Friday, 5 February 2016

Day 15

Such a beautiful start to the day, the sky showing all its glory.

The maintenance man arrived as promised at 9.30 to work on the broken shutter. Chris helped him remove three of the slats and make a temporary fix.

Pauline called to say her arm/neck were so much worse and she would go to the emergency hospital. Last year I had to make a visit there so was able to tell her what to expect. It is always scary in a foreign country where you do not speak the language too well. Eventually she spent the whole day been seen but hopefully the treatment will give her some relief.

A lunch time visit to Quesada resturant for fish and chips was extremely nice, then it was back to the villa to soak up the hot sun all afternoon. Not a good diet day!


Thursday, 4 February 2016

Day 14 candles

Not a lot happening today other than a really nice visit with Pauline and Brian. The weather is very overcast which is just as well as the shutter on the door leading to the garden (sunny side of the house normally) broke this morning and cannot be opened. Luckily the people who look after the house and live locally have arranged for someone to come and mend it tomorrow.

Movie night this evening with lots of pretty candles burning. I love the little tea lights in coloured containers, in fact I like them so much I have bought three packs to take home. I'm beginning to wonder if we will need to buy a trailer for the all the goodies I keep buying I'm sure the car will not be big enough!



Wednesday, 3 February 2016

Day 13 time for a walk

Sun seems to be hiding behind a cloud today, I think the temperature only rose to mid sixties.

We needed some shopping so tried the Mercadona store for a change and managed to get most things on the list. We also paid a visit to MediaMart to see their prices on a FitBit that I have wanted for some time. It was a little dearer than I could get on Amazon in England so we tried the Alcampo store next. They had the same machine €15 dearer but in red my favourite colour. I asked if they would price match and they did plus an extra €1 off, so I am now the proud owner of a FitBit Charge.

I tried and tried to connect it to my iPad until I reached screaming point, over to Mr Fixit. Chris then spent quite sometime only to find my IPad is too old, this looks like it's going to be an Expensive way of tracking my steps if I have to have a new iPad ! However he found a way we can connect to my main computer back home and then transfer it or something to my iPad.

I am hoping the fitbit will encourage me to take more exercise to add to the Candis diet plan I am on. I'm afraid I am not going to be running marathons as my own knee, as opposed to my metal knee, has been really playing me up.


Tuesday, 2 February 2016

Day 12 bargain

Bargain of the day were six zips for 60 cents, that's about 45p. I thought they were such good value, and a size I use often for making little bags and purses in the hoop on my embroidery machine, that I bought three packets. In fact I am in a zipped bag /purse made in the hoop swap when I get home, so at least I'm ready with the Zips!

I have been busy working on my crochet and pleased with the progress so far. The pale colours are such a change for me as I usually go for bright colours. It is lovely to be able to sit outside in the sun to crochet.


Monday, 1 February 2016

Day 11 February 1st.

For the past two weeks I have had a very itchy head, it has got worse and been driving me mad. I awoke this morning thinking I must brave the Pharmacy, which is not easy when you do not speak the language, and do something about it. Then it occurred to me to look on the Internet for a cure, why had I not thought of this before?

A homemade cure was lemon juice, bingo, we have a large lemon tree growing in the garden and I had picked one yesterday. It was early but I could not wait to try the cure... I squeezed out the juice and rubbed it into my head... Agh agh agh ! I suffered the stinging for ten minutes and then showered it off. So far so good nowhere as itchy today and I will repeat it tomorrow.

The most exciting thing that has happened today is a clean car for the costly price of €3, I was beginning to feel really ashamed of the state of it.

For those of you that are suffering in the cold, we had a really hot day today and I would send you some sun if I could. In fact I will probably be suffering with too much sunburn tonight.


Sunday, 31 January 2016

Day 10 Sunday 31st January

Early this morning I checked the weather on my iPad. Looks like we are in for a nice day and it will turn even warmed later in the week, sorry Northampton (home) yours does not look good.


The large Sunday market that we try and make one visit to while here on holiday was our destination for this morning. It is such a colourful place selling everything you could wish for. Some of the stalls are permanent buildings but mostly they are set up on the day. It is very popular with the ex-pat population and often called the English market because so many English go to it.

One stall was offering eyebrow, upper lip, etc hair removal. I decided to give it a try and had a sore upper lip area for the next fifteen minutes!

We met Pauline and Brian who had gone there for breakfast, there is a large selection of places to eat and drink. At one stall a group of men were drinking something in shot glasses at 9 am ! Another stall was offering a bun, coffee and brandy.

