Finally and at last!
Last Saturday we went to spend the day with the family. Practically all my Spanish family were there.
This was an extra special occasion not only because we were able to get together again after so long but because my nephew C who lives in Valencia and who we haven't seen for several years came for the weekend with his daughter,my great niece,who I have only met once when she was very small. She is eight years old now. A beautiful girl and quite a bright spark. I can't post any photos of her as her Dad wouldn't be happy about that. She was a little overwhelmed at first with so many people she didn't know and so many hugs and kisses from everyone but as children are she was inquisitive and was asking me who was everyone. She was quite fascinated that Sr P was the brother of her YiYo (Grandpa) and sadly told me her YiYo had passed away two years ago,which we knew about of course but I wasn't going to complicate matters so said no more. When I told her I was her Great Aunty she asked me how old I was and I said 67 years old. Her expressive and long drawn out exclamation Ohhh and the impulsive hug that she gave me made me strangle a laugh as I wondered if she thought I was on my last legs or near to it... bless her!
Trying to take photos of the family all together is literally impossible and even when we are sitting down for a meal. There were just too many of them flittering about. I have nevertheless taken a few photos of my SIL's beautiful five bedroom villa and gardens.
This snapshot was a bit difficult as I had to avoid photographing the children as they were lightening up floating candles in the fountain.
My SIL is putting her villa up for sale very soon as she finds it is far too much for her alone. It will be such a shame as we have spent some wonderful family get togethers here over the last 30 odd years. Lots of very fond memories. Nevertheless she has to downsize and move on and she has bought herself an apartment right in front of the beach.
I so have to echo what Meredith from Mereknits has mentioned on her latest post "A rough week"
If I were an alien on holiday and looking for a place to visit I would avoid the Earth! I am so fed up with such miserable news all the time! It is beyond depressing! I know that sounds totally selfish but I am pretty sure there are lots more like me out there who feel the same. When will they learn that Mother Earth isn't the enemy but mankind is ! Can the nations of the world get off their high horse and those greedy,callous few who control the world wealth be sacked and put to digging wells for those kiddies who cannot even drink a clean glass of water per day! Can we not work together now to put things right? I truly despair at the state the human race is in!
Can we please have some world good news for a change!
I am so thankful for my chatty blog-friends though! I would say its blog therapy as I feel so much better when I read your blogs and comments.
I am making a Christmas gift at present. I know its a bit early but it is a bit intricate so it will take me awhile to do. I also want to post it to the UK in heaps of time for Christmas as last year my gift to the same person did not get there on time even though I thought I had posted it in plenty of time.
At least I am using the fine cotton I love so much and it doesn't stick to my hands in this heat.
I can't show you what it is as the person who will receive this gift may read my blog 😏
Storms are forecasted for today and tomorrow. It is so hot and muggy and the flies are being really bothersome a sure sign there is a storm on the way.
|Snapshot from my kitchen window|
Many thanks for the numerous snippets of advice about how to care for Petunias and how to clean the stamp case in your comments on my last post and also the queries about my health.
I am feeling quite a lot better not 100% as yet but the new thyroid medicine has made a difference and my diet is gradually getting back to normal. I still have to go for a few more tests and see the endocrinologist in October. It seems the other thyroid medicine I was taking is the source of my problems that and a critical lack of Vitamin B12 .
The "summer colds" we both had have been and gone and its back to the cool refreshing pool!
Take care and keep well