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Thursday, 24 April 2014

ZOOM IN, ZOOM OUT

It's that time of year when I spend a lot of time in the garden...dead-heading, tying plants to posts , moving plants etc..

As I was  out there, I suddenly noticed that the little green bullets which were the start of the cherries only a week or ten days ago, had suddenly begun to ripen...I had to act fast!...last year the birds beat me to it and all I ended up with was a tree full of cherry stones, even though I had tied long strips of plastic to the branches.

This year's solution is tin foil!

ZOOMING OUT





The foils me of when I am having my hair coloured!

ZOOMING IN



What I'm trying to protect!

To see more ZIZOs, pop over HERE, where HELENA will be more than happy to have you visit!

I am off to celebrate dad's eightieth birthday this weekend, so Boo is being left with one of my friends who is coming to dog-sit...I am trying to keep my case hidden until the last minute, as she's already upset that Kirsty and Imane left yesterday!

I do hope you all have a lovely weekend.

Thanks for dropping by!
Take care of you
Alison xx 









Friday, 18 April 2014

ZOOM IN, ZOOM OUT

Rather belatedly (again!) I am joining in with HELENA'S weekly meme:

Wednesday Meme

 
I went out to take some photos in the garden just as dusk was setting in a few nights ago:

ZOOMING OUT

I had just snapped this picture of the new growth around this archway:


ZOOMING IN

Imagine my surprise  shock when I moved to walk through the arch and saw this huge grasshopper!!





you can see the red dust which I still haven't got around to cleaning off after the Saharan rain a couple of weeks ago....also the wires ready to tie in the climbers...there was no way I was removing them to take the picture!!


hoping you all have a good Easter weekend....the sun is shining here: I hope it is for you too!

thanks for dropping by!
Take care of you
Alison xx





 



Sunday, 13 April 2014

THE WEEK THAT WAS

This week has seen me:

RECEIVE......


......another quilt square (and assorted chocolate and scrapping goodies!)...this time from the talented JO over at SUGAR AND SCRAP....thank you Jo!


COMPLETE......



....... this quilt square(though it is not yet posted!)

AND



Week 7 of Project Life






ATTEND......



a Charity Ball/ Awards ceremony ...it went on forever!

TEND.....


.......to Boo's sore eye- she escaped out of the gate and came back with a cut under her eye, which has also meant a couple of visits to the Vet


DECORATE


...the twig tree for Easter

and of course PLAY.....



...Candy Crush Saga-  Level 248 now!

I hope you've all had a good weekend...and I wonder what the coming week will bring for us all!

Thanks for dropping by!
Take care of you
Alison xx














Thursday, 10 April 2014

ONE PICTURE, TWENTY WORDS

It's the time of the month again to join in with ABI's monthly meme.




A selection of cakes at Sunday Afternoon Tea in our Drop-in Centre...we have ladies here who are beautiful bakers!


Thanks for dropping by!
Take care of you
Alison xx



Wednesday, 9 April 2014

ZIZO

Time to join with HELENA'S weekly photographic meme ZOOM IN,ZOOM OUT.

After having been stuck indoors  last week with the dreaded lurgy, l enjoyed a walk round the garden. I am always amazed at how quickly things start to grow at this time of year.

ZOOMING OUT


the apricot tree .....which looked like this a few weeks ago:



ZOOMING IN


...and on closer inspection I discovered the first fruit!


The sun has been shining here this week and there's some real heat in it now...... I'm hoping it's here to stay, but there's bound to be a few more April showers yet...just hopefully not full of Saharan sand...I'm STILL trying to wash the terraces clean!

Thanks for dropping by!
Take care of you
Alison x





Sunday, 6 April 2014

THE RAIN IN SPAIN


Firstly, thank you for all your good wishes re the lurgy...I am pleased to report that I am feeling tons better than I was...hopefully normal service will resume this week!

As you know, we don't get an awful lot of rain in this part of Spain...and when it rains it really does tend to POUR!

Mostly, we are relieved when the rain DOES  come ...it gives the countryside  (not to mention the gardens) such a boost.

However, sometimes (usually about twice a year) we have a downpour-in itself no bad thing; the problem being that the clouds have picked up what appears to be most of the Sahara Desert and then dumps it on us!

I know that the UK has been badly affected by the Saharan dust this week too, but I thought you might like to see how it manifested itself here



the pool is full of it!



the car is covered in it


and I'm fighting a constant battle with hose and broom to try and clean the terraces!

Having seen the amount that was deposited here, I was quite amazed there was anything left to  such a pollution problem elsewhere!

I was however,inspired to make a layout about it (and you know THAT doesn't happen often these days!).

When visiting my friend DEBBIE's blog during the week, I saw this sketch from LET'S GET SKETCHY



Here's my take on it:



I hope the air quality hasn't affected you too much this weekend and that the sun has shone wherever you are..even if just for a little while!

Thanks for dropping by!
Take care of you
Alison xx









Friday, 4 April 2014

AT THIS MOMENT.....

....I am feeling:

RELIEVED that I am beginning to feel better after almost a week of this 'lurgy' which has rendered me useless!

ANNOYED that said 'lurgy' has floored me and made me feel so woolly-headed!

DISAPPOINTED to have been forced to cancel trip to a Craft Fair (yes..a REAL Craft fair...here..in my local-ish vicinity!!)in Valencia tomorrow, due to said lurgy!

COMFORTED by the little ball of fluff who has been gently snoring by my side while I have been feeling so miserable!




GRATEFUL for friends here who have phoned all week to ensure I am still alive and if I need anything!...and for these beautiful flowers from Kirsty





ANNOYED with myself for being so far behind in reading and commenting on all your blogs...even before this week!

GLAD that the Internet connection has resumed after 24hours , allowing me to post this!

I sincerely hope you have had a healthier week than me and that you are looking forward to the weekend..I know that the 'Easter' holidays are starting for my UK friends ..wishing you a great time with family and friends!

Thanks for dropping by!
Take care of you
Alison xx