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Posted by - ® Mark (admin) on January 25, 2007 at 4:53 pm:

In Reply to: Stunning View posted by Catherine on January 25, 2007 at 2:44 pm:

of red wine, you clearly are someone after my own heart! We are spoilt for choice here, although I tend to prefer Spanish Riojas, we also get some stunning Duoros and Alentejos (Portuguese) here; some are actually without sulphates. I buy in bulk when the supemarkets have specials, and typically pay just 5 Euros for a good (very good vineyard I mean) Rioja Reserva with my greatest bargain was a load of Grand Reserva at just 8 Euros a bottle. We get some stunning cavas (champagne) too for only 3 Euros a bottle if we wait and keep our eyes open for the specials! After all, every traditional Spanish and Portuguese house in this region have "adegas" or wine vaults. The log fire is great. I wonder how much longer log fires will be possible or even allowed. They give a totally different kind of heat and provide combined tv too.

The view? Every day I get up and do my early morning chores, which includes feeding the dogs and then going down round the house to take the kitchen scraps to the chickens (duly isolated by thin mesh wire and hard roofs so neither wild birds nor wild bird droppings can get in amongst them). As I turn the corner and go down (we are on a river bank) I see the mountains and every day it is a different view. I know somewhere else, forget where, coined the phrase "The Big Sky" but that is what I enjoy every day; I do not think there is a day I don't stop if even for a second to enjoy the view.

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