Life in the Slow Lane

Friday, 18 April 2014


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:


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


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


This week has seen me:


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


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


Week 7 of Project Life


a Charity Ball/ Awards ceremony went on forever!

TEND..... 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


...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


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


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.


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


...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


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 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


....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 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

Sunday, 23 March 2014


This week has seen me:


funny, though somewhat farcical in parts!


Series 1-3 of DOWNTON ABBEY.....I missed this on TV and was absolutely hooked!..the remaining DVDs are hopefully winging their way here from AMAZON as I type!

SCRAPBOOKING .....please don't faint!......I have had these two photographs printed since Christmas, and decided it was high time to get them on to a layout!!

not great pictures but I wanted to record the fact that Kirsty can't resist a Carousel...even in the rain!

PLAYING ....YES, you've guessed it:

....and have made it to Level 217!

and, most excitingly, BOOKING another a little trip:

.....this time to meet up with Craig for our Wedding Anniversary later this month.

Now I'm looking forward to what this week will bring...hope you are too!

Thanks for dropping by!
Take care of you
Alison xx