. We wish you all a joyful Christmas and a blessed year 2020.
Wir sind sehr dankbar für ein weiteres gutes Jahr in dem wir viel Zeit mit Freunden und Familie in Kanada, der Karibik und Europa verbringren konnten. Wir wünschen Euch frohe Weihnachten und ein gesegnetes Jahr 2020.
Reinhard & Sheila