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CHRISTMAS AT MARCO POLO

Dave and Tracy Parker of Marco Polo in Competa have made some great changes since taking over the management of the shop a couple of years ago. These changes have definitely come to fruition for them and with Christmas approaching they intend the shop to be even bigger and better stocked than before. Either in stock now or will be arriving in time for your Christmas purchases are Christmas cards both singles and boxed can be bought, crackers, decorations for the tree and your home along with wrapping paper, labels, ribbons and advent calendars. Their sweet section, which is also part of their 2 euro range of products, will provide host to Christmas sweets and biscuits, shortbread and of course selection boxes. The 2 euro line was a recent initiative and has proved extremely successfully and the section continues to grow and expand. Not only does it consist of sweets but also a range of well known British household products. “Attention Landlords, Letting Agents etc, contact Marco Polo for Welcome Packs of toiletries, etc to save guests having to bring these itmes in their hand luggage” The summer range of dresses will now be replaced with scarves, shawls and gloves, ideal ideas for Christmas presents or just because the colder weather is approaching. Another less festive change is the creation of the library room. The DVD section has been cleaned out and replaced with more books than before and a couple of chairs for you to look for that perfect book in comfort! The DVDs are still being sold off along with the normal line of rentals. Get there fast for the best DVDs at bargain prices, especially ideal for those of you with holiday homes with DVD players for your guests.

INTERVIEW WITH EL CORTIJO

This month we interview Aurelia and Natalia from El Cortijo restaurant in Competa. Este mes entrevistamos Aurelia y Natalia de restaurante El Cortijo en Competa. Have you lived in Competa all your lives? We are two women, Natalia and Aurelia. Aurelia is from a village near Competa, called Arenas, however she has been living in Competa for 19 years. Natalia is from Latvia and has lived in Competa for 15 years. Ha vivido en Competa toda sus vidas? Somos dos mujeres , Natalia y Aurelia Aurelia es de un pueblo cercano a Competa , llamado Arenas , y lleva viviendo en Competa 19 años.Yo Natalia , soy de Latvia , vivo en Competa 15 años. What do you like about Competa? Competa is a town where 30 distinct nationalities reside. The Competa lanscape combines the coast and the beautiful mountains. ¿Qué os gusta de Cómpeta? Competa es un pueblo , unico donde conviven personas de 30 nacionalidades distintas.Los paisajes de Competa tambien son unicos con una convinacion de costas y montañas preciosas. Did you always want to own your own business? Our restaurant "El Cortijo" is our first business. Life often gives opportunities to learn new things. Our motto is: everything is possible, if you really want and you do everything for it. You never know the opportunities or surprises that life can give you.

HOW THE REDWOODS WEEP

The biggest trees in the world are the Giant Sequoias or Redwoods; they are probably one of the oldest known things on Earth. The biggest living tree of all is known as General Sherman. It is 83.8m tall with a girth, at near ground level, of 31.3m; the spread of the crown is 33m and the first branch breaks at 40m. It is probably about 2000 years old. Mega in every way! These giant trees grow naturally in the higher elevations of the Sierra Nevada mountains in California; not so very different to our climate here around Cómpeta. The name sequoia is believed to be taken from the famous Cherokee Indian, Sequoyah who is accredited with the Cherokee syllabary, or writing by symbols. The big red tree named for the famous red man! Now I'm not suggesting you plant one of those giants but we do have something very special for you in the garden centre – the weeping sierra redwood or sequoiadendron giganteum 'pendulum'. It's an altogether much smaller proposition, to around 12m high and 1m, or a little more, wide and a real character of a tree. It is fantastical, whimsical and fun, forming mystical and mythical shapes; on dark wintry nights it can appear spooky and ghostly, like something from the wonderful tales of the Brothers Grimm.

BODEGAS BENTOMIZ CHRISTMAS

Bodegas Bentomiz in Sayalonga is planning to celebrate Christmas in style with live music and sumptuous dining … and one or two glasses along the way … Every winery has its own personality and Bodegas Bentomiz, the business that Dutch owners Clara and André began as a hobby, is distinguished by a mixture of hedonism, elegance and the capacity to create a perfect environment for the enjoyment of gastronomy and culture. Their beautiful building is typical of their approach – it stands out as unusual; it is stylish and modern, but they chose to clad the outside in a slate that looks like the local bedrock, so that it blends in perfectly with its environment. The same could be said of Clara and André! In the last year, as the reputation of their wonderful wine-centred restaurant has grown (see their TripAdvisor reviews and you will see that the superlatives are deserved), they have begun to venture into events, from private birthday parties to full-blown concerts with the most wonderful, vibrant music played as the sun went down at concerts in July and September.

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