Hello everyone. Once again I am a bit late writing this. I have been on the telephone to my daughter-in-law for ages, and that delayed me, but it is so good to chat! Now I shall scribble away so I can link up before midnight with Annie's Friday Smiles, and Virginia's blog at Celtic House.I am starting with my Friday Smile for Annie's link up this week, in fact I have two.
Firstly I had the lovely news on Monday, that our niece had given birth to baby Isaac Flynn. Isn't he lovely? He actually makes us great-aunt and uncle at least 52 times. (It could be a few more as I have lost track a bit with my brothers family)! He has a big brother Max who, fortunately, is delighted with him.
And here is my second smile. It is a good few years, (27 in fact as my son celebrates his 27th birthday next week), since my washing line last looked like this.
As a part of my Knit for Africa project, I collect new and second-hand babygros and vests to send with our knitting, so the babies can have something cotton between their skin and the wool. Recently I was handed a huge bag of tiny baby garments that were left after a sale, but they looked a little bit 'grey', and I put them away in the garage until we had a sunny day. So this week I put them all through the hottest wash on my machine, with a sachet of whitener, and they came up so bright and clean. I pegged them out, three lines of them, and it really made me smile to see them all blowing in the breeze. The neighbours must have wondered.......!
So what else has made me smile this week.
My friend Julie came over to see me and we went out for lunch together, and then we walked up to Cati's house so Julie could give her a donation of 750€ for ASADIS. The money was what we has raised at our choir concerts around Christmas.
On Sunday, after our morning service, we had a lunch
together before our annual business meeting. It was very informal but it is good to keep up with what is happening. For the lunch some of us made soup and others made desserts. I was asked to make tomato soup and I took it in my large slow cooker, so it could be plugged in to keep warm during the service. We do have a small kitchen area at church, but no cooker. Chris helped me to wrap it up and stand it in a large plastic carrier on the floor behind my seat in the car. I have a half hour drive to church and I have never before noticed just how many hills there are on the route. At each one I thought "Oh no. That's more of my soup gone". But even with the very high speed bumps on the last road, and the bumpy unfinished surface of the car park, I arrived without spilling a drop. My slow cooker was empty for the return journey so no worries that time.
Here are a couple of photos of the dogs. I was sitting out side with them one afternoon and I noticed how Kim's fur has changed. He looks a bit piebald in this photo as he still has just a little of his baby fur to lose from his sides. The rest of him is quite grey now, the only thing that stops him looking like a full-blood Alsatian. It is the usual colour for Mastiffs though and that is what the vet thinks he is crossed with.And the one thing that has really changed recently is
his tail. It is absolutely gorgeous now, thick and curly, but never still! It is a lethal weapon when he comes in the house, and clears any table top he passes near. We have to grab for cups, glasses, photos, or anything else that might be in range!
And here is our soppy Miki. I love this picture. The dogs only come round the back of the house for their meals, but one day I was busy doing some tidying up and I didn't immediately put them through the gate. When I walked round the corner of the house, there was Miki, sitting on the bench and just gazing out over the green zone. She even shuffled along so I could sit beside her. I think she liked the chance to have her head higher than Kim's for once.I made marmalade again this afternoon and then I
walked up to the adult learning centre to meet Cati. She had asked me to go to take photos of some of the children who have benefited from ASADIS. They were using the touch screen computer that the Lions Club helped them to buy. They have individual classes with their speech therapist who is also funded by ASADIS.
This is Cati's daughter having her lesson, and the little girl in the first photo is the one we were able to provide a walking frame for (again with a lot of help from the Lions), so she could move independently at school. This is why I like helping ASADIS, because we see what a difference it can make in the lives of these children, who would other wise get no help. I am, of course, again selling my marmalade to raise funds for them.
On the way to see the children I took this photo of the Cabrera mountains. They looked so lovely in the afternoon sun.
By the time I walked home, they looked completely different. The sun was just going down so the sky had changed colour, and the mountains were a patchwork of light and shadow.
And finally, of course we have a sky photo! This was the day I sat out with the dogs, and I stayed on the bench to watch the sun go down. There weren't many clouds so it wasn't a 'spectacular' sunset. but I spotted an airplane leaving a vapour trail that stood out bright white against what little cloud there was.
I wondered whether it was full of holiday makers who had enjoyed a week in the sun, and didn't know what kind of devastation they were returning to. I am sure some of you have struggled to stay positive during the appalling weather conditions in UK. On twitter I follow Shropshire County Council as this was our home area, and one night there was a new tweet every second to tell of another tree down, or power lines broken, or another road closed due to flooding. Take care everyone, and keep safe. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.