Weekend Friday Favourites

I beginning to think the weather has a vendetta against me. Firstly whenever I’m pushed for time or have left to get there in time for a once I’m cycling into the wind. Then the rain as it has done the last few times I’ve cycled in it, stops when I arrive at my destination. Hence no Friday run view.

Wednesday when I set off to drop off business cards, it was lightly raining. No biggie. The sun came out for the first time all day just before sunset so I though, the sun’s out, there’s a rainbow, the rain will clear up. Err, 20 minutes in it gets heavier and heavier. I wore my rain coat over my coat, but it didn’t stand a chance. I abandoned the cards (first impressions right?), decided there wasn’t much point cycling back home as I was half way in. I’d run the errands I had planned after dropping off cards. When I got the centre, the rain stopped like it does now whenever I arrive somewhere, but it’s February, the coldest month here and I’m soaked from the waist down and did I mention it’s cold? Fortunetly I was wearing leggings so they dried out quickly and non leather boots so my feet were dry, but it was too late. Not even a hot chocolate could save me from the next 3 days! Too many times in the rain = chesty cough, flu type you ain’t doing nada. I did get a new rain coat, hat and gloves out of it though!

Sunshine ahead, means no more rain. Right? Ha!No rain

So no Friday run view. I pushed it Thursday. I felt better, so I though I’ll try the gym. Yes, I know, NO! I knew the 1st set I shouldn’t be there, but pushed through. Cycling back, the closer I got home, the further away it was. When I did finally get in after playing the lift dance, ‘no you go, 4 people and 1 bike can’t fit in, plus you want me to cough all over you?’ I thought I was dreaming. Diesel asking for his dinner was the only way I knew I wasn’t! I rarely take sick days and not work out (read as you want) and knew I had to rest. I could just manage a bike ride grocery shopping! Last time it was this bad, I had to get on with it as I was on my gym instruction course. Colds hit me in the chest, nice, chesty coughs that attack my throat, leaving it raw. But I’m feeling better after trip to the herbalist. I was fed up with sleeping all day Saturday so I decided to cheer myself up looking around Sephora and give into the Starbucks hot soya chocolate I was craving. I only went to the herbalist shop thinking they might have washing detergent to save me a journey across the city (there’s seems to be only one shop that sells the Attitude range in Barcelona). To ask for something to help my cough was an after thought!

Anyways, this weekends Friday Favourites:

National Geographic What Makes  A Good Sled Dog

I had to smile that the best dogs are a bit of everything and that they love to work. I was surprised to learn that each dog or each line as a specific role and it’s not just the front two that take the lead. The two closest to the sled, wheel dos, steer and know how wide to take corners. Plus they’re all good looking dogs!

National Geographic Pure Hawaiian Photo Galley

I hate getting out my depth in water, but I still love the sea. One day I’ll visit!

BromeliaBromeilaIt said hello shopping and I’d been after a colourful house plant for a while, so I said okay! It’s relativity easy to care for and cat friendly.

Good Shoes Take You Good Places

I came across this quote this week and thought it’s true. They don’t have to be the most expensive shoes, but taking care of shoes, taking a bit of pride, is what I’m trying to do now. I’m also looking for a charity in Spain that does what Soles for Shoes does in the USA to over come poverty through shoes and clothes in places like Haiti.

AJ and Dvacuum cleaner does things

Nobody likes the vacuum cleaner in this house! I also couldn’t ask for a better cat nurse. Aj’s been great looking after me and D’s still getting the hang of it as long as his tummy’s full!

The Sea ThursdayMed Sea 5.2.15

The Wonder Cough InfusionWonder Cough infusion

I’d been trying to combat the cough/flu with hot lemon and fresh ginger, but needed something stronger. After 2 cups of a mix of the two infusions I woke up Sunday feeling a lot better. Still not 100% and dancing yet, but feeling stronger.

Hope you’re having a great weekend! What’s been making you smile this week? Do you go for ‘western medicine’ for colds or something more traditional? I’ll admit, I took some paracetamol to help with my sore throat and headaches, but I’m convinced the tea’s helping kick it.



  1. says:

    Sorry to hear you were sick! Glad to hear you’re on the mend!

    1. says:

      🙂 I’m getting there! Still not 100% but nearly there!

  2. says:

    Happy to hear your feeling better. I know that feeling of a raw, painful cough. It’s horrible.
    I think a plant like that would cheer me up from my winter blues.

    1. says:

      Thank you! Still not 100% but feeling better. Yes, a tropical plant will always add some cheerfulness to to winter blues!

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