Monday, September 12, 2016


Stranger than strange photography this evening, Blogging from Kindle, so forgive any auto correct errors!

Above little macro shot of morning dew on a birds feather the other morning...

Could probably fancy it up a bit, but it's late the day has been hard going to say the least... if only I could even begin to explain!


And above turned back to my gloves midway through washing up to find the right hand poised, poetically! As I snapped this quickly the finger dropped back down...! LOL!!

Tomorrow is my last full day here, it has been head work from start to finish, an extraordinary five weeks.

Wednesday at 2pm I shall be running (screaming), down the drive to freedom! Friend picking me up, a couple of hours in Neath maybe, then to Cardiff for the night.... have I told you this? After meeting Franco off the airport coach we'll catch the train to Nottingham, looks like the journey will be broken by a coach ride! The Severn Tunnel is closed while they electrify the line!! Firstly, how backward is that, the Euston line has been electric since the early sixties I think? I remember when mom married my step dad in 1967 I was warned to keep away from the tunnel, don't go under the fence... it's electric!!

Oh, and secondly, I didn't know there was a tunnel under the Severn! Oops! How have I travelled from London to Wales by train and not noticed!! Heck...

Journey will be so much longer with that bus change, I don't believe it, only started it today for goodness sake!

I better sleep, I fear tomorrow will be long...

TTFN
Marian

Wednesday, September 07, 2016


Trouble with Blogging from my Kindle, is its trouble doing so!

Photographs should be the other way around!!


Should have been a busy day here today, two appointments were cancelled, one person got trapped here, and Tesco still made it within time slot! Well done them! Even though they had to negotiate road closures and argue they're point!

We had the Tour of Britain Cycle race through, they were heading for the Royal Welsh Show Ground, where singing could be heard!! Bit strange, hearing the singing from where we were, 'we' being two council guys moving barriers off the road each time a car came through, only legitimate vehicles, the press, sponsors, police etc... the man who was trapped by the road closure and me!

This group below were the only group I saw, after them and a couple of stragglers I returned into the house...


The other thing, odd silly thing... I couldn't sleep last night, no outside strange eerie noises, no loud music from a concert or foam party!! Don't ask! I was tired, did my normal solitaire games until I had trouble keeping my eyelids open...

Put down this Kindle, off with the gafas, and lay down... And... decided how I would share out a million pounds that I had come into, in my mind!!!! Calm down, I said in my mind remember! So between the sharing, the saving, the early retirement and the initial crazy spending spree I managed to wake myself up more and more because I was getting so happy and excited and imagining people's reactions to their unexpected windfall because of ours!

How daft was that!! Of all the things I could have worried about, I made one up!

TTFN
Marian

Tuesday, September 06, 2016


Just pulled the curtains that face the back part of the garden and this little chap is running around doing somersaults! Flipping this way and that! His tail flicking and twitching!  Digging for a moment.. No! nothing there! Then running off after another flip and tumble! Cute!

Above was taken the other day though, here chomping down on something from a tree, look like young, never to mature nuts of some sort... And later he was rooking around in a flower tub, so I tapped on the window to draw him off them!  Did he run away?  did he stop?  No, he continued, so I knocked again against the glass, nothing! I drew back the inside secondary glazing and started to open the exterior window... he stopped, turned to look at me... and came running up to the window in a nano second!  On which point I hastily shut the windows again!!

I think he wanted to come in!  Remember from past posts he does come up to the window and tap, puts his little face up to the window and looks in, as if to say "hey, got any food in there chaps?"

Been a hard few days, but tomorrow I can say with all truth and honesty to myself, one week to go! And the daily countdown can begin! Five weeks is hell!  That is all I can say.

TTFN
Marian

Friday, September 02, 2016


Rather bad photographs of a lovely bunny who is in the garden every day here at work!  It was dusk and with my phone through a very old blurry glass window...
[miss my camera].


