Friday, 17 February 2017

Back home one week

Thought it was time to try and catch up with what has been happening since we got back from our holiday on February 10th. Of course the first thing was washing and yet more washing, food shopping and sorting out finances... all very boring stuff. The family had invited us for dinner so that was well received.

Sunday I was able to go to Church and gradually being at home and all it entails slipped into place.
Monday was my last visit to the Physio, where I managed to bend my leg another 20 degrees and use the cycle machine. I am still far from back to normal, whatever that is! but I do not need any more treatment, just exercise and walking.

While away on holiday I research and joined Facebook groups concerning journal planning.
This is something I had been wanted to do for a long time, in fact had made a few attempts just using diaries,
 but with little success. A Happy Planner seems to be the answer so I invested in one
 and managed to buy a few stickers and Washi tape while still in Spain.
I will blog more about this later.

Tuesday and Wednesday the girls came to stay and had fun cutting up a load of fleece I had been
given to share with my friends for use with Charity quilts. See on the table behind them.
They also had fun using the Sizzix machine to make Christmas tags from old Christmas cards
hope I remember where I put them next Christmas!

Thursday was IAM day and although most of us seemed to be having troubles or illnesses we had a nice day.
Show and tell was a bit thin on the ground, but Jenny's caterpillar bag was a  big hit.

My Show and Tell was the pair of socks I had knitted while driving through France and Spain
Using Opal, Pop Corn wool I received for my birthday.

These snowdrops where such a welcome sight in my garden

There are two different types of snowdrops in the garden, I love the big heads on this clump.
Finished off the week with a visit to the dentist for an Xray, which will be followed by a crown and £320 bill!

Friday, 10 February 2017

Mont Saint Aignan

Another ten hours travelling through miles of thick boring fog and a long hold up on the Autoroute.
Our 2nd night en route home is at the Kyriad Hotel just north of Rouen at Mont St Aignan
After a quick cuppa we went in search of fuel and somewhere to eat, followed by a walk around the Carrafour next door. Both very tired.

Next stop the Eurotunnel and home after six weeks away.

Wednesday, 8 February 2017

Pau overnight

Up early for our travels home. We left Villa Martin Spain at 7am with a temperature of 12c.
Every kind of weather was thrown at us as we travelled towards France, howling winds that rocked the car, flurries of snow and rain and some weak sunshine. Temperature dropped to .5c at one point,  burr!
We had hoped to travel over the Pyrenees but the snow was so bad we needed snow chains, so had to take the tunnel instead.
The Somport tunnel that joins Spain to France is 5.3 miles long and at an elevation of 1632miles.
The scenery on the French side was spectacular, lots and lots of snow,  but the road had been kept clear, we passed a snow plough moving the snow aside. Many waterfalls poured into the river of glacier water. I always love the colour of these rivers, so strange.
A stop for lunch in Zaragoza at KFC and then onward to Pau and the
Appart'Hotel Victoria Garden Pau, our first night stop back in France.
We are on the sixth floor and have a view across town.
Including seeing about a dozen parachutes tumble out of a plane 
that seemed to be the same height as us!

The apartment which cost less than £50 for the night is great
With a small kitchen hot plate and microwave, table and chairs etc..

Tuesday, 7 February 2017

The Weather

Tomorrow we leave Spain for our trip through France home. I thought I would check the weather, maybe it would have been better if I did not!
At this moment it is
23c here and the sun is shining beautifully
2c at El Potalet in the Pyrenees and such a lot of snow we might not ba able to go over the pass, even the tunnel has big restrictions.
6c at Pau our first overnight stop... snow and cold
8c at Rouen our final night in France
7c at home
All the nights are really forecast cold... do we really want to go home?
 I guess the answer is yes, I am missing my Happy Room and family but I wonder if I can take the 23c with me.

Sunday, 5 February 2017

Sunday in the sunshine

Friday the next 20 rows of the Attic24 Heathland crochet CAL were announced, we are moving into the sky area and the pretty blues.
Sorting out this weeks colours
Saturday we decided to do some exploring, and set off for Redovan and the National Park, most of the park involved climbing up a very steep hill, so we contented ourselves with ambling about on the low slopes.

Not a soul in sight even though it is Saturday and a large park area.

Wow this looks interesting I need a closer look

Peeping through a hole in the fence this is the sight.. amazing!

Sunday here we are at the market for breakfast and a wander around the stalls.
loved this guys baskets so nice to see hand craft.

Amazing shoes for sale

Just one of the many isles and the market is only just opening.

Someone was up early making all this bread and being on the market for 8am!

Miniature motorbikes and cycles for sale
The temperature reached 22 C on Saturday and by 10am this morning was already 20 C but with a strong wind, Chris is loving sun bathing every minute he can, while I'm happy looking for a little shade and doing my crochet. It feels like a life time since we were home, one more week and this holiday will start to become a memory.

Thursday, 2 February 2017

Road Runner?

The weather has suddenly changed and we have had some really hot days. Chris likes to spend the afternoons sun bathing while I spend a little time outside enjoying the sun and working on my crochet. In fact friends are commenting that I have sunburn, which is most unusual for me as I don't take sun burn very well.
Earlier in the week we again visited the restaurant at San Miguel for their Menu of the Day. I enjoyed salmon and avocado salad, followed by pork fillet with vegetables and completed the meal with profiterole cake and a glass of apple juice [could have had half a bottle of wine, but I do not drink], all for 9 euros. [£8.50]
Chris walked home the 4 miles along the canal!!

A couple of evenings have been spent with our friends playing cards, always a nice way to spend the evening. Plus a visit to San Javier to see a few friends and raid the Chino Bazaar shop for candles and craft items followed by a quick lunch at Burger King in La Zenia watching a singer perform in at least three languages was very nice.

