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VINCENT AND MASUN IN THE KIDDIE’S LONDON BUS AT GRAN ALACANT, AN AREA WHERE A LOT OF BRITISH PEOPLE LIVE
The busy year started in Spain: Elche tour! The Christmas vacation got off to a good start by us all spending Christmas in Spain. Vincent stayed on longer for New Year as well. We spent some time before and after Christmas with Masun and family, and the actual Christmas days were spent at Soledad’s house, with her daughter Lyndi, her grandson Delbin, and his dad, Felix. A friend of Lyndi was also there. Everywhere we went, we ate the most amazing food, and it was a real treat not to have to do
CHRISTMAS DAY AT SOLEDAD’S HOUSE. FRIENDS OF OVER 40 YEARS, LYNDA &SOLEDAD NEXT TO FELIX AND DELBIN
all the work that is entailed with Christmas. Soledad and Lyndi really worked hard to make sure that we had the best of everything and it was certainly a time we will never forget. The time spent with Masun’s family was also wonderful and we were able to go out to a special dinner to celebrate Masun’s degree. We were quite surprised how cold it was in the houses , even though it was 20 degrees, or sometimes more, outside by day,
LYNDA, FRANS AND VINCENT TAKING SOLEDAD, HER DAUGHTER LYNDI, AND GRANDSON OUT TO A MEAL
with a bright azure and cloudless sky, This reminded me a lot of Australia, where I arrived in the middle of their winter, in August, and was simply frozen in my first little apartment, when it got so suddenly and rapidly cold at night, in houses without heating. Masun’s family were kind enough to supply us with a heater and more blankets! However, we did go back with a bit of a suntan! A wonderful time, with lovely people!
JOSÉ, ASUN, FRANS, LYNDA AND VINCENT AT MASUN’S HOUSE
PHOTOS FROM DARKEST WINTER
TOP LEFT: THE BACK OF OUR HOUSE AND THE ICED OVER CANAL IN JANUARY, 2012. TO THE RIGHT OF THAT, A VIEW OF THE PARK NEAR TO OUR HOUSE. STANDING PHOTO OF LYNDA, TAKEN AT BALLATER, WHERE QUEEN VICTORIA USED TO COME BY TRAIN TO GO TO BALMORAL. `BOTTOM LEFT: THE BOOTS IN VINCENT’S ROOM AT THE OLD FIRE STATION. TO THE RIGHT OF THAT, JAMES AND VINCENT OUT WITH US FOR AN INDIAN MEAL IN ABERDEEN.
Frans is now fully enjoying retirement and has taken up music studies Frans is becoming quite the cook, and has now got recipe books constantly open in the kitchen. It is simply amazing how he has taken to the euphonium and what a good sound he is already producing. He hopes to join the band soon, once he feels confident enough and can read music well enough.
LYNDA IS HOPING TO DO MORE TRAVEL WHEN THE WORLD FINANCIAL SITUATION IMPROVES Missing trips to Finland and to the US Although we are missing our longer haul trips to further away places in the world, and our “endless summers” in Finland, we are glad to have the opportunity to be able to spend quite a bit of time in France, Spain the UK and Scotland. In the meantime, let’s also hope for an improvement in the world financial situation, so that those other exciting trips will also be within our reach again. In the meantime, brushing up on the languages and acquiring the ability to speak new languages, will make it seem more exciting when we do manage to travel further afield. Spending a lot of time in Spain Vincent is of course, spending a lot of time in Spain these days, and the azure sky and welcoming sunlight makes a good contrast with the dark bleakness of a Scottish winter. Nevertheless, Aberdeen is an exciting place to live and Vincent is very much enjoying his time there. He will enter his third year at Aberdeen University in September and then will start specializing very much more in the actual Immunology and Pharmacology.
F RAN S FRANS HAS BEEN LEARNING THE EUPHONIUM FOR SEVERAL MONTHS AND HAS BEEN PRACTISING SOLIDLY ALMOST EVERY DAY! HIS TEACHER USED TO BE IN THE ROTTERDAM CONSERVATORY TRAINING ORCHESTRA WITH VINCENT AND SHE HAS JUST GOT HER B.A. IN MUSIC PERFORMANCE ON THE TROMBONE.
