28 July 2011

A Lovely Time But Oh How I Missed My Own Bed ...

Como estas?

We're back from sunny southern Spain.  Boy, it was HOT.  You know, 'sweat pouring from every orifice and hurl yourself into the sea at every opportunity' hot!  We spent most of the time on the beach at Fuengirola, sunbathing, shell-seeking and swimming ...

We managed a few lovely jaunts around the historical parts of bougainvillea-draped Marbella ...

... showy Puerto Banus, holiday home to the rich and famous, (where I had a 'to die for' beef carpaccio, rocket and parmesan lunch) ...

and pretty Benalmadena ...

Other than the odd exception, we have been on a fish, water and wine diet!

I think I have Omega 3 and Rioja in equal quantities coursing through my veins!

I chickened out of taking my crochet in my hand luggage on the plane though it seems the general consensus is that plastic hooks are permitted.

I managed a little hooky at 'balcony time' (post-beach and shower, pre-going out for supper) ...

(I have, since this photo, done a lot more so will show you in my next post.)

Oh, and read these two books ...


I thoroughly enjoyed both (the title and cover of the Catherine Alliott book are misleading - they make it look a lot more frivolous than it actually is) and would highly recommend them as holiday reads.

So that's our holiday in a nutshell.  Two long and wonderfully relaxy weeks.

Here I am, back in Blogland, tanned with peeling boobs (didn't pack my inhibitions!), absolutely streaming with a snotty cold (bloody air conditioning on planes), skint, and soooooo looking forward to catching up with you all and your doings.

Before I potter off, a huge ♥THANK YOU♥ to the gorgeous Cuckoo for bestowing this on me ...

... in my absence.  I love your blog Cuckoo (and I did look out for you at Malaga airport!) so am completely delighted!

I know a lot of people already have this award but I should like to pass it on to Cathy at Pink Green if she'll accept it.  Cathy's was the very first blog I ever read and it inspired me to make the switch from lurking to blogging.  Trust me, trawl her archives, they're so moreish.

See you all soon.


9 July 2011

♥ Adios ♥

It's been a while, how are you?

What to tell you?  Hmmm.  Well, like a lot of fellow bloggers, we have been struck down with endoftermitis.  A stressful disease which is basically caused by schools shoehorning about 73 different events in the last two weeks of term!!

On reflection though, the Blondies have settled in to their new schools seamlessly and, oh, does that do my heart good.  I'm sooo glad we moved them when we did.  We now approach the summer holidays with lots of new friends to arrange playdates with and we know what to expect come September.

Despite being frantic since we last spoke, I've very little of interest to report.  I've had a fabulous night out with D and a couple of friends (danced 'til 1:00am which I've not done in ages).  I've bumped my car (was actually sitting in my car near school - engine off - crocheting, hadn't put the handbrake on properly and rolled part way down a very steep hill into my daughter's teacher's car!  Luckily very little damage was done other than a slight tattering of my nerves!)  I've had a lovely crafty friend for coffee and gossip.  Oh and I've been getting upto date with my washing.  Why?  Because we're off to Spain for a couple of weeks on Monday!!!

I've treated myself to a few new balls of yarn and have a holiday hooky project in mind.  By the way, does anyone know if I'll get this through customs and onto the plane?

I mean, seriously, you can do more damage to a person with a pencil.  To highlight my point, I stabbed D with my hook, "OWWWWWW, WHAT DID YOU DO THAT FOR?"  Oops.

I'll leave you with a burst of colour from my 2011 archives ...

... and bid you a fond farewell for now and leave you with my heartfelt wishes for a wonderfully happy and healthy few weeks.

(You might recognise sunbathing monkey from my sidebar; it's a bit of a holiday joke that never gets old!)

Kisses, Hxxx

PS.  Apologies for close-up of my bottom! ;-)