Thursday, January 25, 2018

In the pink

We have had some lovely warm tee shirt and shorts weather recently, even a few nights without lighting the log burner. Mildest winter for 20 years so they say. This produces some beautiful sunsets
and with 9 furries some one always gets in on the act.

This time is was Monster, posing quite happily
I have enjoyed sitting in the Naya, in the sun just relaxing, I caught some horrible tummy bug last weekend which laid me low, so the warmth and rays were welcome.
Quite a change from last year as we had lots of snow at this time.  The almond blossom is making its appearance slightly early, always beautiful pink and white hue to the landscape

Although they are forecasting a gotafria style storm over the weekend, so just hope it doesn't get knocked off before its begun.

We have just had 5 cubic meters of logs delivered, a huge pile! It takes about 30 wheelbarrow loads to get it from the drive into the wood shed, we did 10 yesterday so a third of the way, must be done before the weekend though, just in case, no sense in getting it wet.

Have fun
take care

Monday, January 15, 2018

Lush, beading and knitting

I´ve probably mentioned before about the strong bond Rebecca and I share, so much so that one only has to think of ringing the other  and the other rings too.
Would you believe, as like last Christmas, this year we bought each other the same gift, even the same product.
Although it was difficult, I kept a straight face when I received my gift first, wonderful pampering from Lush, lovely Rose shower gel, argan cream and bath bombs.

It was such a lovely moment when Rebecca opened her parcel to reveal her Lush goodies
Then we fell about and had huge hugs.
Last year we did the same, giving beautiful mandela colouring books, along with colour pencils, even down to the pencil sharpener. Amazing.
Wonder what next Christmas will bring.

I have spent several days making bracelets to put on my display board at our local restaurant
I decided to just make the one pattern but in various colourways for quickness as the restaurant had opened after the holidays and I needed to fill some spaces.

I thought I would add different styles later on

Last year I knitted a cushion cover for some serviceable  cushions, just didn´t like the material, basically making it up as I went along, I think it was a double moss stitch
I finished and fitted it, then started the second. Turned into a bit of a UFO so I finished knitting it, altering it slightly then sewed it up and I am quite pleased with the result.
Only thing is, the first cushion has been there for several months and has been loved by some of the furries, hence a slight colour change lol

Ages ago I purchased some random skeins and balls of yarn that were being offered at knock down prices. Some were ribbon, others merino or llama, various thicknesses and colours. I just wanted to see what they were like, its always difficult to order on line without the luxury of a quick feel first.

Today I had a ´moment´ and found a 50g ball, lovely colourway, very soft merino and decided to knit something, again using the double moss stitch, this is what I made
I have several large spider plants that usually stay outside full time, I take the ´babies´ pot them whilst still attached, then separate them when they are established. I have found they become much sturdier plants that way. It also allows me to replace any that may get damaged by the cold or sat on by the furries.

Spider plants are also good for removing chemicals from the air and for their ability to absorb carbon monoxide, so thought having one in the lounge with the log burner going would be a good idea. I didn't have a decorative pot holder, so I cut down an 8L water bottle, dressed it in its new coat, and popped the plant inside.
Think there may be a bit of yarn bombing going on soon

Have fun, take care


Thursday, January 11, 2018


No, we haven´t been travelling
I know its been over for a while, but I thought I would share our continuing Christmas pressie
Rebecca and Antoni woke us on our fun day with a lovely cuppa and two pressies.
They were very heavy, bulky, knobbly and long
Have you guessed yet?
Tad dah
We trimmed the ends and put them in water, which seemed to have extended their life
so we can pick what we want.
Good job we like brussels

Chris enjoys capturing the sunsets, he puts out several cameras, some on a time lapse and gets some lovely results. This one is taken in the other direction looking south towards Altea.
He selected his best shots from the vicinity including our popular restaurant and turned them into postcards, which seem to go down very well with all the visitors. 

As Antoni returned to the Uk at the weekend, Rebecca has stayed here for a couple of days, which has been really lovely. Catching up, doing hair, taking me to hospital for results of the Well Women checks, (all fine!) and even going out to lunch. All very enjoyable.
Today it´s her turn for hair treatments, she mixes a dye of cyclamen and purple which I apply for her, it looks really good when done, with the majority of her hair having a purple hue and the bleached panel, vibrant.
So had better go and get to it.
Take care