Life in the Slow Lane

Monday, 15 September 2014


I'm sorry to admit that my obsession with CANDY CRUSH SAGA continues!

My weekend?....catching up with friends for coffee, dealing with the fallout from a sudden resignation from a Committee, getting the furniture polish out-and using it (!), blog reading, book reading and thinking about Blogfriends having fun in Cirencester!

Joining in with SIAN's weekly meme (waving!)

Have a good week!

Thanks for dropping by!
Take care of you
Alison xx

Sunday, 14 September 2014


The last traces of 'the girls' having been here......there's been lots of fun, laughter and memories...and empty bottles!!

Joining in (belatedly) with ABI,s monthly meme.

Thanks for dropping by!
Take care of you
Alison xx

Tuesday, 2 September 2014


Drying my hair......

..with a fan at my feet!!

My weekend?.........clearing the spare room so that it looks like a spare room and not a bomb site, avoiding the ridiculously hot heat, re-stocking my fruit and veg supplies and generally catching up with what's been happening while I've been in Scotland!

'ME ON MONDAY' ...another brilliant idea from SIAN!

Hope all is well with you and yours

Thanks for dropping by!
Take care of you
Alison xx

Sunday, 31 August 2014


Hello my bloggy friends...I do hope summer hasn't quite deserted those of us in the Northern Hemisphere and that winter hasn't been too rough for those in the south.

It's been a very hot, busy summer over here....but the visitors have been and gone (apart from 'the girls' who arrive on Wednesday and whose rooms are now ready...can't wait to see you girls..the cava is already chilling!)

With only three weeks left to go, it's time for me to check out what's left for me to capture for RINDA'S SUMMERTIME SCAVENGER HUNT

After my last update, I have added:


I can't believe how difficult this one was to capture....around me are plenty of wires and plenty of birds but do they ever come together?...not while I'm watching!! This is the best I have managed so far (I am still watching carefully for a better shot!)

I realise this is really BIRD on wire as the other one is on the pole, but hey ho!


I took this one at Alicante Airport whilst waiting for visitors...these tourists had just arrived and were waiting to be directed to their coaches


I was a bit worried about this one, as mascots are hard to come by around here.... but on picking up the latest copy of our local 'what's on' magazine this was on the front cover:

the mascot from the Commonwealth Games...perfect!


Taken on the trip taking Craig to the airport... yes, it was a VERY early start!


These drummers were at the beginning of one of the parades during Fiesta:


There aren't many of these around these parts.....the closest I have managed is this pretty square in a neighbouring town:

That leaves my list looking like this:

1. A sign welcoming people to your home town (or a nearby town)
2. A garden gnome
3. Birds on a wire
4. A group of tourists
5. A rack of post cards
6. An urban street scene
7. A rural landscape
8. A tattoo on a person
9. A bakery
10. A photo bomb (someone found lurking in the background of photo; the lurker may have intended to disrupt the picture or may be doing it unintentionally, but the background lurker is a surprise to the photographer)

11. A horn
12. A mascot
13. A sunrise
14. A parade
15. A juggler
16. A sign in a language other than English

17. A lamp post
18. A water fall
19. A public garden
20. bus (not a car, truck, lorry, camper or RV) with a picture painted on its sides.
21. A photograph of you with something representing the season (recognizing that the season will be Winter for our friends in the southern hemisphere). Note: you may not use a substitute for this item.
If you find something on the list too difficult, you may substitute one of the following items for anything on the list, except for Item #21:
Alternative A: A kite, hot air balloon or blimp
Alternative B: A bird house

Like many of the rest of you that leaves me  looking for a juggler...fat chance of that round here...unless of course one of 'the girls' has learned to juggle since I last saw them!!

Also, a picture of myself doing something representing the season...

If you want to see what lots of other folks have made of Rinda's list, pop over to her BLOG where you'll find this month's roundup.

Thanks for dropping by!
Take care of you
Alison xx

Tuesday, 29 July 2014


This is a plaque I have in my spare bedroom.... All my bedrooms are full of family and friends for the next few weeks

So I am saying 'fare- ye-well' for the month of Arnie though, ' I'LL BE BACK'..have a fab August..I hope it's not as hot as I think our's will be!!

Thanks for dropping by!
Take care of you
Alison xx

Friday, 25 July 2014


It's been a few weeks since I took part in HELANA'S weekly photographic meme, but I am actually organised this week!...though, as it has turned out STILL late in posting!!


You may remember me mentioning a few weeks ago that our local Charity had opened a small hospice facility at a place called is high in the mountains about 10km from here and this is the  view down to the coast at DENIA


What you DON'T see in the above photograph is the huge wall surrounding Fontilles:

The reason for the wall is that Fontilles was actually built as a Leper Colony and Research Facility for the disease. The wall was built as a reassurance to the local villages, as opposed to keeping the patients in. There are still about four ex-patients in the facility, who live in apartments onsite (they had nowhere to go when the facility was no longer needed for that purpose)

There is still a Research Dept there...researching Tropical and all sorts of other diseases.....and the hospitals are now used to serve the local community. There is a Dementia/Alzheimer's hospital and then the main hospital is used for people who need a temporary stay in hospital for postoperative periods, convalescence from illness, chronic conditions, rehabilitation after orthopedic surgery etc. but is also 'home' to many long-term patients, sent there by Social Services when there is no family support available or conditions are too chronic to be dealt with outwith a hospital.

I have become very attached to it during the short period of time we have been involved .....the level of care is exceptional, it is spotlessly clean (and nasty smell-free!) and there is just such an air of tranquility each time I visit.

I realise this has been quite long for a ZIZO, but thought some of you might find a little bit of local history interesting!

Wishing you all a happy and sunshine filled weekend!

Thanks for dropping by!
Take care of you
Alison xx

Tuesday, 22 July 2014


It was a busyish Monday, but I did find time to stop off and buy some new plants for my garden (funnily enough I often seem to find time to do that!)

The weekend? included  having a VERY lazy Saturday , visiting the coast on Sunday, eating too much -including some yummy ice cream- (all with my friend Elaine, who is the first of my summer visitors) , being proud of Kirsty for running in the SUNDERLAND COLOR RUN and finding out dad was in hospital again....a fairly mixed bag I would say!

I do hope you had a sunshiny, fun weekend

NB. dad has been stabilised again and is now home.

Thanks for dropping by!
Take care of you
Alison xx