This week is being a hard one... Last week was holding off the inevitable low ebb and this five weeks away from home, only one visitor in past three weeks, so feels an extra long haul...

Missing home...


But, onward and upwards! Oldest sons wedding after I leave here!  Very very excited, keep wanting to try on my clothes! Make sure all is okay!  LOL... But then I often want to get something of mine, that really is not here and is far far away, because this is not home, and that's where I want to be...

But, then also today a friend asked me again about helping her with a blog for her club, so in half hour I got it designed, up and running after a test post, then from her photos and a post arrived in my inbox and I was editing and publishing for her!! Job done and I was buzzing again! #anotherlifetime eh...

The other day I called a couple of friends, one was a customer of my step-dads, the other a very good friend I worked with way back in the 80's... Both out, left messages, really needed to talk to someone!  Probably good thing neither were home, goodness knows what I would have said while I feel this blah! They would have sent out the cavalry, and I would have gone! Then putting my phone in my back pocket I called my oldest son by mistake!

TTFN
Marian

Tuesday, August 23, 2016


Its another beautiful day here in Welsh Wales... had a couple of dreary days after last weeks heatwave, and now today its back! Hot hot hot!!

And so enough already of the weather report! How sad I am being!!

Time is going okay, I am, as aforementioned, calling on the next week in my thinking, so its two weeks next Wednesday for me now! And as its Wednesday tomorrow, it really will be two weeks on Wednesday, the rest of this week is going to be a busy one due to the amount on the calendar, and although not wishing my life away, just my time here, it will soon be Monday and in my head I will be saying one week next Wednesday!!

I'm getting confused though and well ahead of myself, because I have only been here two weeks tomorrow!! LOL and it feels like months already!!

Closeup shot of a clematis above and a spider-like creature below, its not a spider, its a Harvestmen thingy! There are hundreds on the outside of the house in the evening!!  Its like they're gathering up!


That's it!  The 2016 Olympics are over, I have never in all my life watched this much of them!  I was a captive audience! And now TV is back to cookery programs and nature documentaries, really the only things here...

My friend who comes to visit me here has been away in Italy!  She is back now, and I can't wait to see her! Web cam conversations with family and phone calls with friends, they all keep me real...

TTFN
Marian
[hanging in!]




Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Morning Dew

Back in work now almost a week.  I try to speed the week through by missing all the days between each week, round up the days so to speak! So when I arrived on Wednesday last week I said, 'Okay, four weeks next Wednesday!'  Therefore, tomorrow I will be saying, 'three weeks' next Wednesday!

Just my way of getting by, especially as this is a long five weeks stint...

But serious stuff now! You know, ladies out there reading this, there are a few things that no one told me about, now they must be things lots of people do know, just never bothered saying... like moms telling daughters!  I know when young I found there were several unknown factors that I had to come across by myself!  But as I get older, some more are becoming quite clear!

Last month I mentioned to son about an eyebrow... just the one!  My eyebrows have always treated me well!  Never having to pluck or change or move about... only a little tweezering when I was about 13 and they remembered where I didn't want the odd stray and they never came back there!  Then suddenly, and I mean suddenly!  My left eyebrow is not the same as the right!! To all intents and purposes it looks okay, but the structure of the hairs has changed, and one grew really long!!!  My son didn't look too surprised, nodded and agreed, and when I said 'this doesn't seem like news to you!'  he said it wasn't and was something that had happened to him years ago!!! LOL  Minus the tweezering of course! LOL

And, now this is the really bad news that maybe some people know, or don't!?!  Well, I know I have a good head of hair, as people always tell me, but this has definitely thinned out!  I can feel it, and it is really worrying me, which probably won't help... Reading up on this, it seems that when estrogen levels drop, testosterone levels increase, bringing the male hair pattern with it!  So check out your dad or granddads hair line!

