Showing posts from October, 2010

Sponsored Walk

On Sunday we took part in a sponsored walk for St Gemma's Hospice in memory of Andrew Harris who spent the last days of his life in their care.  It was a fine afternoon with a cloudless blue sky and we walked and talked round Roundhay Park.

What else am I doing with my time

I'm really loving this new found freedom.  It has enabled me to spend more time in the garden; how can anyone be bored or feel low when they have a garden.  It needs constant tending, like a child, but usually responds to text book theory and doesn't answer back!  Planted some violas in tubs and wallflowers in front for Spring and Summer colour.  Wish my wardrobe was as easy to update.

I have returned to Pilates after a long break.  Signed up for a 6-week stint but miss the camaraderie of the other class.

Ellie has been a good companion for visiting relatives, shops and  library.  She has an opinion about everything and gives a good insight into life at her nursery.

Entertained ex-members of  the Talmud Torah PTA.   Yes, our children are all over 30 now but we continued to meet every month either in someone's house or go out for a meal.  Some refer to it as the bolbe (yiddish) club and we may, from time to time, put the world to rights or exchange information.

I have taken…

Another Vedding

Today it is 10/10/10 and it has been reported that this is a good day to get married and we are off to the wedding of Rochelle and David, Ronnie's cousin's daughter.
It was a beautiful service enhanced by the choir and the chazan, who is a young, handsome chap.
Rochelle made an elegant bride.

It was lovely to catch up with relatives and friends.  The speeches were entertaining, the vegetarian option was really tasty, the band were amazing and we enjoyed ourselves immensely.

Back to reality

Holidays must come to an end and we are missing Freya but lucky to live so close to our other grandchildlren.
Sunday lunch with Janet.  What a day for mishaps!   It absolutely poured down and Janet arrived later due to the state of the M62.  Beryl found she had lost her purse so dropped Vanessa, Janet and me off at Napa Bar and Kitchen while she retraced her morning to find her purse.  By this time we were starving and started to order only to be told that the gas had just gone off.   Well the outcome was better than we expected.  A lady had found  Beryl's phone in Tesco car park and handed it in.  Everything was still in it although soaked through from the rain.  However it restores your faith in human nature.  We managed to find something on the menu which didn't require gas and the chip maker was electric! 

Monday morning and the rain had cleared.  Everyone else was at school and work and I went for a walk to the park, which made me really feel retired.   The bright red vir…

Spain and Portugal

We have visited this area for many years, but always in early July and now found Ayamonte, the nearest town to our resort of Isla Canela Golf, really quiet in comparison. We picked up the key from Pablo in the next door apartment to ours which is spacious and well equipped with the advantage of overlooking the pool and water feature on the golf course.

Later that evening we returned to Faro airport but Ben phoned to say the plane would be 2 hours late. It was lovely to see them but by that time the car hire place was closed to add Ben as an additional driver. We drove back and didn't get to bed until 4.30 in morning. I give that time but it is quite confusing as Portugal keeps the same time as UK but Spain is an hour later and we keep crossing the border which is only 3 kms away.

Sat: We stocked up at the local supermarket with the unlikely name of Eroski and later on went to the beach at Isla Canela for a coffee allowing Emma to practise her spanish.  It became overcast a…

Portugal and Spain

Ronnie has always yearned for a  holiday in a campervan and so, to get it out of his system, we have hired one from Faro airport and we are heading west.  It's Monday 20th September and our first port of call is a Lidl supermarket where we found the novelty of taking our purchases to the car park and putting them away in the fridge and cupboards quite odd yet practical.

We stopped at Armacao de Pera at Gale beach for a cup of coffee.

The weather is fantastic with a bright blue sky and we are getting along well in a confined space.
We spend Monday night at Alvor at sand dunes next to beach with group of mainly french campervanners.  We are self sufficient so we can stop and stay anywhere.

From here we make our way inland up the winding roads to the mountains.
We pass thermal spas on our way to the small town of Monchique where we walked up and down the steep, cobbled pavements and bought postcards although we found buying the stamps for them more difficult.

After picking up more suppl…