At home I drink Barley Cup, a coffee substitute, but the jar I brought with me is almost empty so I translated the contents into Spanish and went on a Barley Cup hunt. A Health Food shop said she could get me a jar for 12 euros, no way would I spend that much! However a visit to a local Mercadona grocery store and BINGO we found it for 1.50euros, that's about £1.30. I pay £4 a jar at home, so today I bought 12 jars to take home with me, good job we came by car.

Great shop found in Torrevieja along the pedestrian walk way

Torrevieja sea front, love the concrete seats that have built looking out to sea.
Not sure if you can see the cats, but there were four cats sunbathing near the wall
that did not even move when Chris walked out for the picture.

A walk around the area this morning [Thursday] and we spotted this bird,
looks like a road runner but I don't really know what it is.

Monday, 30 January 2017

To the coast

Friday fish and chips as usual, thought you had seen enough pictures of plates of food
 so here is Chris waiting for the guy in the kitchen to cook his cod and chips!

Saturday was really chilly, there has been a lot of cold winds, so we went for a ride to the beach and stopped to walk along the broadwalk. Dressed in  jackets we set off and soon realised we had found a very nice sheltered area and sat admiring the view, and loving the heat. I managed to walkover 3000steps, a real record for me.

Punta Prima broadwalk, just look at that lovely blue sky and sea

Sunday woke to a lovely sky, my little camera does not do it justice.
We were up early to enjoy our English breakfast and some shopping at the large Sunday market.
Played cards in the evening with Pauline and Brian.


The wonderful aroma that treated me this morning meant I had to find a new way of holding up the hyacinths as they had flopped over. Of course there are limited items in a rental villa, but the kitchen roll holder and ribbon that decorated my candles means they are fairly upright now.
Two of them are twins, so my one Euro buy will have a total of five flowers.
Together with a cup of hot chocolate what better start to the day.

Saturday, 28 January 2017

Friday means......

Friday means....The next release of colour order for the Attic24 CAL (crochet along)
I can't wait to see which of the Stylecraft Special DK colours will be used from the original selection that has not been used already.
Nine different colours will e used this week, only one, Wisteria, has not be used before.
Friday also mean Fish and Chips. A walk involving over 2750 steps should counteract the calories!

Friday, 27 January 2017


La Mata-Torrevieja lagoons to the south of Alicante are the source of tons of salt daily.
The two lagoons are divided by "El Chaparrel" with the Mata lagoon providing the heat and the Torrivieja lagoon the salt production.

The tourist information centre for the Nature Park Reserve
surrounding the lagoons

Until recently only crops were grown in the park,
but now the farmers have been allowed to plant vines for the production of wine

Chris found a friend, must be all the salt makes them grow so tall!

There is a 1.6 mile walk around the park, ideal for bird watching
as the lagoons attract many species 

The history of the Vineyards

On the Torrevieja lagoon site the salt is piled high,
looks like snow covered mountains

The lagoon is very picturesque 

The conveyor belt loaded with salt travels to the sea
passing under the main town to waiting ships

Thursday, 26 January 2017

Crochet update

My Heathland crochet blanket based by Attic24 on the heathland of Yorkshire looks just as much at home here in sunny Spain.
I have been really enjoying working on it and each colour change spurs me on to keep going.
This is the life, sunshine and crochet project

Time for some sunshine

I thought it was time for some sunshine so changed the picture on my heading.
It was a lovely sunny day yesterday so we set off for Las Salinas de Torrevieja just a few miles along the coast. Torrevieja is a large town/city and we struggled to find the area we were looking for, but once we did it was well worth it.
A tall wall with a walk way on the top surrounds the harbour and for 2 euros you can park all day. Only slight drawback were the steps to reach it, lots of steps made of planks of wood, not my thing at all but I managed to make it to the top. The views were wonderful out to sea, the town and the harbour. In fact I managed to walk over 1500 steps according to my FitBit which considering my poor old knees was quite an achievement !
The view from the car parking area.

High on the walk way, lovely blue sky

View of Torrevieja

Sculpture by Carmen Fraile Escultora called
La Bella Lola represents a woman waiting for her lover.

The view of the harbour behind La Bella Lola

Wednesday, 25 January 2017

oops where did the last week go?

Suddenly its a week since I blogged, so here is a catch up if I can remember what we have been doing! Most of the time we just laze about and enjoy the rest, The weather has not been good, some rain and howling wind not at all the usual for this part of Spain.I'll let the photos I have taken tell the story...
I love these beautiful tiles

La Plaza Villa Martin

Golf golf and more golf all around us
These tiles are on the walls of the Plaza

The wild sea

A cold windy day

But the sun is trying to break through

Chris trying to tell the time with the giant sun dial, pity the sun is not out!

I love this coast line

I've had a word with these hyacinths, they have to come out before we leave.
They were only 3 for a euro and I could not resist them.
Wonder what colour they will be.

Visited the hairdresser at the Plaza for a cut and blow dry,
my first visit to a hairdresser in two years.
She was very good and spoke good English.
While I was there I booked an appointment for a massage the following day.
I have been suffering bad back ache.
The guy was great and spent an hour giving me heat treatment and massage

Back to the restaurant at San Miguel but this time we are with the Whites
I had the cheese starter, this would have been a full lunch back home.
My main course was sole and so good I forgot to take a photo

Me with new haircut, Pauline, Brian, Paula and Julian
Chris behind the camera

Almond dessert, yummy
All these three courses plus a salad starter and bottle of wine
or in my case an apple juice all for Nine Euros, which is about £8.50