Life in the Slow Lane

Monday, 2 May 2016


Hello my friends!......the calendar tells me it's the first Monday in May but my brain finds it difficult to believe!

Being Monday, it's time to consider what 'firsts' might have occurred in the last few days and to try to remember if I learned anything new...all at the behest of the lovely SIAN.

No first time doing anything for me this weekend......BUT the first cherries are beginning to ripen on my net-covered tree 

I also said farewell to my first houseguest of the season....I've had a lovely week with my friend Lyn; it does however mean that I MAY have over-indulged on the eating and drinking front:

just ONE of our outings!

I suppose I could say that I've learned (though actually it's  RE-LEARNED) that after a week over overindulging, the body most definitely needs a bit of a detox! it's been lots of fresh fruit and water today sensible head is most definitely attached!

Wishing you all a good week....

Thanks for dropping by!
Take care of you
Alison xx

Monday, 18 April 2016


It's time to check in with SIAN and her merry band of 'Monday-ers' before yet another Monday has passed me by.

No 'firsts' this weekend.....all 'repeats': a hospital visit to check on some friends,another trip to a Garden Centre to buy this little lot:

.....then of course I spent some time planting them! 

Sunday saw me a Street Market in a neighbouring village, helping run a Book Stall for JVH (the Charity with which I'm involved):

....followed by a rather nice dinner with friends!

What did I learn?......that sometimes it's worth paying someone with the right tools to do a job!...I have been snipping away at a Honeysuckle which was well past it's 'sell by' date with my secateurs for about a month, and was getting of the local lads got rid of the thing in less than an hour with some sort of electrical implement!!

Enjoy your week my friends!

Thanks for dropping by!
Take care of you
Alison xx


Monday, 4 April 2016


Can you believe it's the first Monday in April? I remember my gran saying (often) that time flies the older you get; in my youth I naively thought she was 'haverin' ( a good Scottish word meaning 'talking nonsense') I know differently!

Being Monday, it's time to check in with SIAN and the 'usual suspects' to share something new we might have learned or something we might have done for the first time during the course of the weekend.

The weekend itself saw me getting the house back to 'normal' after having my Craig and Kirsty and HER Craig here for a week....I also got to spend time doing some planting in my garden and for the FIRST time we now have some garden furniture under our pergola:

I also decided that this year, for the FIRST time, I am getting serious with the birds eating the cherries off our, I haven't gone out and bought an airgun or anything drastic.....I have draped a net over said tree:

.....and am hoping it does the trick.

I have resorted to looking up a website of trivia to be able to report something new I have learned....and I actually DID learn something that pertains to ME....did YOU  know that the word 'LETHOLOGICA' describes the state of not being able to remember the word you want? You wouldn't believe how many times that happens to me...please tell me I'm not alone!!

Have a good week my friends...hope it's not too LETHOLOGICAL for you (or me for that matter!)

Thanks for dropping by!
Take care of you
Alison xx

Monday, 28 March 2016


Happy Easter my friends.....hope you've had a relaxing and fairly peaceful weekend.

Here?...there have been a few 'firsts'- not first time EVERS but certainly first time this year!

Take Friday for was warm enough at 9 o'clock in the morning to sit outside (in short sleeves) and enjoy my coffee!

Later that day another first......the sound of laughter and of a recorder being played from one of the houses behind me!  The people who own it live in Valencia and use it as a holiday/weekend home and don't start using it until Easter weekend....I am glad to say that say that the recorder player has improved over the years!

My first houseguests have also arrived....Kirsty and her Craig arrived last night: I haven't seen her since the beginning of February so it's lovey to have her here for a few days. 

...and finally, the parasol on the terrace had it's first opening today:

Waving at SIAN and the Monday Memorandumers...and anyone else who has popped by!

Thanks for dropping by!
Take care of you
Alison xx

Saturday, 26 March 2016


....with some scrapping this weekend!

You may remember that at the beginning of last year I committed to joining JO in her  FIVE FAVOURITES  project....and that thus far I have gotten as far as MAY!

As it turns out, on going through my photographs from 2016 I have realised that I didn't take as many pictures as I might normally do in the second half of the there will be no five layouts per month for the rest of the year, but I AM determined to finish recording 2016!

With that in mind, and some spare time this weekend here's what I've managed to produce:

This is a scraplift from JO herself...this is her original:

These were 'stolen' from Kirsty's FB page...the photo-bomber is her friend Imane!

I hardly even took any photos when 'the girls' were here...this is us having a last drink whilst they waited for the bus to take them to the airport.

Although I haven't kept to my original committment, I am indebted to JO for giving me a focus for my scrapbooking ...something I had lost for a while.

Hope you are all having a good, but not TOO chocolate-filled weekend!

Thanks for dropping by!
Take care of you
Alison xx 

Tuesday, 15 March 2016


Can I just say that I actually wrote this last night and was sure I had pressed the 'PUBLISH' button!!

Good Monday Evening my friends!....and so beginneth another week....can you believe how quickly this year is passing? 

It was a busy but productive and fun weekend here....not really any 'firsts' that I am aware of though.

Friday saw our Charity's annual auction, which made it a busy week with moving items to the Auction venue but it was worth it, given that we raised almost 3500 euros. 

Saturday morning was spent doing the dreaded housework, then there was a bit of hospital visiting before a quick dash round the supermarket...have I ever mentioned that I hate shopping- ESPECIALLY food shopping!....which left me some time for a little bit of scrapbooking:

On Sunday morning a couple of us attended a special Mass to bless the opening of the local Catholic Church charity's Food Bank....I suppose THAT was a first...I've never been to an outdoor Mass before!

In the evening a group of us headed down to one of the 'big' towns (Denia) at the coast, to watch a Children's Dance Group performing...they were raising money for our Charity and there lots of 'ooh'ing and 'ahh'ing at the little ones and lots of awe and respect for the older girls. 

The weekend was finished off with a rather nice plate of pasta before heading for home .

I am struggling to think of anything new I's very possible that I DID learn something new but that I have totally forgotten it!

Waving to SIAN and the 'Mondayers' and wishing you all a good week

Thanks for dropping by!
Take care of you
Alison xx

Tuesday, 1 March 2016


A day late, but here I am waving to SIAN and her regular group Monday wavers for Memorandum Monday: a chance to share something new you did or learned over the weekend.

My lesson learned was on Friday night, when I turned up at a Charity function ( which promised to be a night of 60's, 70's and 80's music)....

....dancing shoes on and raring to go. When the group started of by playing 'Let your Love Flow' by The Bellamy Brothers ...before the meal I hasten to add so no-one was dancing....I thought 'this could be a good night'. Unfortunately, that was the 70's finished and the rest of the night was dedicated to the 60's apart from  a VERY bad attempt at Springsteen's 'Born to Run'! 

Two lessons were learned : you should never believe everything you read on a ticket and that 60's music (at least to someone whose teenage years were in the 70's and dancing to 'disco music') is hard to dance to- of course maybe that was just the music they chose to play on the night.

The rest of the weekend? ....Saturday was a day of shopping, gardening and
 scrapbooking (!) and Sunday saw me at a Birthday Lunch for a very dear friend who was 87 years young that day

I sincerely hope that I look as good as that when I'm 87!

I do hope you all have a good week and that signs of Spring are arriving in your corner of Blogland!

Thanks for dropping by!
Take care of you
Alison xx