Yearly Archives: 2012

Christmas Traditions in Spain

November 27th, 2012|Categories: Christmas Articles|

December 8th – The Christmas season begins with a weeklong observance of the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. Spanish families often travel to the south of the country where the weather is warmer and there may even be flowers in bloom. In many paces such as Seville the Spanish have their own way of celebrating Christmas. In Seville’s great cathedral, they watch ten costumed boys perform an ancient dance called Los Seises to honour the Virgin Mary. In northern Spain, families decorate their balconies with colourful carpets, flags, and flowers and they burn candles all night in the windows. […]

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November 27th, 2012|Categories: Jane Cronin’s Spanish language|

If you think about the letter Y in English, it actually has a dual function.  Sometimes it is a vowel, as in the word “pretty”, and sometimes it is a consonant, as in the word “yellow”.   If you think about it even more and listen carefully to how your mouth forms the sounds, you may even notice that the Y vowel and consonant in English are actually very similar.  For example, if you were to say “iellow” instead of “yellow”, the sound would come out the same.  A very similar relationship exists between the two uses of Y in Spanish.  It can be a consonant, in which case it sounds like the English consonant Y, as in the word “ya” (now) or “yo” (I).  In other instances the Y acts like a vowel, substituting the letter “I” as in the word for ‘and’, which consists of the single letter Y. […]

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People Have Been Killed or Injured in Their Homes Using Gas and Paraffin Portable Heaters.

November 27th, 2012|Categories: Home and Garden Articles|

Many of the houses here in Spain are not built for the cold weather and for ease and money, portable gas fires seem to be the answer, but there are various things that you must be aware of if you are using these appliances. Accidents most frequently occur as a result of gas leaking when people are assembling appliances or changing cylinders or cartridges. Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) is butane or propane stored as a liquid under pressure. A small leak can produce a large volume of highly flammable gas. The gas is heavier than air so that it collects near the floor or ground and can be ignited at a considerable distance from the source of the leak. If escaping gas is ignited in a room or other space there may be a fire and an explosion. […]

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Thinking About Gardening Christmas Presents?

November 27th, 2012|Categories: Gardening Opportunities|

By Clodagh and Dick Handscombe, practical holistic gardeners and authors living and writing in Spain for 25 years If so here are some practical ideas for the gardening members of the [...]

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November 27th, 2012|Categories: Herb of the Month|

Mint is probably one of the most familiar herbs that is used in cooking and medicines throughout the world. There are many different species of mint and it grows prolifically throughout Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia and North America. Mint is a very aromatic herb, the leaves of which can come in various colours from dark green and purple to pale yellow. The leaves tend to have a slightly furred feel to them. Mint likes moist, shaded soil although the plants can grow in full sun. It can become very invasive to other plants and it is advisable to grow it in a pot, or in a bottomless container, sunk in the ground. The flowers of the Mint plant are white to purple which usually develop four seeds contained in a dry capsule. […]

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Old Dogs

November 27th, 2012|Categories: ANIMAL MATTERS|

There is a biologic clock that measures the life of different species. This clock goes faster as dogs are concerned, so we can estimate that the average life is 12-14 years [...]

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Spanish Postal System

November 27th, 2012|Categories: LIVING IN SPAIN|

How to Write Spanish Addresses Correos advises that addresses (dirección) in Spain should be formatted as follows: • Top line: Full name of the recipient, or company name • 2nd line: Type of street, name of street, building number, flat number, entrance number. • 3rd line: Post code and town name • 4th line: Name of province […]

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More Christmas Recipes

November 27th, 2012|Categories: Ma Millbank's Kitchen|

Where did all that heat go? Suddenly, we are back to winter warmers and soups instead of salads. The pool has been covered; the logs have been delivered and out came the quilt for the bed. I can’t believe how quickly the time goes and here we are thinking about Christmas again! Below you will find a few recipes that can be used anytime, but especially over the Christmas period and all really easy to do. I perfected the Sugar-Free Mincemeat recipe several years ago as my husband is diabetic, but it’s well worth a repeat. The Chicken and Vegetable Pie is a real winter warmer and a great way of using up the leftover turkey and vegetables as is the soup. Finally, I’ve added a dessert that couldn’t be easier, but will impress your guests. […]

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Corral & Alcaraz Law Firm

October 31st, 2012|Categories: Legal Services|

     NON RESIDENT TAX All property owners are liable to pay an annual Non Resident Tax. Assess your tax situation with one of our yearly review packages from only €55. [...]

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