It coincided with me upping my levels of turmeric, for bonus reasons, then found a negative of too much turmeric is hair loss!!  Also been under a bit of stress this year, so could just be a combination of things I guess, I need to relax about it and not get panicky!

Morning Dew
I've walked into town once in the last week, and have to walk in again today... I know its not that far, but it seems it, about 20 minutes to half hour, the last bit back here is uphill all the way... The road is fast, a 60mph zone and the other day there were about half a dozen Welsh Water trucks were parked up near a hole in the ground!!  I asked if this was the Welsh water well?  A man said 'yes!' and we stealing it and taking it to England!!

I have to try to walk in at least once every few days, otherwise I just don't get fresh air or exercise, and I must, its very tiring doing nothing, and I need air!!

Today looks like another hot one, yesterday evening at ten to six, this is what the thermometer read!

HOT HOT HOT


Summer in Wales, don't blink!  Come visit!  Take me to town!! LOL

TTFN
Marian



Sunday, August 07, 2016


The port at Gibraltor, its been up-dated big time!  We drove down the 'old' road... took an hour and a half, not too bad, I think quicker than it used and that's with reduced speed limits... Good trip down, got a few bits and pieces from the supermarket, had lunch... not the best of choices of venue... don't know why we do it!  Hunger maybe, but we should stop and think really!  The table got fun sun and I had to move around the table, getting trapped in the process by people sitting at the too close table behind!

And all for some over cooled battered fish!!


One of the items purchased in the above mentioned supermarket!  Wonderful grilled seaweed!  Yum yum yum!  Three small packets and all gone now!!

Probably too high is salt for me, but once in a while eh!


Today we picked up the prickly pears in the adjacent food market next to La Trocha flea market this morning, am I am back to work next week, I will miss the chap who sits along from our street, peels them and pops them into a plastic bag for you, one euro for about ten from him usually!  Love these things, peeled and in the refrigerator, eat chilled, very yummy!


Last week we went to one of our favorite stores in Malaga!  Bauhaus.... its just a big ferreteria, [hardware]...
But they have everything, including a great little bar that looks quite quaint!


I couldn't resist the BabyRuth bar in a store last week either!!! Strange diet I am on these days, its called a 'eat what you can where you can because you'll be in work for five weeks and won't have a dam thing' diet!


I think this was the best I ate last week, a wonderful piece of toast with the very best Iberican paté and caramelised red onion on top!  Although as I Twittered at the time, the service was very poor and we were almost at the point of leaving when 'he' noticed us...

Been a busy few weeks at home, lots going on, doctors, hospital... every town and village in the nearby province!  Catching up with friends and doing some things we needed to do which had been put off for no particular reason over the last few months...

Will have been off for exactly five weeks when I get back to work on Wednesday, and will be there for exactly five weeks!

I have been working on a couple of books, one is just about ready for the off!  Just waiting for the word from the Amazon team and I can get it 'live'...

Its been too hot to sleep, too hot to relax... too hot to stay in-doors, so we have driven to cooler places, like the coast and shopping malls with its wonderful cool air, until you come outside and remember again how hot it is, apparently the last few Julys have been hotter than the Augusts that follow... We'll see, well, Franco will, its not cooled down yet during the days, but the nights are better... We had to buy a new ceiling fan for the living room, Franco and I had fun putting that in place!  The last one we changed was when Tony was here, down-stairs in what is now the dining room... The halogen light bulbs are lasting well in that ceiling fan!  This one was already built, just a question of trying to wire it up with the use of one ladder and a dining chair in 50 degrees of heat!!

Pippa has been to the vets too, shots, nail clipping and worming tablets, she is back again in a few days, don't tell her!  She has to have her kennel cough updated, two of those before she goes in there!

I might not Blog again before work, its only two days, and I will be on a 6am flight from Malaga to Cardiff... and into work for 1pm... Speak soon amigos!  I will take some sunshine with me to Wales, although I won't mind the drop in temperature!

TTFN
Marian