In September I mostly:-
- Read books
- Started cutting back customer's gardens
- Put the heating on!
- Had a knitting lesson with a nice (patient) lady called Heather in a sumptuous shop called 'Born to Knit'
- Swam with fishes
- Bought some harem trousers for €5
- Drank Sangria - bought and homemade!
- Watched Flamenco dancers
- Saw Tony Robinson (Baldrick) enjoying a meal in Javea
- Had 18 mozzie bites, Sarah had 24. NB. NOTHING STOPS MOSQUITOES!
The tomatoes are still coming thick and fast
Wish we could grow tommies all year round
I cleaned up the onions for storing
The chillies are struggling to ripen
Frank likes to sit on the bonnet of the car whilst we have coffee in between jobs
If only I had time to pick some!
The Brewster with barrel no. 30!
Woodford Bure Gold 4.3% with Amarillo and Cascade hops
I made chocolate brownies
More moody skies and unpredictable weird weather
Shooting season has started. There are pheasants and partridge everywhere. Luckily, Eddie can't see them!
My Mum took up some trousers for me. This is her lovely sewing room.
And some of her gorgeous art work.
I have been learning to knit and glad I still had my Ladybird book!
I have been making some rather strange shapes but it is soooo relaxing.
Autumn is here
Mr Eddie Balls
We ran away for 10 days to Spain. No rain (well only 1 hour of monsoon), no nip in the air, and no gardening! Bliss.
Gordon the Gecko on the bedroom window
Sarah did do some gardening on our arrival. She cut back the bougainvillea but I went on strike!
I read the paper instead, gazed at the view and enjoyed the smell of jasmine from the garden below
Not sure what this orange flower was. May be Campsis?
Sarah got the giggles in a supermarket. How childish.
I swam in the sea and read my Tristan Gooley book on the beach
14 degrees at home and 27 in Javea (in the shade)
It was a pleasant temperature for walking.
'Cap de Sant Antoni'
Parc Natural de Montgo
We visisted Calpe for the first time
The huge limestone rock in Calpe - 'Penon de Ifach'
A view of the rock from the beach
Benissa was new to us too - one of the oldest medieval towns on the Costa Blanca
We had a look around the church and nearly ended up at a funeral!
My nature table after a trip to the beach
We revisited a mirador (viewpoint) called Portitxol that we loved before but it had been too hot.
We walked out to Cap Prim and looked back at Javea and Montgo
One day I found a Praying Mantis on my beach finds! Agh!
At the weekend we went to the tapas festival in Javea 'Tapeo'
A jazz band called 'Los JazzMatics' played whilst people danced the Lindy Hop
Of course I had to have a Cafe Bombon whilst in Spain
A beautiful Hibiscus spotted on a walk
I can never get tired of walking on Montgo
Very happy person on the mountain
Very happy person with wet feet
Two happy people with Sangria
The waitresses at this bar must know us by now! 'Spasso' has the best spot on the beach.
'Octopus' has quite a good view too! Woops.
Reluctantly leaving Spain - Benidorm below
and begrudgingly arriving in Southampton - humph...
Unfortunately, I arrived home without any reminders of my relaxing holiday. I left my beach finds in Spain with Trish (Patricia the Praying Mantis) even though she was gone when we left I didn't want to chance finding lots of babies running around the house!
'' The strandline is an unpopular spot for a beach towel as the density of decaying matter and the small creatures feasting on it make for strong smells and yelps, but they are well worth investigating.'
- 'How to read water' by Tristan Gooley (the God of the natural world)