LY N DA THIS IS A PICTURE OF LYNDA IN IRELAND, WHERE SHE WENT TO VISIT HER GOOD FRIEND SUSAN, WHO WAS WORKING ON HER PHD AT CORK UNIVERSITY. LYNDA IS LEARNING SPANISH AND TRYING TO BRUSH UP HER FRENCH. SHE HAS DECIDED THAT 2012-13 WILL BE THE ACADEMIC YEAR OF THE LANGUAGES FOR HER. SHE WANTS TO TAKE EXAMS IN SPANISH.
VINCENT VINCENT WILL MOVE INTO A NEW APARTMENT IN ABERDEEN IN AUGUST AND THEREAFTER, HE WILL NOT HAVE TO MOVE EVERY SUMMER, BECAUSE IT IS A 12 MONTH RENEWABLE CONTRACT. HE HAS NOW FINISHED HIS 2ND YEAR AT ABERDEEN UNIVERSITY, WITH SUCCESS AND LOOKS FORWARD TO NEXT YEAR’S STUDIES.
Twice yearly newsletter is up and running, and website is in place. Now to get the news out to people to read it! Lynda is having a lot of fun this year doing all sorts of new things on the computer. This newsletter is one of them! I plan to send them out twice a year and hope that most people will have email addresses soon, in order to make it easier to keep in contact. I got snowed under with my address book. after years of good organization with addresses, I’m afraid I let it go and it got out of hand. However, with my increasing techie skills, I am hoping to conquer these problems and to reach all the people I would like to reach, more often. Despite the fact that it saves enormous amounts of money on postage, the wonderful photos, slideshows and newsletters that can be communicated via the computer, can make contact so marvelous, and people can see so much about what you are
BENEATH, YOU CAN SEE VINCENT’S ROOM LAST YEAR IN THE “OLD FIRE HOUSE’ IN ABERDEEN. NOTE THE WHISKY “ON TAP” IN THE LEFT HAND CORNER!
doing and live a part of your life with you. By the same token, when people send us similar information, we really enjoy reading it. Some events to look forward to for the rest of the year, are Janice and Ivor’s 25th wedding anniversary in Newcastle, at the end of July, (where we will hook up with the whole family); taking Vincent back to Aberdeen and installing him in the new place in late August; October in Spain, with James, just after José’s birthday; a possible visit from Catherine and her son, Christopher, who may prune some of our trees back, since he is now an up and coming tree surgeon; and a concert of my band in November, in which Frans might play for the first time. In an ideal world, with money falling from the skies, we would also visit Susan in Saudi, go to Australia and take a cruise at Christmas - but, oh well... Closer to home, we are also planning to clear areas of the garage and the garden, sand down and paint the stairs, and sell a lot of things on the internet that we no longer need. Maybe then, we will be able to enter the world of dreams!
WORK AND H O M E F RO N T
LY NDA AT S C H O O L , CHECKING WORK
LYNDA & F RANS AT TH E MO U L ES & F RITES NIG H T IN VILLAMBL ARD
VINC ENT IN FRANCE
AN ITEM FOUND IN VINCENT’ S KITCHEN AT THE OLD FIRE HOUSE IN ABERDEEN, BEF O RE H E LEFT - DON’T GO THERE!
PHOTOS FROM THIS YEAR SO FAR
Too many photos to choose from this year! A GOOD YEAR SO FAR 1. CHRISTMAS IN SPAIN AT SOLEDAD’S HOUSE 2. SPENDING TIME WITH VINCENT & MASUN AT JOSÉ & ASUN’S PLACE 3. GOING TO ABERDEEN WITH JAMES IN FEBRUARY 4. GREAT SUMMER IN FRANCE 5. LYNDA ATTENDING A CONFERENCE IN MAASTRICHT
We have been enjoying a good year so far. Lynda has been starting to learn Spanish, and intends to go on seriously again in September. She will be taking the DELE exams, starting off with A1, of course.
over-licking condition. Starting in August, Lynda will be taking a course at school to teach English as a second language, which ends in an official qualification. It will no doubt come in very handy in the future.
Frans will be going on with his euphonium lessons and looks forward to joining the band whenever he is ready. Our cats sway to the music he plays, and seem to like it just as much as to Vincent playing the violin!
Lynda is also in the process of brushing up her French, since the trips to France seem to be becoming fairly regular. Masun is also taking French courses over the summer to prepare for her MA in Translation Studies at the University of Murcia, next year.
The cats are well, and as I write, they are on their own personal holiday at the pension at the animal shelter, from whence they came. Stipje is getting on a bit now, but still runs up trees at the seep of light! Unfortunately, he is still a bit bald, and still has his stress-related
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