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.

Thursday, 9 April 2015

Crazy times!!!

At least that is the way I see it at this moment!   

Easter Holidays pah!!!  so much for holidays... clients have become more and more demanding!
 I won't bother to bore you or me with the fine details of work and my frenetic race to keep up with all those demands . I just wanted to pop in here for a minute to tell you I haven't gone away anywhere or given up on my blog in fact I read blogs every morning while I sip my tea in between phone calls and other morning before going to work chores.

So this is another quickie blog post and I haven't got much to tell you that I think is interesting but....

I thought you'd like to know this useless bit of information that I was curious about and briefly researched on the internet:
In my class yesterday I was asked what the expression chock-a-block meant. I knew the answer to that of course as it means full…something that is crammed in so tightly that there is no space for anything else!
I couldn't help wondering though where did this expression originate from and so I did a little research and here are the results.
As many expressions in English it is of nautical origin and from way back to the 15th century as the word chock was mentioned then to mean "full to choking". Later in the 18th century it was used to describe a chock,a wedge of wood to block a cask or heavy body on board ship to stop it moving around.
It is now a popular expression and used more colloquially than in formal speech.
e.g. My case is chock-a-block! I can't fit anything else in there!
 “Curiouser and curiouser!” Cried Alice   by Lewis Carroll

still windy in Alicante

 Anyhow I am still a presence here in blogland :-)

Keep smiling!



  1. My case is Chock~a~Block! I can't get anything else in there!
    So! So! Goodness sake...Get a bigger case....! Dear! Oh! Dear! :>).

    HeHe! AND...I'm still in this God forsaken place called England....
    Why! Why! Do l punish myself....
    Old Arabic saying.....
    "May the fleas of a 1,000 camels infest the crotch of the person that
    screws up your day..And, may their arms be to short to scratch" Amen!

    1. Oh! my goodness Willie!!! I don't think I could wish that treatment on anyone!!! Ha! Ha!
      A xx

  2. I always wondered what that meant but couldn't be bothered to look it up! :-) Thank you for doing that for me. People are very demanding these days aren't they? And they seem to be getting worse. Here's hoping for more peaceful days for you Amanda.

  3. I'm glad to know you're still around.. be sure and don't work too hard and enjoy life! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  4. I often wondered what that meant too, thanks for sharing. Don't work too hard and find some time for you x Amanda in Kent

  5. Hi there, you keep smiling too!

  6. Sometimes it is impossible not to bow to propels demands but I hope you manage some time just for you xx

  7. Thanks for posting, Amanda! I hope your clients will be more reasonable, that your schedule won't be so chock-a-block, and that just as the wind is freely moving amongst your gorgeous palm trees, you will have more freedom to be refreshed in your daily routine. xx

  8. Thank you for the info. I am always interested in such things and usually have a dictionary handy. And now with the internet gathering information is quite easy. Wishing you stress free days ahead. Have a lovely day. Love.

  9. Hi Amanda thank you for that interesting snippet, if only there were more hours in the day I would love to read blog posts and crochet all day! Don't let them get to you! I love Willies comment haha

  10. Work has a way of getting in the way of regular life doesn't it? Keep calm and check in when you can.

  11. Sounds like my month--hang in there!

    1. Thanks Susan...I'm trying to but they don't make it easy to do that.....likewise though! xx

  12. Good to see it's only work that keeps you from blogging, and nothig too dreadful! TBH I'd quite like some more work at the moment, but I will just be grateful for time to catch my breath and do some relaxing things. It seems to often be feast or famine with me!!


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