Friday, 19 June 2009

Holiday.....sun here we come!

We're off to Cyprus this weekend...........all of us. A very different holiday from usual.

We have had a very long love affair with France, renting a gite with a pool,

exploring gorgeous villages, long lazy lunches,

vineyards, chateaux.

You know the thing. Well last year the girls said enough. No more France and come the new year they promptly booked their own holidays with friends. As it should be at that age. Herb and I thought about what we should do for a holiday........he started banging on about the new flooring we need in the sitting room but i said STOP......nothing will stop me having a holiday, I don't care how foul the carpet isn't actually he just has a rather large bee in his bonnet about it.

So we decided to go to my sisters holiday home in Cyprus. We've never been to Cyprus so thought it would be a bit of an adventure. You've guessed, they are both coming. To cries of 'what no France this year', 'going somewhere good without us' etc etc, I have booked 4 flights and a car. They have assured us that they won't participate in any sightseeing....just r& r by the pool after exams. Fair enough I say, but I am sorry not to be going to France, maybe I can sneak a quick trip in the autumn.

Have stocked up on the crafting goodies

for the trip, more like for 10 trips actually which I will have to sneak into the case. I have a first 'commission' for my embroidery so will pick up the needle while sat on the terrace overlooking Pafos with my glass or two of pink and enjoy.

Wednesday, 10 June 2009

Embroidery Gift

Well here it is.......the home made gift. I do hope she likes it. We met for breakfast today and she was in a funny old mood. The birthday blues me thinks . But I'm sure she'll be fine tomorrow and for the party Saturday.
She wanted me to go to town today which normally I would love to do mainly because I can stock up on yarn at John Lewis but today I wanted to put the present together.

Herb thought it would look great on our wall and was encouraging me to go out and get a gift from town so we could keep it but I can always make another.

and I will was good fun.

Had two book club nights in a week. Have been naughty and not always reading the books. mainly because I'm always so damn tired..............but friend gave us all a talking to and I have vowed to read all choices. However painful! Anyway one of these was one I wanted for my hols anyway so no prob this time.I loved the first book by this author 'Shadow of the Wind' and hope his new offering will be just as good.

I love these book club nights. One is a real good gossip , alcohol and a bit about the book........the other a little bit more serious and some non fiction but very nice people. I love to read always have, but now I mainly read when I go to bed so it has to be fairly easy reading.

Will let you know how the present is received tomorrow.

Monday, 8 June 2009

I meant to go for lots of colour......

honestly I did.

I love the things made by Lucy at attic24 but when it came to it my hands reached for the muted tones, a deep duck egg blue, gorgeous aubergine, ice blue and that rose pink I so love. I have decided to do the flower squares at rosehip just because I haven’t done anything like this before and so far the squares have come out beautifully.

A cushion for my bedroom I think. ...........I haven’t finished the blanket

yet but bought this little project to take on holiday. Herb now tells me the crochet hook won’t be allowed on the flight so I won’t be able to while away 4 hours creating.

However I must put the hook aside and finish the embroidery that I am hoping to give as a gift for my friend at the weekend. I have the frame and made a start but now am a bit less confident. Will she like it or just be polite and tuck it away in a corner somewhere. Will show you the result at the end of the week.

Oh must show you my bargain. I went to a charity bring and buy sale on Saturday. I had been warned this was no ordinary sale and indeed it wasn’t………housed in a beautiful barn, it was labels galore….which is not my thing but youngest child had a good root through. Then I spied the shoes. Boxed, new and gorgeous and all for £25.00.

(£120.00 new) and they fit. Fantastic. Youngest got a Ralph Loren shirt which she is very pleased with for £5.00. I have never been one for bargains but this has spurred me on. I will be more enthusiastic when dragged into charity shops by my friends on our days out and hopefully get some more bargains to show you.

Wednesday, 3 June 2009

Venice `a deux......part 1

...well not exactly; we did go with a couple of good friends but without the teens. First time in 10 years I think. And Venice was fabulous. The friends suggested it and we thought why not. I must be honest it wasn’t in my top 10 places to see before I pop my clogs( no time soon I hope) but the friends did all the booking and well you will probably know if you’ve been, it’s a kind of one off place. Nowhere else like it in the world I guess.

The friends wanted a particular hotel which was way out of our price bracket but they assured us with 24 hours to go the price would drop by half. So we all checked Saturday and guess what, the price wasn’t dropping. A hasty telephone call to Italy advised the intrepid travellers that there was a pretty big boating event going on in Venice on Sunday, the day we were arriving and Venice was all booked up. Panic!

The friends eventually found two rooms on budget in a small hotel but in a good location with all good reviews on Trip Advisor. Phew what a relief. Arrived courtesy of a Ryanair 6.30 flight at about 9.15 to a wet and windy Treviso. At the top of the Grand Canal we were told because of the event on the Grand Canal there were no water buses till the afternoon. So we soaked up sights and sounds on the walk to the lagoon. Herb was so sweet pulling my little case as well as his rucksack. We broke for the best pizza stop ever (I’m not a pizza fan in the UK but this was something else) then continued on our way to our hotel in a small alley near the
piazza St Marco.....and guess what ......we had been upgraded to their 4 star sister hotel right on the lagoon front. Fantastic room. All bells and whistles. But we dumped our stuff and were on our way by 11. The weather

was improving by the minute and so we walked

and walked
and walked.......our little socks off in fact. Diving off the main drag with its thousands of people leads in minutes to deserted alleys

and piazzas. Armed with the best gelato

the world can offer we wandered

with no agenda until we needed to sit. Then fortified by prosecco and coffee we watched the world go by.