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Sunday Sevens #132

Linking up with Natalie at Threads and Bobbins for this week’s Sunday Sevens – a weekly blog series in photos.

1. Progress on the ‘Scrappy’ blanket has been good.

Although I had to buy five more balls of yarn so it’s no longer strictly a scrappy blanket.


2. Managed a glass of red and a homemade pork pie at the pub whilst The Boys played in the playing field behind. We even sat in the garden as the rain held off. Still chilly enough for a jumper though. Well, this is 3pm in August!


3. Another day, another pub. Our local has been closed for a couple of months and is now under new management. The Boys took their light sabres to use as guns. As you do. Our walk takes us past this thatched cottage in the village.


4. A pint and a bag of crisps. It should be written into the Human Rights bill.


5. The blackberries are coming thick and fast – I’m picking over three pounds a day from our bush in the garden alone! Good job it’s thornless. The apples are from mum’s tree.


6. A rare Chinese takeaway – The Boy’s favourite treat.


7. I gave No.2 Son a ‘holiday haircut’.

8. I didn’t realise he had this much to lose!

9. Breakfast at Heathrow airport before heading off to France for the week. It took us an hour and a half to drive to the airport and just forty-five minutes to fly to Paris!


10. I love France’s café culture.


11. And food!


12. Pretty street corners of the district we stayed in – Croissy sur Seine.


13. We did the sights, after all, the last time I visited Paris was as a schoolgirl back in 1979!

L’Arc Du Triomphe


14. Tour Eiffel


15. Sacre Coeur


16. If you turn around 180 degrees, the view over Paris from the Sacre Coeur is breathtaking. Here are two of the Littlies taking a break – we walked eight miles that day!


17. The iconic Metro.


18. We walked the quick way up to the Montmartre district (for which read ‘steep’). Mr. H-L can be seen about half way up the steps struggling to keep up!


19. Montmartre is all about the artists – and they are everywhere.


20. It was fascinating to watch portraits come together before your very eyes.


21. Of course, we HAD to have chocolate and banana crepes while we were there!


22. Relaxing with the locals.


23. Lots of good food and drink (again) and good times spent with family (again).


24. Landing in London to – you guessed it – more rain!


25. Still, we’re grateful to have Fifi to come home to. I’ve vowed not to leave her again as she has needed an emergency trip to the Vet’s whilst we’ve been abroad the last two times. She has recurring mammary tumours and a heart murmur which flare up frequently. Whether she’ll survive this latest bout remains to be seen, but at least she is comfortable and happy – for now.


She’s lying on the bed beside me whilst I type this, snoring quite contentedly wrapped in bandages and her little rainbow coat.

Bless her.


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Sunday Sevens #131

Linking up with Nat at Threads & Bobbins, Sunday Sevens is a weekly blog series showing seven or so photos of your life outside the blog.

1. As Mr H-L was officially working whilst we were in Spain this time, my sister came with us and we spent lots of time together doing ‘girly’ things, like shopping in Mojacar Pueblo…..


2. ….browsing the Tuesday market in Albox….


3…….drinking Pina Coladas at midday…..

4…..late afternoon……


5…..and evening!

6. We spent a lot of time in the pool trying to keep cool both by day….


7…..and night.


8. Good food……


9….good drink…..



10…..and great company.


11. Far too hot for clothes!

12. After trying sheep brains, it was back to more familiar tapas – everybody loves calamari, don’t they?

13. One minute it was there, the next minute there was a hole on my watch bezel where a diamond used to be:(

Luckily I noticed before I went back in the pool, but the condensation had already formed under the face.


14. As usual, our holiday was over too soon and we had to go home – to this!


15. I took mum out for lunch for having the dogs for me.


16. We had family to stay for a few days and they bought me this gorgeous bouquet of lilies and roses.


17. The garden at the side of the house has gone from this…….


18…..to this…….


19. ……to this, so far.


20. Obviously, to ten and eleven year old boys, it’s actually a WWI trench, made all the more authentic by torrential rain and mudslides.

21. One of the first things we did when we got back was to take my watch back to Rolex for a replacement bezel. A day out in Wales was a welcome result and we took a picnic with us.

It poured down.


22. Did that stop us having fun? Of course not – we’re English and rain never stops play!


23. The Boys spent their pocket money on some old cars in a vintage shop.


24. We had a pint and a bag of crisps in a canalside pub in Bradford-on-Avon on the way home.


There are loads more photos, but I’ll stop there as twenty-four is plenty!

Enjoy what’s left of your weekend!


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Sunday Sevens #90

This week’s Sunday Sevens comes from Spain again, although we are actually back in Luke warm and soggy England once more now which means…….

1. ……no more cups of hot water and lemon on the roof terrace overlooking the pool and this mountain view.


2. Lemons freshly picked off a tree in the garden.


3. The entrance to the weekly market in Albox.


4. A relaxed way of displaying lengths of fabric for sale.


5. I bought a couple of linen shirts from this stall.


6. I couldn’t resist joining The Boys on their second hack through the mountains – no broken ribs this year, thankfully!


7. We took The Boys for a day out to Mini Hollywood, way out in the desert region of Southern Spain, where the spaghetti westerns were filmed.


8. Twice daily live mini westerns are put on for visitors and, although The Boys have been here before and watched it several times, they still loved it!

9. The actors were very friendly (despite the dead pan expressions put on for the photos!) and encouraged visitors to join them on the wagons or horses for a photo.


10. We all loved the Can Can dancers in the Saloon.


11. Mr H-L didn’t need to be asked twice to pose for a photo with one of the dancers after the show had finished.


12. After a few hours in the blistering heat, The Boys were desperate to get to the swimming pool which was also part of Mini Hollywood.


13. A good hour was spent on the water slides.


14. It was a bit weird to see all this water in such a dry region.


15. A welcome beer on the porch outside the Saloon Bar.


16. The Boys went riding again the next day, while Mr H-L and I explored Partaloa village.


17. Two very hungry boys were more than happy to go for tapas after riding.


18. This little lot didn’t last long!


19. Back ‘home’ for an afternoon relaxing and I managed to block all four panels of my lace cardigan. They dried in no time in the dappled shade.


20. The world famous Desert Springs was our destination the next day.


21. A leisurely family lunch was enjoyed in the welcome shade of the porch dining area.


22. View from the dining complex over the golf course – the only places in Southern Spain to have real grass!


23. Back at the villa, The Boys played in the pool whilst we downed Summer wine by the jug full.


24. I started joining the cardigan panels together but, even though I finished all the knitting before our holiday, I still hadn’t stitched it together by the end of the fortnight!


25. The Boys climbed onto the plane tired but happy at 9.30pm. They crawled into bed at 1.30am UK time…..and we had to wake them up for school at 8.30 the following morning, poor things!


Thanks to Nat at Threads & Bobbins for organising Sunday Sevens; a weekly blog series in photo format.