Friday, June 16, 2017

Rocking Your World 2017: Week 24

Hi to all my dear friends and family. On a week such as this, when the news has been filled with horror, anger and grief, it can be hard to find anything that 'Rocked your world' in a good way. But here we are at our usual Friday spot, so let's look back at the last few days, and dig out those heart-warming moments that keep us all going.

Well Sunday was a good day. We are still, (and likely to be for some months to come) in a state of 'inter regnum' at our church, which means that we are without a vicar, so we are inviting a stream of locums to come for a few weeks each, to keep us going until a replacement can be found. I have to say, we have had some lovely visiting clergy, who, as well as leading our worship,  have joined in with everything we do. But there is always a question mark in our minds when a new one arrives, as they are all 'unknown quantities' to us. This Sunday was no exception, and there was an added tinge of uncertainty as we had been told our next visiting priest was an American lady in her eighties! As people arrived for the service there was a lot of anticipatory chatter in the congregation.

But we need not have worried. She was delightful. She was thoroughly enjoying our sunshine and heat without the humidity of her home in Florida. She came with her husband who was also very friendly, and they happily posed for our resident photographer.
After the service we had a bring-and-share lunch to welcome them, and as usual the table was weighed down with a wide range of food for us all to enjoy.

The whole week we have enjoyed clear blue skies, and although the temperature has been in the mid thirties every day, we have managed to get things done when we needed to, and siesta or cool down in the pool when there was nothing urgent to do.

Each morning we walk the dogs, earlier now before it gets too hot, and we take them passed the new roundabout being built at the front of the village, so we can check on its progress. Even when we are there just after 8.00, the men are already busy. The main structure has been built, and this week they have been building it up in two layers.
It is a long oval, rather than a circle, and although we are not quite sure haw the various roads will lead into it, they have built some islands to divide the lanes.
This morning we saw four olive trees with large root balls, stacked at the side of the centre, and one had been planted in the top level.
When I drove passed it on my way home tonight, the men were busy planting the last one. (Just to the right of the Stop sign).
Across the centre of the oval there is a wide channel which will be a pedestrian crossing for people wanting to walk from the village to the urbanisation of Huerta Nueva on the other side of the main road. This road carries a constant stream of big lorries on their way to Garrucha docks, and it is very dangerous to cross at busy times. There have been a few fatalities there, hence the new roundabout. We are looking forward to it being complete, as it will give us a nicer and safer walk with the dogs each morning.

So what else has made me smile this week. 
Well it was lovely to call in to see a friend who has recently had a hip replacement, and is only just feeling up to receiving visitors. So we called in on our way to choir practice on Wednesday evening, and had a good catch-up.

I have spent several days with my friend Elspeth, doing more packing for her, and I am happy to say it is almost done now. I think she has agreed to return to UK a bit earlier than she planned, where she will have her two sons to help her. I shall miss her when she is gone, but it will be a lot better for her.

Being taken out to lunch by my husband, yesterday and today. Poor Chris must be feeling a bit neglected and is probably tired of waiting until mid-afternoon for his dinner. And for me it is two days when I don't have to work in the heat of the kitchen, so win-win for both if us.

Little things like the vast blue sky each day; the light breeze that cools us down; the smell of hot earth when I hose the plants; finding a baby mandarine on our new tree when I thought it was barren this year. I hope it hangs on in there, so we can share it come the Autumn!
Finding a couple of light cotton day-dresses in Turre market so I can throw away some of last year's faded ones.

Managing to fit a bit of card-making around everything else, even if I haven't had time to write a blog post about them.

And finally catching a beautiful sunset one teatime, which came to a very fiery end.

So now I will link up with Annie's Friday Smiles and Rocking Your World. I hope you have also found something to smile at. If so follow me and share your smiles too.


  1. Yes, I read about that awful fire in London. But I'm glad you have had some smiles this week.
    It was interesting to see the progress of the roundabout, since I've been to Los Gallardos.
    The 80 yr old priest looks very sprightly and I'm sure she was delightful.
    Oh what beautiful sunsets! Such lovely colours!
    Have a good week,

  2. Your post today has brought a smile to many even through the sadness of this week. I always enjoy learning about your life in Spain. The sunsets are stunning! Pat xx

  3. I feel bad because I had no idea about the fire until I saw it on TV this morning. England has certainly had its share of sadness lately.

    What a fabulous sunset. Really gorgeous, and it's certainly enough to lift our spirits.

    I was driving on an interstate yesterday and watched as the workers were installing large pieces of concrete. Reminded me of the photo you showed for the new roundabout. Those individual blocks must weigh at least a ton (or more).

    Have a lovely remainder of Friday and wonderful weekend, too.

  4. I think we all feel the need to work a little harder to find some smiles this week Kate but I do believe it does me good to focus on the good and share some smiles. It doesn't lesson the sadness but it makes it a little more bearable. We had a long time without a vicar at the church across the road from where we used to live including when we got married so we had to ship one in from another local church to do the job. I hope you find your replacement soon....and it's someone who fits in with your very active church.
    Annie x

  5. We have had some quite pretty sunsets this week but yours look spectacular.
    It looks like the new roundabout will soon be completed, I'm sure it will make crossing that busy road easier.
    Jean x

  6. Another busy week Kate, there always seems to be something going on where you are. Your church looks so lovely and bright whereas ours always seem dark inside, really love it. Have a great weekend too. Angela xXx

  7. What a lovely post Kate - we do have so much to be thankful for amidst the chaos of the world.

  8. I'm so sorry I'm late, my post today will explain why. the week was particularly difficult for most people, but all the more reasons to find the positives in our lives to lift us up and remember what to be happy about.

    Loving the post, glad you have the pool to cool down, we had a mini heatwave this week and it really was unbearable if I'm honest!

    I hope you've had a good week this week.

    Much love.



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