Picture of the Week

11 March 2012

Week 10: office, food, home

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A very mixed week, so there are pictures from the office, from my dog walks, from home and from cycling in the hills. The first two pictures are actually from the preceding week, I had simply forgotten to download the card into the computer.

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We had the monthly wine tasting at the office. This is one of the first-time participants. Katie is from the UK Intellectual Property Office and will be working with us as a Seconded National Expert for a couple of years. She is great fun, and of course she was keen to join the wine club:
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Another wino at the tasting:
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The next two pictures are from my cycling runs in the mountains around here. The main purpose is training, so I do not stop much to take pictures, but I do carry my Panasonic LX3 in the handlebar bag, just in case.

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Busot is a pretty town on a hill that is a fixture on my usual route:
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Aigües is another village where I usually stop. This is its main street, and on this particular day there was some sort of fiesta:
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Next, a couple of pictures from Salines de Santa Pola, where I drove down during lunch one day to make a panorama.

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Salt at the water’s edge:
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Salt mountain:
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Then some pictures from the office. We have had a group of consultants from Barcelona working with us to build a Balanced Scorecard for our office. Their involvement came to an end this week, so we were obliged to go out for dinner to celebrate. Tough life.

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Melanie studies the scorecard with the consultants:
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Same scene as before, but in monochrome and with a very different focus:
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Wednesday night, dinner at L’Arruz in the centre of Alicante. Pilar was entrusted with the important task of ordering the appetizers, assisted by Melanie:
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One of our tapas, langostinos:
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Finally, some pictures from home and from my daily dog walks.

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Furniture recycling on our street. Spain is pretty backwards when it comes to recycling of larger items. There are bottle and paper containers around, but if you have something big to get rid of, there is no central place to take it. Instead, people put such things next to the garbage and recycling containers. Usually, stuff is gone within a couple of hours. Here, someone is getting rid of a drawer chest or something like that, but just left it on the bike path. It was gone the next day:
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Every day Cheeta and I walk past this house, and every day we are “attacked” by this fearsome animal:
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More local wildlife, one of the cats living on the golf course. I feed them:
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The golf course is also home to a variety of ducks, geese and other birds. They are cute to look at:
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But it is less cute when some bird has diarrhea on your patio table:
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Saturday night we ate at our favourite tapas place, Los Charros. I was amused by the dish “Huevo del chef”. Those who understand Spanish will know why:
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The panorama I made at Salinas de Santa Pola came out very nice, and can be seen here.

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