Life in the Slow Lane

Tuesday, 24 November 2015


....after having been MIA for a few weeks.

Our temperature has dropped by ten degrees since Saturday, but the sun is still shining and today saw me doing this:

When I dropped a friend home today she invited me to pick some grapefruit from the tree in her garden.....I couldn't believe how many were on it!

The weekend?...our Charity Christmas Bazaar was on Sunday, which meant that Saturday was spent preparing for it....and on the day itself a grand total of just over 5000 euros was raised! 

One of the highlights of the day was one of our Craft Group ladies (a self-confessed 77 years of age) performing the splits after a very entertaining dance routine!

A special wave to SIAN and her Monday Wavers.....and hoping the week brings good things to one and all!

Thanks for dropping by!
Take care of you
Alison xx

Tuesday, 3 November 2015


..... on Tuesday yet again!

After a morning at the Drop-In Centre and then going to the Mall to get a few bits and pieces for Kirsty's Christmas ( I'm heading over to see her and want to leave her Christmas presents wrapped, as she's not spending Christmas here this year!) I managed this:

....a cup of coffee in the sun!

The weekend?...... a group of us had lunch made by another local Charity which works with adults with  special needs; they are a Spanish Charity and to say the food was interesting is an understatement! Saturday night saw me start to write my Christmas cards whilst watching 'Strictly..! 

Sunday morning I baked for our monthly Afternoon Tea, which is where I went on Sunday afternoon.... I overdosed on sugar on Sunday, without a doubt!

Waving to SIAN and the ,Monday Wavers' and wishing you all a good week!

Thanks for dropping by!
Take care of you
Alison xx

Saturday, 31 October 2015


Good Morning fellow bloggers.....and Happy Halloween to one and all!

When I arrived here just over eight years ago, Halloween was recognised by very few people...only children who had British parents really knew anything about it. I have noticed in the last couple of years it has become more popular and by this year it has REALLY taken off; our local Bakery has a window display and has made some really great looking Halloween themed cookies! Last night, while driving to a Charity event, we were stopped by the Police to let a parade of toddlers dressed as pumpkins, witches etc. cross the road......unfortunately it was dark AND I was driving so no photographs!

Anyway....what I REALLY was going to share with you (before going of at a tangent) are the layouts I managed to get done last weekend:

Taken at an Easter Afternoon Tea

Two lots of flowers I received over the Easter period

This is the postcard I sent as part of  SIAN's Valentine Postcard Exchange

The first Double page layout I've done for afternoon at the park with my youngest niece

My friend Pam and I at our local Indian Restuarant

ANOTHER night out at ANOTHER local restuarant!

Needless to say I haven't managed a BIT of scrapping since last weekend and don't have high hopes of it happening this weekend!

Hoping YOU might find time for something creative this weekend

Thanks for dropping by!
Take care of you
Alison xx


Tuesday, 27 October 2015


....but waving to SIAN and her merry band on Tuesday (so what's new?!)

Yesterday saw me booking flights to and from the UK...I'm off to visit Kirsty then up to Scotland to have a few days with mum.

The weekend?.....Saturday saw me spending the day in my PJs- scrapping and watching 'THE VAMPIRE DIARIES' on my laptop....I discovered on Friday that NETFLIX has come to Spain and after getting over my excitement, I signed up right away!  I did manage to have a shower and change into clean PJs before 'Strictly'..then went back to scrapping and Netflix!
On Sunday I spent two hours in a 'hoarder's house' trying to encourage him to declutter before moving to a smaller home...I see many more hours there! I spent the afternoon  working in the garden and, after completing  another layout, tidied my scrap space before settling down for more teen Vampire adventures! I know how to live or what?!

Hoping you've all had a good weekend and have good things to come this week.

Thanks for dropping by!
Take care of you
Alison xx

Tuesday, 20 October 2015


You might remember that  a few weeks ago  I was at a BLOGGER'S WEEKEND  and that since then have promised to share the layouts I made with here they are:

This would be one of my FIVE FAVOURITES for MAY.....there is some hidden journalling about a very special friend of mine 

Another one from MAY...Kirsty and her Craig took my youngest niece to the Zoo and had to have THEIR faces painted too!

This will be one of APRIL'S five..... extra one I slipped in for March

Another March favourite.....this layout was part of  RUTH'S annual challenge...basically we end up with a collection of the same (or very similar,VERY random)  items and have to produce something with them.

Thanks for dropping by!
Take care of you
Alison xx

Monday, 19 October 2015


I KNOW it's October, I KNOW it's early but it's me we're talking about here..... so this morning saw me doing THIS on my IPad:

The album is 'ON THIS WINTER'S NIGHT' by LADY ANTEBELLUM ....well worth downloading or buying the CD

The weekend?....there was a fun Quiz Night, a funeral, a Village Street Fair (in which the Charity was involved) in aid of Breast Cancer  and a meal out with friends.......mixed, eh?

Waving at SIAN  and the other 'Monday Wavers' and wishing you all a good week.

Thanks for dropping by!
Take care of you
Alison xx

Wednesday, 14 October 2015


.....while I was at the BLOGGER'S WEEKEND (well, more than one really, but this was one that involved me directly).

You may remember that some months February to be exact.....SIAN organised a VALENTINE'S. POSTCARD SWAP Well, I only received five of the expected six postcards but didn't bother bothering Sian about never know with the post here!

To be honest I hadn't really given it another thought, so imagine my surprise when JULIE walked in and, after getting herself and her few(!!!!!!) crafting supplies....honestly, you have never seen how much stash these ladies bring with them!.....organised at the table next to mine, she walked around to me with a little package, explaining that SHE was my missing Postcard sender and had just never got around to posting it, but knowing we would see each other here brought it ....along with a couple of other postcards, a notebook and lots of little embellishments! I DID laugh; it was just so totally unexpected and sweet of her....thank you again Julie.

So, just a few(!) months late, here is my last postcard:

I'm hoping to get a post written about what I actually ACHIEVED on the between all that chatting, eating and the next day or so!

Thanks for dropping by!
Take care of you
Alison xx