Crafty in the Med

I am here to enjoy meeting other bloggers and to share my love of craft ,mostly crochet, my thoughts and my daily happenings here in Alicante,Spain, my adopted country. I belong to a local choir because singing and music makes me happy. Flea markets and book shops are two of my favourite places to be. I read lots......sci´fi/fantasy,buried treasure, and off world adventures. I have a passion for history! I walk and walk and walk for about 10 months per year during the hot months I swim.

Monday, 6 August 2012

Giveaway winner and into the cool blue


I feel a bit meanie that its only one winner but next time I win the National Lottery,the BIG one,
 then I'll send something to everyone :-)

As explained in my last post I finally decided to use the RANDOM NUMBER GENERATOR
and not

as originally planned. I assigned each of the participants a number which I indicated in a reply message to each participants' comments posted on the giveaway post, yesterday evening
and here you have the results:

and Nº 9 is.........


Cheryl please send me your address by email so I can send you your goodies. :-)



Browsing through blogs I've noticed that the UK bloggers are frequently posting about beaches,holidays and fun things that they are doing in the sun. Previously I felt rather reluctant to post photos of Alicante or our frequent trips to the beach or the swimming pool as I felt it was rather lile "rubbing it in". However I believe weather conditions have improved over there in blighty so I now don't feel so guilty about posting my own beach pics.
We never go to the beach at the weekend during July and August there are just too many tourists and the beaches are heaving with crowds.... and there are always long traffic jams to get there we prefer to stay at home and soak in the swimming pool when the heat gets to you. However we are beach lovers and much prefer the beach and swimming in the sea than a pool so we do during the week. Mainly just Sr P and myself but sometimes my grand-daughter accompanies us,as you will see in these photos.

We usually go to Urbanova beach or Las Arenales del Sol which is about a 10 minutes drive from our place. We particularly like these beaches because they are very natural. They have been disturbed but minimally to cater for the sun and sea lovers and keep their natural beauty but do have the necessary facilities. Some people do not like these beaches because there are areas where you can come across underwater rocks but this is something that has never bothered us, in fact we prefer this as we like snorkel diving too. These beaches are lovely and clean,the tractor goes across early every morning and they have been awarded the  International blue eco-label flags which is a guarantee that you are on a healthy beach.

keep well!!!

Amanda :-)


  1. Hi Amanda
    congratulations to Cheryl on being the lucky winner.
    Your beach looks so peaceful, not crowded like so many tourist places. Thanks for showing us your lovely beach. Ali x

  2. Hello Ali
    That is because we go during the week at the weekend its heaving I assure you!!!

    Thanks for popping in Ali :-)

    A x

  3. Congratulations to lucky Cheryl and to you, Amanda, for the lovely gifts.
    Your pictures of the beach are beautiful and your grand-daughter is so sweet!!
    (My hubby and I go to the beach twice a day...we also have a very nice sandy beach at 2,5 kms from home). But, same as you, we never go on the weekends as it is always crowded.
    Enjoy your summer!
    Hugs !

    1. Hello Marie-Anne

      Thanks for visiting and for your lovely comments.

      Amanda :-)

  4. Congratulations Cheryl, lucky lady! I like seeing your beach shots too, an especially nice part of reading blogs is getting a feel for lots of different parts of the world. There are upsides and downsides to living in most places. It's gorgeous here in the Cotswolds....not sure what that sun thing is you're talking about just now, but I would not be able to live at 30+ all the time either! Carry on enjoying your surroundings and telling us some more about it! Fiona x

    1. Hi Fiona,
      As much as living in the Mediterranean is wonderful I agree totally.....the summer justs gets too hot during August and I'd much prefer to be in the UK. Crazy as it may sound to you a spot of rain is nice now and again!

      keep well


  5. How lucky you are to live near to the sea and to be able to enjoy it so often! The weather here in England is a bit hit and miss at present - we have had sunshine, cloud, rain and thunder today! Love your photos and your grand-daughter looks ever so cute!

    1. Hi June,
      Thanks for your comments. You know what its like one always wants what they haven't got .... astorm or two would go down very well here at present as we haven't had rain since the beginning of June.

      Keep well

      Amanda :-)

  6. Congrats dear Cheryl! Lovely giveaway comes your way :) Amazing pics of the cool blue sea Amanda... Here's wishing you another give away very soon!!

  7. Must be wonderful living so close to the coast Amanda. If I didn't live in the countryside with wonderful views of mountains then the beach would be my next choice....
    Beautiful photos, I'm sure your grand daughter must love time spent at the beach with you.

    Congrats to Cheryl on winning your exciting to find such a lovely parcel in the mail.

    Claire :}

  8. Congrats to Cheryl! I am sure she will love to get this special gift from you and what a wonderful place to live. What wonderful news to know for certain that the beaches are's not that way here...I don't get in the water, In the Gulf, They had a massive oil spill if you hadn't heard. It is a terrible site!

  9. Amanda, what a beautiful giveaway, big congratulations to Cheryl bet you are over the moon! I'm exactly the same, don't go near the beaches at the weekends due to the crowds. My favourite time is very early in the mornings just as it is warming up and there are few people around. Yvonne xx

  10. What a great giveaway- lucky Cheryl!
    And what Beautiful pictures of your beaches. You lucky, lucky gal!
    Have a super week.

  11. Lovely beach photos.

    Congrats to Cheryl.

    Have a great week Amanda

    x Fiona

  12. Well done to Cheryl!
    No, Amanda, you 'rub it in' I never tire of beach stuff! Ada :)

  13. Hi Amanda!Congrats to Cheryl!!We here have a very nice beach near my house.Enjoy your beautiful vacation with your little sweety!Kisses from Athens!!

  14. Woo hoo... happy dance... thank you so much, I am absolutely thrilled that I've won, I don't think I've ever won anything before. Thank you so much... more happy dancing... very excited, off to drop you an email with my address :))

  15. What a great gift (I love the bowl) to one lucky gal. Congrats Cheryl !!! What a lovely gift with great taste in the gift giving dept. Amanda! ...your answer to what did Bandit get into? Let's just say he thinks he is human and can have the breakfast cereal along with our grandson, Aiden, in the morning Great day to you !

    "Just Me"

  16. Have awarded you the 'one lovely blog award' - please only accept if you want to xx

    1. hello Mrs Thrifty
      How Lovely! Thats so good of you...thank you ....I do accept and will be posting about it soon.

      Keep well

      Amanda x

  17. Hi Amanda, beautiful photo's, wish I was there, I am just starting to feel a bit better after this nasty flu. Haven't been able to go to work, thought I may today but dizzy in head, wobbly legs and feeling exhausted still has kept me home. Best not to push it I guess.
    Congrats to the winner, she is a lucky lady :)
    xx Sandi

    1. Hello Sandi

      Glad to hear you are feeling better. Flu certainly leaves you drained!

      Take care now

      A xx

  18. congratulations to the lucky winner!
    Oooh you have me dreaming now
    have a super lovely weekend
    love jooles x

  19. I've tagged you in the One Lovely Blog Award
    Here's my post:
    I look forward to seeing yours! If you choose to join in :)
    Sue xx

  20. Thanks for alerting me to your Giveaway, Amanda, but it came at a time when I could barely think about what I was doing in 5 minutes time and so I didn't gzet round to entering. Never mind! Congratulations to your winner and maybe I'll take part in your next one.

    I'm back home now so I'll maybe be blogging a bit more. It's lovely spending time, catching up on my favourite blogs, reading what everybody's been up to.


Thank you for your comments. I do read them and try to reply to all as well.Please keep them coming. Amanda :-)