Hello my friends. It is week 26 so we are half-way though the year already! Here is what has made me smile this week.
This is my sixteen year old (soon to be seventeen) grandson. It is the same young man who spoke so eloquently in the House of Commons on Youth Parliament day last year, and at the end of this school year he also won Best Student Award for Drama. I think he going to do well in life, and I couldn't be prouder of him.
Amias is the son of our oldest son Jim, and here is our youngest son Ben, who had a great week's holiday here last week. I love this photo he took on his last day - a fond farewell to Kim - for now. He is not allowed animals in his house, but he loves making a fuss of ours when he comes here, and as you can see, the feeling is mutual.
And seeing as I am talking about my sons, here is son number two, Mike, with none other than our lovely hostess Annie. You have all seen the beautiful things she sews, and she has kindly donated one of her eye-spy quilts to Severn Hospice where Mike works as a fund-raising advisor, so he popped along to see her and took this quick selfie with her, with two of the little munchkins in the background. Small World isn't it?!
My week has been a fairly quiet one, as it often is after visitors have left. With plenty of sunshine is was no problem to get the bedding and towels washed and dried, ready for the next visitors, and I have had enough spare time to sit in my craft room and actually get a few things made. I am not interested in football, despite having a husband and five sons who all are, so whenever a match is on, I slip away and follow my own preferred way of relaxing.
We are invited to a party tomorrow for my friends birthday and wedding anniversary, and she is very fond of hearts and has several decorating her house, so I made these for her. I shall give them to her at choir tonight, and as far as I know, she doesn't see my blog, so I am quite safe to show them here.
This morning Chris and I went to Garrucha market. we don't get there often although it is only a ten minute drive away. It is very busy and parking can be difficult, but over the winter, they did a lot of work improving the roads and access to the port, and made a lot more parking spaces, so it is much easier now. We managed to buy two pairs of shorts for Chris. The sizing can be a bit 'odd' on market goods, so it is no good buying them unless he is with me.
The fruit was very tempting. The stalls are piled high with peaches and cherries in June and July and I just love them! I settled on cherries this week. They are going right down in price, so next week I shall buy some to cover with brandy and hide at the back of the cupboard. This year we are drinking 'cherry brandy' started in 2012 and it is delicious!
And I will leave you with a couple of photos of our cats. Charlie is quite at home with us now and I had to smile when it was 'feeding time at the Perry zoo', and all four of them had their noses in their dishes. Fortunately they know which is their own, and rarely try to eat from the wrong one. Tango has a special diet, so I make sure no-one else takes that! I used to feed him separately in the kitchen, but while the work was being done, he got used to having it out in the hall with the others.
Now Charlie is out there too, on the other side of the door, so I couldn't get him in the same picture. He has his own little feeding mat that he brought with him, so it seemed sensible to keep using it.
And that's about it for this week. Now we are off for our usual Fish and chip dinner, and then I have choir practice. With only three more sessions before we close for the summer, we have to work hard at those songs for London.