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.

Wednesday, 5 January 2022

Read the signs!

 

It was a wonderfully sunny day last Sunday in fact it was very much like a day in Spring as the weather was very mild indeed.  We decided last Sunday to go a little further along the coast to the wild beaches that are situated under the watchful eye of the Cape of Santa Pola lighthouse. You can usually see Tabarca Island quite well from the seashore there, so I had thought to take photos of the island to post here.


Santa Pola lighthouse (google image)



This was my first snapshot of the mountains overlooking those beaches



However this is the only decent photograph I could get ! 

My idea of taking photographs of Tabarca Island dispersed completely when we came up against the this invasion of Caravans and Motorhomes, some of considerable dimensions, situated right on the edge of the access to the beaches and coastline there.  Real front line parking which meant that the campers would of course enjoy their stay right in front of the sea but impeded access for other people on foot to enjoy the beach as well. 


There were many more further along this coastal path.



In fact some of these campers had parked so close together (on the left of this photo) and had laid out their tables and chairs in such a way that even squeezing between these vehicles to get to the beach would have been embarrassing and difficult.  
On top of it all it is prohibited to camp in this area and is clearly indicated so by the numerous signposts that are placed at different places along this part of this coastal track. 

I noticed that there were a mix of foreign and Spanish campers so what part of this sign did they not understand?




Even if you do not understand Spanish it is pretty clear what the symbols indicate.

At least the people who had camped in the car park had not blocked the access to the beaches even though the signs also indicated there that it was prohibited to use the car park for camping!



but it seems they thought they could ignored all these signs too.


It was really annoying ... a beautiful sunny morning spoilt!



Sweet Things

On a cheerier note this is what my daughter brought for us for tea on Christmas Day
I highly recommend this Panettone by Chef Pastelero Juan Fran Asensio.  I don't usually like Panettone very much as I find them dry but this one was delicious; full of yummy chocolate and orange bits and not at all dry.



I am posting this video clip that I have found about this Chef Pastelero.


I didn't know that the baking of panettoni goes back to the 15th century!  I'll remember this! Why is it I store the useless information and forget the important!😁



Replies.

In reply to certain comments and queries on my last post "Gentle Lady"

Betsy and Kathy: in reply to your comment about Torka not being allowed inside the house. It seems it is the norm here when they consider the dog to be a guard dog. Personally I think who ever breaks into my SIL villa Torka would probably knock him/her down and lick that someone to death! 😁

Shaz: in reply to your comment about so much paving in the garden and no grass. It is the norm here. Lawns/grass produce lots and lots of mosquitos which means constantly fumigating, using mosquito nets and other gadgets to put up with them. Having no lawn reduces this considerably. Lawns are also a very costly feature in gardens here as they need to be constantly watered all year round. 



Crochet

I am just finishing off the centre piece of the Baby blanket I am making for my niece in Australia. 
The C2C stitch is pretty easy but the tangle of different coloured yarns was a bit annoying until the work started to flow and I got used to changing from one colour to another. I did have to frog the work twice because I counted the wrong number of squares. Good learning curve though! 


I have been chatting with my niece this morning on Messenger and she tells me she will be induced early due to high risk so baby should be here the end of February and not in March. I think I need to hurry it up! It will take at least a month for the post to get it to her over there in OZ.


Replies to comments on previous post completed πŸ–‹












Happy 2022 to you all! πŸ””πŸ””πŸ””
I am ardently wishing for a better one 


Amanda :-)













31 comments:

  1. Some people seem to take no notice of signs as they think it couldn't possibly apply to them! Annoying when they are in the way though. We were given a salted caramel and chocolate vegan panettone, which was delicious and very rich - it kept really well too. Your crochet is coming along well too.
    Happy New Year to you too.
    Best wishes
    Ellie

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    1. Thank you Ellie :-). Some people only think of themselves and it seems to be the norm lately! I mustn't eat anything like a panettone at all but I have put it on my list for next Christmas already. Caramel and chocolate also sounds very niceee too! A x

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    1. Thank you :-) Lets hope it is better for us all. A x

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  3. that's sad that sooo many were not going by the rules-I would have called the authorities or at least emailed them photos since so many were just taking over the whole area.
    Happy mid week and Happy New Year

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    1. I contacted the Town Hall and left a complaint...seems other people have called in about it too. A very happy New Year to you and your husband Kathy.x. A x

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  4. Happy new year !
    wow, I cant believe the number of Vans there, such a shame they ruin it for everyone else.

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    1. They did! There were numerous complaints from other people there. I contacted the authorities but I got the impression that because it was Christmas they had been lenient with the campers. I so hope it is a temporary thing I dread to imagine in the summer otherwise. A x

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  5. It's too bad that there were so many campers there. Are there other campgrounds available to them? Regardless, the sign made it obvious they shouldn't be there so that should be that.
    Thanks for the answered questions. That was sweet of you.
    Your baby blanket is coming along very nice.y. The colors are so pretty even though there was a learning curve. Now you know and can make many more!
    Take care my friend.
    Blessings and love,
    Betsy

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    1. Hello Betsy, There are other campsites available with all facilities but they would have to pay of course and it isn't frontline either. I am pleased that I persevered with this blanket and I have another C2C make in mind too:-). A x

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  6. And a happy '22 to you as well.

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    1. Many thanks Kim. Lets hope it is a much better one too :-). A x

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  7. Oh yes a better 2022 to us all. Crazy all those campers here would be moved on and fined. Lovely blanket in the making.

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    1. We've been back to see if they had cleared off...unfortunately not, there are many more! They are spoiling it for others ... so selfish! I think the authorities have been very lenient with those campers. They aren't usually! A x

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  8. How very annoying re the campers.
    The blanket looks really pretty; I love those colours.
    xx

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    1. Many thanks Joy. I am happy with how this blanket is turning out although all the different coloured threads were a bit tricky to manage. A x

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  9. I would have been furious, how do they get away with it? what a shame. I love making c2c blankets yours is going to be lovely. I enjoyed watching the little video very interesting. I hope you Have a great 2022 Amanda xx

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    1. Thanks Linda. I am planning to continue on with c2c when I finish the baby's blanket. My sister wants a cushion for her newly decorated bedroom and I thought I would use c2c for that. Ax

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  10. That camper situation is rude! oh my.
    !ove your crocheted b1anket

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  11. Beautiful blog. Happy new year ��

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    1. Many thanks and a very happy New Year to you too. A :-)

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  12. I hope all goes well for your niece. I'm sure she'll appreciate the baby blanket. So much love goes into your makes.

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    1. Blanket nearly finished. I do find the big makes a little tedious but this one is turning out much better than I thought :-). A x

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  13. What a cheek with the campers. Love your crochet c2c is my go to pattern for baby blankets. That panettone looks yummy.

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    1. Thank you Zana for calling in. I think I shall be using c2c more often for baby blankets. I like the idea of creating an image of an animal,toy or even the initials to personalise it even more. A x

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  14. Some people really don´t know how to behave do they. Such a shame. Lovely crochet. We have enjoyed the milder weather of late, but then these last few days the temps have dropped, we have been having high winds too brrr xcx

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    1. It is unbelievably selfish of those campers to do that! High winds here too Chrissie and although it is sunny today. A x

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