Weekend Friday Favourites

I hope you’re having a great weekend! A very short and sweet Weekend Friday Favourites this week. As I was ill earlier in the week, I haven’t got many things to share, but there’s always something to share of things that have made me smile or caught my eye this week.

AJ

My little angel. He was close by while his Mama wasn’t feeling to good. His brother D, was too. Or was until he got hangry, then only his tummy mattered. Continue reading “Weekend Friday Favourites”

Reflexology and Rainbows

I was more than okay for this past weekend to be a little more low key than action packed. Friday blocked sinuses thanks to allergies morphed into a blocked nose, sore throat and then cough that I’m nearly over. Saturday evening I couldn’t sleep, everything ached and in desperation I tried the head massager thingy which helped and then the idea of reflexology popped up. 

A quick Google search later for reflexology for block sinuses later I was breathing better. The site then suggested facial reflexology to help sinuses. I just wanted the cold gone Continue reading “Reflexology and Rainbows”

Weekly Photo Challenge, Treat

Remember remember the 5th of November. Gunpowder, treason and plot!

One thing I miss about the UK is Bonfire Night. Back in 1605 guy called Guy Fawkes (pun completely intended and it’s where we get guy from) was found attempting to blow up King James I when he was in parliament on the 5th of November. To celebrate the king was still alive, every 5th of November bonfires are lit through out the UK with a effigy of ‘a Guy’ thrown on the fire accompanied by fireworks. It’s a great time to visit the UK with public firework displays being held the weekend before or on the night.

When I was a kid, we had a bonfire and fireworks in the garden. My dad used to spend a week or 2 building it, I pestered him to mind hedgehogs and my brother, sister and I made a guy out of old clothes and newspaper. We cheered on my Dad lighting fireworks and watched the fire burn while eating tomato soup and bread rolls my mum baked. Oh and sparklers! How can I forget making wishes and writing my name with sparklers! In London, I turned the TV up loud for Mr AJ who’s never really be bothered by fireworks after his 1st Bonfire night and watched London light up from the windows!

This weeks photo challenge is Treat. Treat for me is travelling, taking time out for a pedicure even if it’s DIY, a trip to the movies, the physio, coffee out or just watching TV snuggled up with the cats for once. I always knew growing up my life was not to be in the UK. I didn’t know how it would happen but thanks to P, it did. I always thought it’ll be America, but Spain ain’t so bad! Enjoy!

Trip to Athens, Greece in August this year.

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Sanctuary of Zeus Polieus, Acropolis Sanctuary of Zeus Polieus

Sunset over Athens from Parliament Sunset AthensRainbows! Always a treat to see!RainbowAnd how can I forget ice-cream! Vegan ice cream which is a treat at €4.50 for 3 scoops as 2 scoops ain’t enough!La Heladeria MexicanaTreat Weekly Photo Challenge Treat

Thunderstorms, Salt Water, Rainbows and Scarves

I’m not sure which is more crazy. Me buying a winter scarf in 30C or that I can buy a scarf in 30C that I won’t wear for at least 4 more months.

The shops are now filled with autumn/winter collections. I saw puffer coats in Zara the other day. It gets me every year in Spain. It can be 30C midday at the end of September. As soon as the summer sales finish, winter arrives. I know the designers and shops already had the designs planned early this early for to be ready. Much like the fashion houses from the 1800’s when it took months to make the next season’s collections. Designs were sent out early, so ladies could choose in advance what they wanted. Kinda like Spring/Summer Fashion Week in the autumn before. Some days I just don’t get it. I don’t want to be looking at winter attire when it’s 28C! In some countries (UK summer?) this works, others it doesn’t. What if you live in the Tropics and don’t have cold seasons? Jeans and T shirt?

I’m gradually getting over my chewing gum feeling. This week’s got busy and next week’s looking the same. If I’m busy I can push the feeling aside.

Dips in the sea help. I swear salt water cures nearly everything! It’s the original poor mans hydro therapy. Muscle aches disappear. I’m gonna miss them when it’s gets too chilly soon to go in (and be wanting that scarf to warm up as my hands loose sensation, turn yellow, fingernails go blue if I do go in! Maybe the fashion houses have got it right!). Wednesday when I got back from work and the gym I could hardly keep my eyes open. I did what I could before leaving again to run errands. But I had to stop off somewhere on the way as I knew it would wake me up!Nearly crystal clear

There’s something about the sea. It draws us, it calms us. It can be our friend or foe. I swear when it’s hot a dip cools down the water inside internally. Thoughts disappear. It’s just me and the sea and 100 others doing the same! In the winter, just sitting watching the waves calms us. Wednesday it was nearly crystal clear, cool (the worst for perfect beach hair afterwards. When it’s warm and salty, perfect beach hair! Cooler and less salty, my hair’s a mess!) and for a moment I forgot about everything. August Thunderstorm

Yesterday’s beach time was a little different. The ground wind was a different direction to the cloud wind (I hope that makes sense). Cycling to the beach hot blue skies. I lock my bike, dark rainclouds roll in from nowhere. The wind picked up, the beach emptied. I stayed put thinking it won’t last long. No one was allowed in the water, it started to rain, but nah, I wasn’t leaving. Huddled in my cape sarong the lifeguards walking to shelter asked if I was okay as it’s an ‘electric storm’. Said thank you, I’m ok, thinking, photos!

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When it really tipped it down I made my way to the nearest beach bar with others doing the same. 5 minutes later if that, blue skies and a double rainbow! No dip as I didn’t know if I’d warm up after (I needed that scarf!). I was drench anyways and spend the rest of the late afternoon drying off (ok sunbathing!). Even the weather’s breaking the chewing gum feeling!August ThunderstormAugust ThunderstormAugust Thunderstorm

I’m gonna be cliche and quote Dolly Parton. “The way I see it, if you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain!”. There’s always light after dark, always sunshine chasing away the clouds. Things pass, so shall this chewing gum feeling until next time. Because let’s admit it, rainbows are pretty cool!August ThunderstormAugust ThunderstormAugust Thunderstorm
And that scarf. Winter beach colours.H&M A/W15/16 ScarfWhat’s your favourite quote, metaphor ? Beach during the rain or stay home? One person sheltering was laughing ‘I don’t get it. They swim in the sea, get wet, but when it rains, they leave!’ Or something like that. I said because it’s not pretty, which he laughed and said ‘Because it’s not pretty! Look the sun’s coming out, It’s pretty now!’ Or something like that. It might have got lost in translation!