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Monday, 2 March 2015

ME ON MONDAY

A great sense of achievement is being felt here today...I have actually managed to sit myself down and get the last square for the FRIENDSHIP QUILT sewn up AND put in an envelope ready to be posted tomorrow.....hold tight DENISE, but don't get too excited..the post from here isn't exactly what you  would call reliable!




The weekend?......a bit of gardening, a bit of shopping, an 86th Birthday dinner and Afternoon Tea...and, of course, a bit of sewing!

The sun is shining and it's HOT- not WARM here today.....on returning from a walk, Boo ran ahead of me up the garden, and this is where I found her:




....she had obviously had very hot little paws!

Hope you are seeing some sunshine where you are today!......waving at SIAN and all the other 'Monday Wavers'

Thanks for dropping by!
Take care of you
Alison xx






Saturday, 28 February 2015

HAPPY MAIL

Well here I am ...back in sunny (and it IS sunny..and very warm compared to the west of Scotland and the North East of England where I spent last weekend!)Spain.

When I eventually went down to empty our postbox, guess what was waiting for me?.....





....another four postcards from SIAN'S VALENTINE POSTCARD EXCHANGE.....two from the USA and two from the UK....thank you to DEB, KIRSTY, DORIS and PAULINE!

One left to go....I wonder when and from where it will arrive...thanks again for organising this fun swap, Sian!

Thanks for dropping by!
Take care of you
Alison xx






Tuesday, 24 February 2015

ME ON MONDAY....

...yes I do know it's Tuesday, but this WAS yesterday:


In one of our favourite shops...one I know that RUTH will recognise!

 

 

The weekend? It was a sudden decision to fly to Scotland, run up and down to hospital to visit dad ( who has, thankfully, now responded to treatment and is back at home), try to keep mum sane, meet the boyfriend (Kirsty's, not mum's ;) manage a quick coffee break with friends, drive to Newcastle to go to an appointment with Kirsty kind of weekend!...stressed?....only slightly!!

 

However, by this morning I am sitting in a sunny spot in the-friend-who-puts-me-up when I am in the area's house, breathing deeply before I go to meet Kirsty and said boyfriend for lunch, knowing that I can feel slightly less guilty about heading home tomorrow after doing my duty as a responsible daughter and mum!

 

Thank you all ffor your good wishes for dad...and I sincerely hope your own weekend was less stressful than mine has been!!


Thanks for dropping by!

Take care of you

Alison xx

 

Wednesday, 18 February 2015

PAIRS

Joining in with HELENA'S weekly photographic meme, and I'm outdoors again.

A WEEK AGO


The view from our terrace...blossom on all of two almond trees

TODAY


a valley full of blossom!

You might also notice the difference in the weather.....and how the mountain in the background has disappeared under the cloud in the second photograph!

Can I just thank you all for your good wishes for my dad....it turns out he has pneumonia, and at this moment is being pumped full of antibiotics and steroids...he seems to  be responding slowly, so we are hoping the crisis is over again.

Thanks for dropping by!
Take care of you
Alison xx


Monday, 16 February 2015

ME ON MONDAY

I'm joining the 'MONDAY WAVERS' again today........another brainchild of the lovely SIAN.





Doing a bit of 'Google Translating' in preparation for our Intercambio session tonight.....a group of we English speakers get together once a week with a group of Spanish ladies to try to talk to each other in each other's language...the result can be pretty hilarious!!



The weekend?.....there was dinner with friends, food shopping, laundry, a little garden tidying....and SCRAPPING!









The credit for the title of this layout must go to RUTH, who left a comment on my FIVE FAVOURITES FOR JANUARY  post......she mentioned BFG and my mind immediately went to the Roald Dahl book....and I couldn't think what she was talking about! When I realised that she was actually talking about the Black Forest Gateau, I knew I had my title...thanks Ruth!


Unfortunately, by last night dad was back in hospital so it's likely to be an anxious week again...hope yours isn't!

Thanks for dropping by!
take care of you
Alison xx

























Sunday, 15 February 2015

VALENTINE POSTCARD SWAP

You might remember that in THIS post I mentioned SIAN's Valentine Postcard Exchange.

Well, after signing up for it I actually struggled somewhat in finding postcards.....yes, I KNOW that sounds ridiculous given that I live in a place of great beauty and which relies heavily on tourism, hence there are shops selling postcards everywhere! What I mean is that I struggled to find the the RIGHT KIND of postcards........with a picture of something that could be classed as something that I loved, or actually meant something to me.

Of course, it didn't occur to me to look online for postcards or even to make my own, as MIRIAM did with this beautiful card I received from her:   



 

Thank you Miriam


I was beginning to despair somewhat and was thinking I would just have to choose some generic, boring 'Costa Blanca' cards....but lo and behold, when Craig and I actually found some time to go out for coffee last weekend, I passed a shop where this jumped out at me:






It was perfect!....Blue skies, cocktails by the pool and a little white bundle of fluff who  looks vaguely like my Boo!

I was in the door like a shot, bought the required amount and headed home to write them. I am hoping that at least the UK ones might have arrived, but the US and Canada ones may take a while yet.

At this point, Miriam's card is the only one which has arrived....given the postal system here I am not at all surprised, so will be checking my mail box with interest for the next couple of weeks!.....I will share the others as they arrive.

Thanks again Sian for another fun swap....I'm really enjoying seeing what other friends are receiving!

Hope you've enjoyed your Valentine's weekend doing something you enjoy!

Thanks for dropping by!
Take care of you
Alison xx





Wednesday, 11 February 2015

PAIRS

It's Wednesday, so it's time to join HELENA in her weekly photographic meme.

This week my pairing is:

FROM THE BOTTOM OF THE HILL




FROM THE TOP OF THE HILL



Why not pop over HERE to see what other PAIRS have been spotted this week?

Thanks for dropping by!
Take care of you
Alison xx