It is a tradition in Holland to celebrate New year’s Eve with traditional sweet treats called ‘oliebollen’ (delicious round doughnuts with dried fruits and coated with icing sugar) and ‘appelflappen’ (tasty apple fritters) downed with Champagne (in Spain Cava), so when we called on our Dutch neighbours today the spread was laid out in their garden for visitors to enjoy.
It was a great afternoon in the winter sunshine by the sea.
It was not just for the Dutch. We recognised local Spanish neighbours as well as people from Germany, Belgium and Nigeria.
The treats were not just for humans. The two perros de agua (Spanish water dogs) of Graciela, the village nurse, were anxious not to miss out.
We hope we have enough room and energy for the 12 grapes at midnight.