Monday, August 15, 2011

A quick catch-up

I am afraid I have rather neglected my blog just lately, but this is mainly due to a visit from our son James, with wife Jo, and my grandchildren Marcus, Hannah and Amias, so obviously there has not been much free time for crafting, blogging or anything else computer related. However, we are having a quiet morning, catching up after a dinner and music night just down the road yesterday. They are here until Friday morning so we are just working out how best to spend the last few days. They were quite lucky in that their first few days were a couple of degrees cooler than we have been having so it let them in gently, but mostly they have coped well with the heat. Poor Hannah did faint on me at the vet's the first morning, but she was only just getting used to things, and has been fine ever since. We were at the vet because my little tabby cat, Luna, came in limping on Friday, and it didn't seem to get any better over the weekend so we took her down to be looked at. It turned out that she has broken her leg near the first joint. I've no idea how as there are few places too high that she may have jumped from. We think she probably got caught in some of the long dry grass in the green zone, which is very strong. I have quite hurt my toes when I have got tangled in it wearing flip-flops. Anyway, I came away with three syringes so I can give her anti-inflamatory injections each morning, and Luna stayed there for the day so she could be sedated while they put a splint on her leg. It survived the first night but she now takes it off as soon as I put it back on, so I have given up. I am just keeping her indoors, which she hates, enforcing her to rest it a bit while it heals.

Meanwhile, as a family we have had great fun together. We went up to the big village pool for a swim and the children spend hours in the smaller one at our house. It is too hot and lacking in any shade, to spend a day on the beach, but we took our tea down to Garrucha around five o'clock on Wednesday, and I got all five of the Perrytribe into the sea! That doesn't happen very often.

We also spent a day at Vera Water park. This was a new experience for them as they had never been anywhere quite like it before. It took me back a few years as we always took our boys to the nearest water park when we were on holiday, and I must say that our local one was as good as any we have been to. There was a fair size 'lake' for those who just wanted to swim, a wave pool, and a wide variety of 'twist and turn' slides; some open, others enclosed, some very steep and others more gentle; hours of fun if you like that sort of thing. There is a fair amount of climbing steps and waiting patiently in queues, and Marcus managed to make friends with several Spanish lads around his age, chatting to them in his 'school Spanish', just like our boys did at that age. It was good to see Jim completely relaxed and enjoying all the slides while keeping an eye on the two children, who fortunately are good swimmers, and had no fear about being thrown around on the slides. Jo and I hired two loungers and relaxed in the shade, sneaking a quiet cup of tea from the nearby shack, and catching up on all our news. We all got a bit cooked, but no one was overdone! Jim was stiff and sore the next day from the bumping and bouncing, but that's the price you pay!

When we came back from the supermarket on Wednesday, we saw a wild-fire on the hill at the back of the village, going up towards El Pinar, one of the little white villages you can see looking north of us. The flames were quite high for a while, and there was a bit of a breeze so it could easily have spread further. We stood on the street corner with a little crowd of villagers, and watched the helicopters filling their buckets from a nearby farmer's reservoir and dropping it on the fire. One was there almost at once and then two more came. They seemed to be so close together as one filled up, swung round and headed off to the fire, while the next one hovered close by waiting for his turn. Later a small light aircraft flew over and dropped what looked like a red, heavy powder onto the fire, and soon after that the helicopters left. There were lots of sirens all morning but as far as we have heard, there were no casualties and the fire was stopped before it did any damage apart from smoke, in the village. It was quite exciting for the children to see how they dealt with it, and I am filled with admiration at their fast response, and also their team work and accuracy when dealing with such events.

This week we hope to spend a day in Almeria city, visiting the ruins at Alcazaba for Amias, and the beach for Marcus. I always think it is quite an unusual place, as it is a big city, the capital of our province, but as you drive down the road through shops and high rise apartment blocks, you suddenly hit the beach. Today is a holiday here so shops etc are closed, but we are going down to Apolo for a typical Spanish lunch of tapas, and then swimming in the pool this afternoon.

Jim's family all enjoy playing board games and so do I. Last year I taught them to play sequence, and although Amias is only just ten, he is so quick to pick up the idea of a game and plays strategically almost at once. So this year I have introduced them to Rumikub which is a bit more complex, so we will get that out again this evening before they forget how to play it. We had a games evening on Saturday and we packed up around 11.30 and let them all swim in the pool until midnight so they were nicely cooled down to fall into bed. They enjoyed that. Chris and I often swim at that time and it is lovely in the pool with the under-water light on. They have all been very good about having an afternoon siesta so they can stay up for the evening, which means that we can have one too!

You probably won't hear from me again until next weekend when they have all gone home. I am enjoying having some 'family time'.


  1. Aw Kate, how lovely of you to share your happy family time. Missed you blogging but it's great that you're having such a lot of fun - err, does the fire count as fun? And little Luna - bless, that plaster looked almost as big as her! Take care chick, and enjoy the rest of your family time. Di xx

  2. So glad you are all having a good time. I hope Lunars' leg soon mends. Love to all Jean x


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