Here is my Smile for this week. It is my grandson Oliver, enjoying leaping from the sand dunes. My son posted this photo as his contribution to world photography day. I love it. To me it is exactly what a child's summer holiday memories should be like. Oh to have that much energy now - not to mention the ability to 'leap' anywhere!!
Well the start of this week also saw the end of our son Tom's holiday with us. We had to leave at 3.00 Tuesday morning to drive him to Alicante airport. It is just over a two-hour drive from here, but at this time of year it is often our only option, and as Tom lives in Denmark, his options are even less than ours when we fly to the Midlands in UK.
But we managed to make the most of our last couple of days together. There was much splashing in the pool, making jugs of sangria, and just sharing quality time together.
When he is here, Tom likes to borrow his dad's bike occasionally and do a bit of off-road exploring, and when he went through Huerta Nueva, (an urbanisation built across the road from our village, but still a part of it), and on to the campo beyond, he took this lovely Instagram photo of the Cabrera mountains. It is nice to see them from a different perspective, with no buildings getting in the way.
We spent ages one afternoon trying to get Kim to sit beside Tom for long enough to get a photo of them. Tom house-sat for us when we had only had Kim for a few weeks, so he has known him from his puppy days. We did eventually get this one. As you can see, it was a bit hot and patience was running thin. Somewhere I have the matching shot taken back in 2013 but I couldn't find it for tonight.
Also on that visit three years ago, Tom went down to the playa at Mojacar and discovered a little restaurant that became his favourite haunt, especially when he wanted a special breakfast-cum-lunch, and it has become somewhat of a tradition for us all to go there for breakfast on the last day of his visits.
So Monday saw us driving down mid-morning to Dulce Vita. We were lucky to get a table as it was full of holiday makers all there for the same thing. We parked along the beach a bit and the sea looked lovely.
Dulce Vita, of course, means Sweet (or Good) Life, and it doesn't get much better than this.
The service is always good there, as is the food, and before long we were all tucking in.
When I posted this photo on Facebook with the caption "Breakfast at Dulce Vita for Tom's last day", another of our sons commented "I think I can see a trend here" and he reposted my almost identical picture and caption from last year!!
The sea was getting very lively by lunch time, and Tom just loves to be in the waves, but the beaches to the left of us were all flying the red flag to say it was too dangerous to swim. But we walked the other way and further along there was a yellow flag flying and lots of people in the sea, so we sat there so Tom could have one last swim.
Wading out through the foam.....
Waiting for the wave to break......
And surfing back in with it.
I stood on the edge, and every so often I got soaked too. The water was so warm, but I am not confident enough to swim in it any more, when it is so rough .
When my visitors go home, I always feel a bit deflated and disorientated at first. We got back from taking Tom to the airport at 8.30, so we had a cup of tea and a very early siesta, but after lunch I needed something to keep me busy so I came down to my craft room and made some Christmas cards for the Rudolph Day Challenge that I enter every month. (The challenge is to make something Christmas related and write a post about it on the 25th of each month). I made this set of cards, and you can read more about them on my craft blog by clicking HERE.
As it happens I have had another little diversion this week too. A few weeks ago, a friend brought a gorgeous little kitten into our Wednesday sewing group, to show us. It had been dumped on her doorstep and she was hoping to keep it although her husband is allergic to cats, so Molly was to live outside and sleep in an outhouse. But this week she brought her in again trying to find a new home for her, because her husband had become so ill that keeping her was not an option. I have a couple of friends who have been talking about having a cat so I brought her home with me to foster until somewhere is found for her.
She is so sweet, and has lovely markings, but we really have enough animals so I am hoping we can find somewhere for her. This photo is deceiving as it makes her look bigger than she is. She is really tiny, and doesn't look as though she is almost three months, which is what the vet has suggested. She looks very happy having cuddles on my lap here, but she is almost hyperactive, and is never still for more than a few minutes.
She is used to having a dog around and Kim mostly ignores her, but Foxy is a bit too friendly and follows her around, and I wouldn't want to leave them together for too long. Unfortunately she doesn't like our other cats, and they aren't keen on her. Even our laid back Tango hisses if she comes too close, so I don't think we will be keeping her. But for Charlie's sake (my friend's husband), I will hang on to her for a bit longer and try to find her a home.
The only other thing I have achieved this week is some more of my new crochet project - the Seaside Winter blanket. I have made seven squares so far, using the colour scheme I showed with my pegs a couple of week ago. Some of the squares came out very wavy and they weren't all quite the same size, so I tried blocking them. I have never done this before as I usually find that most squares stretch into a flat blanket when they are joined up. But these were seriously wonky and I have been meaning to try blocking for a while. It is a case of making the square really wet and pinning it to a foam board to the measurement that you want, then leaving it until it is completely dry. That is fairly easy here, as with the heat we have they are dry in twenty-four hours. I bought a set of cheap children's puzzle blocks for mine, and some plastic pins so they won't rust.
I have to say it worked really well, so I did two more and now all my squares are flat and the same size. Here are the ones I have made so far. A couple are the same square pattern with the colours in a different order, and the rest are different patterns as I wanted to try them all out. There are still another three that I haven't done, and of course, I will need to make several of each for my blanket.
There are also patterns for two large squares so I started making one of those today. Hopefully it will be the size of four of these or I will have a problem joining them together! All of these need their matching borders in the colour yarn parchment, which is very neutral, but it will draw them all together. Now I have a couple more cards to make before I can go and finish my square.