I've also just returned from a three weeks' stay at our house in the area and had a thoroughly enjoyable time. The area continues to look smarter as pavements are renewed, and beautiful displays of poinsettias everywhere helped to promote the seasonal spirit.
But there was one thing that horrified and appalled me - the blatant disregard of many to the life guards' warnings on Arena beach. The sea was rough most of time and red flags were flying every day. Often the lower part of the beach, where enormous waves were breaking, was taped off.
Yet still people - and, worse, children - were playing in the water, ignoring the frantic whistles of the life guards, and some even arguing with them. They could have lost their footing and been smashed onto the rocks or swept out to sea, and because of their stupidity, it would have been the life guards who would have had to risk their own lives to try and rescue them.
Do they think they know better than the boys in red who spend everyday on the beach, understand the dangers of waves, currents and tides, and work very hard so that holiday makers can have a good, safe time?