Friday, September 22, 2017

Rocking Your World 2017: Week 38

Don't die of shock, but this is actually going to be a fairly short post and very thin on photographs. Not that that means it has not been a good week; just one of those weeks that flies peacefully by,and is gone before you realise it is Friday again.

So what has made me smile in this gentle week. Well, for a start the sun! I love September-October out here. The sun has been out most days, but the temperature has dropped enough to make sitting and walking outside more pleasant. There is just enough breeze to keep my wind chimes ringing gently outside my window. This photo is exactly why I like my life out here in the Autumn.

A small errand to deal with in Mojacar, followed by a gentle stroll along the sea front. With blue skies and quiet roads, what is not to like? Of course we stopped at a bar/café, and had a snack and drink. For a change we went to one on the plaza in Parque Comerciál, the rather 'touristy' group of shops down by the sea front. Although the holiday season is over for the Spanish, there are still enough UK holiday makers around for it to be quite busy, but they didn't keep us waiting for long.
I had already had breakfast earlier so I didn't want much, but a big fresh croissant was just too tempting. I also risked ordering tea. It is a bit of a risk out here as they don't drink the tea we are used to, but with so many holiday makers to keep happy, some places have got it right now. And I'm happy to say this was one of them. They brought me a pot of hot water - probably not quite boiling but you can't have everything - and a box of mixed tea-bags. Searching through them I came up with some English breakfast tea - Yay! And look at the lovely, rather huge, cup they gave me to drink it from.

(Blogger is being a pain tonight, but I will keep writing and hopefully be able to add the photos later).

When we stepped out the door to walk the dogs at the start of the week, I saw a line of little birds on the overhead cable. A closer look proved they were young swallows getting ready to leave us. They looked so sweet all in a row, and I knew I needed a photo of them, so the next morning I took my camera, but there were no birds, and I thought I must be too late. I took it for a couple of days but they weren't there again. I don't really need extra luggage when I have a huge hound on a lead, so I left the camera at home yesterday, and you've guessed it, the birds were back. I asked Chris to try to get  a picture on his phone, but he has Foxy who is not good on a lead, and not patient when it comes to standing still while we take photos, so he didn't get a very good one, but here it is.
I managed to crop in a little on another one but it is a bit blurred.
The sky looks very dark in these, but the sun was only just rising, and it soon cleared to give another lovely day.

Other good things that have happened; well our rather old car got safely through its itv - that's the same as M.O.T. in UK. Our mechanic told us that there is nothing really wrong with it, but it is getting worn out. With that in mind we took up the offer to buy a different car from a friend. It is only a couple of years newer than ours, but has a fraction of the miles - or kilometers on it, and it has had one careful owner. Unfortunately there was a lot of legal red tape to wade through for us to buy it, but we heard yesterday that we are ready for the final hurdle and then we can go ahead with the sale. So maybe by next week, we will have some good news.

We took the dogs to have their injections on Monday, ready for when they go to kennels next month. Our vet is very good, and they hardly noticed it being done. We had to put them on the scales to work out what dosage was needed, and Foxy was only 17 kg but Kim is now a whopping 48 kg. No wonder he squashes me when he sits on me.

After my somewhat busy time of making Christmas cards, I have turned to scrapbooking again this week. I am making a real effort to finish my album of our holiday spent touring around Ireland - that was in 2012! So it really is time I finished it. Here are two individual pages I made and a double spread page. 

They are, of course, all digital pages. I have done two more since then, and now I think I have only six or eight more to do, so the end is in sight. I am a shocker for abandoning projects that take too long, but I am determined to finish this one, and then I can spend more time on my random pages.

I have also been doing some knitting and crochet, but I have a lot of little projects on the go so I will save the photos until one of them at least, is done!

And that's about it for this week, so I will do my usual link ups with Annie's Friday Smiles and Rocking Your World, and we'll see what next week brings.


  1. I so love to see the birds all lined up like that even if it's tinged with the sadness of their departure....they will all be back in the spring I hope. Your LOs are lovely....well done you.
    Annie x

  2. Hi Kate, I'm sure you will be pleased that the temperature has gone down. We've not been to Spain for a long time but used to go at Easter and loved it. I just find it too hot in the summer. I had to smile when you mentioned tea. I don't think they have much idea about how to make it but don't think they have kettles like we do so the water is never really hot enough. Have a great weekend and thanks for the visit to mine. I'm late today as we are in Derbyshire for the weekend. Angela xXx

  3. Your scrapbook pages look lovely, I like the curvy lines in the double page spread. I hope the lovely sunshine lasts for my visit, I am in need of some warming up just now.
    Jean x

  4. Hi Kate, autumn in Spain sounds wonderful. It's my favourite time of the year but today was just a tad too chilly for me - we had to put the heating on it was so cold. That's a lovely photo of the birds on the wire. You're scrapbook layouts are lovely and 2012 doesn't sound too bad to me ... I've still to scrap our Irish holiday photos and that was way back in 2000! Have a great weekend. Elizabeth xx

  5. Looks like you had a lovely week. The same thing happens to me when I order tea in the US. It's hit or miss! That's why I love my time in Turkey as they are tea experts,always serving it steaming hot. Have a lovely weekend. Pat xx

  6. What a fabulous post, I honestly thought I'd already commented, if I have ignore this one as it were. Anyway I digress, I'm loving that you are enjoying the area and that the numbers are dwindling on the tourist side I can imagine things being really busy at time for you. Your scrapbook pages are awesome I'm always envious of your digi skills on that front. I'm over a year behind on my scrapping photos - boo hiss, I will just keep plodding if I ever find the time. The birds on the line photo is brilliant. I hope you have a fabulous weekend and week ahead.



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