During the afternoon Chris helped the Whites with their TV and DVD, as they were having lots of problems using them. Although the day was sunny it was quite windy. We all played cards in the evening.


Saturday, 30 January 2016

Day 9 Saturday

There are many local shops we call China shops, because they are usually run by the Chinese, who seem willing to work really long hours. Near to where we are staying is the entrance to one of these shops that looks really small, what a surprise when you step inside! The store goes on forever and at one point there is a large palm tree growing up through the roof, obviously the store expanded around the tree. The shop sells everything from lipstick, to kitchen ware, electrical gadgets, DIY equipment, clothes etc etc... I love wandering around finding bargains, today I bought candles, lipstick, meat roasting bags, vegetable scraper, socks, a belt and a few other things.

Our next stop was in Zenia Boulevard to visit Alcampo the large grocery store to top up the food cupboard. I am not a big fan of such a large shop, but a friend asked us to buy her a special bottle of brandy and this is probably the only place we can get it. The entrance is British themed with red phone boxes and guards men, why we need to be reminded of home while we are enjoying a different country I have no idea.

The temperature rose this afternoon and we could sit out in shorts enjoying it. Spent the evening watching Person of Interest a favourite Tv programme followed by the Voice.


Friday, 29 January 2016

Day 8 Friday fish and chip day.

Weather not as good as yesterday, no shorts today! Joined Pauline and Brian at Quesada Resturant for the most delicious fish and chips midday.

The evening was spent at the Drivers Bar for quiz night again with Pauline and Brian. We came last and "won" a large bar of chocolate which we broke in half. Apparently it was the best prize as it cost €2.5 where the first prize, a bottle of wine only cost 80cents!

Having managed to walk to both places today I hopefully have worn off the fish and chips calories as I am trying to stick to my new eating regime.


Thursday, 28 January 2016

Santa Clara Convent

At last the sun has come out, in fact it is quite hot today.

We planed a visit to Santa Clara Convent in Murcia and set off mid morning. The city of Murcia is about an hour away from where we are staying. For some reason I had this marked in my notebook and have no idea why!

Murcia is like any big city full of life and cars with hardly space to breathe let alone park the car. We were so lucky right next to the Convent was a single parking space just big enough for our little car.

We entered to Church only to find a service being held, we stood quietly at the back before leaving to wander around the main square. Maybe when the service is over we can take a look around inside. A short distance away I spotted a small sign saying Santa Clara Museum, so in we went. It was free and one of the staff gave us a short tour and explained in English about the Convent.

If is a most interesting place, housing nuns that are completely cloistered from the world and never leave the convent. Originally founded over the Alcazar Seguir a 13th century Islamic Palace, which became part of an archeological dig and that part is open to visitors. Artefacts found on and near the site are on show including wonderful 13th century doorways.

The closed convent overlooking the pond. The four garden beds each grew a different type of fruit, one for each of the seasons, plums, apricots, figs, pomegranate and citrus fruits.

A long corridor on the first floor is where girls entering the convent took off their worldly attire before entering the closed order of the convent, a very quiet and peaceful area with displays of paintings and Christian statues.

Not sure who's coffin this is but quite unusual with the skull and cross bones
Beautiful paintings lined the walls


Back at the adjoining Church we were able to discretely take a few photos, there was lots of lovely lace I would have like to photograph but did not like to spoil the calm of the building.

Cluny style bobbin lace

Originally the only contact with the outside world was through these metal bars with very sharp points.



Wednesday, 27 January 2016

Day 6 Mixed weather

Gradually loosing track of what day it is, a sure sign we are on holiday and no need for a diary.

While out shopping the heavens opened and it poured with rain, but an hour later we were sitting in the sun. It is not quite warm enough for shorts, but nice to be able to sit and crochet in the fresh air. Chris had his head stuck in a book.

The evening was spent with Pauline and Brian playing cards and having a chat, really nice time together.


Tuesday, 26 January 2016

Day 5 Villa Martin

Thought you might like a look around the house we are renting.

The front door, which on the back of the house! The lemon tree is full of huge lemons that smell divine.

The house with the shade is ours, it is on the street, which is very quiet, but technically the back of the house, these are the two bedroom windows. The arches are where the roof garden has seating and a BBQ.

The double bedroom. Opps forgot to take a photo of the twin bed room!

Kitchen and breakfast bar.

Lounge / diner.

The two fleeces I bought yesterday.

Four large packs of crochet blocking boards!

Making a start on my holiday crochet project.